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Jury Orders Tesla to Pay $137 Million to a Former Worke

“It’s a great thing when one of the richest corporations in America has to have a reckoning of the abhorrent conditions at its factory for Black people,”

Bolivia's Example of How to Defeat a Coup

Bolivia’s rapid social progress under a left-wing government and ability to suffer a right-wing coup then overcome it through mass mobilisation is a source of hope and optimism for the international left.

Socialists Organized in the 1950s Civil Rights Movement

In 1950s America, the Cold War was raging, but socialists were playing key roles in the early civil rights movement. We can’t afford to let that radical history be sanitized.

Built on the bodies of slaves

The creation of the modern, interconnected world is generally credited to European pioneers. But Africa was the wellspring for almost everything they achieved – and African lives were the terrible cost.

Means-Testing is a Recipe for Building Back Worse

Democrats must resist the demands for work requirements and means-testing, if they truly want to build back better. They must resist the idea that government should only help the most destitute among us, not the working class or the middle class.

Friday Nite Videos | October 15, 2021

The Real Reason the Economy Might Collapse | Robert Reich. Children’s Author Tells the True Story of Columbus’ Exploits. The Last Time the Globe Warmed. Fruits of Labor | PBS. The End of Oil, Explained | Vox + Netflix.

The US Slave Trade Has Been Whitewashed From History

Mountains of material expose the depravity of the men who ran the largest domestic slave trading operation in American history and reveal the fortitude of the enslaved people they trafficked as merchandise.

Occupation Failed Afghanistan. Our Struggle Continues.

The only way to save Afghanistan is solidarity of the progressive, democratic and secular forces. We want an Afghanistan free from fundamentalists and foreign intervention, in which men and women have equal rights based on democracy.

Trump to Go Straight to Claiming He Won in 2024

“The 2024 election was so stolen it makes the 2020 election look not stolen.”

How TV Lied About Abortion

For decades, dramatized plot lines about unwanted and unexpected pregnancies helped create our real-world abortion discourse.
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Face Mask

Paul Hostovsky Mostly
Mask or No Mask, Boston poet Paul Hostovsky captures a simple aesthetic of these divided times.

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China’s Market Reformers

Jake Werner Dissent
While China is often seen as an outlier from neoliberal trends, its transformation in recent decades was not at odds with tectonic shifts in the global system of growth but an essential part of it.

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The Fight to Rein in Delivery Apps

Helen Rosner New Yorker
The antitrust researcher Moe Tkacik discusses New York’s new laws and the future of DoorDash, Grubhub, and Uber Eats.“It’s conventional wisdom now that these companies are bloodsucking middlemen,” says Tkacik.

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Make Gig Work Decent Work

Toronto and York Region Labour Council The Bullet
They created a Bill of Rights that outlines what minimum rights our governments must guarantee to ensure fairness and non-discriminatory treatment for gig workers

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The Real-Life Auto Strike Behind the Runaway Netflix Hit Squid Game

Minsun Ji Labor Notes
Scene from the Netflix show:  Individuals in green outfits kneeling on the floor. Squid Game’s hero, the fired union activist, represents the triumph of humanity and solidarity even against the brutal odds of capitalism. This animating principle of the labor movement is artistically portrayed in Squid Game’s vivid imaginarium.

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Is America Experiencing an Unofficial General Strike?

Robert Reich The Guardian
American workers are now flexing their muscles for the first time in decades. You might say workers have declared a national general strike until they get better pay and improved working conditions.

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First Farmworker Union Forms in New York State

Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio The Counter
Farmworkers fought for years to have the legal power to unionize in New York State. Finally, in 2019, the state passed the Farm Laborers Fair Labor Practices Act, which gave agricultural and farm workers the right to collectively bargain.

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Michigan Nurses Defeat AFT-Backed Raid

Ted McTaggart Labor Notes
The Michigan Nurses Association, which beat back a raid by the AFT, is the largest union for registered nurses in the state.

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The Last Time the Globe Warmed

During the last great global warming, tropical forests flourished ... in the arctic. This warming is happening much faster than that one.

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Fruits of Labor | PBS

When ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in California, is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.

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The End of Oil, Explained | Vox + Netflix

As the planet warms, why is it so hard to turn away from fossil fuels, and can we do it in time? “The End of Oil, Explained,” narrated by Ethan Hawke.