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Golden Age Superheroes Were Anti-fascists

Created in New York by Jewish immigrants, the first comic book superheroes were mythic saviours who could combat the Nazi threat. They speak to the dark politics of our times

It’s ‘Racial’: Prison Banned Books on Black History

Officials at Danville Correctional Center had removed some 200 books from a prison library and banned for use in the education program “several classic books of African American history"

Alternative Schools Bear the Brunt of Student Deaths

“It’s not normal to be that used to these things, even though, for us, it’s normal. It’s not normal. It’s not.”

The Student Movement Standing Up to the Honduran Regime

It’s been ten years since a US-backed coup installed a repressive neoliberal regime in Honduras. Now, a student movement has emerged to challenge the government’s agenda of privatization and militarization.

Stop Blaming Mental Illness

We should apply science to the problem of mass shootings. The Senate should pass the House bill funding research on gun violence, and the country should stop scapegoating people who suffer from mental illness.

School Segregation Today

Sixty-five years after Brown v. Board of Education, school segregation remains a fact of life. As a nation we are moving to undo even the partial progress made since the 1950s.

Fight for Climate Justice, Abolish ICE

A policy that incarcerates immigrants of color, allows white supremacy to secure its safety from climate change. We need to make sure that the Green New Deal, includes our brothers and sisters immigrating from climate crisis.

Attorney General Barr's License to Kill

Barr’s call for absolute compliance with unjust police commands can basically be read as a license to kill.

In Guatemala, Out with the Old, In with the Older

Guatemala’s President-Elect Alejandro Giammattei.
Alejandro Giammattei, Guatemala’s perpetual presidential candidate, finally won his country’s “unpopularity contest” and will take office in January. But what every Guatemalan wants to know is what will he do about the Safe Third Country Agreement.

In China: “Tobacco is bad, but money is money”

A young smoker in China.
The Chinese National Tobacco Corporation is the largest tobacco company in the world, a powerful state-owned enterprise with a monopoly on supplying tobacco to China’s more than 316 million smokers. And now it is also in the education business.
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Culture

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Outside from the Inside

Anne Whiteside Street Light
“Outside from Inside,” words found in a letter written from a Japanese American concentration camp, are transformed by New York poet Anne Whitehouse.

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A World to Win: A Utopian Vision of Communism's Techno-future

Sarah Jaffe Bookforum
Fascism may be resurging, but so is socialism. Yet what would a genuine post-scarcity, egalitarian, democratic, communist society look like? The author thinks he knows, offering tantalizing if evanescent glimpses that tweak the imagination.

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This America: The Case for the Nation

Scott Detrow NPR
Lepore argues, says reviewer Detrow, that "advocates for liberal democracy ceded the field of studying and interpreting American history to nationalists." Democracy's defenders must retake the initiative of telling our nation's stories.

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How The Hunt Became a Political Rorschach Test

David Sims The Atlantic
After a series of tweets from President Trump, Universal canceled the release of a film that’s been alternately praised and decried by critics who haven’t seen it.

Labor

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Organizing Railroad Track Workers in Yuma last week….

Carey Dall Stansbury Forum
Like most union workers, railroaders have been slammed with escalating health insurance costs – a reality lost on many Democratic Party candidates, we learned from the debates, who mistakenly think union members are in love with their employer-based

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Some Labor Unions Split with Biden on 'Medicare for All'

Alice Miranda Ollstein Politico
Labor leaders dispute candidates’ claims that single-payer will leave their members worse off. Unionists would benefit from a system that guarantees comprehensive benefits and takes health care out of labor negotiations.

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Why Eugene Scalia is the Wrong Person For the Job

Heidi Shierholz, Lynn Rhinehart, and Celine McNicholas Economic Policy Institute
Working women and men need and deserve a Secretary of Labor to protect them from unscrupulous employers, set strong health and safety standards, and safeguard their retirement security. Eugene Scalia is not that person.

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The New Servant Class

Derek Thompson The Atlantic
“Wealth work” is one of America’s fastest-growing industries. It includes full-time retail and service jobs at nail salons and spas, as well as that nebulous network of people contracted through through driving, delivery and other online services.

Friday nite video

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Daybreak Express | D.A. Pennebaker / Duke Ellington

Prelude: a generation before Woodstock (1953) D.A. Pennebaker's short first film created the visual accompaniment to Duke Ellington's Take the A Train. The music without lyrics and documentary without narrator broke ground by allowing a people's activity to speak for itself.

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Jimi Hendrix | The Star Spangled Banner

We all know the lyrics; without a word Jimi Hendrix' rendition of the Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock provided a searing commentary on the anguish of its failed promises

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Country Joe | Fixin' to Die Rag

Vietnam was the longest war in U.S. history ... then. But the mad dream of world domination has since brought us war that never ends.

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Bernie x Cardi B

Cardi B takes one of the biggest social media followings in the world, won through music, into political engagement in this interview with Bernie. 

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The Dark Side of the Video Game Industry

Hasan takes a look at how the video game industry has grown into a $139 billion a year business and a cultural force. While gaming is more prominent than ever, some of the most popular video games are made under unfavorable working conditions. Hasan examines the exploitative labor practices at game developers like Epic and Riot Games, and the ways in which workers are finally fighting back.

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Moscow Mitch, The Musical

Mangy Fetlocks, The Quasi-Intellectual Existentialist Cowboy (a.k.a, Bruce W. Nelson) imagines that someday, Mitch McConnell will receive the recognition he so justly deserves, perhaps in the form of a blockbuster musical. Until such time, Mangy takes it upon himself to immortalize "Moscow Mitch" from the humble concrete stage of his "man-cave" garage. Mangy sends his congratulations to Mitch. No one deserves this more than he.