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Trump’s Weakness - Older Voters Could Cost Him Florida

Trump beat Hillary Clinton by 17 points with voters over 65. But his margin is only half of that against Joe Biden, according to recent polls.

A Common Defense: Mobilizing Veterans to Beat Trump

Last month 14 military veterans completed the Communications Workers' first-ever Veterans for Social Change Training Institute, where the curriculum included skills useful in electoral campaigning.

Voters In Chile Scrap Pinochet-Era Constitution

A plebiscite called in response to street protests in 2019 sees 78% of people back a new charter to replace one imposed by the military dictatorship of of General Augusto Pinochet.

Here's The Case for Impeaching Clarence Thomas

While Democrats should definitely demand court expansion if they retake the White House and the Senate and hold the House, there is at least one additional step they should take —the impeachment of its most corrupt member, Clarence Thomas.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - October 27, 2020

Trump’s appeal in Miami and Brooklyn, and election reflections from Thomas Frank and Henry Giroux

Israel Approves Nearly 5,000 New Settlement Units

Israeli construction in West Bank
Construction of Jewish-only settlements is directly linked to the dispossession of Palestinians from their land, the continued demolition of Palestinian homes, and the growing inability for Palestinians to access their lands.

COVID Ravages Navajo Nation As Trump Campaigns

sign at Navajo Nation
Despite the reservation’s Democratic tendencies and its struggles amid the pandemic, the president is trying to woo Navajo voters.

Capitalism: Women of Color More Vulnerable

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For all women who have lost their jobs during this pandemic, Black women and Latinas who perform the bulk of essential work during lockdown, for all Black and Brown elders who have lost their lives, capitalism is their preexisting condition.

Trump's Coup Accomplices At Every Level Of Government

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Voting is absolutely critical for democracy. But at the end of the day, stopping a coup attempt will depend on far more than the ballot, and will require creative and courageous acts of civic and political engagement from all of us.

Strike for Democracy!

If Trump stays in office by subverting the democratic process, the implications for unions are grave. A network of union leaders and activists have formed Labor Action to Defend Democracy to begin planning labor actions after November 3rd.
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Camille T. Dungy Poetry Northwest
In the morbid world of coronavirus, Colorado-based poet Camille T. Dungy finds spontaneous happiness in a familiar song and dance.

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Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed at Fifty

Liza Featherstone JSTOR Daily
The Brazilian educator Paulo Freire’s book, first published in English 50 years ago, urges viewing students as interlocutors or partners in the learning process.

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Don’t Watch Hillbilly Elegy — Listen to Dolly Parton Instead

Marianela D’Aprile Jacobin
Netflix announced the forthcoming movie adaptation of JD Vance’s reactionary, victim-blaming book Hillbilly Elegy yesterday. But why would anyone seek answers about life in Appalachia from a right-wing former venture capitalist?

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Strike for Democracy!

Stephanie Luce Organizing Upgrade
Strikes are rare but political strikes are on the agenda more than they have been in many years. Labor Action to Defend Democracy has come together to "plant seeds and stir the pot," and work with community partners to protect the vote.

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At-Will Employment Is the Real “Cancel Culture”

Becca Rothfeld Jacobin
A person sitting alone at a desk in the dark. The “cancel culture” debate never focuses on at-will employment, which allows most American workers to be “canceled” at the drop of a hat — even those teaching in higher education.

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Machinists Union: President Trump Has Broken His Promises to U.S. Workers

International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM)
"Between the fumbled response to the coronavirus pandemic, the job loss that rivals the Great Depression and the daily rhetoric that serves only to divide working people—this president has struck out with the Machinists Union.”

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The Full Story of Trump and COVID-19

Emmy winner Jeffrey Wright (Westworld) narrates the documentary detailing how four years of Trump's actions brought America to this moment.

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The Last Trump Debate. Make It So.

Stephen goes LIVE after the final Trump-Biden matchup and finds a silver lining amid the lies, cheap shots and unmasked racism.

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How America Bungled the Plague

A year ago, the United States was regarded as the country best prepared for a pandemic. Our government had spent nearly two decades strategizing for a doomsday scenario. So what went wrong?