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Lifelong Activist Radicalized In Military:Ray Eurquhart

African-American men sitting in a bus
While he had not been involved in the civil rights movement or any other 1960s-era protest movements, Eurquhart developed sharp political views during his time in the military.

Demand Accountability: 2 Billion Dollar Arms to Duterte

Duterte’s Covid response is de facto martial law — and the new U.S. arm deals will only fortify the Presidents arsenal.

Mexican Strikers Against COVID, U.S. Factories Open

Young factory worker in Mexico.
"The maquiladora industry has never cared about the health of its operators, just its profits. Their production lines must not stop, and in the best colonial tradition, Uncle Sam has pressured Mexico to keep the assemblers operating..."

Arab Workers And The Struggle For Democracy

Since 2011, Arab labor organizations and left parties have been central to movements for democracy and social justice in the Middle East. Frequently overlooked in Western media coverage...they’ve carried on this fight against tremendous odds.

To Thank Me For My Service, Work for Peace

I mourn mostly for those we have killed — and I mourn for those we haven't killed yet, but will in the days ahead.

Gardens of Dust

Just as household bacteriologists used kitchen experiments to instruct ordinary Americans about germs, so too can we reproduce these experiments to let students discover the complexities of turn-of-the-century germ theory for themselves.

The Black American Amputation Epidemic

It is the cardinal sin of the American health system in a single surgery: save on preventive care, pay big on the backend, and let the chronically sick and underprivileged feel the extreme consequences.

The Wuhan Hoax

As is often the case, that campaign began rather quietly and unobtrusively in conservative and right-wing media outlets.

Federal Judge Strikes Restrictions on Florida Voting

States can no longer deny people access to the ballot box based on unpaid court costs and fees, nor can they condition rights restoration on restitution and fines that a person cannot afford to pay.

The Other Epidemic

Public health insights are reshaping our understanding of how violence spreads.
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Culture

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America’s First Connoisseur

Edward White The Paris Review
Jefferson brought James Hemings to France and gave him a first-rate culinary education with some of Europe's most illustrious chefs. His legacy thrives today in kitchens across America.

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So Much for America

Amaud Jamaul Johnson Southern Review
In a time when the murder of African Americans in plain sight terrifies the news, Poet Amaud Jamaul Johnson captures the feeling of capture.

books

How Capitalist Economics Structures Inequality

Gregory Heires Portside
The world economy, to the degree it still works at all, serves to benefit the few at the expense of the many. The author of the book under review does an economic deep dive into ways that can reverse that antidemocratic equation.

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always - Profoundly Moving Abortion Drama

Mark Kermode The Guardian
Elliza Hittman’s coming-of-age story about a teenager seeking an abortion is heartbreaking and painfully authentic. Hittman has described her film as “a narrative about a girl carrying around a lot of pain and burden, and the lonliness of it all".

Labor

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The Case For Sectoral Bargaining Is Now Stronger Than Ever

Hamilton Nolan In These Times
Even if sectoral bargaining would not magically produce perfect unions with perfect solidarity, it would give unions the access they need to build those perfect unions by creating sector-wide labor groups.

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Today’s Labor News & Commentary

Rund Khayyat onlabor
OSHA rolled back its previous announcement that it would functionally leave federal safety regulations unenforced by refraining from government investigation of corona-related health and safety complaints.

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Solidarity Helps Seafarers on Cruise Ships

ILWU Dispatcher
Seafarers were in a precarious situation long before the COVID-19 crisis struck early this year. Many workers are now stranded on ships at sea, and others are afraid to return home for fear of losing their jobs in the future.

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Another Big Job-Loss Wave Looms: State and City Workers

By Mark Trumbull Staff writer, Timmy Broderick Contributor, Lee A. Dean Contributor The Christian Science Monitor
Just as in the Great Recession, a steep downturn in the private sector is poised to cause big job losses in state and local governments.

Friday nite video

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Never Rarely Sometimes Always

An intimate portrayal of two teenage girls in rural Pennsylvania. Faced with an unintended pregnancy and a lack of local support, Autumn and her cousin Skylar embark on a brave, fraught journey across state lines to New York City. Full review here.