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Class Solidarity: What It Is and How You Can Engage in

Class solidarity is the glue that holds segments of society together, and can be a powerful tool for organizing and defending our communities.

Coronavirus Strikes Latino Families Near CA Salton Sea

Now the largely agrarian community has found itself in the middle of a perfect storm of environmental neglect, poverty, and the coronavirus.

$11 Billion Question: CA Raise Commercial Property Tax?

San Francisco skyline
The Proposition 15 ballot measure aims to hike commercial tax rates and potentially raise billions to support funding for schools and other public infrastructure.

What Is the U.S.-Mexico Border to Indigenous Peoples Wh

     Indigenous people from the Tohono O’odham ethnic group dance and sing
For Indigenous peoples of the Americas, the U.S.-Mexico border is increasingly a symbol and tool of genocide.

US Labor Movement Needs More of the UE’s “Them and Us"

women workers painted in a mural
The United Electrical Workers was one of America’s mightiest unions. Many leaders were leftists who challenged corporate power, so UE was decimated by McCarthyism. The union survived and UE's model of militant, democratic unionism can revive labor.

Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die

Which is too bad because we really need to understand how the immune system reacts to the coronavirus.

Lawyers Praised 'Beauty' of Controversial Police Tactic

The recording of a legal training session for federal law enforcement officers alarmed some civil liberties advocates.

The Voting Will End Nov. 3. The Legal Battle Won't

As the two parties clash over how to conduct an election in a pandemic, President Trump’s litigiousness and unfounded claims of fraud have increased the likelihood of epic postelection court fights.

Military Escalation With China in the South China Sea?

The US and China’s dance in the South China Sea bears a troubling resemblance to 1914 Sarajevo—and the eve of World War I.

Iowans with Past Criminal Convictions Can Now Vote

Iowa was the last state in the country that permanently took voting rights away from citizens with past convictions unless the government approved individual rights restoration – which now applies only to people with felony homicide convictions.
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Culture

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What Is Portuguese-American Food?

Grace Kelly Taste Cooking
In New England towns like Fall River, Massachusetts, or East Providence, Rhode Island, Portuguese restaurants and markets carve out an identity of ’60s and ’70s nostalgia.

poetry

Accustomed to Dead Kids

Alexis Rhone Fancher The Dead Kid Poems
Southern California poet Alexis Rhone Fancher offers a musical rendition on the theme “guns matter/kids do not.”

books

Red Legacies

Michael Terry The Brooklyn Rail
This book, first published in 2011, remains useful in this time of renewed popularity for socialist ideas. As reviewer Terry pointed out when the book was first published, it is an informative treatment of its topic, despite its weaknesses.

film

Gymnasts Worldwide Push Back on Their Sport’s Culture of Abuse

Juliet Macur New York Times
On Instagram and other social networks, gymnasts have tagged posts with #GymnastAlliance to share their own experiences in the wake of a Netflix's new documentary 'Athlete' A that highlights verbal and physical abuse by coaches.

poetry

Quarantine

Quinn Lewis Southern Review
Months before the public became aware of Covid-19, the poet Quinn Lewis used the word to depict a chosen escape from normal life and the ensuing comforts “inside/the walls.”

Labor

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HSTA Advocates for 100% Distance Learning Through at Least 1st Quarter

Hawaii State Teachers Association Hawaii State Teachers Association
As coronavirus (COVID-19) cases continue to rise exponentially in Hawaii, the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) believes the public schools should utilize 100-percent distance learning rather than returning to in-person instruction.

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Chicago Teachers Union to Call for Strike Vote at Meeting Next Week

Nader Issa and Fran Spielman Chicago Sun Times
At protests Monday in which the union ramped up its public attacks, CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates, said it’s too dangerous to send students and staff back to schools with COVID-19 cases on the rise.

Friday nite video

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U.S. History: Why the Battle Continues and Why It Matters

John Oliver takes a look at how the history of race in America is taught in schools, how we can make those teachings more accurate, and why it’s in everyone's best interest to understand the most realistic version of the past.

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Vote Him Away #2 (The Liar Tweets Tonight)

By Roy Zimmerman and The ReZisters featuring Peggy Seeger, Jay Siegel of the Tokens, Vicki Randle, George Kahumoku Jr. Sandy Riccardi and Philipos Melaku-Bello

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Morgan Freeman Reads Rep. John Lewis’ Last Words

In a special Last Word, Morgan Freeman reads the words of John Lewis’ final essay, which he requested be published in the New York Times on the day of his funeral: “Together, You Can Redeem the Soul of Our Nation.” 

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Audion | Playing For Change

“The melody is inspired by some of my favorite musicians such as Furrey Lewis, Blind Willie Johnson, and many others,” says composer Nico Bereciartúa. With musicians in the USA, India, Italy, and Jerusalem.