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Friday Nite Videos | August 23, 2019

Harrison Ford | Extinction Rebellion. Suckers | Randy Rainbow Song Parody. Bias In Medicine | John Oliver. ICE Shuts Down Hotline for Detained Immigrants After Netflix Episode. What the US Gets Wrong About Minimum Wage.

Bernie Plan Could Put a Union in Every Workplace

Where Sanders’ labor platform is most exciting is its proposal for new workers’ rights and forms of union representation that transcend the National Labor Relations Board framework of enterprise-based contract bargaining

What Republicans Mean When They Call Jews Disloyal

Prominent, non-Jewish Republicans now feel free to censure American Jews for being insufficiently supportive of another country. They’ve divided us into camps of good Jews and bad Jews. So … what happens to the bad ones?

The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619

I know hope is essential to African Americans surviving racism another 400 years. In order to bring about change, we have to believe change is possible. Cynicism is the kryptonite of change.

The Misguided Attacks on 'This Land Is Your Land'

As the author of three books on Guthrie, I wonder how the folksinger would respond to recent criticism of “This Land Is Your Land.” We can’t know for sure, but some of his unpublished writings and recently discovered recordings offer some clues

What Sanders' Political Revolution Looks Like

He's enlisting his massive volunteer base to pressure companies to change their labor practices - and joining several protests himself. His moves serve to make clear to voters what Sanders means when he calls for a "political revolution."

The Rise of Global Authoritarianism

Democracy is in crisis around the world, while authoritarianism is on the rise in a growing number of countries. Existing democratic institutions are hollowed out and increasingly unable to respond to the authoritarian wave.

Community Land Trusts Can Address Affordable Housing

The United States is in the middle of a massive housing crisis. The community land trust (CLT) model is highly flexible, and has huge potential for addressing the affordable housing crisis in America today.can help address it.

Cuba Feels the Pinch of Trump Travel Restrictions

Despite the Trump sanctions that have included placing a number of hotels on a prohibited list for Americans, construction cranes tower over Havana neighborhoods near the sea, and government-owned and joint venture hotel projects are moving forward.

Aug. 22, 2019-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Israel Bans Omar and Tlaib; 'Political Center' a Dangerous Myth; Trump's Union Crowd?; NAACP for Impeachment; Emma Lazarus; Immigrant Labor; Trump Copying Hitler; New Resource: The 1619 Project; Announcements; and more....
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Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped By the Rise of Fascism

Art Spiegelman The Guardian
When Art Spiegelman wrote the introduction (below) to a collection of vintage Marvel super-heroes, a passing negative reference to Trump was enough for the publishers to jettison the quality introduction.

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What’s on school menus this fall? Trade mitigation

Candice Choi AP News
Students at Maison Crossing Elementary School in Canton, Miss. The Department of Agriculture is giving away the $1.2 billion in foods it’s buying to help farmers hurt by trade negotiations. Some U.S. school cafeterias expect free food shipments, one little known consequence of President Trump’s trade disputes.

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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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Workers of the World Unite (At Last)

Ronaldo Munck Working-Class Perspectives
Our world order, globalized from above, cries out for a globalized response from below, a new international fit for the purpose of system transformation in the twenty-first century

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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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Harrison Ford | Extinction Rebellion

We are facing an emergency resulting from our toxic economic and political system. The way we relate to each other and to nature is destroying Earth’s capacity to sustain life.

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ICE Shuts Down Hotline for Detained Immigrants After Netflix Episode

After an episode of Netflix’s hit show ‘Orange Is The New Black” featuring inmates talking about a real-life helpline offered by a group giving legal advice to immigrants, ICE shut it down. Christina Fialho, Co-founder of “Freedom for Immigrants”, the group behind the helpline says the hotline it has been running for six years and offers ‘people in immigration detention a free connection to the outside world.’

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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