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Nex Benedict Matters

The 16-year-old non-binary student's ultimately fatal attack in her high school bathroom occurred amid a concerted effort in Oklahoma, led by powerful state officials and far-right activists, to vilify and stigmatize trans and non-binary people.

‘Unconscionable’ Criminal Justice Bills in Louisiana

Reform advocates condemn raft of measures expected to pass under new far-right governor

‘Right-To-Work’ Laws Damage State Economies

As Michigan’s repeal takes effect, New Hampshire should continue to reject ‘right-to-work’ legislation

Alabama Court Ruling Threatens IVF Treatments

"This cruel ruling, and the subsequent decision by UAB's health system, are horrifying signals of what's to come across the country," warned the head of one infertility group.

Global Left Midweek – February 21, 2024

In defense of humanity

Charles V. Hamilton, Black Power Author, Dies at 94

He popularized the term “institutional racism" and, with Stokely Carmichael, wrote a book in 1967 that was seen as a radical manifesto.

Popular Enforcement of International Law

The International Court of Justice has found that Israel’s actions in Gaza may constitute genocide in violation of international law. A US District Court has added, “It is every individual’s obligation to confront the current siege in Gaza.”

US Vetoes Another UN Resolution Urging Gaza Ceasefire

Majority of members voted to call for an immediate ceasefire in Israel’s war on Gaza that has killed more than 29,000 people.

Julian Assange’s Moment of Truth Has Arrived

If his appeal fails this week, the WikiLeaks founder could soon be on a plane towards a potential jail term of 175 years

Media Bits and Bytes – February 20, 2024

Who knows what evil lurks in the heart of AI?
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Culture

food

Restaurant Menus Are Designed To Trick You Into Spending More Money

Mackenzie Filson Women's Health Magazine
Restaurant menus, from fancy sit-down places to fast food restaurants and even take-outs, are full of tricks to increase sales. But once you notice the visual elements that make up a menu, you'll never be able to unsee them

poetry

Salaria Kea

Peter Neil Carroll Sketches From Spain: Homage to the Abraham Lincoln Brigade
The only African American woman to serve in the Spanish Civil War, nurse Salaria Kea fought racism all of her life.

books

Why Some Are More Equal Than Others

Richard V Reeves Literary Review
This book, writes reviewer Reeves, "ought to be read by anyone interested in equality, and also anyone interested in people, history, God, politics, religion, nationalism, war or love."

Labor

labor

Strikes and a Boycott Win a Better Deal From Macy’s

Lisa Xu Labor Notes
Local 3000 is the largest local in the UFCW with 50,000 members in grocery, retail, and health care. It has been the most prominent local advocating reform of the union, backing the campaign by Essential Workers for Democracy (EW4D).

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