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Fighting the “Immigrant Threat” Narrative

Ruth Milkman, Immigrant Labor and the New Precariat (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2020), a Review by Lola Loustaunau

Hank Aaron Was More Than a Man Who Hit Home Runs

Hank Aaron will be remembered for his astonishing achievements as one of the all-time great baseball players, not least because he broke Babe Ruth’s home run record. But Aaron also ceaselessly fought to defend black people in a hostile racist society

Trump Plan To Speed Up Poultry Processing Halted

Workers and safety advocates feared the faster speeds would lead to more injuries and COVID-19 infections.

Beware Corporate ‘Democracy Washing’

Twitter canceling Trump’s account shows that real political power in the United States shifted from government to corporations.

Media Bits and Bytes - January 26, 2021

The Capitol rampage turns the media world upside down

Who’s Afraid of the Lower Birth Rate?

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Rather than looking at abortion as a personal, private decision and defending it on that basis, we should expose how the power structure is using restrictions on abortion and birth control to extract our unpaid labor.

Who's funding the Senate's Sedition Caucus?

Elected officials leading sedition movement
Among the 16 senators in all who were part of the effort to overturn the presidential election, rank of lawyers and lobbyists among the top industry contributors to their campaigns, according to the latest data from FollowTheMoney.org.

New Toolkit Summarizes Strategies: Defund Police

Defund the police protest
The demand is still, more than ever, #DefundThePolice, #FundThePeople #DefendBlackLives.

For Hope, Look South

man standing on Pettus Bridge
Every part of this country, north south east and west, owes its origin and wealth to our “peculiar institution” as well as other less notorious programs of government sanctioned/ignored exploitation and murder of the poor, immigrants, women.

Indirect Deaths

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The Massive and Unseen Costs of America’s Post-9/11 Wars at Home and Abroad.
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Your Last Opportunity: Let's Make Waves Together

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Because of Portside, a lot of people who are determined to make their own history will have the tools to do it -- the emotional sustenance, the information, the analysis, the connections -- to meet the extraordinary situation we all confront.

Labor

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Opening the Door to a More Democratic UAW

Nelson Lichtenstein Labor Notes
More important, the agreement calls for a vote of all 400,000 members to decide whether they want direct election of top leaders.

Friday nite video

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Goodbye Donald Trump

Not with venom, not with scorn, but with optimism, jubilance and celebration.

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The White Tiger | Movie

The anti-Slumdog Millionaire: the epic journey of a poor Indian driver (Adarsh Gourav) who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters.

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Get Up Stand Up | Skip and Cedella Marley

For this version, we added Skip and Cedella Marley, Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar and an excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Documentary: MLK/FBI

Award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. Full review.