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NY Farm Workers Have a Right to Organize

“Today, the court recognized that farmworkers are entitled to the same rights as all other workers in New York state,” said Rebecca Fuentes, lead organizer with the Workers’ Center of Central New York.

The Strategic Question Revisited: Ten Theses

Yes, we are talking about a revolution. It is impossible to think of social change and transformation as anything other than a revolutionary process. Of course, revolution is not identical to insurrection.

Shed No Tears for Theresa May

Theresa May climbed her way up the political ladder by pushing policies that brought misery to others. Her ignominious fall is richly deserved.

The Feds May Come to Regret Charging Assange with Espio

By prosecuting Julian Assange, the Department of Justice risks weakening its ability to go after spies and rogue employees.

Don’t Buy Into Facebook’s New Pivot to Privacy Scam

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressing last month’s developers conference.
Facebook has been facing a storm of criticism, including threats of greater regulation and even a break-up. So Mark Zuckerberg, who once claimed privacy is no longer a “social norm,” has now declared, “the future is private.” But buyers beware.

Friday Nite Videos | May 24, 2019

Stop Investigating Me! Or Else! W. Kamau Bell's Candid Conversation With Two Anti-Abortion Activists. Exploding Star Spews Building Blocks of Life. A Louisiana Town in the Heart of 'Cancer Alley'. 'Stable Genius' Needs an 'Intervention'? Two Views.

Democrats Are Overthinking Trump’s Impeachment

They're scared that trying to remove him would backfire, but they're taking the wrong lessons from the past—and ignoring voters' wishes in the present

Women of Color in the French Resistance

AOC, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib would recognize the treatment of black women in France who fought Nazis during World War II but were accused of not being French enough when, later, they entered politics

Indictment of Assange for Espionage Threatens the Press

The selective nature of the charges against Assange underscores the fact that this is a highly politicized case brought by a Justice Department now run by Trump lackey William Barr

Pardoning War Criminals to Honor Memorial Day

The worst war criminals wear suits, not fatigues
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Culture

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Path to Migration

Joseph Zaccardi A Wolf Stands in Water
“When a thought from the past fires the soul,” writes the poet Joseph Zaccardi of a wartime memory, “time is no more.” And yet it clings to the present.

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No Waverers Allowed: Looking Back on The Northern Ireland "Troubles."

Clair Wills London Review of Books
The reprinting of a classic book on the Northern Irish "Troubles" of 50 years ago is the occasion for a relook at warring nationalisms, armed violence and ethnic oppression that divided a population, leaving capital and British imperialism unscathed.

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Maoism: A Global History

Ben Margulies LSE Review of Books
Julia Lovell’s fascinating new history of the international career of Maoism reveals the resonance of the ‘Great Helmsman’ in a populist age.

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Lawsuit claims Post falsely advertises 'real cocoa' in its cereals

Jessi Devenyns FoodDive
False cocoa? A lawsuit filed last month accuses Post Consumer Brands of misrepresenting the ingredients in its products. The case argues that highlighting the ingredient for its simplicity wrongly implies that it is "nutritionally and organoleptically superior."

Labor

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Controversial Settlement Divides New York Nurses

Chris Brooks Labor Notes
After a strike threat and a contentious ratification vote, 13,000 members of the New York State Nurses Association settled a contract that achieved gains but fell short of the union’s goal of winning safe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios.

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Elder Care Homes Rake in Profits as Workers Earn a Pittance

Jennifer Gollan Associated Press
Residential senior care homes profit handsomely by paying their workers poverty wages. The profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

Friday nite video

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An Exploding Star Spews the Building Blocks of Life

The elements that make up nearly all that you are and can see first came from the explosion of massive stars. Step inside one such explosion and explore the forces that connects each of us with the stars.

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'Stable Genius' Needs an 'Intervention'? Two Views

Nancy Pelosi is firing back at Trump after his temper tantrum at their meeting, using Trump’s meltdown to try to unify her divided caucus. But former Prosecutor John Flannery argues Pelosi has “failed her primary mission” by not starting impeachment proceedings

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Green New Deal

 
With the Green New Deal sparking a national conversation about all the ways to combat climate change, John Oliver looks at a few potential solutions. Guest Bill Nye the Science Guy literally torches complacency about global warming.

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Nothing Happened

How many excuses for not holding Donald Trump accountable for his many, very public and thoroughly documented high crimes and misdemeanors?