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Moms 4 Housing: Deal Reached For Sale to Non-Profit

On Monday, the mayor’s office announced that a deal had been reached to sell the home to a nonprofit that will eventually sell the home to the mothers.

Progressive Scorn Follows New York Times Endorsement

The newspaper's endorsement of both Warren and Klobuchar, said one critic, reveals "so much about the liberal reaction to a resurgent left, a reaction that holds Trump as an aberration and polite, well-mannered centrism as the greatest virtue."

When Capital Threatens to Strike in Your City

With a resurgent left-labor movement and a new crop of progressive and socialist city council members, nervous Chicago real estate developers are hinting they’ll pull their investments in the city.

Second Largest Physicians Group for Medicare for All

"Major changes are needed," declares the 159,000-member American College of Physicians, "to a system that costs too much, leaves too many behind, and delivers too little."

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - January 21, 2020

Three protests, poles apart - and more

The PPC Demands National Debate on Poverty

Poor People's Campaign demonstration
When 250,000 people die every year from poverty, it is time for the presidential candidates to make good on the promises they made during the Poor People’s Campaign Moral Action Congress in June 2019 to push for a debate on poverty.

Remembering Ella Baker on Martin Luther King Day

Ella Baker
Baker was a strategist, organizer and mother to the movement whose political acumen, humble leadership style and razor sharp political insights were legendary.

The Injustice of This Moment Is Not an `Aberration'

demonstrators protesting police murder of Freddie Gray
No issue has proved more vexing to this nation than the issue of race, and yet no question is more pressing than how to overcome the politics of white supremacy...that threatens our ability ever to create a truly fair, just and inclusive democracy.

Israel Systematically Poisoning Palestinian Children

Paelstinian child recieving medical treatment
Sara Roy of Harvard University's Centre for Middle Eastern studies...has written that “innocent human beings, most of them young, are slowly being poisoned in Gaza by the water drink and likely by the soil in which they plant.”

Prison Reforms in 2019, But Incarceration Rates High

prison with guardtower and barbed wire fence
2019 has seen an outpouring of local and state efforts to stem the tide of mass incarceration, from bail reform and mass bailouts, to efforts to close jails and legislation to divert people from lengthy prison sentences.
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Culture

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The Trinidadian That Inspired Sam Mendes’ WWI Epic, ‘1917’

Janine Mendes-Franco Global Voices
'1917' is based on Alfred Mendes’ role as a messenger when he served in the 1st Battalion Rifle Brigade, training as a signaller in France. He was thereafter sent to Belgium, with the rest of his battalion, to win back the village of Poelcappelle.

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We’re Lucky to Have Little America

Kathryn VanArendonk Vulture
 Little America wants to give its episodes extra meaning by being based on truth, because, especially right now, it is heartrending and lovely to see stories about American immigrants that are based on real lives.

Trump's Gotta Go! Trumpism Too. Please Help.

Portside
Trump is on trial. We will, of course, present the case for his conviction and removal. But beyond that, we will work to vaccinate society against Trumpism by providing a continuous stream of fact, analysis and vision.

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Frisking Two Men in Sadiyah

Hugh Martin In Country
Hugh Martin’s poetry captures the interior agonies of US soldiers at war in Iraq.

Labor

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2019 Was the Year Tech Workers Organized

Haidee Chu Mashable
Toxic workplace culture, terrible pay, union busting, weapons contracts, anti-immigrant work, and political misinformation. Tech workers finally had enough.

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Trump's Gotta Go! Trumpism Too. Please Help.

Portside
Trump is on trial. We will, of course, present the case for his conviction and removal. But beyond that, we will work to vaccinate society against Trumpism by providing a continuous stream of fact, analysis and vision.

labor

The Yellow Vests and the Erosion of Trade Union Strength

Ben Chacko Morning Star
The emergence of the Yellow Vests showed the absence of the left and labor from large parts of France. Trade unions are still essential to protect workers. But a theoretical need for unions doesn't guarantee that they will be effective.

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Sports Illustrated Staffers Become Latest to Try to Unionize

Kathryn Hopkins WWD
The 2019 trend of newsrooms unionizing shows no sign of running out of steam as a new year begins.The latest is Sports Illustrated, with the majority of its staff revealing today that they intend to form a union with the NewsGuild of New York

Friday nite video

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Just Mercy | Movie

A true story of official injustice and the long battle for vindication (in theaters now), based on a book by Bryan Stevenson

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Debunking Anti-Vaxxers

The seven most common anti-vaccination arguments and how to answer them

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Soul Rebel Featuring Bunny Wailer and Manu Chao

Bob Marley once said “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain...” Enjoy Bunny Wailer, Manu Chao and Bushman singing the Wailer’s classic, “Soul Rebel,” along with musicians from around the world.