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Friday Nite Videos | October 2, 2020

Portside
The Supreme Court. The Good Lord Bird | Miniseries Trailer. What the Proud Boys Stand for, in the Founder's Words. What It's Like to Be Evicted in the Middle of a Pandemic. How to Drugs.

music

I Have Joined the World in Mourning - Wynton Marsalis

Wynton Marsalis Slipped Disc
My daddy passed away last night. We now join the worldwide family who are mourning grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers- kinfolk, friends, neighbors, colleagues, acquaintances and others.

The Stain Mardi Gras Covers Up: Worker Vulnerability in New Orleans

Sarah Fouts and Deniz Daser NACLA
The collapsed Hard Rock Hotel in New Orleans. New Orleans residents and tourists took to the streets to celebrate Mardi Gras and the cultural heritage that ensures a steady stream of tourism dollars. Forgotten were the criminal negligence of the powerful and the sacrifices of low-wage workers.

poetry

Here nor There

Clint Smith Adroit Journal
The poet Clint Smith, born and raised in New Orleans, writes from a wistful perspective of the city “kept from becoming.”

The Funke Wisdom of Chocolate Cities

Mary F. Corey Praxis Center
A Review of Chocolate Cities: the Black Map of American Life by Marcus A. Hunter & Zandria F. Robinson, University of California Press. Chocolate Cities is an ode to agency. A work of truth-telling without polemics, this book almost literally breaks new ground, revising our most basic ideas of US geography while questioning the truth claims of social science itself.

labor

Shift Change: How New Orleans Hospitality Workers are Organizing Their Industry

Kat Stromquist Gambit
In an echo of national worker's rights movements such as Fight for $15 and OUR Walmart, New Orleans hospitality workers are coming together in an attempt to rearrange the building blocks of their industry. Both on their own and with the support of a union, workers are becoming their own advocates, in an effort to — as Marlene Patrick-Cooper, the local organizing director for the UNITE HERE union, often says — "turn poverty jobs into middle-class jobs."
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