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Texas Passes Law to Stop Teachers Talking about Racism

“The idea is to whitewash American history of any legacy of racism,” said state Democratic Rep. James Talarico.

Trumpism Without Borders

The peculiarly American characteristics of the Trump years have blinded us to the spread of this radical disorder worldwide.

Growing Up With Juneteenth

How a Texan holiday became a national tradition.

“The Billionaires Are Nervous. They Should Be Nervous."

In an interview, Alexa Aviles discusses her history of education organizing, recent billionaire-funded scaremongering attacks against her, and why she’s running for City Council from South Brooklyn as part of a citywide socialist slate.

Global Left Midweek - National Yearnings and Left Polit

When popular struggles defy borders and demand statehood, and left views on the Palestine crisis

Social Security Versus National Security

The U.S. “national security” budget is still the third rail of politics in this country.

How Democrats and Progressives Undermined the Summit

Most Democrats in Congress are now locked into a modern Cold War mentality that endangers human survival.

James Haslam To Step Down From VT Rights and Democracy

“It’s been quite the roller coaster of a historical period to be having an organization called ‘Rights & Democracy,’” James Haslam said.

Disaster Capitalism: Puerto Rico Plunged into Darkness

“This is a classic example of disaster capitalism,” says Arturo Massol-Deyá, executive director of Casa Pueblo, a community-based natural resources conservation and sustainable development group.

Media Bits and Bytes - June 15, 2021

Media regulation — who, which, when, how? Also Ransomware, BitClout and Roblox
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Culture

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Black Communities Have Always Used Food as Protest

Amethyst Ganaway Food & Wine
Beginning with the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Black people in America have used food as a means of resistance, rebellion, and revolution as well as maintaining a closeness with one another through the meals they ate.

poetry

Poem with an Ear Pressed to the Ground

Kindra McDonald Rattle
“So much of this last year has been about breath and breathing,” writes the poet Kindra McDonald, referring to respirators and the words “I can’t breathe.”

books

The Railway: An Adventure in Construction

Dragan Plavšić Counterfire
E. P. Thompson a leader among British youth in constructing a Yugoslav railway in 1947. The reviewer faults the book, for boosting the communist regime while exaggerating the role played by the nation’s workers, even as he lauds Thompson’s later work

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After Homosexuality

Kate Redburn Dissent
This book is "an ambitious retelling of the history of capitalism through the politics of gay sex, arrives just in time to help dissuade us of the idea that we have reached the end of gay history."

Labor

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There Is No Labour Shortage, Only Labour Exploitation

Sonali Kolhatkar Naked Capitalsm
If the hyperbolic claims are to be believed, American workers are luxuriating in the largesse of taxpayer-funded payments, thumbing their noses at the benevolent and generous employers who are struggling to fill job vacancies.

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A Backroom Deal To Kill Single Payer

Julia Rock The Daily Poster
Under pressure from labor leaders and insurance execs, NY Dem leaders are blocking a vote on health care legislation even though it has majority support in the legislature.

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Trump-inspired Death Threats are Terrorizing Election Workers

Linda So Reuters
Flag that says stop the steal Election officials and their families are living with threats of hanging, firing squads, torture and bomb blasts, interviews and documents reveal. The campaign of fear, sparked by Trump's voter-fraud falsehoods, threatens the U.S. electoral system.

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Paid Sick Leave is a Women’s Health Issue

Cecille Joan Avila Prism
A woman’s ability to take the time they need to care for their health should never come at the expense of lost income, nor depend on the income they make or the industry they work in.

Friday nite video

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Is Most Published Research Wrong?

Mounting evidence suggests a lot of published research is false. But it's a lot better than denying published science.

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Why the US Government Murdered Fred Hampton

This is the story of an assassination, and a coverup. But Fred Hampton's story is about much more than the raid that took his life: the movement he helped create was unique, and revolutionary.