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Information is power. Our mission at Portside is to seek out and to provide information that empowers you -- that empowers the left. Every day we search hundreds of sources to connect you with the most interesting, striking and useful material. Just once a year we appeal to you to contribute to make it possible to continue this work. Please help.

 

An Open Letter to the Green Party About 2020

Why reject a safe states strategy? Some might claim doing so can't help Trump win again or that Trump's re-election would not matter all that much. We hope that no one in 2020 will make such irresponsible and patently false claims.

Impeachment Trial Without Witnesses Unconstitutional

Donald Trump became only the third U.S. president to be impeached. If Mitch McConnell succeeds in his intention to prevent any witnesses from testifying, Trump will become the first president to be acquitted by an unconstitutional impeachment process

The Transformative Power of Solidarity Will Beat Trump

CBS News reported that Bernie Sanders had just done exactly what many critics have long called on him to do: He asked his supporters to dial back the personal attacks on rivals in the Democratic primary and focus on substantial policy differences.

Military Should Question Orders They're Given by Trump

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Mass., a longtime outspoken critic of Trump's policies and decisions, has publicly voiced concerns with the decision to kill Soleimani in the days following his death, saying the consequences of the strike were unclear.

Regrets of an Israel Founder's Son

In a wide-ranging interview, Yaakov Sharett, the son of one of Israel's founding fathers, says he regrets settling the Negev in the 1940s - and the entire Zionist project.

Jan. 23, 2020-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Anti-Trump Unity Needed; Truth About Trump Economy; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Civil Rights, Voting Rights and Emmett Till; Terence Hallinan; Latest from Austria; Puerto Rico poster; Top Civil Rights Songs; Iran Day of Action Saturday

Why Anti-Semitism Is on the Rise in the United States

During the past decade, social media has amplified the voices of white supremacists and anti-Semites, but it is Trump who has lent them legitimacy and emboldened them to come out of the shadows.

The Republicans Impeachment Strategy - Lying

As the trial enters its second day, can anyone stop Trump’s Senate enablers from dissembling their way to an acquittal?

Introducing the Teen Vogue 2020 Youth Voter Committee

As part of Vogue's #TeenVote2020 project, 12 young people will be its sounding board for all things related to the presidential campaign.

The Forgotten Socialist History of Martin Luther King J

King believed that a multiracial working-class movement was required to overcome the failings of capitalism.
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Culture

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To Combat Antisemitism, Write a Villanelle

Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach Rattle
Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach wrote this poem in response to the presidential executive order changing the status of “Jew” from a religion or ethnicity to a nationality.

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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.

Labor

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Bernie’s Labor Support Snowballs

HOLLY OTTERBEIN POLITICO
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the foreground at an inside rally. While many national unions have stayed neutral, more progressive-minded local unions and labor groups are coming out in force for the Vermont senator.

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The Politics of Pensions: No Bailout for You

Marc Dann and Leo Jennings III Working Class Perspectives
Federal officials have floated a number of proposals for dealing with the dilemma of underfunded multi-employer pension plans.  Most have one thing in common: they punish the innocent victims. The contrast with the bailout of bankers is striking.

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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.

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.