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'Defy the Thought Police', Stand With Assange

demonstrators with Assange photos
The U.N. says he has the right of free passage to freedom, but this is denied. He has the right to medical treatment without fear of arrest, but this is denied. He has the right to compensation, but this is denied.

A Teenage War Resister in Israel

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He is a rarity in his own land, one of only a handful of refuseniks living in Israel.

Tribunal: Trump and Duterte Guilty

Trump and Duterte toasting
The unholy alliance between the Philippine and U.S. governments is long-standing.

The Abortion Rights Movement Can’t Afford Amnesia

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We need an energetic movement that will fight for abortion without reservation. And that means reclaiming its radical roots—and reclaiming it from big national organizations, including the Democratic Party.

Trump’s Wall Is a Symbol With a Long and Toxic History

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The notion of a white republic is neither new nor a figment of the imagination of the neofascists of our time.

The Gendering of Expertise About The Pill

While women have challenged patriarchal health policy in a variety of roles, their contributions continue to be limited by problematic gender norms about expertise.

The Pentagon’s Bottomless Money Pit

When the Defense Department flunked its first-ever fiscal review, one of our government’s greatest mysteries was exposed: Where does the DoD’s $700 billion annual budget go?

Trump's 2020 Budget Request Bloats Militarized Spending

Of course, presidential budgets rarely come to pass. But President Trump’s intentions are clear, and if his recent willingness to shut down the federal government is any indication, there are plenty of fights ahead.

2020 Trump Budget: A Disturbing Vision

President Trump’s 2020 budget, released March 11, 2019, would make poverty more widespread, widen inequality and racial disparities, and increase the ranks of the uninsured.

White Nationalism’s Deep American Roots

The concept of “white genocide” has an American past in need of excavation. Without such an effort, we may fail to appreciate the tenacity of the dogma it expresses, and the difficulty of eradicating it.
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Culture

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Folk Witness

John T. Edge Oxford American
What draws us to seek pleasure and solace in places often referred to as joints and shacks? Is this about time travel? Are they portals to a Southern past? Is it rooted in rooted in class difference, and a want to span that chasm?

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Fish & Duck Skills

Metta Sáma Poem-a-Day
The poet Metta Sáma depicts the travails of high school taunts and bullying that ultimately reduce to a single trait: race.

Frida Kahlo: Communist, Feminist, Global Commodity

Lauren Kaori Gurley The Indypendent
A look at a new and extensive retrospective of the outstanding Mexican artist’s work at New York’s Brooklyn Museum through more than 350 objects shows Kahlo’s political and artistic life in all of its complexities and contradictions.

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Dying of Whiteness

Tana Ganeva Raw Story
In this interview, author Jonathan M. Metzl, a physician and social scientist, talks about traveling through Trump country to find that the politics of "white racial resentment" is poisoning and sickening GOP voters as well as our politics.

Labor

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How to Use Grievances to Organize

Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle Labor Notes
This excerpt from "Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up" explains how to think about grievance handling in another way.

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An Ecosocialist Green New Deal: Guiding Principles

DSA Ecosocialists Democratic Socialists of America
Our role is to help build a militant mass working-class movement that is powerful enough to secure human flourishing for all beyond the critical next decades, not just survival for some.

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Why Unions Must Bargain Over Climate Change

Nato Green Working In These Times
The policies of a Green New Deal require a robust and well-funded public sector with good union jobs. Because of the nature of public sector work, a Green New Deal disproportionately benefits women and people of color.

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Teamsters Union Faces Revolt From Members Over UPS Contracts

Dave Jamieson Huffington Post
When UPS workers in western Pennsylvania held a vote on their new collective bargaining agreement earlier this year, 96 percent of them voted against it. But it appears the national union leadership plans to implement the contract anyway.

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‘Colony of Hell’: 911 Calls From Inside Amazon Warehouses

Max Zahn, Sharif Paget The Daily Beast
Between October 2013 and October 2018, emergency workers were summoned to Amazon warehouses at least 189 times for suicide attempts, suicidal thoughts, and other mental-health episodes, according to 911 call police and ambulance logs.

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Sex Work is Work

Riley Renegade and Kressent Pottenger New Labor Forum
The term "sex worker" is becoming more ubiquitous over time, and some workers are organizing to fight for better conditions.

Friday nite video

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Hip Hop: Outta da Bronx, and Around the World

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan dissects how the rise of music streaming on platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud has influenced the sound, reach, and impact of modern day hip hop. While streaming technology has led to the commercial viability of SoundCloud rappers, it is simultaneously enabling rap as a viable form of protest against oppressive regimes around the world.

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Historian Rutger Bregman: Moderates Are The Real Fringe

Rutger Bregman, who went viral for his criticism of the super-rich at Davos, joins Lawrence to react to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's push for "Democratic socialism" and right-wing attacks on Democratic proposals.

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Juanita | Netflix Movie

Fed up with her life, Juanita leaves her grown kids behind and hits the road in search of a fresh start.

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Now That's What I Call an Alibi

'You've Got Friends in High Places' and all your other favorite misquoted Garth Brooks songs that you can use to obstruct justice!

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A Better Way to Tax the Rich

American wealth inequality is staggering. A wealth tax, which would home in on the money people actually have, rather than just the money we earn and spend, could be a solution.

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VENEZUELA | Music Parody

A different message to the melody of 'I heard it through the grapevine.' And some other recognizable tunes.