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The Ghost of Jimmy Hoffa Won’t Go Away

Steve Early Jacobin
Martin Scorsese’s new film The Irishman continues Hollywood’s obsession with the disappearance of Jimmy Hoffa. We’re more concerned with what happened to Teamster working conditions under his son, James P. Hoffa.

Hollywood Women Unveil Anti-Harassment Plan for the Working Class

Cara Buckley New York Times
300 powerful women in Hollywood have announced a new group called Time's Up to lead a national campaign against the systematic sexual harassment of women from Hollywood to working-class communities across America.. Among those taking part are actresses Emma Stone, Reese Witherspoon, Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Meryl Streep, Ashley Judd, Natalie Portman, Eva Longoria and Kerry Washington, as well as producer Shonda Rhimes, Universal Pictures chairwoman Donna Langley, and lawyer Tina Tchen. (Daily Beast)

Remembering the Great Essayist and Activist Clancy Sigal -- Clancy Sigal Has Gone Away

Peter Dreier Huffington Post
Clancy Sigal died Monday night at 90. He wrote "Going Away" in the midst of the McCarthy period. It is a soul-searching memoir filled with fascinating characters. He chronicles the battles over racism at a time when the modern civil rights movement was just getting started. The novel became something of a cult favorite among the baby-boom generation of radicals in the 1960s and 1970s, and has remained in print and popular among subsequent generations.

The Working Class at the Oscars

By Jack Metzgar Working Class Perspectives
Fences was not alone among Oscar nominees this year in representing working-class life in uncharacteristically sympathetic and insightful ways. Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight, and even Hell or High Water all have extraordinary moments of insightful observation like this. Though each falls under more common rubrics, each is alive to the complexities and bravery of living life within insuperable limits.
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