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“The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro”

Frederick Douglass The Life and Writings of Frederick Douglass, Volume II
Frederick Douglass
Frederick Douglass gave this speech in Rochester, New York on July 5, 1852. Some now give this speech the title, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?"

Amazon Is No Friend of Its Workers Who Served As Soldiers

Suzanne Gordon Steve Early Jasper Craven Jacobin
Amazon is posing as a friend to veterans who need jobs when they return home from military service — while mistreating those veterans just as brutally as any other Amazon worker.

Labor Condemns Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Resist and fightback -- numerous unions condemned the Supreme Court's decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion. A sampling, from multiple unions representing workers in virtually every sector of the economy, are reprinted below.

We Won! • We Won Our Union!

SCU Adjuncts and Lecturers Union SCU Adjuncts and Lecturers Union
After a Five-Year Campaign, Adjuncts Faculty and Lecturers at Santa Clara University win their union and vote SEIU 1021 as Bargaining Representative. Union-yes votes win in a landslide (72.5%) in the National Labor Relations Board-overseen election.

The Beating Heart of the US Labor Movement Was at Labor Notes

Alex N. Press Jacobin
This past weekend, 4,000 labor militants gathered near Chicago for the Labor Notes conference. Amazon and Starbucks workers, teachers, Teamsters, Bernie Sanders — Labor Notes is a mosaic that brought the labor and leftist upsurge under one roof.