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Investigation Calls for Rapid Phaseout of Fracking

"Pennsylvania's children should not be used as laboratory rats," said biologist Sandra Steingraber, who called fracking "an uncontrolled human experiment" that involves "toxic exposures."

Biden’s Support for Unionizing Amazon Is a BFD

“This is new, nothing like it before,” observed the labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein. “Politicians always give great speeches at union conventions and avoid union organizing campaigns because of possibility of failure. But Biden broke this norm."

Trump Strategy for Returning to Power Is Already Clear

Speaking at the 2021 Conservative Political Action Conference last weekend, the former President positioned himself and his audience as the only true Americans.

Republicans Are Trying to Kill the Voting Rights Act

A Supreme Court case from Arizona could neuter the law.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars - March 2, 2021

Special Focus: Violence against Asian Americans

Could Biden’s Climate Policy Invite More Militarism?

Climate change poses an existential threat. That doesn’t mean we should further empower an already bloated Pentagon.

Addressing Black Maternal Mortality in the South

The importance of this campaign, this movement, is not just to address health care issues of Black women but to actually give us the platform to where women like ourselves and women that are coming behind us will not have to deal with this issue...

More Policing: Not the Solution to Anti-Asian Violence

"We believe the solution to violence is to empower our communities with resources, support, and education — this is how we make all of our communities safe.”

Biden's Black History Month: Deport Black immigrants

I have lived it and I have suffered through it and I know that when people say “get in line,” there is no line. I am here to try to change the system so that people have a pathway and if they choose to become a citizen, they can.

Whose Rights Matter in Pandemic America?

Life should come before profit, human rights before property rights.
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Culture

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Nomads in Search of a Villain

Paris Marx Jacobin
The new film Nomadland is a heartfelt look at the lives of itinerant Americans cast aside by the Great Recession. But it ignores how employers like Amazon are raking in profits off this new class of worker.

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Woke Me When It’s Over

Bret Stephens New York Times
In the humorless world of Woke, the satire is never funny and the statute of limitations never expires, even when it comes to hamantaschen.

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The CW’s Superman & Lois Premiere Is Surprisingly Somber

Caroline Siede AV Club
Superman & Lois pointedly comments on real-world issues. The Daily Planet suffers a round of brutal media layoffs and Smallville, once thriving, is crumbling under an economic collapse that sees big businesses buying up all the small family farms.

poetry

Tuff

Fred Norman
California poet Fred Norman offers a beautiful elegy to Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

books

The Dead Are Arising—The Life of Malcolm X

Herb Boyd The Amsterdam News
This award-winning biography mines some hitherto untapped sources, including extensive interviews with members of Malcolm X's immediate family, to present the fullest picture yet of the famed Black Liberation Movement leader.

Labor

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Here's Why 2021 Could Be a Big Year for Labor Unions

Alicia Wallace CNN Business
The pandemic has put a spotlight on workers' rights issues and accelerated an organizing movement that's been slowly building in recent years — with actions such as the teachers' strikes in 2018 and the Fight for $15 movement.

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Tyson Poultry Workers Say Their Bosses Have No Regard for Their Lives

Jason Ramirez/Alex N. Press Jacobin
AN INTERVIEW WITH JASON RAMIREZ Few industries in the United States expose workers to COVID-19 at higher rates than the meatpacking and food processing sector. We spoke with a worker at a Tyson poultry plant in Arkansas about his fear of getting sick

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Major Victory for London Uber Drivers

Benjamin Sachs onlabor
Today’s UK decision is doubly consequential: the court clarifies drivers’ employment status and the time for which they must be compensated.

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Danny Glover: Why I’m in Alabama with Amazon Workers

Sarah Anderson Inequality.org
What role will the Amazon warehouse workers of Bessemer play in the organizing history of the south? We’ll find out on March 30, the day after the workers’ deadline for submitting their mail-in union ballots.

Friday nite video

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Barre | Songhoy Blues

Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues performing "Barre," an original song from their latest album Optimisme, live outside in Bamako, Mali. Barre—meaning "change" in Songhai—calls on the youth to rise up and take action.

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Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln | Driva Man

The opening track of legendary drummer Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Released in 1960, this album is the result of a collaboration with lyricist Oscar Brown, Jr. and references both the African American civil rights movement and the independence struggles of African countries.