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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.

 

 

 

Culture

Asking for Your Help; We Made Changes to Help our Fight

Portside
Like everyone, we’ve been straining to keep up with astounding developments over the past year. We've also made a lot of changes, to create better tools to help meet the needs of the moment. So if you haven't donated yet, it's not too late.

books

John Edgar Wideman's "Writing to Save a Life"

Charles R. Larson Counterpunch
Wideman's mixed-genre work examines the lives and legacies of the young Till, his father, Louis Till, and what they can tell us about racism and about families.

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Race and the Logic of Capital

Alan Wald Solidarity
Shortly before his death, James Baldwin wrote that in the U.S., “White is a metaphor for power,” an observation that is deep background for much of the discussion in the masterly book under review, where race and class are intertwined, yet surface differences are used to split the labor force and maintain capital’s hegemony. The book can usefully inform debate on race and class and aid in reconstructing a revolutionary project in the context of Trumpworld.

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The Food World and America's White Supremacy Problem

Tunde Wey San Francisco Chronicle
In America, white supremacy is the establishment — not part of it, but all of it, our politics, prisons, schools. And white supremacy dominates our food, our media, even our escapism.

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

Josh Trapani Washington Independent Review of Books
The well-known scientist and commentator on science has presented us with a primer on his subject that is aimed at a wide and popular audience.

Labor

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Why a Successful Union Organizer Thinks Traditional Organizing is a Lost Cause

Rick Wartzman Beyond Chron
Instead of being sufficiently innovative, says Seattle SEIU Local 775 David Rolf, most labor leaders have been “reinvesting and doubling down on our American system of enterprise-based collective bargaining since the union movement started to shrink in the early 1950s.” The result: “Through decades . . . we’ve seen unions grow weaker and weaker every year while continuing to repeat the same strategic directions.”

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We’ve Made Changes…We’re Asking for Your Help

Portside
Like everyone, we’ve been straining to keep up with astounding developments over the past year. We've also made a lot of changes, to create better tools to help meet the needs of the moment. So if you haven't donated yet, it's not too late.

labor

Carrier Workers Are Livid After Facing Layoffs Despite Trump’s Promises

Bryce Covert In These Times
The fine print of Trump’s deal has now turned into reality for Carrier’s Indianapolis employees. Roughly 340 workers lost their jobs in July. The last round of layoffs mean 250 workers will clock in in for their final shifts today despite Trump’s pledges.

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Union-busters Set Themselves Up for Janus Backfire

IUOE Local 150 IUOE Local 150
Unfortunately, for the special interest groups that are pushing this agenda, the ramifications of a win will have the opposite of the desired effect. If not bargaining is protected free speech, then bargaining will conversely be protected free speech, giving union workers new protections that we’ve never enjoyed before.

Friday nite video

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How Machines Learn

 
How do all the algorithms around us learn to do their jobs?

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Not A President, Not Yet A Dictator

In light of the one-year anniversary of the crappiest day of our lives – the inauguration of Donald J. Trump – we examine how democracy is holding up to his daily assault.

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Long Ago, Far Away | Odetta Sings Dylan

Odetta, the musical 'Voice of the Civil Rights Movement,' brings the haunting refrain of one of Bob Dylan's most radical songs about war, inequality and oppression: Things like that don't happen / No more, nowadays.