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Friday Nite Videos | March 22, 2019

"Secret Agent Manafort." President of Planned Parenthood Calls Out Lies About Abortion and Health Care. Whatever You Do DON'T Follow @DevinCow. #MeToon. Means TV: For All of Us.

Mueller Time: Release the Report

"The American people have a right to know..."

Sunrise Movement Is Changing What Is Winnable

To win a Green New Deal and realign the Democratic Party, Sunrise Movement and Justice Democrats are embracing disruption, conflict and polarization

Ta-Nehisi Coates Is an Optimist Now

A conversation about the revived debate over reparations, the 2020 Democratic primary, and the power of pop culture to advance progressive change

Means TV, a Post-Capitalist Streaming Service

The working-class filmmakers behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s viral campaign video plan to bring a leftist lens to news and entertainment. “Basically, it’s a cooperatively-run, anti-capitalist Netflix."

Speaking Truth to Power No Substitute for Taking Power

Progressives often applaud the idea of “speaking truth to power.” But this concept is hazardous. If taken literally and deployed as a single-minded strategy, it can divert attention from the crucial need to take power away from those who abuse it.

Class Struggle at the Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Classical musicians aren’t associated with picket lines, but the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is now on strike. We spoke to three strikers about their grueling work, recent attacks on orchestra members’ pensions and salaries, classical music and labor.

1.4 Million Climate Strikers Raise a Single Demand

Young people across the U.S. and globally walked out of school Friday in an international strike for climate action — reportedly the largest protest against global warming in human history. An estimated 1.4 million people in 123 countries took part.

Cuba Embargo Continues to Hurt Our ‘Hermanos’

On March 4, the Trump administration took another unprecedented foreign-policy step and activated Helms-Burton Title III. The activation of Title III represents a major step backward in the normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba.

Mar. 21, 2019-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Saving the Planet - Youth Climate Strike; White Nationalism Deep Roots; New Zealand - How a Government Should Respond; Setting the Record Straight - Prof. Joseph Wilson; lots of resources and announcements...
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Culture

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School photo: The Jewish school, Warsaw 1929

Jane Spiro Intimate Riches in a Little Room
For the London-born poet Jane Spiro, her father’s school photo taken in 1929 represents the “before” but cannot foresee the changes that await a Polish-born Jewish boy.

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Brecht’s Poetry: Angry or Evil?

Michael Wood The London Review of Books
An extended ode to the revolutionary German playwright-genius Bertolt Brecht, whose exhaustive new collected poems exalt combating injustice while keeping faith in his fidelity to dissent.

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Folk Witness

John T. Edge Oxford American
What draws us to seek pleasure and solace in places often referred to as joints and shacks? Is this about time travel? Are they portals to a Southern past? Is it rooted in rooted in class difference, and a want to span that chasm?

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Fish & Duck Skills

Metta Sáma Poem-a-Day
The poet Metta Sáma depicts the travails of high school taunts and bullying that ultimately reduce to a single trait: race.

Labor

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UAW Must Resist Strategy to Divide Members, NAACP Leader Says

Phoebe Wall Howard Detroit Free Press
“Are you going to be able to keep what you have? Are you going to be able to sit at the table as one?” NAACP National President Derrick Johnson asked UAW members, as he urged them to avoid division based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender.

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How to Use Grievances to Organize

Mike Parker and Martha Gruelle Labor Notes
This excerpt from "Democracy Is Power: Rebuilding Unions from the Bottom Up" explains how to think about grievance handling in another way.

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An Ecosocialist Green New Deal: Guiding Principles

DSA Ecosocialists Democratic Socialists of America
Our role is to help build a militant mass working-class movement that is powerful enough to secure human flourishing for all beyond the critical next decades, not just survival for some.

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Why Unions Must Bargain Over Climate Change

Nato Green Working In These Times
The policies of a Green New Deal require a robust and well-funded public sector with good union jobs. Because of the nature of public sector work, a Green New Deal disproportionately benefits women and people of color.

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"Secret Agent Manafort"

Roy Zimmerman nails it again. "There’s a man who leads a life of treason/Now he can’t believe the trouble he’s in/He gave insider polls/To Putin and his trolls/Odds are he‘s in Leavenworth tomorrow"

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Whatever You Do DON'T Follow @DevinCow

The captain of the Donald Trump fan club, Republican Congressman Devin Nunes, is suing Twitter and two anonymous twitter accounts for $250 million. He is suing @DevinNunesMom & @DevinCow. The @DevinNunesMom account was suspended yesterday, but @DevinCow is still going and we can't have that. We cannot have livestock insulting our esteemed elected officials! So please in the interest of civility we're asking you, please do NOT follow @DevinCow.

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#MeToon

Sam Bee introduces #MeToon. In your favorite cartoons the good guys always win, but this time the good gals won. Produced and animated by an all-female team led by Kaitlin Fontana with Julie Levitsky. Edited by Daphne Gómez-Mena.

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Means TV: For All of Us

Means TV is a worker-owned digital streaming platform with original shows and movies of various genre: news, talk shows, documentary, sitcoms, stand-up comedy, adult animation, dramas and more, featuring your favorite leftist journalists, activists, comedians and influencers.

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Hip Hop: Outta da Bronx, and Around the World

On the latest episode of Patriot Act, Hasan dissects how the rise of music streaming on platforms like YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud has influenced the sound, reach, and impact of modern day hip hop. While streaming technology has led to the commercial viability of SoundCloud rappers, it is simultaneously enabling rap as a viable form of protest against oppressive regimes around the world.