Temp Organizing Gets Big Boost from NLRB

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August 23, 2016
The new joint-employer standard provides a much more favorable legal framework for workers to form unions at temped-out warehouses, manufacturing and food processing plants, recycling facilities, hotels, and franchised janitorial services and fast food outlets.
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Dispatches From the Culture Wars

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August 23, 2016
White nash fash in Houston; World Social Forum in Montreal; Indian eco power in Cannon Ball; Armed sisters in Rojava; New debtors’ prison
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Does Henry Kissinger Have a Conscience?

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August 23, 2016
Last week, the first tranche of those declassified documents was released. The documents revealed that White House and U.S. State Department officials were intimately aware of the Argentine military’s bloody nature, and that some were horrified by what they knew. Others, most notably Henry Kissinger, were not.
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Beyond Social Movement Unionism

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August 23, 2016
Bringing together weak unions and weak social movements isn’t enough. We need a new kind of socialist party.
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No Need to Build Trump's Wall, It’s Built

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August 23, 2016
Although wall construction began during Bill Clinton’s administration, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) built most of the approximately 700 miles of fencing after the Secure Fence Act of 2006 was passed. The 2006 wall-building project was expected to be so environmentally destructive that homeland security chief Michael Chertoff waived 37 environmental and cultural laws in the name of national security.
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Students' Test Results: Military Recruiters

August 22, 2016
Data released by the Department of Defense on August 1st shows the military administered its 3-hour enlistment exam to nearly 700,000 students in 12,000 high schools during the 2013-14 school year, a 2% increase over the prior year.
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Mass Surveillance Isn’t Colorblind

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August 22, 2016
Government spying is a problem for everyone. But people of color, religious minorities, and political dissidents are far more likely to be victims of unwarranted monitoring.
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Private Lenders Increase Risk of Debt Crisis

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August 22, 2016
Private creditors have replaced the public sector as lead borrower to developing countries, which has contributed to a new borrowing and lending boom.
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Our Revolution is Just Getting Started

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August 22, 2016
Now that the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia has ended with Hillary Clinton as the party’s nominee, Bernie Sanders’ campaign for “political revolution” moves to its next phase.
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US Targeted Killing Rules Conflate Legality a

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August 22, 2016
Under the guise of increased transparency, the administration has revealed partial information about its targeted killing program. But much remains classified. And what we do know does not comply with the law.
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Portside Culture

In Ixcanul, Guatemala’s First-Ever Oscar Entry

Nikola Grozdanovic
Jayro Bustamante‘s debut feature “Ixcanul” generates its power from an intimate observance of the quotidian. As such, its titular volcano — the translation of Ixcanul in the Mayan K’iche’ dialect spoken in Guatemala — is the least volcanic thing in it. Steeped in a culture rarely observed on screen and filmed entirely in Kaqchikel, Bustamante’s film explores a clash between reproductive rights and tradition.

'The Get Down' is the Queer Hip-Hop History We've Been Waiting For

Jamilah King
Hip-hop has always been queer. Some of its very first hitmakers were part of, if not closely adjacent to, queer communities, and some of its first musical and technical innovations premiered at gay clubs. But it's not the history fans usually read.


Joshua Clover
Red Epic
Haecceity is derived from a medieval philosophical word meaning the "property" of something that makes it unique to itself--in the case of Joshua Clover's poem, the meaning of the word and principle of "Revolution."

Homage to E.P. Thompson

Joseph White
New Politics, Summer 2016
Labor historian E.P. Thompson is perhaps best known for his monumental and path-breaking work, The Making of the English Working Class. The collected essays reviewed here, many either out-of-print or difficult to obtain, were written between 1955 and 1963. They show Thompson as also a dedicated educator of workers, a sharp polemicist, a skilled political theorist and a tireless agitator for peace, against nuclear weapons and for a rebirth of the socialist project.

