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Infrastructure and a Green Stimulus: We Must Organize

Even without a Donald Trump in the White House, we know from past experience what an infrastructure bill coming out of Congress would look like absent overwhelming grassroots pressure.

'A Day That Will Live in Infamy':The Wisconsin Election

"People are being forced to risk their lives to place their vote or fulfill their right as an American to vote."

'You Can Find Us in the Break Room'

Since February, our core of stewards and activists had been pressuring management through emails and meetings to demand that the optimal personal protective equipment (PPE) of N-95 masks, and in person training be made readily available to us.

Why GE Workers Walked Out in Lynn

As employers use the coronavirus crisis to consolidate power and wealth, we need to build activism and organization.

Media Bits and Bytes - April 7, 2020

How Labor and Climate Movements Deal With Distancing, and More

Congress Must Act for the Common Good

The health, economic well-being, and very lives of the American people depend upon Congress putting people over profit and enacting a bold and far-reaching relief package now.

The People’s Bailout: New Center for the Resistance

The conveners of the People’s Bailout have gained political initiative by crafting an empowering framework and pushing it out to tens of thousands ready to agitate and organize.

An Empire in Disarray: Time for a New Party?

If the (Democratic) Party continues to resist real change, then is the time ripe for a third party after the election? Calling for this new party, I represent no organization nor any mass base; just an old-timer with...historical perspective.

The Radical Work of Healing: Fania and Angela Davis

When I learned about restorative justice, it was a real epiphany because it integrated for the first time the lawyer, the warrior, and the healer in me.

This is a Global Pandemic – Let’s Treat it as Such

This is not the time to pull up the (national) hatches and speak simply of the fight against the virus inside our own borders.
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Culture

food

We Are All Irrational Panic Shoppers

Helen Rosner The New Yorker
On social media, shoppers across the country have been sharing pictures of grocery stores' denuded shelves and shopping baskets overflowing with random groceries.

poetry

On Living

Nâzım Hikmet poets.org
This extract from Nâzım Hikmet’s poetry speaks to the real crisis in these times of trouble.

books

Populism of the Left?

Federico Finchelstein Critique & Praxis
A prominent scholarly critic of the Far Right and its populist pretensions weighs in on an equally problematic stance: the unfortunate valorization of a left populist orientation.

music

I Have Joined the World in Mourning - Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis Slipped Disc
My daddy passed away last night. We now join the worldwide family who are mourning grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers- kinfolk, friends, neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances and others.

books

Los Angeles Is Burning

Sasha Frere-Jones Bookforum
This is a new history of the radical and emancipatory movements of the 1960s, as those struggles emerged in and helped define Los Angeles during that era.

Labor

labor

Working or Unemployed, Construction Workers Are Screwed

Hamilton Nolan In These Times
With no firm national standards about shutting down construction projects as the coronavirus stalks the nation, building trade unions and their members are facing a grim multidimensional crisis.

labor

Shut Down Non-Essential Construction

Lauren Sugerman Submitted to Portside
It is impossible for any contractor, project owner or union steward to monitor the protection of each worker to the fullest under these conditions.

labor

In Memoriam: Healthcare Workers Who Have Died of COVID-19

Medscape Editor Medscape
Women places a flower next to a photo of  Dr. Li Wenliang  As front-line healthcare workers care for patients with COVID-19, they commit themselves to difficult, draining work and also put themselves at risk of infection. More than 100 throughout the world have died.

labor

What Should be Done for Workers' Rights During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Left MEPs in the European Parliament GUE/NGL Website
European Left calls for social benefit protections for all migrant and contingent workers, increased pay for health care, transport, food service, postal and other essential workers, and defense of the right to strike during the pandemic

Friday nite video

'My House' | Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys captures the feel of everyday life in quarantine in a way that will make every listener's day a little better

video

Sailors Cheer Fired Navy Captain Brett Crozier

Captain Brett Crozier was relieved of his command of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after raising concerns about coronavirus cases aboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.

video

Samuel L. Jackson Says Stay the F**k at Home

While Jimmy Kimmel is in quarantine, he checks in with the great Samuel L. Jackson at his home. Sam delivers an important message to everyone - “Stay the F**k at Home!”

video

Trump Wants to Reopen America | Seth Meyers

Seth takes a closer look at the rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak and the president and some his allies saying we should care more about the stock market than saving lives