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The Long History of Debt Cancellation

Moral thinking about debt has fluctuated throughout U.S. history. Today’s calls for cancellation suggest it may be poised for transformation once again.

In Solidarity With Those Resisting the Bolivian Coup

Evo Morales, Bolivia's former president and leader of the Movement for Socialism party.
While many factors contributed to Bolivia’s current upheaval, the pattern of rightist revanchism, the role of oligarchic forces, external actors, and the military suggests we are witnessing a coup. And those resisting the coup are under great threat.

AOC and Sanders Bill for Housing Green New Deal

Legislation introduced in the House by AOC, the Senate by Sanders, aims to turn federally-owned public housing properties into more functional communities, by building in healthier grocery stores, community gardens, and child care centers.

Jayapal Defends Medicare for All

Democratic infighting over Medicare for All is unnecessary and dangerous. To criticize a plan that is in-depth and thoughtful, and addresses the very issues we need to address, and has the support of enormous numbers of Americans, is a big mistake.

Slavery’s Lessons for the Supreme Court and DACA

“Dreamers” attend a news conference at US Capitol.
The DACA case involves some legal uncertainty. And while there are obvious differences between slavery and deportation, the way antebellum courts in free states thought about the security of their brown-skinned residents is instructive.

Friday Nite Videos | November 15, 2019

Billionaires Freak Out About Warren and Sanders. The Report | Movie. Bernie, AOC Unveil $180 Billion Green New Deal for Public Housing. Why It’s So Hard to Get Mental Health Care | Hasan Minhaj. Understanding the Science of Climate Change.

Yovanovitch: How Trump Opened the Door for Corruption

“Shady interests, the world over, have learned how little it takes to remove an American ambassador who does not give them what they want,” Yovanovitch testified on Friday

Warren Would Take Billionaires Down a Few Billion Pegs

This modest-sounding proposal would have a far-reaching impact on the wealthiest Americans when combined with her other tax plans — shrinking colossal fortunes over time and making it much more difficult to hand down multibillion-dollar legacies

Sanders or Warren? Take Your Pick!

While they draw on different historical roots, Warren and Sanders offer remarkably similar platforms. Both are keepers of a progressive reform flame

What the Coup vs Morales Means to Indigenous People

The indigenous-socialist project accomplished what neoliberalism has repeatedly failed to do: redistribute wealth to society’s poorest sectors
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Culture

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Redlining

Ashley M. Jones Steel Toe Review
The Alabama-based poet Ashley M. Jones has a thing or two to say about “redlining” (aka housing discrimination).

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Why is the Workplace a Dictatorship?

Eric Dirnbach Organizing Work
A deep dive into why our workplaces are authoritarian private governments—and why we can't see it.

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The Stunning Achievement of Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet”

Richard Brody The New Yorker
"It’s a freedom movie; it’s not a slavery movie. It exists in a very perilous and conflicted time in our country, but it’s really about freedom and what you’re willing to do for it—not just for you, but for others." - Kasi Lemmons

Labor

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The Strike at McDonald’s

Eli Day Working In These Times
It's About More Than Fighting Abuse—It’s About Workplace Democracy

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Beyond the MOA: PSC’s Path Forward

Lynn Turner and Rosa Squillacote Medium
Our colleagues who support the contract must understand that this is not enough, just as our colleagues who are against the contract must understand that the fight doesn’t stop here; both groups must recognize that we need each other to move forward.

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Bernie Sanders Wins Endorsement of Nurses' Union

Alice Miranda Ollstein and Holly Otterbein Politico
Sanders will accept endorsement at a rally in Oakland, Calif. on Friday. "Bernie Sanders is, and has been, leading on Medicare for All through his advocacy and Senate legislation,” says Bonnie Castillo, the executive director of the nurses' union.

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"We're the Sacrificial Lamb": On the UAW Plant Closures

Carter Eugene Adams Organizing Work
Carter Eugene Adams visited workers on the picket line at the Lordstown, OH plant where they had worked for decades. The plant is now permanently closed as part of the deal between GM and the UAW.

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Delta’s Flight Attendants Are Organizing

Sarah Jones Intelligencer
AFA’s new drive is separate from a preexisting one organized by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers. IAM has been organizing Delta flight attendants and ramp attendants since 2010, the year of AFA’s last loss.

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Billionaires Freak Out About Warren and Sanders

Seth takes a closer look at billionaire Mike Bloomberg reportedly being on the brink of joining the Democratic primary as Wall Street panics about the current crop of candidates

The Report | Movie

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it

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Understanding the Science of Climate Change

Made in consultation with leading climate scientists, this groundbreaking documentary explains how we may be in the middle of the most crucial moment of Earth's history. It decodes data into digestible science, punctuated in places by clever CGI