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The Long Game of White-Power Activists

It is impossible to separate replacement theory from its violent implications. The mainstreaming of replacement theory, whether through Tucker Carlson’s show or in Elise Stefanik’s campaign ads, will continue to have disastrous consequences.

Biden’s Little-Publicized Medicare Privatization Scheme

The Biden administration hasn’t stopped trying to privatize Medicare. But a pushback is gaining steam.

Attack on Teachers Threatens Future of Public Schools

There are now 567,000 fewer educators in public schools than at the beginning of the pandemic. “What we must have is a high-quality, experienced, certified, and stable public education workforce.”

The Rapidly Growing Starbucks Union in Numbers

Based on current filings alone, the Starbucks Union is already on track to have 6,400 workers at 230 stores.

May 19, 2022-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Buffalo Murders; Replacement Theory; Abortion; Racial Wealth Gap; Left-wing Populism; Ukraine; Afghanistan; South; Abortion in the 70s - The Janes; Housing Failure; Announcements; more ....

Progressives Look for Big Boost From Key Primary Wins

John Fetterman got the Democratic Senate nomination in Pennsylvania and progressives lead in several key House primaries, too.

Homeless People Are Being Murdered at a Horrific Rate

Homelessness is one of the most grotesque horrors of US capitalism. And even worse, according to new reporting by Jacobin, the rate of murders of homeless people has spiked to appalling new highs.

Biden's Summit of the Americas Plan Faces Fireworks

Biden’s plan to pick and choose which countries can attend the Summit has set off regional fireworks.

Virginia Target Workers Seek To Unionize

Company has already reportedly pushed back by trying to use union dues as a tactic to deter workers from supporting the union

Global Left Midweek – May 18, 2022

Walden Bello on the Philippines election, Lula picks a running mate, and news on the left in Sudan, Sri Lanka, Russia and more
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Culture

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How Everyone Got So Lonely

Zoë Heller The New Yorker
The recent decline in rates of sexual activity has been attributed variously to sexism, neoliberalism, and women’s increased economic independence. How fair are those claims—and will we be saved by the advent of the sex robot?

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Hegemony Changes Everything

Jennifer Wilson Bookforum
This new biography sheds light on the work and life of this Italian Communist leader who was one of the most significant Marxist theorists of the last 100 years.

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The Image Machine of Alfredo C. - Serving Two Masters: Mussolini’s Moviemaker and His Red Reels of Albanian Agitprop

Ed Rampell Hollywood Progressive
For almost two decades before 1939, Alfredo Cecchetti worked as a cameraman documenting the rise of the Fascist Party in Italy and its leader Il Duce, Benito Mussolini. Alfredo C. helped to immortalize the great machine of the Italian Fascist Regime – both in Italy covering countless public appearances of Mussolini and after 1939, the Italian invasion of Albania, as he followed the Italian troops and then filmed the new Italian settlers. Embedded in the archive are many films that were part of the Italian Fascist propaganda machine.

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Let’s Call It Assimilation Food

Soleil Ho Taste Cooking
When immigrants adapt to their new surroundings, the most immediate way this happens is through the food they make: They look around at what’s available and try to make it into something they can recognize.

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Ideas To Postpone the End of the World

Aileen Cassinetto, et al Speak Poetry
California poet Aileen Cassinetto, Laureate of San Mateo, brings ecopoetry to youth activists fighting to save the living planet Earth.

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Olga Dies Dreaming

Chris Brooks Facebook post
It’s a surreal experience to read a work of fiction that literally takes everything happening in my neighborhood and turns it into a sweeping epic about Zapatista-inspired guerrilla movements fighting for Puerto Rican liberation

Labor

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What’s It Like To Strike?

Don McIntosh Northwest Labor Press
Strikes, once common, are rare today. We asked readers to share their strike stories.

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Power, Wages, and Inequality

Arthur Macewan Dollars and Sense
The American labor market is characterized by high levels of employer power.

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We Failed To Protect Abortion Rights. We Need a Labor-Based Strategy.

Lillian Cicerchia Jacobin
Despite majority support for abortion rights, we failed to build a majority coalition to defend reproductive freedom. We should honestly assess our failures — and then build a movement that ties together labor, feminists, and health care organizing.

Friday nite video

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Hakeem Jeffries Dismantles Clarence Thomas

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries takes Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to task after Thomas’s criticism of pro-choice activists outside his home came up in a committee hearing.

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Waterman | Documentary w/ Jason Mamoa

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This documentary about five-time Olympic medalist and native Hawaiian Duke Paoa Kahanamoku explores his journey and legacy as a legendary swimmer, trailblazer, and father of modern-day surfing.

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Abortion Ruling | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the leaked draft opinion that looks set to overturn Roe v. Wade, how we got to this point, and where we may be headed.

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Alyssa Milano | Roe v. Wade and Abortion Rights

'[Roe v. Wade] is the only thing standing between us and a world where women are criminalized for bodily autonomy.' Alyssa Milano breaks down the history of abortion rights in the U.S. and what's at stake