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An Anthem From the Iranian Protests

On September 27, a song by Iranian musician Shervin Hajipour ‘broke’ Persian social media. He is singing of the mass protests that began in Iran following the death of Jina (Mahsa) Amini. It went viral -- viewed 40 million times within 48 hours.

Sacheen Littlefeather, Native American Activist, Dies

The Academy formally apologized to the Native American activist and former actress in June after she was blacklisted for representing the actor at the 1973 Academy Awards.

Era of Worker Ascendancy? Not Really

Workers haven’t gained as much leverage as a superficial examination might suggest. Advances thus far, such as they are, still leave miles to travel before the American working class recovers all the economic standing it has lost since the 1970s.

Where Are They Now? Trump Administration Edition.

Current and former government officials, now lobbyists, among the most glorified and vilified characters of these tumultuous years have forged a peace—working together to ensure the world’s wealthiest and most powerful players thrive amid the turmoil

Oct. 6, 2022-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Women Protest Iran and US; Labor Organizing-Now Geico; Antisemitism; Unfinished Business of the New Deal; World Digital Library; Working Class Resurgence; Tell the Stories, Teach the History; Cartoons; Resources; Announcements; more;

Academic Heavyweights to Naysayers: Rent Control Works

“While other proposed remedies to the housing crisis may take years before they impact housing costs, only expanding rent control can offer immediate relief to millions of people in danger of being forced from their homes.”

Loretta Lynn Chronicled Women’s Lives

While Lynn claimed not to be a ‘big fan of women’s liberation’, her songs told a different story, documenting female pleasure, pain and physicality

Herschel Walker Is Demonstrating a New Law of Politics

Scandals once sank campaigns. Now, for many voters, winning isn’t everything—it’s the only thing.

Philly DA Target of Vile GOP Ouster Effort

This legislative assault on Philadelphia DA Krasner is part of a pattern by conservatives nationwide to stymie and/or remove the new generation of prosecutors dedicated to reforming the criminal justice system, a system historically steeped in race and class biases.

Global Left Midweek – October 5, 2022

World-changing events as masses vote and hit the streets
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Culture

books

Global Burning: Rising Antidemocracy and the Climate Crisis

Sibo Chen LSE Review of Books
This book situates the climate crisis in a socioeconomic context, showing, writes reviewer Chen, how events like big wildfires are "important signifiers of an unfolding global calamity that urges the public to challenge the status quo."

film

Blonde Is Marilyn Monroe Abased All Over Again

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Based on Joyce Carol Oates’s novel, Andrew Dominik’s film Blonde ignores the assertive and hardworking real-life Marilyn Monroe and instead gives us a lurid tale of perpetual victimization.

food

From Fireman to Pieman: How a Miami Firefighter Baked up a Pie Empire

Laine Doss Broken Palate
Derek Kaplan always had a knack for baking since he was a teen but took a detour to become a firefighter before reigniting his passion for piemaking. When he wasn’t helping the good citizens of Miami, he would bake out of a shared industrial kitchen. Soon, menus across Miami would proclaim: “We proudly offer Fireman Derek’s Famous Key Lime Pies.”

poetry

Behind the Wall

Cory Lambing Rattle
“The debts we make are never paid, for us behind the wall,” write the incarcerated poet Cory Lambing, offering a glimpse of what it’s like to be inside.

books

Before We Were Trans: A New History of Gender

Jane Haile New York Journal of Books
This new book, says reviewer Haile, surveys "the existence of non-binary gender ideas, roles and behavior across cultures and from different time periods."

Labor

labor

Amazon Suspends 50 Employees After Fire Broke Out

Kenny Stancil Commondreams
An Amazon Labor Union lawyer called the punishment of Staten Island employees "a violation of workers' rights to join in a collective action about the terms and conditions of their employment."

labor

Starbucks Denies Firing Houston Worker for Union Organizing

Ariana Garcia Chron.com
Starbucks workers at Houston's first unionized store held an unfair labor practices strike on Saturday to demand the reinstatement of a worker they say was fired in retaliation for leading unionizing efforts.

Friday nite video

video

Ladykiller | Official Trailer

In her latest comedy special, Jena Friedman probes America’s obsession with (dead) women, finding humor in marriage, motherhood, and murder. Streaming Sept. 30 on Peacock.

video

The 10 Tactics of Fascism | Jason Stanley

Fascism is a cult of the leader, who promises national restoration in the face of supposed humiliation by immigrants, leftists, liberals, minorities, homosexuals and women