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Friday Nite Videos | Jan 12, 2018

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Long Ago, Far Away | Odetta Sings Dylan. Tapper: You Know Who Loved Trump's Comments? Global Responses to Trump's 'Shithole' Remarks. Harry Belafonte | Zombie Jamboree. Camperforce | Documentary.

Protests in Iran Took Many by Surprise — But Not Iranian Labor Activists

Murtaza Hussain The Intercept
Tens of thousands of people in dozens of cities across Iran have braved bullets and tear gas in a public outpouring of dissent against the country’s ruling establishment. These protests appear to have originated in working-class conservative cities and towns that the Islamic Republic likes to depict as its core constituency. Iranian labor activists has long expected such an outbreak of discontent from the economically disadvantaged people in these areas.

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How Organizers in Rural North Carolina Plan To Build Working-Class Power in 2018

Sarah Jaffe In These Times
Welcome to Interviews for Resistance. We’re now nearly one year into the Trump administration, and activists have scored some important victories. Yet there is always more to be done, and for many people, the question of where to focus and how to help remains. In this series, we talk with organizers, agitators, and educators, not only about how to resist, but how to build a better world.

The Future of Work, a History

Kevin Baker Politico
America has a long, complicated track record of dreading that robots would take our jobs.

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2017 Year in Review: Turning Lemons into Lemonade

Alexandra Bradbury, Samantha Winslow Labor Notes
Labor still has the power to throw sand in the gears of exploitation. The next step is for all these disparate troublemakers to start seeing their workplace struggles—from defending pensions to defending refugees—as part of the same bigger movement.

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Trump’s Triumph, Labor Resistance?

Peter Olney New Labor Forum
The election of Donald Trump produced a rash of commentaries heralding the death of organized labor, or at minimum an existential crisis. Although these epitaphs are not new and are very overblown, it is true that organized labor prematurely backed the corporate Democrat, failed to elect the candidate it did back, and is left divided over how to deal with the presidency of Donald Trump.
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