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70,000 Rally in Okinawa: US Military Base Relocation

demonstrator in Okinawa surrounded by police
Japanese islanders are trying to block the government's plan to start dumping soil into Henoko Bay within days.

Historic Election of Wesley Bell, Movement-building, Es

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The most important thing we need to be doing right now is organizing and movement building. Period. Dot com. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Tenants Together: Stories, Struggles, and Strategies

tenants demonstration in San Francisco
It's been an exciting and challenging summer for California tenants. The good news: through our collective power, we are fighting back. Here's just a slice of the work Tenants Together and our members, partners, and allies are doing this summer!

Brutal Personal Costs: Philippines’ Human Rights Abuses

Filipino environmental activists meeting
In September 2017, Sheerah Escudero’s world came crashing down. Her beloved younger brother Ephraim had been missing for five days and the Escudero family was growing increasingly desperate.

"Human trafficking": From Puerto Rico to Arizona

man leaning on a railing in prison in Puerto Rico
Some warn that the radical overhaul of Puerto Rico’s prison system – which was badly affected by Maria – may have dire consequences for inmates’ civil rights.

Bad Chicago Cops Spread Their Misconduct like a Disease

Because Chicago's police complaints can list multiple officers at once, it’s possible to build a giant social network of police interactions.

Georgia Election Board Plots Assault on Black Voting

Election board proposes shutting down seven of the nine polling locations in an overwhelmingly black rural county not long after Democrats nominated Stacey Abrams, an African American woman, as their gubernatorial candidate.

Are American Workers Really Allergic to Socialism?

One of the most remarkable demonstrations of the deep-seated radicalism of “ordinary people” has been all but forgotten, even by historians: namely, the Workers’ Unemployment Insurance Bill.

Alfred Russel Wallace’s Footsteps to Evolution Theory

In the midst of this gorgeous but very harsh environment, Wallace was able to keep a clear head, think deeply about what it all meant, put it down on paper and send it to the most prominent biologist of the time, Charles Darwin.

If We Don’t Understand Class Struggle . . .

Filmmaker Ken Loach on populism, the gig economy, and the importance of transnational solidarity in his movies and beyond.
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Culture

food

A Texas lawsuit hinges on this question: What, exactly, are “pickles”?

Baylen J. Linnekin New Food Economy
The Department of State Health Services in Texas limits the definition of “pickle” to cucumbers only, much to the chagrin of small farmers like Anita Patton-McHaney and James McHaney One couple wants to take advantage of the state’s cottage food law by selling pickled beets, carrots, and other vegetables they grow in their market garden. But the Texas health department says that’s only legal if they want to sell pickled cucumbers

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Lillian Hellman’s Days to Come

Jane LaTour ZNet
The great mystery to me, is why the play was a failure. Originally it ran for only 3 days, and then closed. Hellman was responding to an all-too-common ethical dilemma that persists down to today. Her own sympathies lay with the striking workers.

poetry

Gone . . .

Lee Rossi
California poet Lee Rossi explores the impact of toppling old heroes, their myths, their monuments, their wrongs.

books

Simone Weil, Meditations on a Corpse: Sketch for an Article

Simone Weil New Left Review
A pungent and exhaustive evaluation of the short-lived, pre-war popular front government of France, written on the heels of its demise by the brilliant French writer Simone Weil, with an introduction by the NLR editors.

Labor

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Review: Labor and the Class Idea in the U.S. and Canada

Steve Downs Labor Notes
The difference between these two systems of labor relations shows up in the different weight given to individual rights, such as freedom of speech, and collective rights, such as freedom of association.

Friday nite video

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Astroturfing

Organizations can hire fake advocates who create the illusion of real support for their message. It’s a shady practice called astroturfing that can warp the public perception of anything...even astroturfing.

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A Ride Through Oakland With Boots Riley

Boots Riley, frontman of the politically-charged hip-hop group 'The Coup' and director of movie Sorry to Bother You, reflects on his music, his future, and his relentless revolt against capitalism during a tour of the streets of Oakland.

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Movie | Fahrenheit 11/9

Palme d’Or–winning documentarian Michael Moore (Fahrenheit 9/11) turns his attention to another significant date, examining the legacy of Trump’s ascension to the US presidency on November 9, 2016. In theaters everywhere September 21. 

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Thank You, Koch Brothers!

Bernie Sanders thanks the Koch brothers for sponsoring a study that shows that Medicare for all would save the American people $2 trillion dollars over a ten year period. Probably not what they intended to do, but that is what a study of the Mercatus Center - significantly funded by the Kochs - shows.

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Prophets of Rage | Who Owns Who

From the debut album of Prophets of Rage (Tim Commerford, Tom Morello and Brad Wilk from Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, DJ Lord and Chuck D from Public Enemy, and B-Real of Cypress Hill).