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Friday Nite Videos | May 7, 2021

A 60-Second Rant for DC Statehood | Mehdi Hasan. Yasmin Williams | "Restless Heart". We Will Transform Kentucky | Charles Booker. Desi Lydic Foxsplains: Is America a Racist Country? The Black Church That Could Bankrupt the Proud Boys.

Liz Cheney and Her Dad Paved the Way for the Big Lie

She says Donald Trump crossed a line. But the Bush-Cheney administration didn’t?

This Mother’s Day, Recognize and Reward Care Work

Care isn’t a burden for women and families to shoulder alone. It’s the foundation of our economy, and it deserves to be treated as such.

$15 for a Federal Contract Is Great. A Union Is Better.

Biden could kick-start labor organizing, without approval from Congress.

Cicadas Have an Existential Problem

Cicadas, like us, have come to rely on an interconnected ecosystem of their own creation that becomes more unwieldy and fragile with time, and that they can barely control.

Biden to Support Waiving Patents for COVID-19 Vaccines

As vaccination rates increase in the U.S., developing nations — which have sought the patent waiver for months — are facing massive coronavirus outbreaks.

Military Spending Reached Highest Level in Decades

World military expenditure in 2020 is estimated to have been $1981 billion, the highest level since 1988 — and world military expenditure in 2020 was 2.6 per cent higher in real terms than in 2019 and 9.3 per cent higher than in 2011.

‘New Redlining’ Decides Who Lives in Your Neighborhood

If you care about social justice, you have to care about zoning. Taking on exclusionary zoning also begins to address two other challenges the Biden administration has identified: the housing affordability crisis and climate change.

An Offshore Wind Industry to Rival Europe’s

Having fallen a decade behind in developing the renewable energy, the U.S. is priming itself for a space race-style comeback.

May 6, 2021-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Biden Recovery Plan; US History, Racism and Struggle for Racial Justice; Heroes But Not Saints; Myanmar; Yiddish, Immigrants, U.S. left; Book Sale; Puerto Rican Socialist Party; Climate Change; Pensions; Labor and Media; Zoom events
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Culture

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Under Corporate Skies

Al Young afropoets
“Where profit ignites,” writes the late poet Al Young, “lives go out.”

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Epidemic Empire: Colonialism, Contagion, and Terror 1817-2020

Joshua Moufawad-Paul Marx & Philosophy Review of Books
This book offers an examination of how the language of imperialism portrays anti-imperialism and rebellion as infection and pestilence, and how that language is "central to the management of empire and neoimperial formation."

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My name [Inaudible.]

Patricia Mona Eng Rattle
Responding to the shootings in Atlanta’s Gold Spa, poet Patricia Mona Eng uses online quotes of the shooter against the 911 recordings of the Asian woman calling for help.

Labor

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The Labor Battle for the Right to Pee

Luis Feliz Leon TNR
App delivery workers for DoorDash, Grubhub, Uber Eats, and other tech giants are fighting for a living wage, employment status, and the simple right to pee in privacy.

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Can the Decline of Unions Be Reversed?

Arthur MacEwan Dollars&Sense
The decline of unions and the difficulties that unions face in 2021 are not simply a result of some sort of inexorable forces, which is often how globalization and technological change are presented.

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A 60-Second Rant for DC Statehood | Mehdi Hasan

People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones, and politicians who ignore their state's own history shouldn't decry DC statehood. In a mini-rant, NBC’s Mehdi Hasan introduces the pot to the kettle. Start the clock!

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Yasmin Williams | "Restless Heart"

Yasmin Williams only started playing the guitar after beating all the songs on expert-level on Guitar Hero II. Now she is one of a new generation who are changing the face of guitar soloists.

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We Will Transform Kentucky | Charles Booker

Charles Booker believes that there is a progressive movement rising in Kentucky, and if people work together they can win back the Senate seat held by Rand Paul for the people.