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GM Oshawa: Making Hope Possible

Sam Gindin Socialist Project
Continuing our dependence on unaccountable corporations, without the ability to enforce job guarantees, making competitiveness the only test of worthwhile activity, looking to ‘better’ free trade agreements, are dead ends -- death by a thousand cuts.

Rethinking the Corny History of Maize

Brigit Katz Smithsonian Magazine
A new genetic study traces the movement of one of the world’s most vital crops from Mexico to South America

South Park Season-Finale Recap: Bezos Goes Up in Smoke

Charles Bramesco Vulture
This episode starts in earnest with the simple idea that the online megaretailer Amazon is bad for regular folks. It kills the people working there, such as workplace accident victim turned Marxist lecturer Josh.

The Public Ownership Solution

Thomas M. Hanna Jacobin
The US has a surprisingly large amount of public ownership. But in order for it to truly serve the social good, it must be expanded — and democratized.

Miami Takes a Historic First Step to Stem Climate Gentrification

E.A. Crunden ThinkProgress
People try to pass through a flooded street in Miami Beach.
The City of Miami has adopted a resolution residents hope will help curb climate gentrification, the phenomenon where as sea levels rise the wealthy displace low-income residents as they relocate from their once desirable coastal locations.

Texas Judge Strikes Down Obama’s ACA as Unconstitutional

Abby Goodnough and Robert Pear New York Times
At issue was whether the health law’s insurance mandate still compelled people to buy coverage after Congress reduced the penalty to zero dollars as part of the tax overhaul that President Trump signed last December.

Chicago Teachers Win First Charter Strike in History

Barbara Madeloni Labor Notes
In a charter network where 90 percent of the students are Latino, strikers won an agreement to designate all its schools as “sanctuary schools,” off-limits to immigration police.