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Information is power. Our mission at Portside is to seek out and to provide information that empowers you -- that empowers the left. Every day we search hundreds of sources to connect you with the most interesting, striking and useful material. Just once a year we appeal to you to contribute to make it possible to continue this work. Please help.

 

Under Biden, We Still Need to Protect Social Security

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Biden has, at times, seemed sympathetic to Republican arguments to increase the age of retirement as a way to keep Social Security solvent and to modify how benefits are calculated adjusting for inflation -- maybe resulting in lower benefits.

Understanding and Overcoming the Urban-Rural Divide

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My part of the world is full of people who, according to most of my liberal friends, “vote against their own interests”.

Nursing Home Aides Exposed to COVID-19: No Sick Leave

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Our research, drawing on interviews with nursing aides and emerging studies of other essential workers during COVID-19, shows how employee policies, particularly for low-paid aides, have sharply raised the risks...

Shrinking the Pentagon: Will Biden Dare Cut Military?

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Will fear, exaggerated threats, and pork-barrel politics be enough to keep the Pentagon and its contractors fat and happy, even as the urgent priorities of so many of the rest of us are starved of much-needed funding?

Reparations Monday

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For #ReparationsMonday we call on you to get educated, spread the word, and join the fight with incredible local organizers and leaders to build Black political power every day.

Vaccines Face a Deep Distrust in the Black Community

Chicago hospitals struggle to recruit people of color, hit disproportionately hard by COVID, for vaccine research. ‘It will be a double tragedy if African Americans refuse to take the vaccine,’ one expert says.

A Brief History of Georgia's Racist Runoff Voting

Georgia’s adoption of runoff voting was aimed at maintaining segregation by, as one advocate put it, preventing ‘the Negro bloc vote from controlling the elections.’

Trump’s Last-ditch Effort to Rig the Census

The Court must decide whether to follow the Constitution’s clear text — or to rubber-stamp an illegal effort by Trump

Trump’s Final Cruelty: Executing Prisoners

Two weeks from now, the Trump Administration plans to execute a forty-year-old man named Brandon Bernard. His death, by lethal injection, would be the ninth carried out by the U.S. government since July—the ninth, in fact, since 2003.

A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts

This oped by Pope Francis appeared the day after the Supreme Court’s new conservative majority late Wednesday night sided with religious organizations in New York that said they were illegally targeted by pandemic-related restrictions.
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Culture

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John Carpenter, Apocalyptic Filmmaker

Eileen Jones Jacobin
John Carpenter’s movies provide visions of societies falling apart. No wonder his work is resonating now more than ever.

Portside Says: Multiracial Democracy or No Democracy at All

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The danger of a fascist-like regime consolidating its power has been averted. For now. But make no mistake: The issue of whether we will move forward or be dragged into an abyss has been postponed, not decided. Please help - Portside's annual appeal.

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Thanksgiving Letter from Harry

Carl Dennis poets.org
The prize-winning poet Carl Dennis offers an ironic thanksgiving greeting, one that reminds us of what blessings we North Americans have as well as the abuse we have made of those very blessings.

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Bella Abzug - The Fighter

Maggie Doherty New York Review of Books
On the feisty congresswoman’s posthumous return to the spotlight. Abzug’s encounters with sexism pushed her toward feminism, and so did the support she received from female constituents and supporters after she was elected.

Labor

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Solidarity Beyond the Crisis: How to Truly Build Back Better

Francisco Perez and Luis Feliz Leon Dollars and Sense
Joe Biden must be bold if he wants to truly build back, let alone build back better. The authors spoke to leading movement organizers and thinkers across the United States and asked: What does it truly mean to build back better?

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Why Teamsters Failed to Deliver in 2020 Election

Ryan Haney and Sean Orr Teamster Rebel
Pre-election survey data collected by the IBT was never released, but anyone working at UPS, YRC, or other major Teamster employers would tell you that the membership was sharply divided on whether or not they supported Trump.

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“Free Shipping”, a Review

Anonymous Stansbury Forum
I know free shipping is not free, because I feel the toll it takes on my mind and body every day.

Friday nite video

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Let It Go: A Trump Parody

You did it, America! “Let It Go" from Frozen by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez. Lyrics by me, SongBird.

Trump & Election Results | John Oliver

A week after Joe Biden’s win in the US presidential election, John Oliver discusses Donald Trump’s various attempts to overturn the results, why his claims don’t hold water, and the consequences of indulging him.