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Veterans to Minnesota National Guard: Stand Down

We are appalled to see military weapons, vehicles and equipment once again deployed in U.S. cities to control community members who are reacting to a long history of state-sanctioned violence.

Coming Soon: Bipartisan Deficit Hawks for Austerity

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Right now, government money is flowing. But soon the self-appointed guardians of “fiscal responsibility” will call for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and SNAP, while leaving the defense budget and large tax breaks for the wealthy intact.

Solidarity Means Palestinian Right Of Return

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The right of return for Palestinians uprooted by Zionist forces in 1948 – including their children and grandchildren – is the central issue of justice for Palestine. Yet it often remains an afterthought for solidarity activists.

Imagine Post-Pandemic: Less Policing ann No New Jails

In this time of heightening crisis, we must be brave enough to use our full imaginations — and listen to those who have been dreaming of and fighting for just cities and communities for years.

What Would Uber and Lyft Owe CA State Unemployment Fund

If Uber and Lyft had treated workers as employees, the two TNCs would have paid $413 million into the state’s Unemployment Insurance Fund between 2014 and 2019.

Not If You Were Exposed to the Virus, But How Much

The pathogen is proving a familiar adage: The dose makes the poison.

Poor Neighborhoods Are Only Getting Poorer

There are more communities living in poverty across U.S. metropolitan areas than there were four decades ago — and the neighborhoods that were already poor have even less now.

The Failures of Police Reform

My fear is that we will settle for something that looks like justice but won’t change our future

America must Listen to its Wounds: Hope Lies There

Only if the screams and tears and protests shake the very conscience of this nation can we hope for a better society on the other side of this

Covid: Two Bimbo Workers Dead, Others Fired

These Cicero workers are joining a growing chorus of essential workers around the country at places like Amazon, Walmart, and Target who are demanding stronger protections on the job amidst an ever worsening COVID-19 crisis
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Culture

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What Life Looks Like From Here: Dinners for Long Days

Deborah Perelman Smitten Kitchen
My street in NYC has many smashed storefronts and as we went by I explained to my 10 year old that it's essential we're not more concerned about property that can be repaired than human lives that cannot.

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Unstable Histories

Steffan Blayney Radical Philosophy
In the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s, radical psychologists and psychoanalysts sought to transform their profession. This book shows how those efforts intersected with the radical cultural and political movements of the day.

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Spike Lee and the Battlefield of American History

Regie Ugwu The New York Times
Spike Lee has spent nearly four decades and more than 30 films reckoning with the jagged and brutal course of history. Now, in the middle of a global calamity, and with a new film, “Da 5 Bloods", he revisits the Vietnam War.

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America’s First Connoisseur

Edward White The Paris Review
Jefferson brought James Hemings to France and gave him a first-rate culinary education with some of Europe's most illustrious chefs. His legacy thrives today in kitchens across America.

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United Steelworkers on Solidarity and Justice for Black Lives

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The murder of George Floyd, which was preceded by the deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor illustrates the devastating impact racism. At moments like these, we in the labor movement cannot be silent and must express our outrage.

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Da 5 Bloods | Spike Lee Movie

From Academy Award® Winner Spike Lee comes a New Joint: the story of four African-American Vets who return to Vietnam,  confronted by the lasting ravages of The Immorality of The Vietnam War.

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The Legal Marijuana Industry Is Rigged | Hasan Minhaj

As rich, white business owners monopolize newly-available marijuana licenses, states continue to arrest people of color for cannabis crimes, even after it’s legal. This leads Hasan to ask: if cannabis can’t be legalized fairly, should it be legalized at all?