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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.

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When Deregulation is Deadly

Bryant Simon The Gender Policy Report
On September 3, 1991, the Imperial Food Products plant in Hamlet, North Carolina burst into flames. Twenty-five people died, trapped behind the locked doors of the red-brick factory. Most of the victims were women; many were women of color, most were single moms. Another sixty people were injured, and the blast left more than fifty children orphaned. Local officials called the fire an accident, but the women and men who worked at Imperial had been made vulnerable by the factory’s owners as well as public policy.

Lessons on the Anniversary of the Greensboro Massacre

Flint Taylor Truthout
In the most deadly 88 seconds in the history of Greensboro, the KKK and Nazi marauders fired over 1,000 projectiles with shotguns, semi-automatic rifles and pistols, leaving five of the march leaders dead and seven other demonstrators wounded.

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The NC Legislature's Curious Anti-Union Project

Rob Christensen The News & Observer
The advantages for Republicans to weaken labor are obvious. Not only are they disarming a political adversary, but they are helping their business donor base in a state that already has some of the stingiest unemployment benefits for laid-off workers, one of the lowest minimum wages, and so forth.

NAACP Calls for International Boycott of North Carolina

Diane Ravitch Diane Ravitch's Blog
NAACP National President Cornell William Brooks and NC State President and National Board Member Rev. Dr. William Barber to Announce Boycott at Friday Press Conference at NC Statehouse.

Greensboro City Workers Form a Union

Eric Fink Yes! Weekly
Moderators note: In North Carolina it is illegal for a public employee union to bargain or negotiate a contract with the workers employer.

Tidbits - January 5, 2017 - Reader Comments: Labor Movement, Unions and Trump; North Carolina; Rockettes; Progressives, Neoliberalism and Broadest Fight Possible; Russia; GamerGate; Standing Rock; and more...

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Reader Comments: Labor Movement, Unions and Trump; Coal Miner's Heritage; North Carolina, Civil Rights and Trump; More on the Rockettes; Protests and Social Security - Can your benefits be held back; Progressives, Neoliberalism and the Broadest Fight Against Trump - readers exchange different views; Russia - Hacking, Progressives and Bashing; GamerGate; Vietnam War; Announcements: Standing Rock Solidarity; Fidel - His Meaning; No Friday Nite Videos next two weeks.

Can North Carolina's Moral Mondays Movement Spark a New Civil Rights Fire?

Rev. William Barber II Ebony
Ultraconservative politics are bullying the state government, but there is hope in the numbers being rallied to the cause. Donald Trump's triumph across the South and Midwest, which won him the Electoral College and the White House, did not extend to Governor Pat McCrory in my home state of North Carolina.
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