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Organizing the Multiracial Working Class

If working people fail to see real material distinctions between life under Trump and life under Biden, they’ll look for an alternative to the party in power.

Deep South Has a Rich History of Resistance

The South is more than its shading on an Electoral College map; the entire region is home to a rich history of resistance against the twin forces of race hierarchy and class exploitation. The Amazon workers union campaign is part of that history.

Die Linke - Germany's Left Party Congress

The LINKE party in Germany is one of the most important left-wing parties in Europe (perhaps the most important). Its congress a few days ago avoided a threatening split, elected two women as new co-chairs, and stressed militant unity on most issues

Jane Fonda Delivers Speech On Inclusion, Diversity

The 83-year-old was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the 78th annual Golden Globes and delivered an impassioned speech about elevating all voices. Here's the full speech.

Mar. 4, 2021-Reader Comments, Resources, Announcements

Reader Comments: Biden Amazon Union Support; Trump's Return Strategy; GOP Effort to Kill Voting Rights; Life on Mars?; Amazon Virtual Picket Line; International Women's Day; lots of announcements - lots of Zoom opportunities;

The Rise of the Private Police

In South Africa, private security companies have eclipsed the police force, threatening the state’s democratic authority and replicating apartheid-era racial inequality. Is the U.S. next?

LAPD 'Still Corrupt and Violent'

Advocates who lived through the riots are now fighting to defund the police and dismantle unions that thwart accountability

Right to Work Defeated in Montana and Colorado

In Montana, union members from around the state came to the Capitol to pressure lawmakers into voting against the bill. However, a Right to Work bill continues forward in New Hampshire

Bill Gates Can’t Save the Planet

Bill Gates is making the rounds promoting his plan to solve climate change. But his new book ignores the fact that the same capitalist system that made him rich is the one killing the planet. We need a working-class environmentalism.

Global Left Midweek - Think Pieces

Defining imperialism today - what’s changed, and what hasn’t?
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Culture

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No Rest for the Wiki

Rebecca Panovka Bookforum
"If Wikipedia is a test case for techno-utopianism," writes reviewer Panovka, "it is also a test case for an older ideology similarly unfashionable these days—your garden-variety Enlightenment-era liberalism."

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Nomads in Search of a Villain

Paris Marx Jacobin
The new film Nomadland is a heartfelt look at the lives of itinerant Americans cast aside by the Great Recession. But it ignores how employers like Amazon are raking in profits off this new class of worker.

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Woke Me When It’s Over

Bret Stephens New York Times
In the humorless world of Woke, the satire is never funny and the statute of limitations never expires, even when it comes to hamantaschen.

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The CW’s Superman & Lois Premiere Is Surprisingly Somber

Caroline Siede AV Club
Superman & Lois pointedly comments on real-world issues. The Daily Planet suffers a round of brutal media layoffs and Smallville, once thriving, is crumbling under an economic collapse that sees big businesses buying up all the small family farms.

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Tuff

Fred Norman
California poet Fred Norman offers a beautiful elegy to Lawrence Ferlinghetti.

Labor

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Women Lead, Resist and Thrive – Even in the Midst of Crises

Heather Elaydi and Ayushi Kalyan Equal Times
Ahead of International Women’s Day, we remind governments, and all actors in humanitarian contexts, that aligning domestic law and policy to international standards is not enough. Rights women have on paper must be reflected in their everyday lives.

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Here's Why 2021 Could Be a Big Year for Labor Unions

Alicia Wallace CNN Business
The pandemic has put a spotlight on workers' rights issues and accelerated an organizing movement that's been slowly building in recent years — with actions such as the teachers' strikes in 2018 and the Fight for $15 movement.

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Tyson Poultry Workers Say Their Bosses Have No Regard for Their Lives

Jason Ramirez/Alex N. Press Jacobin
AN INTERVIEW WITH JASON RAMIREZ Few industries in the United States expose workers to COVID-19 at higher rates than the meatpacking and food processing sector. We spoke with a worker at a Tyson poultry plant in Arkansas about his fear of getting sick

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Major Victory for London Uber Drivers

Benjamin Sachs onlabor
Today’s UK decision is doubly consequential: the court clarifies drivers’ employment status and the time for which they must be compensated.

Friday nite video

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Barre | Songhoy Blues

Malian blues rock band Songhoy Blues performing "Barre," an original song from their latest album Optimisme, live outside in Bamako, Mali. Barre—meaning "change" in Songhai—calls on the youth to rise up and take action.

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Max Roach and Abbey Lincoln | Driva Man

The opening track of legendary drummer Max Roach's We Insist! Freedom Now Suite. Released in 1960, this album is the result of a collaboration with lyricist Oscar Brown, Jr. and references both the African American civil rights movement and the independence struggles of African countries.