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Deval Patrick, Foreclosure Mogul

How the 2020 Democratic presidential contender helped a Republican billionaire rip off the middle class.

Bernie Sanders' Stance on Bolivia Matters

Any presidential candidate who claims to represent workers and marginalized communities, who even nominally opposes U.S. imperialism, should be able to identify a coup as such.

US Denies Israeli Settlements Illegal

Mike Pompeo rolls back decades of policy and disregards international law in bombshell statement

Can the Extinction Rebellion Save the Earth?

Extinction Rebellion’s ambition is no less than to save the Earth. To win, they say they need 3.5 percent of the U.S. population to participate.

Media Bits and Bytes - November 19, 2019

Enter WT:Social / Cities vs. FCC / Broadband for All / Privacy Win at the Borders / Coup? What Coup? / Streaming Wars / Cellphone Access / WBAI / When the Right Shoplifts a Video

Shut Down the School of the Americas/ WHINSEC

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The School of the Americas/WHINSEC in Fort Benning, Georgia, has become notorious for training and enabling torturers, dictators, and massacres throughout the Western Hemisphere...The school is still training...ICE and the Border Patrol.

Is the Run on the Dollar Due to Panic or Greed?

Wall Street through a fish-eye lens.
Why are banks no longer lending to each other? Are they afraid that collapse is imminent somewhere in the system, as with the Lehman collapse in 2008?

River of Trash:- Plastic Pollution in Central America

The result is a noxious chowder of sewage, industrial and agricultural runoff, and an ever-replenished flotilla of plastic trash, churning out from the river mouth toward the massive Mesoamerican reef, which has long supported rich biodiversity...

“I Was Fired for Helping Julian Assange..."

Jacobin talks to Fidel Narvaez, the ousted Ecuadorian diplomat who handled Julian Assange’s case about why Lenín Moreno caved to international pressure, broke his promises, and gave Assange up to British authorities.

Forged in Fire: California’s Lessons for Green New Deal

Campt Fire flames spreading
...The Chico Green New Deal framework marries rapid decarbonization targets with calls for more affordable housing; a safe and sustainable food system; investments in “clean, 21st century” public transit; green jobs creation...and much more.
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Culture

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The Cranberry Caucus is Insanely Powerful

Dan Nosowitz Modern Farmer
You may not know that there is such a thing as the Congressional Cranberry Caucus. ...the cranberry industry is saying that it is unfair for them to have to correctly label their added sugars, because a product, like raisins naturally have a high sugar content, and thus (correctly) do not need to use the “added sugar” phrasing.

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Redlining

Ashley M. Jones Steel Toe Review
The Alabama-based poet Ashley M. Jones has a thing or two to say about “redlining” (aka housing discrimination).

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Why is the Workplace a Dictatorship?

Eric Dirnbach Organizing Work
A deep dive into why our workplaces are authoritarian private governments—and why we can't see it.

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The Stunning Achievement of Kasi Lemmons’s “Harriet”

Richard Brody The New Yorker
"It’s a freedom movie; it’s not a slavery movie. It exists in a very perilous and conflicted time in our country, but it’s really about freedom and what you’re willing to do for it—not just for you, but for others." - Kasi Lemmons

Labor

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Agency Workers Stage Protest Against Labor Board Actions

Hassan A. Kanu Bloomberg Law
The labor board’s current leaders have been described as anti-labor by worker advocates, and accused of working to gut the public’s ability to file unfair labor practice charges by a number of its own staffers.

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The Strike at McDonald’s

Eli Day Working In These Times
It's About More Than Fighting Abuse—It’s About Workplace Democracy

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Beyond the MOA: PSC’s Path Forward

Lynn Turner and Rosa Squillacote Medium
Our colleagues who support the contract must understand that this is not enough, just as our colleagues who are against the contract must understand that the fight doesn’t stop here; both groups must recognize that we need each other to move forward.

Friday nite video

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Billionaires Freak Out About Warren and Sanders

Seth takes a closer look at billionaire Mike Bloomberg reportedly being on the brink of joining the Democratic primary as Wall Street panics about the current crop of candidates

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The Report | Movie

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, CIA agents begin using extreme interrogation tactics on those they think were behind it

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Understanding the Science of Climate Change

Made in consultation with leading climate scientists, this groundbreaking documentary explains how we may be in the middle of the most crucial moment of Earth's history. It decodes data into digestible science, punctuated in places by clever CGI