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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.

 

How mRNA Vaccines Were Made

The stunning Covid vaccines manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna drew upon long-buried discoveries made in the hopes of ending past epidemics.

Partisan Gerrymandering Is Rampant this Cycle

A misleading narrative has emerged that the gerrymandering hasn’t been all that bad and distribution of seats between the parties might not change much — this story misses the full, much grimmer picture.

A Portside Message of Hope and Alarm: 2022

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.

The Folly of School Openings as a Zero-Sum Game

We need to address the needs of students—and parents, and teachers. One size does not fit all, and race complicates the challenge.

Bernie Left --Taking on Machine Politics and Eacn Other

Rhode Island has long been one of the most corrupt and machine-driven states in America. A new left movement is trying to change that — but they can’t agree on how.

MLK’s Forgotten Call for Economic Justice

“Negroes have benefited from a limited change that was emotionally satisfying but materially deficient... Jobs are harder to create than voting rolls.”

Bernie Wants Democrats to Fight for the Working Class.

Bernie Sanders is sounding the alarm: working-class people are fed up with Democrats’ failed strategy of behind-the-scenes negotiations. But the party won’t listen. So Sanders and the Squad should take a more aggressive approach against the Democrat

Attacks on Critical Race Theory

There is a long history of right-wing forces fighting against progressive educational curricula. Now, scholars like Robin D. G. Kelley are working to level the playing field against the moneyed political interests behind the attacks.

Group Seeks Clemency for 110 Black Soldiers

A group of attorneys and advocates have pledged to seek clemency for 110 Black soldiers who were convicted in a mutiny and riots at a military camp in Houston in 1917.

DSA Delegation Report on Chile

Boric’s government will be a test for how new left formations can handle state power.
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Culture

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Once Upon A Time

Fred Norman
Bay Area poet Fred Norman, a dedicated pacifist in Veterans for Peace, died on December 30. His anti-war poetry lives on.

books

Is a Civil War Ahead?

David Remnick The New Yorker
A year after the attack on the Capitol, the country is suspended between democracy and autocracy. That sense of uncertainty radically heightens the likelihood of episodic bloodletting in America, and even the risk of civil war.

food

Food and Culture

Ashawnta Jackson JSTOR Daily
Food is complicated. That creation you love from “The Great British Baking Show? It’s been the subject of arguments over culture, identity and copyright.

Labor

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Time for AG Garland to Create Corporate Crime Database

Ralph Nader Common Dreams
To properly face the major threats posed by corporate crime, it is important that the Department have more specific and timely ways to measure the incidence and severity of corporate crime.

labor

Union Wins Election at a Second Buffalo-Area Starbucks

Noam Scheiber The New York Times
Since the initial victory in Buffalo, workers at several other Starbucks stores throughout the country have filed for union elections, including in Boston, Chicago, Seattle and Knoxville, Tenn.

Friday nite video

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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.