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Urban Hospitals of Last Resort Cling to Life in COVID

While rural hospitals have been closing at a quickening pace over the past two decades, a number of inner-city hospitals now face a similar fate.

Illinois Flat Tax Heads to the Ballot: Two Articles

Two articles: The Fair Tax Amendment: Why the ‘Illinois Exodus’ Could Be a Red Herring (The Chicago Reporter), Flat tax: 'Subsidy for Wealthiest Illinoisans' (One Illinois)

The Battle for Mail-In Ballots

Two articles explore complex battle raging over mail-in balloting.

Hold The Line: A Guide to Defending Democracy

If you’re reading this, you are likely concerned about how this year's election is taking place.This guide is designed to help people from all walks of life take action to ensure that we have a successful election in November 2020.

Climate Change Will Force a New American Migration

Erika González and her son, Kevin, evacuating their Sonoma County, California home.
Climate change is fast making large parts of the US uninhabitable. As the South and the Southwest grow more dangerous and hot, people will be forced to move north. And those who stay behind will be disproportionately poor and elderly.

The Abraham Accords: A Fever Dream of Dictators

US Protocol Chief Cam Henderson, President Donald Trump, Bahrain Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al-Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
For the signatories of the Abraham Accords, peace means squashing people's freedoms to unlock unfettered exchanges of technology and weapons. This “peace treaty” is a strategic realignment against Iran and a blueprint for increasing authoritarianism.

Miami Dolphins Give Funds to Florida Rights Restoration

Social Impact Committee Gives $100,000 to Florida Rights Restoration Coalition's Fines and Fees Program

Friday Nite Videos | September 18, 2020

'Heat Rays,' Blue State Deaths and Sedition Charges. Old Man Fibber | Roy Zimmerman. Kajillionaire | Movie. Trump Eviscerates Trump. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87.

The Super-Rich Are Raking in Billions

For each additional dollar you earned in 2018 compared to 2016, each of the Platinum-Premiere crowd got an additional $2,215.

Environmental Founders: Don't Vote for the Green Party

They spearheaded the breakthroughs in the ’70s; saw the damage of the ’80s; witnessed Nader’s role in ’00 and Jill Stein’s in ’16. Now, they have thoughts to share.
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Culture

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Ode to SARS-CoV-2

H.C. Palmer
Kansas City poet H.C. Palmer puts the blame on Trump (where it belongs): “For the past 8 months, the president watched with indifference as hundreds of thousands of Americans died and tens of millions were disabled from COVID-19."

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The Wages of Whiteness

Hari Kunzru The New York Review of Books
A deep dig into the literature on white supremacy shows how even such salient insurgent movements for social justice and racial equality as Black Lives Matter can be transmuted by corporate manipulation into instruments of ruling class stability.

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White Women Were Avid Slaveowners

Parul Sehgal The New York Times
This new book offers new insight into how deeply slavery defined the lives of the enslavers and their families. It gives us new data regarding the scope of control that white women and girls, as well as males, had over the enslaved.

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The Secret Life of Groceries

Beth Dooley SF Chronicle
A new book researching the grocery business reveals the unsustainability of American shopping.

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The Labor Abuses of Ellen DeGeneres

Eileen Jones Jacobin
Ellen DeGeneres’s reputation as the kindest celebrity in America has finally been shattered. But it’s not just her “mean streak” that’s the problem — it’s that she’s an exploitative boss, who cheated her employees at the height of the pandemic.

Labor

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Labor Day 2020: California Farmworkers At Risk

Martin Bennett Beyond Chron
A deepening COVID­-19 crisis­­­–now surging in most California agricultural counties–puts farmworkers in the pandemic’s crosshairs.

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Trade Unions Need New Strategies

Asbjørn Wahl The Bullet
It is not difficult to understand what employers are after. They want to abolish the welfare state, to privatize and corporatize ever bigger parts of our economies and societies, and to defeat the trade union movement.

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Organized Labor and the “Cold Civil War”

Bill Fletcher, Jr. & Jose Alejandro La Luz
The present is explosive because of the fusion of crises. In this situation, organized labor has been inconsistent; sometimes paralyzed; other moments outspoken. Left unaddressed is the "cold civil war," created by political polarization.

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AFSCME, NAACP Launch Historic Partnership to Mobilize Black Voters

rtmadminadw Atlanta Daily World
AFSCME, NAACP launch historic partnership to mobilize Black voters. This partnership kicks off with a joint four-state presidential radio buy on African American radio stations in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Michigan and North Carolina.

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Striking in the Coronavirus Depression

Jeremy Brecher Labor Network for Sustainability
This article is part of a series on how workers are organizing in response to COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Depression.

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'Heat Rays,' Blue State Deaths and Sedition Charges

With President Trump blaming "blue states" for coronavirus deaths and Attorney General William Barr calling for sedition charges against protestors, you might have overlooked the revelation that the U.S. has a secret heat ray weapon and considered using it against demonstrators in Washington DC.

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Old Man Fibber | Roy Zimmerman

With another Supreme Court nomination looming, Old Man Fibber is back in the headlines. "Ol' Man River" music by Jerome Kern, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein, parody lyrics by Roy Zimmerman and Melanie Harby

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Kajillionaire | Movie

From acclaimed writer/director Miranda July comes a profoundly moving and wildly original comedy about con-artists Theresa (Debra Winger) and Robert (Richard Jenkins) and their only daughter, Old Dolio (Evan Rachel Wood) who to swindle, scam, and steal at every opportunity. Release on September 25.

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Babylon | Los Pinguos

“Babylon” is the first single from Los Pinguos' new album, Hummingbird. It bridges the gap between roots reggae and a contemporary Latin sound.