‘White Trash’ — The Original Underclass

Alec MacGillis
Pro Publica
Much of the political debate this election season concerns who will win the support of working class white voters. At the same time, as Alec MacGillis notes in this review of two new books on the history and present conditions of this sector of the population, much of this discourse strains under the influence of condescension, sentimentalism, and a host of explicitly or implicitly stated biases.

Dugma: The Button-A New Documentary Pierces the Psychology of Modern Suicide Bombers

Murtaza Hussain
The Intercept
Dugma follows the lives of several volunteers fighting with Jabhat al-Nusra, al Qaeda’s former affiliate organization in Syria. Refsdal,a Norwegian journalist who previously produced a film while embedded with the Afghan Taliban, spent six weeks living with al-Nusra fighters in Syria. The men profiled are not Syrians, but volunteers from abroad.

Portside Labor

U.S. Labor Board: Graduate Students at Private Colleges Can Unionize

Robert Iafolla
The National Labor Relations Board's decision on Columbia University graduate students seeking to unionize only applies to private colleges. Organizing rights for graduate students at public colleges depend on each state's labor laws. Graduate students have formed unions in more than a dozen states.

California’s $15 Minimum Wage Earthquake!

Martin J. Bennett
The California minimum wage earthquake is shaking up state and national politics. There is a powerful lesson from the $15 minimum-wage campaign: only a grassroots movement from below based upon a bold vision for structural reform can change public opinion and pressure government to act.

Workers School Lifts Up Southern Organizing

Dante Strobino
Workers World
The Southern Workers Assembly has been building the Southern Workers School as an important institution to train and develop rank-and-file workers to organize the South. The school has held eight sessions since March tackling issues and basic organizing skills such as learning how to map your workplace and tips for one-on-one discussions with co-workers.

Uber and Lyft Want to Replace Public Buses

Joshua Brustein
Chicago Tribune
In Uber's early days, it said it wanted to be "everyone's private driver." Now the company and its main U.S. competitor, Lyft, are playing around with the idea of becoming the bus driver, too.

For Unions, Sometimes a Lockout Is Better Than a Strike

Peter Olney
Labor Notes
Whether you’re expecting a strike or lockout, the steps are similar—and there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. Union-busting law firms pass around the same employer playbook. Our side has rich experience in preparation. Ask for advice and help from combatants who’ve been through a strike or a lockout and emerged victorious.

Minimum Wage Activists Turn Their Focus to the South

Cora Lewis
The Fight for 15 movement says it will push to raise the minimum wage in the states and cities of the “former Confederacy.” In a written “Richmond Resolution,” the movement pledged to “support legislative action to raise minimum wage floors across cities and states that were once part of the Confederacy” and to “challenge wealthy and powerful political interests that claim to care for ordinary families but nullify any attempt to raise our wages.”

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on August 19, 2016

A dynamic new memorial to lynching victims seeks to inspire local efforts to make the history of racial terror in America more visible and tangible, challenging each county where a racial terror lynching took place to permanently install a memorial to the victim.

Posted by Portside on August 19, 2016



An Equal Justice Initiative project is engaging hundreds of people to collect soil at lynching sites and to create community remembrance projects that tell the stories of lynching victims.

Posted by Portside on August 19, 2016

A new museum in Alabama is designed to reveal the racial challenges of our nation's history and the opportunities for a future where we engage in truth and reconciliation.

Posted by Portside on August 19, 2016

Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Institute, talks about how slavery didn't just end in 1865, but how it evolved through Jim Crow, segregation and mass incarceration.

Posted by Portside on July 29, 2016

Hillary Clinton accepts the Democratic nomination for president; Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Michael Bloomberg take turns laying into Donald Trump.

Posted by Portside on July 29, 2016

The American way of life is under siege by a group of activists who want nothing less than to not be shot.

Posted by Portside on July 29, 2016



Al Franken, US senator and world reknowned expert on right-wing megalomaniacs, explains Donald Trump.