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Preserving Black Women’s Stories as a Labor of Love

An interview with anthropologist Irma McClaurin dives into the process and meaning behind creating an archival home for Black feminist work.

A Chicago High School Reopens - Fears of Gun Violence

Students at Michele Clark High were relieved to return to classes, but shootings on the West Side mean that their problems are far from over.

How Public Health Took Part in Its Own Downfall

The field’s future lies in reclaiming parts of its past that it willingly abandoned.

Disability Insurance Trust Fund Healthier: Are Workers?

The annual number of denials have risen sharply. If people who are in fact disabled are too discouraged to apply or are being denied benefits, then the program is not performing the function for which it was designed.

Dealing With Sinema

The Arizona weirdo has compelled the Democrats to abandon taxing the rich—so they’re proposing to tax rich folks’ unearned gains.

SPEECH: Frederick Douglass on John Brown, 1860

In an 1860 speech commemorating radical abolitionist John Brown's raid on Harper’s Ferry, Frederick Douglass argued that slavery would only end if the slave owner feared the violent retribution of the enslaved.

Demystifying the Black Panther Party

The revolutionary political group, founded in Oakland in 1966, is gaining renewed recognition for its long-lasting cultural and artistic contributions.

Tribunal to Charge U.S. With Crimes Against Humanity

Though the growth of the prison industry has been well documented, there is virtually no documentation and even less news about the imprisonment of many who would be considered political prisoners by any international human rights standards.

A Black Communist’s Disappearance in Stalin’s Russia

What happened to Lovett Fort-Whiteman, the only known African American to die in the Gulag?

Underground Activists In Brazil Defend Abortion Rights

While abortion has long been aggressively criminalized in Brazil, in the past few years, anti-abortion zeal has reached a fever pitch. In response, abortion activist networks support and guide women through at-home procedures.
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Withdrawal Symptoms

Dave Bonta Rattle
“I’ve been appalled but not surprised,” writes poet Dave Bonta, criticizing “the slanted coverage of the U.S. and NATO withdrawal from Afghanistan” by media war hawks.

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How Workers Can Safeguard Pensions

Steve Early Labor Notes
The book under review, written from a labor organizer's informed perspective, is seen by the book reviewer—himself a longtime labor militant-- as an essential resource for workers navigating their retirement and pension options.

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Between speculation and discipline

Kunal Parker Radical Philosophy
This new book attempts a reassessment of Nat Turner's famous rebellion and what it is we actually know about that event.

Labor

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The Revenge of the Essential Worker

Molly Osberg The New Republic
Man in the foreground with a sign that reads UAW On Strike in front of John Deere sign. Striking John Deere workers watch salaried employees don hard hats, as if the uniform is all it takes to do an essential job.

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Blue-Collar Babies: Why America’s Working Class Needs Affordable Child Care

Lane Windham Working-Class Perspectives
The Biden American Family Plan, and its early child care and education provisions, would be a lifeline for working-class families struggling in today’s unequal economy.  It’s high time for the United States to make good on its family-first rhetoric

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Unions Shouldn’t Be Helping the Health Industry

Julia Rok Jacobin
In New York City, the Municipal Labor Committee is not only helping to block statewide single-payer health care, it’s undermining retiree health care. It’s shortsighted and dangerous politics.

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Labor Unions Band Together to Tackle NY’s High Hospital Prices

Caroline Lewis The Gothamist
The group is pushing legislation that would give health plans — including those managed by labor unions — more leverage to haggle over the price of health care and eliminate certain anti-competitive practices.

Friday nite video

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Lorde | Te Ao Mārama / Solar Power

New Zealand singer/songwriter Lorde has released a 5-song set from her new album in the Maori language. “I am richer for having sung in te reo” she says. 

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Jordan Klepper at Trump Rally in Des Moines

Jordan Klepper visits a rally for Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, where the MAGA faithful continue their cultish devotion to the former president, and QAnon conspiracy theories abound.

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India Walton and Chokwe Antar Lumumba | In Conversation

Mother Jones reporter Nathalie Baptiste sits down with Chokwe Antar Lumumba, mayor of Jackson, MS, and mayoral candidate India Walton to discuss the possibilities and challenges of Black radical politics at the local level.