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Only Mexico’s AMLO Has Offered Assange Asylum

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Julian Assange’s extradition to the US has been blocked, but he still faces the injustice of years in prison in the UK. While world leaders remain quiet, AMLO stands alone in speaking for freedom of speech — and has offered Assange asylum in Mexico.

Activists Mobilizing: Create an Eviction-Free USA

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“Rent strikers and people at risk of losing their shelter are doing all they can to stop the violence of evictions and promote a vision of collective and community ownership of housing for everyone.”

President Biden’s China Conundrum

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Can Biden Achieve Progress Where It Matters While Avoiding a New Cold (or Hot) War?

Chaos Or Community? MLK's Final Message Of Hope

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Violence has not produced justice anywhere. We must build a nonviolent movement in the 21st century that advances a multi-racial democracy that has never before existed in the United States.

Can We Crack the Right’s White Bloc? Organizers Say Yes

Deep canvass conversations, storytelling, acknowledges people’s experiences while suggesting a different way to understand and respond. Race-class narrative highlights the stake that white people have in fighting racism and ways to take action.

The Coronavirus Is Evolving Before Our Eyes

The virus is mutating as expected. We can still stop it.

The Trump Administration’s Parting Outrage Against Cuba

The last-minute designation of Cuba as a state sponsor of terror will make it harder for the incoming Biden administration to lift sanctions and renormalize relations with the island nation.

The Rosenberg Orphans and the Power of Radical History

Orphaned after their parents were executed for espionage, the story of the Rosenberg boys is one all Americans should know.

A Jim Crow Relic That Must Be Abolished

"Do Senate Democrats want to keep the filibuster or do they want to pass comprehensive democracy, anti-corruption, and voting rights legislation to realize the promise of a multi-racial democracy?"

A White Supremacist Coup Succeeded in 1898 NC

The Wilmington coup, when white supremacists overthrew the city’s legitimately elected bi-racial government, could not have happened without the involvement of white news media. The same is true of the Capitol siege on Jan. 6, 2021.
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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.

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The Post-Trump Future of Literature

Viet Thanh Nguyen New York Times
What will writers do when the outrage is over? Will they go back to writing about flowers and moons?

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Strongmen

Charles Kaiser The Guardian
Ruth Ben-Ghiat delivers a superb examination of how close the US came to fascism – and how it has propped it up before.

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The Customer Is Not Always Right

Khushbu Shah Food & Wine
Customer entitlement at restaurants is at an all-time high, making work unsafe and unbearable for many in the industry. The way we think about hospitality needs to change.

Labor

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Multiracial Democracy or Fascist-Like Autocracy?

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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.

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Amazon Warehouse Workers to Vote on Union

Annie Palmer CNBC
A National Labor Relations Board hearing officer ruled Friday that Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama can hold a union vote starting on Feb. 8.

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Google’s New Union Is Already Addressing Political Issues

Aarian Marshall WIRED
The Alphabet Workers Union said YouTube’s response to the insurrection was “lackluster” and inadequate. In a statement, the group said Google was not enforcing its own policies, while the platform was being used to “spread hatred and extremism.”

Friday nite video

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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.

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How QAnon Addicts Its Followers

VICE News investigates the who, what, and why behind the QAnon conspiracy movement to understand its radicalizing impact on society, in the wake of the Capitol riots.

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How Trump Has Incited Violence for Years

'Knock the crap out of 'em, would you? I promise you, I will pay for the legal fees' — Trump has been inciting violence from his supporters for years.