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The MAGA storming of the Capitol is one year old. The attempted coup is still happening. The reshaping of the Republican Party as an insurrectionary force and the expansion of armed gangs aim to smash democracy. Please help us to inform, to mobilize and to inspire the forces of multi-racial, radical, inclusive democracy to defeat this threat in 2022.

 

A Lonely Existence For Kalaupapa’s ‘Outcasts'

Nine patients remain of the many former leprosy patients who chose to continue to live in Kalaupapa despite the 1969 repeal of the Hawaii law that exiled them there until death.

I Was in an Underground Abortion Network Before Roe

In the 1960s and ’70s, a Chicago group known as “Jane” helped tens of thousands of women get abortions.

US Companies are Pillaging Latin America's Tech Talent

Experts estimate that the region will see 10 million new IT job openings by 2025, driven by outsourcing and "nearshoring" by American Tech companies.

The Many Visions of Lorraine Hansberry

She’s been canonized as a hero of both mainstream literature and radical politics. Who was she really?

Your Last Opportunity: Let's Make Waves Together

The MAGA storming of the Capitol is one year old. The attempted coup is still happening. Please help us to inform, to mobilize and to inspire the forces of multi-racial, radical, inclusive democracy to defeat this threat in 2022.

Solidarity Journalism

Solidarity reporting calls on journalists to push beyond reporting the easy soundbite from an official press release in order to do the work of representing people experiencing injustice.

Tonga Eruption Caused Atmosphere to Ring like a Bell

The estimated the blast was around 10 megatons of TNT equivalent, about 500 times as powerful as the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, during World Word II. the wave looked like a ripple produced by dropping a stone in a pond.

Once Again Austerity Proponents Tell it like it Isn’t

While inflation-hawks are quick to highlight the cost of higher prices, they rarely, if ever, mention the costs associated with the higher interest rate policy they recommend, costs that include higher unemployment and lower wages for working people.

The Radical Vision of Silme Domingo and Gene Viernes

Murdered by gangsters on a dictator’s orders in 1981, these pathbreaking Filipino labor organizers fought for union democracy.

Damning Imperialism: Marx's Writing on China

Working for the New York Daily Tribune, Marx excoriated the British empire’s opium trade that brought China under its influence with a staggering human cost
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Culture

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The Legacy of Campbell Soup’s Tomato Breeding Program

Jeff Quattrone Modern Farmer
The prime growing area for Jersey tomatoes is a region now known as the Inner Coastal Plain, which covers more than 1,000 square miles in southern New Jersey, bordering the Delaware River to the west.

A Message of Hope and Alarm: 2022

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The MAGA storming of the Capitol is one year old. The attempted coup is still happening. Please help us to inform, to mobilize and to inspire the forces of multi-racial, radical, inclusive democracy to defeat this threat in 2022.

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Small Kindnesses

Danusha Laméris Healing the Divide
As plague years continue, California poet Danusha Laméris writes of “brief moments of exchange” that sustain hope and belief in what is holy.

books

Das Kapital in Kiswahili

Joachim Mwami, Loren Balhorn Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung
Dr. Joachim Mwami, a retired professor of sociology at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, began translating Capital into Kiswahili, the language spoken by roughly 100 million people across East Africa.

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Paul Tillich's Socialist Decision

Matt McManus Bias Magazine
This too-little-knows treatise by Martin Luther King Jr.'s favorite teacher was written in Germany, notes reviewer McManus, as the Nazis were transitioning "from a threatening political movement to a lethal political dictatorship."

Labor

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Alabama Amazon Workers Are About to Rerun Their Union Election

Alex N. Press Jacobin
A year ago, all eyes were on the unionization election at Amazon’s warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, where illegal union suppression tactics by Amazon helped sink the drive. Thanks to a court order, that vote is about to be rerun.

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Rest in Power Mike Parker, 1940-2022

Alexandra Bradbury Labor Notes
One of Mike’s major contributions was a critical examination of closely linked employer strategies that swept the country in the 1980s and 1990s: lean production, the team concept, and labor-management participation schemes.

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Weekly Toll: The Last Shift

Jordan Barab Confined Space
Fire engine on the street at night. On average, almost 100 workers are killed every day in the United States due to traumatic injuries suffered at work.   Ten times as many die from occupational diseases. The accounts below give you a taste of the PREVENTABLE carnage.

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The Pandemic as an Employment Shell Game

John Russo Working-Class Perspectives
Reports that focus on workers’ individual choices hide an important reality: corporations don’t want to take the fall for economic problems, but they are benefiting from new workplace practices. The employment shell game lets them off the hook.

Friday nite video

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If Sharks Were Men by Bertolt Brecht

If sharks were men, would they be nicer to the little fishes? Certainly, they would build enormous boxes in the ocean for the little fish.

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The Tragedy of Macbeth | Trailer

Academy Award winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand star in Joel Coen’s bold adaptation of a timeless tale of murder, madness, and wrathful cunning.

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David Byrne's American Utopia

A one-of-a-kind film directed by Spike Lee. Byrne is joined by an ensemble of 11 musicians, singers, and dancers from around the globe, inviting audiences into a joyous dream world. Now streaming.