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A Georgia Victory for Black Political Organizing

A large network of political groups and outreach initiatives, many of them helmed by black women, backed Abrams in Georgia’s May 22 democratic primary

The Unfolding #MeToo Moment for Junot Diaz

My goal isn’t to drag Junot Diaz, nor is it to excuse him. My goal is to end sexual violence against women and girls.

No Cop Academy Protesters Disrupt Chicago City Council

“Over 500 people we surveyed in West Garfield Park said they do not want this cop academy,” said Monica Trinidad, one of the demonstrators. “There are way more resources of need in their community. They want jobs. They want mental health clinics. They want public schools."

Was Kevin Cooper Framed for Murder?

This is the story of a broken justice system. It appears that an innocent man was framed by sheriff’s deputies and is on death row in part because of dishonest cops, sensational media coverage and flawed political leaders.

Honoring the Catonsville 9

"Our apologies, good friends, for the fracture of good order, the burning of paper instead of children, the angering of the orderlies in the front parlor of the charnel house. We could not, so help us God, do otherwise.” -- Remembering the Catonsville 9.

How to Protect a Renter Nation

Laws that help renters are based on the belief that housing is a right for all, not just for those who own homes.

The Supreme Court’s Latest Anti-Worker Decision

In a 5-4 decision on the Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis case, the Court ruled that private-sector employees do not have the right to enter into class-action lawsuits to challenge violations of federal labor laws.

"Kinder Morgan Will Not Finish This Pipeline"

“It’s not just about the spills, it’s not just about the orcas,” said Graham Clumpner one of the paddlers with the Mosquito Fleet: “The bigger issue that we are all facing is climate change,” he said. “We are going to not allow Kinder Morgan to finish this pipeline.”

The Destruction of Plant and Animal Life by Humans

The researchers estimate that, in terms of biomass, the so-called rise of human civilization has destroyed 83 percent of wild mammals, 80 percent of marine animals, 50 percent of plants, and 15 percent of fish.

Dispatches From the Culture Wars

Dance, pendejo; Royals go off program; Teens get political while dodging bullets; 911 is a death sentence; Women turn out for their rights in Spain
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Two Coming-of-Age Films: New York in the ’70s, Paris Today

Eric A. Gordon Hollywood Progressive
Two films depicting a young person’s coming of age are showing on screens now: Boom for Real: The Late Teenage Years of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat and Le Brio about a young Arab woman in Paris who achieves her dream of becoming a lawyer by overcoming the toxic racism of her law school professor.

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Is Television Ready for Angry Women?

Sophie Gilbert The Atlantic
Producer Marti Noxon has two shows about women’s pain and rage debuting this summer—and the timing couldn’t be better.

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Egg

By Joyce Peseroff AGNI
An egg is an egg is an egg but in Joyce Peseroff’s subtle poem, an egg is a marker of a person’s social conscience.

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Cursing Cortes

Álvaro Enrigue The New York Review of Books
The simple story of Cortés's evisceration of the the Aztecs is not so simple. In letters to Spain's King Carlos I, justifying morally Mexico’s occupation, Cortés distorted what was in fact a messy and confusing war involving several armies from already competing European nations. His lies linger.

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Zora Neale Hurston’s ‘Barracoon’

Angela Helm The Root
This work by Zora Neale Hurston, the famed author of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937), has surfaced after over eight decades. It is the autobiography, as transcribed by Hurston, of the life of one of the last persons enslaved in Africa and brought to this country.

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Don’t Cry, Resist! Movies From a Female Revolution

Manohla Dargis New York Times
“Before, I was my father’s Janie,” says this determined woman, who with grit and welfare checks is raising her six children alone in an abject corner of Newark. “And then I was Charlie’s Janie,” she says of her abusive husband. “Now I’m Janie’s Janie.”

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At Outside In, An Overwhelming Vote to Unionize

Don McIntosh nwLaborPress.org
The Outside In unit will consist of about 125 workers in about 50 separate classifications. Alongside the vote to unionize, Outside In employees who hold advanced degrees also voted 21 to 7 to be in the same AFSCME bargaining unit.

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'Roll Up Your Sleeves': At a Dark Time for U.S. Unions, This Woman Sees Hope

Mike Elk The Guardian
“If you look at the strongest unions today, they are our public sector education unions and these are unions that by and large are made up of women with women leaders,” says Lily Eskelsen García, the National Education Association president. “We aren’t not sitting by and accepting the status quo.”

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What’s Behind the Teachers’ Strikes

Ellen David Friedman Dollars and Sense
To understand the insurgency, we need to look at economics, and at political economy specifically. But we especially need a labor-movement analysis.

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Craft Beer’s Moral High Ground Doesn't Apply to Its Workers

Dave Infante Splinter
For his work as a production manager at Falling Sky overseeing a team of brewers and working up to 65 hours a week, Timms made what came out to a little over $40,000 a year. Frustrated, he quit his brewing job in early 2018, convinced that craft brewers were getting shorted across the industry.

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It's Official: Pueblo Teachers Approve Contract, Ending Strike

Jon Pompia The Pueblo Chieftain
The walkout against the district was the first teachers strike in Colorado in nearly a quarter of a century. Garnering the attention of both the state and nation, the action is the first public-sector workers strike in Pueblo since 1977.

Friday nite video

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The Biggest Myths About Socialism

Why are Americans so afraid of socialism? Because its powerful detractors have been lying to the American people about it for decades.

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Black Eyed Peas - Street Livin'

Prison Industrial Complex. Immigration. Gun Violence. Police Brutality. These issues are critical for our families, friends, communities, and world. Stay Woke, Take Action Now.

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The Monopolization of America

Robert Reich takes a take an in-depth look at antitrust laws in the United States and explains how corporate giants have come to dominate the American economy and politics.