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5 Ways You Can Support the School Climate Strikes

Over 1.6 million students across the globe have been striking on Fridays: for the climate, for our future. Here’s 5 ways you can support students going out on strike again on 24 May, and answer their call for real climate action.

The History of Black Women and Demands for Reparations

It is often missed that the calls for reparations started long ago. Writers and readers forget that black women championed demands of reparations for slavery.

GOP-Led Efforts to Crush Unions Have a New Target

On Monday, attorneys general representing five states filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration challenging a new rule, announced this month, that impedes home care workers from paying union dues through their Medicaid-funded paychecks.

The Yellow Vests of France: Six Months of Struggle

Six months ago, on November 17, 2018, Yellow Vests burst ‘out of nowhere’, with autonomous local units springing up all over France like mushrooms. The immediate cause was to protest an unfair tax on fuel, but demands expanded quickly...

Media Bits and Bytes - May 21, 2019

Breaking up big tech; Internet iron curtain; Ditching the social network; Vaccinating against fake news; Big media, little media; Going indie; WhatsApp hacked

Bernie: 'A Thurgood Marshall Plan for Public Education

Bernie Sanfers giving speech
With his 10-point proposal to overhaul the nation's schools, the presidential hopeful said he aims to "guarantee every person in our country a quality education as a fundamental human right."

Judge: Manning Jailed, Daily $500 Fine After 30 Days

Manning at press conference
"The U.S. government's harassment of whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning is intensifying."

Will Regulators Ban “Catastrophic” Refinery Chemical?

refinery tanks near Los Angeles-Long Beach ports
While community activists demand ending the use of a dangerous gas at two California oil refineries, their owners claim the ban would cost jobs and raise gasoline prices.

Japanese-American Teens are Confronting History

young Japanese-American girl sitting on bag waiting to go to concentration camp
Making the drive from Los Angeles with her friends, 19-year-old Sydney Takeda didn’t know what would be waiting for her at Manzanar National Historic Site, where 1 of the 10 incarceration camps that imprisoned Japanese-Americans in World War II...

Arctic Word Games or Indigenous Survival?

Indigenous leaders call climate change an urgent threat that requires a global response (an idea that was trashed by the Trump administration).
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Culture

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Lawsuit claims Post falsely advertises 'real cocoa' in its cereals

Jessi Devenyns FoodDive
False cocoa? A lawsuit filed last month accuses Post Consumer Brands of misrepresenting the ingredients in its products. The case argues that highlighting the ingredient for its simplicity wrongly implies that it is "nutritionally and organoleptically superior."

poetry

Elexxxion

John Paul Davis Rattle
New York poet John Paul Davis reflects on the multitude of political candidates, their promises, their lies.

books

Los Angeles: City of Segregation

Adam Tomes Counterfire
The book under review documents a century of struggle against the partitioning of groups on the basis of race through property markets, constructions of community, and the scourge of neoliberalism, revealing racialist ideology and means to end it.

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Georgetown’s Jackson ‘Jazzed’ About History

LaMont Jones Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Scholar, activist, and Grammy-award winning writer Maurice Jackson, along with his co-editor, Blair A. Ruble, have assembled a new and original group of essays that examines jazz and it's Washington, DC history.

Labor

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Elder Care Homes Rake in Profits as Workers Earn a Pittance

Jennifer Gollan Associated Press
Residential senior care homes profit handsomely by paying their workers poverty wages. The profit margins can be huge and, for violators of labor laws, hinge on the widespread exploitation of thousands of caretakers, many of them poor

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

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Sara Nelson: “People Are Ready to Fight”

Sara Nelson Jacobin
On May 10, 2019, Assoc. of Flight Attendants president Sara Nelson gave a speech to the Chicago Democratic Socialists of America’s annual Eugene Debs–Lucy Gonzalez Parsons–A. Philip Randolph Dinner. Here is the speech, lightly edited for publication.

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The 1919 General Strike Was a Battle for Winnipeg’s Soul

Allan Levine The Globe and Mail
The General Strike in Winnipeg, Canada was “one of the greatest ruptures between the workers and the upper classes in the history of commercial society (second only to the Paris Commune of 1871),” according to Brandon University professors Reinhold

Friday nite video

Green New Deal

 
With the Green New Deal sparking a national conversation about all the ways to combat climate change, John Oliver looks at a few potential solutions. Guest Bill Nye the Science Guy literally torches complacency about global warming.

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Nothing Happened

How many excuses for not holding Donald Trump accountable for his many, very public and thoroughly documented high crimes and misdemeanors?

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Trailer for George Clooney's Catch-22

George Clooney brings Joseph Heller's classic but unfortunately relevant novel about the inherent insanity of war to the small screen. A vivid, frenetic, violent and deeply impactful short series streaming on Hulu, starting May 17.

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New Unredacted Information Re: Obstruction

Former head of the Office of Legal Counsel Walter Dellinger tells Lawrence O'Donnell that there is already enough evidence to find that "the president obstructed justice in the worst of high crimes and misdemeanors." 

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Lethal Injections | John Oliver

John Oliver discusses the lethal injection process, which is definitely not as pleasant as talking about a squeaking frog

Walking Blues | Keb' Mo'

In honor of blues legend Robert Johnson's birthday, Playing for Change shares "Walking Blues," featuring Keb' Mo' along with musicians from six countries. Originally written and recorded by Son House in 1930. The PFC version starts in Argentina with Roberto Luti and Nico Bereciartua playing slide guitars, and adds friends to create a blues jam around the world.