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Friday Nite Videos | January 22, 2021

Goodbye Donald Trump. The White Tiger | Movie. Get Up Stand Up | Skip and Cedella Marley. Using Your Voice Is a Political Choice | Amanda Gorman. Same Script. New Faces Tell a Different Story.

Biden's Executive Order to Boost Food Aid Greeted

With one of five American families living with food insecurity, the new executive orders are greeted as 'the most significant anti-hunger actions in modern times.'

Confronting 'Who We Are'

The insurrectionary actions unfolding on Capitol Hill were the doing of pro-Trump extremists and domestic terrorists. But a look at history suggests that in many ways, these events have a long tradition in this country.

The Case for a Vaccine Manhattan Project

Surveying the pandemic's death toll, those of us tasked with looking to the future are left with a nagging mental puzzle: how do we make sure this never happens again?

What Reconstruction Teaches Us About White Nationalism

Historian Eric Foner on the long tradition of white nationalists clashing with Black people exercising their rights.

Your Last Opportunity: Let's Make Waves Together

Because of Portside, a lot of people who are determined to make their own history will have the tools to do it -- the emotional sustenance, the information, the analysis, the connections -- to meet the extraordinary situation we all confront.

‘The Hill We Climb’: Amanda Gorman’s Inauguration Poem

Amanda Gorman, the nation’s first youth poet laureate, captivated the hearts of Americans and likely anyone else who was listening to her deliver the Inauguration poem on Wednesday. The 22-year-old became the nation’s youngest inaugural poet.

Progressives Urge Biden to Abandon GOP Outreach

"A Republican minority shouldn't be allowed to hold the nation's economic recovery and public health hostage."

Fascism is Not an Idea to Be Debated

Written two years ago, over the controversy created by inviting Steven Bannon to "discuss fascism" at a public forum, the conclusions of this article are relevant for today, with the coup of January 6 and the pardon of Bannon by Donald Trump.

Need for a Pandemic Pivot

It’s urgent not to return to the previous status quo. It’s time for creative thinking and bold action. This is a time for a true pandemic pivot.
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Culture

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Hmong Farmers Find Their Own Land in Minnesota

Lindsay Campbell Modern Farmer
Long-term land ownership will bring change to Hmong farmers hoping to improve family farm operations. Hmong farmers represent more than 50 percent of produce growers in Saint Paul and Minneapolis farmers markets but affordable land access has prevented them from further developing their businesses into more sustainable, profitable operations.

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Never Again

David Alpaugh Verse Daily
For California poet David Alpaugh, despite the promises of peace or justice, the violence of war lives on.

Labor

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Multiracial Democracy or Fascist-Like Autocracy?

Portside
Georgia. MAGA insurrection. Impeachment. Conviction? Two different futures, an inclusive multiracial democracy or a fascist-like autocracy -- are colliding right now. This is about what we, and you, can do to determine which future will win.

Friday nite video

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Goodbye Donald Trump

Not with venom, not with scorn, but with optimism, jubilance and celebration.

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The White Tiger | Movie

The anti-Slumdog Millionaire: the epic journey of a poor Indian driver (Adarsh Gourav) who uses his wit and cunning to break free from servitude to his rich masters.

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Get Up Stand Up | Skip and Cedella Marley

For this version, we added Skip and Cedella Marley, Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues, harmonica virtuoso Lee Oskar and an excerpt of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

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Documentary: MLK/FBI

Award-winning editor and director Sam Pollard lays out a detailed account of the FBI surveillance that dogged King’s activism throughout the ’50s and ’60s, fueled by the racist and red-baiting paranoia of J. Edgar Hoover. Full review.