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Charlottesville's Echoes Forced a New Zealand Reckoning

A Maori man attacked a statue to raise awareness of his ancestors’ pain. A newspaper covered the story, and a very important reader took action: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Building Power and Raising Voices of Rural Women

Progressive community organizing, led by rural women, is emerging as a tool to keep one another alive through times of desperation and struggle.

Latina Workers' Wages Trail Non-Hispanic Men by 44%

Since Hispanic women continue to be over-represented in low-wage jobs, policies that lift wages at the bottom will have a significant impact on their wages. A Federal minimum wage increase to $15 would affect nearly one in three Latina workers.

Silicon Valley Giants Dodge Over $100 Billion in Taxes

Among the tech companies studied, Amazon "stands out as the business with the poorest tax conduct," according to the U.K.-based Fair Tax Mark.

Global Left Midweek - December 4, 2019

On this 50th anniversary of the assassination of proletarian internationalist Fred Hampton, a new radical student movement in Pakistan takes inspiration. News and analysis in the spirit of Chairman Fred: "I am a revolutionary."

Iraq's Communists Given New Life by Protests

Struggling for decades to find its voice, the Iraqi Communist Party is helping shape the battle for the nation's soul

Nancy Pelosi Favors Passage of USMCA Over PRO Bill

The PRO Act passed the House Committee on Education and Labor on September 25 on a party-line vote. But two months later, Pelosi has still not moved to bring the bill to the House floor, nor has she given any indication of when she would.

WTO Shutdown: The Kids Are Alright

This is a period when on certain issues, massive, non-violent direct action is in order, as the demonstration in Seattle shows.

Trump Flip-Flops on Drug Price Negotiations

After Rep. Greg Walden, the biggest recipient of pharmaceutical campaign cash in the last election cycle, met with Trump, the president decided to scrap his support for lower drug prices.

Media Bits and Bytes - December 3, 2019

Bloomberg News and Bloomberg for Prez / Covering the UK Election / Google's Anti-Union / Iran vs Internet / Digital Chains / COPRA / .Org Privatized? / China Copes With Fake News / The Disinfo Kings
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Culture

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Racial Terror & Totalitarianism

Mary Helen Washington Solidarity
African American anti-fascist intellectuals sought to link colonialism and U.S.-style racism with European fascism using a variety of rhetorical and artistic means. This book offers a portrait of those efforts.

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The Father of Our Country

Kim Roberts Southern Review
With tongue in cheek, Kim Roberts explores the patriarchal origins of our Thanksgiving holiday.

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Suspicious: A Biography of Master Spy Richard Sorge

Tariq Ali London Review Of Books
Unlike Kim Philby, Cold War-era Soviet master spy Richard Sorge is not yet the subject of multiple novels, profiles and transatlantic espionage dramas. He, his exploits and his tragic end at the hands of Japanese militarism should be better known.

Labor

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Harvard’s Graduate Student Union Begins Strike

James S. Bikales and Ruoqi Zhang The Harvard Crimson
Harvard’s graduate student union began its strike Tuesday at midnight after more than a year of contract negotiations with the University.

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Almost Half of All Americans Work in Low-Wage Jobs

BY Aimeea Picchi CBS News
Even though the economy is adding more jobs, there's increasing evidence that many of those new positions don't offer the kind of wages and benefits required to get ahead. Americans are working but aren't earning enough to gain economic stability.

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Bus Drivers and The Right to Pee

TransitCenter StreetsBlogDenver
“We’re in a different world today, where management is all about the money and the company’s bottom line, but where’s the dignity of a person?”

Friday nite video

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The Report | Movie

The plot follows staffer Daniel J. Jones and the Senate Intelligence Committee as they investigate the CIA's use of torture following the September 11 attacks. It covers more than a decade's worth of real-life political intrigue. Starring Adam Driver and Annette Bening. Streaming on Amazon.

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Dark Waters | Movie

Mark Ruffalo stars as an attorney who goes after DuPont for dumping toxic wastes in West Virginia. But more than a simple "superhero triumphs" docudrama, Dark Waters is a dark tale of the human consequences of corporate power for everyone it touches.

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Queen & Slim | Movie

A "driving while Black" police stop turns a first date into a fugitive nightmare. Read a full review here.

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A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

The child's neighborhood is full not only of kindness and happiness, but fear, jealousy, anxiety and the entire range of emotions. Mr. Rogers confronted them all.

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After Parkland | Documentary

The intimate and moving story of families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School navigating their way through grief, and searching for new meaning in the immediate days, weeks and months after the Parkland shooting that left 17 dead, the private journeys of these families as they rose to challenge the nation to end gun violence

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Sondland Screws Trump

Testimony from Trump's Ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, confirms Quid Pro Quo and says "everyone" was in the loop on it, while ranking House Republican Devin Nunes digs extra deep to defend the indefensible

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'Crime After Crime' | Song Parody

‘He’s a thug, he’s a crook, he’s our president. Crime after crime.’ — This scathing song parody by Jen Houston lists Trump’s many transgressions.