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I Ask You America, When Are You Going to Wake Up?

To the president of the United States, Wounded Knee may just be a pop culture reference, a phrase he casually and quickly uses any time Native American topics are brought up; but to us, Wounded Knee is a reality that he will never understand.

After 3 Decades, Privatization is a Failure.

Handing public assets and services over to the free market has been a boon for corporate America and a disaster for the working class.

'We Will Not Be Bullied into Silence' 350 Support Davis

Open Letter to the Leadership of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Support of Dr. Angela Y. Davis and Palestinian Rights.

LA Teachers Win Smaller Classes, New Community Schools

From the beginning, Caputo-Pearl and the union framed the labor dispute as a fight over the future — even the survival — of traditional public education.

Media Bits and Bytes - January 21, 2019

What The New Yorker Ads Tell Us; AOC Trumps You-Know-Who; Interactive TV; Your Phone is a Cinch To Find; Natalie Wynn

Attacks on the Women’s March Expose Race and Class Bia

leaders of Women's March in 2018
Attacks on the Women's March are counterproductive for everyone. The fight for social justice requires us to face and address together and compassionately the fundamental differences used to keep many communities apart and in fear of each other.

Women Now Run the Military-Industrial Complex

“Through a multiyear commitment from Raytheon, Girl Scouts will launch its first national computer science program and Cyber Challenge for middle and high school girls,” states a promotional page.

MLK's Internationalism: More Important Than Ever

It was Dr. King’s radical shift towards internationalism, anti-capitalism, and anti-imperialism that frightened those in power by challenging their ability to use alternate methods of control in the post-civil rights era.

Congress's Bill Defends Freedom of Disabled

People in wheelchairs confronting police
On January 15, disability justice activists celebrated the reintroduction of the Disability Integration Act (DIA). This monumental piece of legislation is an important step forward for the full civil rights of those with disabilities.

Rage Against the Narrative: Understand Psychic Violence

brutal lynching of Will Brown
America’s 45th presidency of Donald Trump has pulled the ugly scab off the bloody sore of racial capitalism and heteropatriarchy baked into the body politic of the United States.
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Culture

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Why Hollywood Sucks: They Don’t Make More Movies Like ‘Vice’

Andrew Stewart Washington Babylon
Vice is a picture that distills entire semesters worth of history, geopolitics, psychology, media theory, film studies, and military analysis into a historical comedy-drama that has netted far less attention and box office receipts than it deserved.

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'Informer': TV Review

Tim Goodman Hollywood Reporter
A taut, twisty new series from Amazon and the BBC touches on race, class, immigration and terrorism.

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The Wall (running the changes)

Philip Fried
New York poet Philip Fried traces the evolution of THE WALL, “the quintessential barrier/for keeping the future out and the past in.”

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Why the Working Class Matters

Steve Early LA Progressive
With the rise of popular interest in socialism, this book goes beyond promoting efforts boosting needed protective legislation and improved social welfare for working people to look globally at struggles against capital and strategies for winning.

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AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

Robert D. Atkinson New York Journal of Books
Kai-Fu Lee is a venture capitalist from China whose new book surveys the impact and future of Artificial Intelligence on his society as well its prospects in Western countries. Reviewer Atkinson offers a mixed assessment.

Please Help Us End Our Annual Fund Appeal With a Bang!

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If you've meant to contribute to support Portside but haven't yet done so, this is your last opportunity for the season. Every year, we ask our readers to support Portside - from Thanksgiving until the end of January. So please act now.

Labor

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Union Membership in the U.S. Hit Record Low in 2018

Irina Ivanova CBS
The drop continues a trend that except for a pause during the 2008 financial crisis, has been ongoing since the 1980s, when the share of organized labor was roughly double what it is today.

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Federal Workers: Shutdown and Out

Saurav Sarkar Labor Notes
By January 14, the TSA itself was conceding that the national rate of sick calls was three times as high as the same day a year ago.

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Is The Los Angeles Teacher Strike A Different Kind Of Strike?

Peter Greene Forbes
Teachers across the country face a systematic underfunding of public schools and a systematic devaluing of the teaching profession by leaders who say public education should be swept aside to make room for a system of private free-market education.

Friday nite video

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Cardi B & Nancy P Take on Trump

Trump fires back at Nancy P after she proposes postponing the State of the Union address. Cardi B sounds off about the government shutdown. Michael Kosta unpacks the use of crowdfunding to help unpaid federal workers.

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Shoplifters | Movie Trailer

In this award-winning gem, a veteran shoplifter and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold and take her in, testing their family bonds. Full review.
 

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Stacey Abrams | How to Respond to Setbacks

In an electrifying talk, Stacey Abrams shares the lessons she learned from her campaign for governor of Georgia, some advice on how to change the world -- and a few hints at her next steps. "Be aggressive about your ambition," Abrams says.