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Seed the Vote: Don’t Just Vote, Organize!

Marcy Rein Organizing Upgrade
Seed the Vote brings together progressive anti-fascist, anti-Trump forces in several ways. Seed the Vote provides the scheduling, training, and infrastructure. "Plant the seed for the kind of democracy we want to be building together.”

Why Does Essential Work Pay So Little... And Cost So Much?

Rebecca Gordon TomDispatch
bus driver waering mask and gloves Students tend to measure fair compensation on two scales. How many years of training and/or dollars of tuition did a worker have to invest to become “qualified” for the job? And how important is that worker’s labor to the rest of society?

Building Memphis For All

April Freeman and Bennett Foster interviewed by Mary Jo Connelly Organizing Upgrade
Memphis For All is fighting to build a different kind of city and state, one that is run for and by all of us. We need an economy that works for all of us, instead of one rigged for corporations; we need a legal system that treats everyone fairly...

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Assembling a New Left

Terence Renaud Los Angeles Review of Books
This book, says reviewer Renaud, "fits squarely within a left tradition that highlights Marxism’s method rather than its dogmatic prescriptions," in trying to come to terms with today's insurgent, left-oriented social movements.

What were the top BDS victories of 2017?

Nora Barrows-Friedman The Electronic Intifada
bds demonstrators 2017 saw artists, performers, athletes, politicians, cultural workers, faith-based organizations, students, academics, unions and activists grow the movement for Palestinian rights.

In Defense of Playing Defense

Howard Machtinger Portside
Yes, we do need a vision of future possibilities, but right now we live in a moment where the other side has so much power, we must apply ourselves to effective defense. I am growing weary of the deprecation of "just playing defense". Every sports fan knows that championship teams are built on sound defense.
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