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From Impossible to Inevitable: 'Petty Racism' Falls

The fall of the Confederate monuments seemed impossible until the killing of George Floyd and the nationwide movement it propelled.

'Mandate for Change': Omar Defeats Big Money Challenger

"In Minnesota, we know that organized people will always beat organized money. Despite outside efforts to defeat us, we once again broke turnout records. Despite the attacks, our support has only grown."

Cuomo Wants to Shield His Wall Street Donors From Taxes

New York Democratic legislators are trying to tax stock trades and capital gains. Wall Street is horrified by such a development — but luckily, their millions in campaign contributions have helped create a solid friend in Andrew Cuomo.

'It Means Nothing': Trump’s Order Won't Stop Evictions

Donald Trump's executive order wouldn't do much to immediately help the 20 million or so Americans who face losing their homes in the next few months.

Global Left Midweek - August 12, 2020

The China debate continues, Lebanon explodes, Bolivians rebel against coup regime, and more

Interview with Ziad Abu-Rish on Protests in Lebanon

Protester with Lebanese flag
Democracy Now speaks with Ziad Abu-Rish, a historian and research fellow at the Lebanese Center for Policy Studies and co-director of Bard College’s Masters of Arts program in human rights and the arts.

Campus Workers Sue for UNC for Unsafe Conditions

The lead plaintiffs include members of the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union, UE Local 150 and members of the North Carolina American Association of University Professors.

Charlotta Bass's Acceptance Speech for Vice President

Charlotta Bass was the first Black woman to run for Vice President of the United States, on the Progressive Party ticket in 1952. Her speech is particularly relevant as Kamala Harris builds on her legacy today.

Interview with Memphis childcare activist Phuong Nguyen

M.A.R.CH. co-founder Phuong Nguyen discusses what the Memphis-based organization has meant within the vibrant social justice scene and how developing care policies in a right-to-work state could impact the future of childcare movements.

Media Bits and Bytes - August 11, 2020

Dirt from the digital dust-ups: Trump vs TikTok, Tech moguls in the House, Facebook pants down, and more
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Culture

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A Darker View of the Renaissance

John T. Scott Los Angeles Review of Books
A reviewer's respectful, if somewhat critical, look at a new book on the Italian Renaissance that seeks to contextualize that movement within the broader sweep of history and within the social conflicts of its time.

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What Is Portuguese-American Food?

Grace Kelly Taste Cooking
In New England towns like Fall River, Massachusetts, or East Providence, Rhode Island, Portuguese restaurants and markets carve out an identity of ’60s and ’70s nostalgia.

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Accustomed to Dead Kids

Alexis Rhone Fancher The Dead Kid Poems
Southern California poet Alexis Rhone Fancher offers a musical rendition on the theme “guns matter/kids do not.”

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Red Legacies

Michael Terry The Brooklyn Rail
This book, first published in 2011, remains useful in this time of renewed popularity for socialist ideas. As reviewer Terry pointed out when the book was first published, it is an informative treatment of its topic, despite its weaknesses.

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Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse

Juliet Macur New York Times
On Instagram and other social networks, gymnasts have tagged posts with #GymnastAlliance to share their own experiences in the wake of a Netflix's new documentary 'Athlete' A that highlights verbal and physical abuse by coaches.

Labor

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If You're a Blue-Collar Worker, Trump is Not Your Friend

Steven Greenhouse CNN
If you're a blue-collar worker who cares primarily about bashing immigrants then Trump is your guy. But if you are a blue-collar worker who cares about your economic well-being and opportunities for your children Trump is not your friend.

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HSTA Advocates for 100% Distance Learning Through at Least 1st Quarter

Hawaii State Teachers Association Hawaii State Teachers Association
As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise exponentially in Hawaii, the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) believes the public schools should utilize 100-percent distance learning rather than returning to in-person instruction.

Friday nite video

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U.S. History: Why the Battle Continues and Why It Matters

John Oliver takes a look at how the history of race in America is taught in schools, how we can make those teachings more accurate, and why it’s in everyone's best interest to understand the most realistic version of the past.

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Vote Him Away #2 (The Liar Tweets Tonight)

By Roy Zimmerman and The ReZisters featuring Peggy Seeger, Jay Siegel of the Tokens, Vicki Randle, George Kahumoku Jr. Sandy Riccardi and Philipos Melaku-Bello

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Morgan Freeman Reads Rep. John Lewis’ Last Words

In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” 

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Audion | Playing For Change

“The melody is inspired by some of my favorite musicians such as Furrey Lewis, Blind Willie Johnson, and many others,” says composer Nico Bereciartúa. With musicians in the USA, India, Italy, and Jerusalem.