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Songs of Justice, Songs of Power

Defiant and hopeful, these songs have an unapologetic mission: to fan the flames of discontent by lifting the spirits of those fighting for a more just and humane planet. The songs live on wherever working people stand up for their rights...

Happy Striketober. Let's Restore the Right to Strike.

Now’s the perfect time to fight for the right to return to a job once a strike is over. The United States is experiencing a wave of worker militancy and a White House that actually wants to take concrete actions to defend and grow labor unions.

Climate Change Is Biggest Health Threat Facing Humanity

World Health Organization urges ‘rapid and ambitious action to halt and reverse the climate crisis’ The climate crisis threatens to undo the last fifty years of progress in development, global health, and poverty reduction...

India Walton Didn’t Come Out of Nowhere

Buffalo’s transformation is the fruit of years of struggle.

Tidbits-Oct. 21, 2021-ReaderComments, Announcements

Reader Comments: Worker Strike Wave, John Deere; Dismantle Missile Systems; Democratic Primary Winner India Walton Sabotaged by Dems; Socialists and 50s Civil Rights Movement; CUNY’s Alleged Wrong Doings; Black and Puerto Rican History In Action;

Missionary Abductions Reveal Growing Haitian Crisis

Kidnappings of 16 Americans and a Canadian in Port-au-Prince come as hundreds of local residents face similar targeting, with at least 628 abductions so far this year

NY Dem Compares Buffalo's India Walton to David Duke

"This is the malignant narcissism of far too many white men," said Congressman Jamaal Bowman.

New Study: The Group that Helped Topple Trump in 2020

Rather than writing white low-income voters off, it is possible to build coalitions of low-income voters across race around a political agenda that centers the issues they have in common.

Beef Has Issues. This Seattle Steakhouse Agrees.

The Bateau Steakhouse aims to reinvent the steak restaurant by showing how to sidestep the waste and environmental damage caused by the meat industry.

Global Left Midweek - October 20, 2021

La Via Campesina’s manifesto, political education in Africa, and mass action in Italy, South Korea and Puerto Rico
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Culture

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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.

poetry

Face Mask

Paul Hostovsky Mostly
Mask or No Mask, Boston poet Paul Hostovsky captures a simple aesthetic of these divided times.

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.

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Starbucks Workers Are Organizing — and Management Is Worried

Faith Bennett Jacobin
Starbucks portrays itself as a “community of partners,” not an average workplace. But now that workers are organizing a union drive in Buffalo, that warm and fuzzy rhetoric has vanished, replaced by coercion and union-busting.

labor

Make Gig Work Decent Work

Toronto and York Region Labour Council The Bullet
They created a Bill of Rights that outlines what minimum rights our governments must guarantee to ensure fairness and non-discriminatory treatment for gig workers

Friday nite video

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The Last Time the Globe Warmed

During the last great global warming, tropical forests flourished ... in the arctic. This warming is happening much faster than that one.

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Fruits of Labor | PBS

When ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in California, is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.

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The End of Oil, Explained | Vox + Netflix

As the planet warms, why is it so hard to turn away from fossil fuels, and can we do it in time? “The End of Oil, Explained,” narrated by Ethan Hawke.