Dispatches From the Culture Wars

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February 21, 2017
French fascism looks familiar; Eat fist, Nazi; Now you see it; Assessing the damage; Alt.right culture horror show
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How Norway Avoided Becoming a Fascist State

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February 21, 2017
Instead of falling to the Nazi party, Norway broke through to a social democracy. Their history shows us polarization is nothing to despair over.
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Pipeline Fights Flare Across the U.S.

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February 21, 2017
The fight against DAPL didn’t come from nowhere. It’s a direct descendant of the Keystone XL fight — both pass through the territory of the Oceti Sakowin, or Seven Council Fires, which includes bands of the Lakota, Nakota, and Dakota people. And when Standing Rock tribal members saw that it was time to mobilize, they turned to relatives that had fought the Keystone XL.
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New 'Hyper-Aggressive Mass Deportation Policy

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February 21, 2017
The official guidelines, signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, "expand raids and the definition of criminal aliens, while diminishing sanctuary areas and enlisting local law enforcement to execute federal immigration policy," The Hill reported.
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Congress Goes Home, Constituents are Waiting

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February 21, 2017
“It doesn’t work for organizations to bigfoot strategy; it’s not the way organizing happens now,” said Kelley Robinson, the deputy national organizing director for Planned Parenthood, which is fighting the defunding of its health clinics. “There are bigger ideas coming out of the grass roots than the traditional organizations.”
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The Great American "Welcoming" Break-Out

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February 20, 2017
Why we should not forget the role our endless wars over the last sixteen years have played in creating the refugee crisis we now so earnestly decry.
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Oppose Right-Wing Planned Parenthood Protests

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February 20, 2017
Instead of demonstrating outside of Planned Parenthood, Joyce Arthur, executive director of Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada (ARCC), suggests demonstrating outside a "crisis pregnancy center" -- one of the fake clinics run by ideologically extreme religious groups -- or at the office of a local anti-choice group. Also on her list are public areas like city hall.
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Standing Rock Construction, Pipeline Fights

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February 20, 2017
In at least four states, encampments built as bases for pipeline resistance have emerged. They face corporations emboldened by Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress, which have used their first weeks in power to grant fossil fuel industry wishes, overturning environmental protections, appointing Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state, and reviving the halted Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipeline projects.
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Struggle for Peace Links to All Movements

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February 20, 2017
Anti-war, immigrant rights and communities of color, environmental rights, LGBTQ and women's rights -- all and more are linked to real justice and peace.
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A Radical Expansion of Sanctuary

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February 20, 2017
A moment of stinging clarity is now upon us. President Donald Trump signed an executive order to set in motion the process of building a wall along the US-Mexico border, stripping federal funding from sanctuary cities, increasing the size of US Border Patrol forces and increasing deportations. In response, we must plunge even more urgently into the hard local work of building sanctuary.
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Portside Culture

‘The Salesman’: Will Academy Members Give it an Oscar To Protest Trump?

Anne Thompson
Indiewire
Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, who won an Oscar in 2012 for “A Separation” and whose second Oscar-nominated film, “The Salesman” is playing on more than 65 screens and could pass the $1 million mark this weekend, grabbed a lot of press when he canceled his plans to attend the February 26th Oscars ceremony following President Donald Trump’s 90-day visa ban for citizens from seven Muslim countries, including Iran.

The New Deal Meal

Rachel Laudan
Wall Street Journal
During the Depression, a loose coalition of Progressives set out to remake the American diet. Milk was regarded as the perfect food. This tension between scientific advice and traditional preferences can be traced back to the Great Depression, suggest Jane Ziegelman and Andrew Coe in “A Square Meal.”

FX’s Taboo Is More Fun to Think About Than to Watch

Matt Zoller Seitz
Vulture
Taboo is about the return of the repressed, but also the suppressed, with the protagonist serving as a vessel for social commentary about the species-wide violence and corruption wrought by imperialism, racism, and capitalism.

GREED, Exercising Noblesse Oblige

Rebecca Foust
Paradise Drive
Tongue-in-cheek, Marin poet Rebecca Foust offers a sonnet about the seven deadly sins, and rich people who have their trickle-down rationalizations.

Politics, Aesthetics and the War Against "Perfectionist Ideology" in Orwell in Orwell

David Trotter
London Review of Books
Much Orwell criticism centers on his politics, not surprising given how it was his predominant subject. The books under review take a slight detour, viewing his work as he frequently judged others. Orwell's writing is chockablock with sensuous material, such as how class discriminations determine not just life chances but personal hygiene, or how bathos in an otherwise serious tract humanizes the literature and guards against "perfect" politics.

Roxane Gay’s Masterpieces of Private Rage

Rafia Zakaria
The New Republic
Rafia Zakaria shows us how Roxane Gay, in this new collection of short stories, explores interconnections between racism, work, love, violence, and sex.

Portside Labor

Union Sues Over Iowa's New Collective Bargaining Law

Grant Rodgers and William Petroski
The Des Moines Register
The new law bans public employee unions in most cases from negotiating over issues such as health insurance, evaluation procedures, staff reduction and leaves of absence for political purposes. Police officers and firefighters are exempted from that portion of the law, a move that AFSCME argues in the lawsuit violates the Iowa Constitution by creating "favored" and "disfavored" groups of government workers.

Workers, Businesses Back Proposal to Stop Wage Theft

Barb Kucera
Workday Minnesota
About 39,000 Minnesota workers suffer from wage theft each year, resulting in $11.9 million in wages owed, and that's only what goes reported. The union-backed Wage Theft Initiative proposes policy changes to give the state Department of Labor and Industry more enforcement tools and an increased budget.

Bank Workers Will Protest to Form Their First US Union — And The Whole World Is Watching

Jack Smith IV
.mic
On Tuesday, over 15,000 U.S. bank workers with the Spain-based bank Santander will declare their intent to establish this country's first bank workers' union. They'll deliver petitions, take over corporate lobbies and begin the long struggle to bring collective bargaining to an industry with predatory practices and lots of low-wage workers.

We Can Resist Trump’s Immigration Orders

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
Immigrant rights activists have developed a strategy to defeat deportations. Those arrested are encouraged to refuse to sign the “voluntary departure," and insist upon having legal counsel. All persons inside the U.S. have a right to counsel (not only citizens). If some 20%- 30% of those arrested begin to refuse to sign, the jails will fill within days – even the private prisons. If those arrested insist on legal counsel, the courts will be overloaded.

Thousands Of Teachers Protest Over Education Funding

Nanea Kalani
Honolulu Star Advertiser
Several thousand public school teachers in Honolulu packed the grounds of the state Capitol on Monday as part of a rally calling on the governor and lawmakers to increase funding for public schools and raise teacher salaries

"A Kick In The Ass" For Labor: A Union Leader Considers The Age Of Trump

Hamilton Nolan
The Concourse
"If the American labor movement thinks that we can just go out there and start and control the organizing that takes place, we’re not going to be successful," says Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union. "I think what we can do is create an environment in which organizing takes place... We have to think of ourselves less as an institution, and more as a movement."

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

During a no-holds-barred press conference, President Trump lashes out at the media, pushes lies about his Electoral College victory and boasts that he's not anti-Semitic. 

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

This song expresses the urgency we all face and offers us wisdom with the words, "War, children, it's just a shot away... Love, sister, it's just a kiss away".

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

President Donald Trump's chief strategist believes the West is at war with Islam.

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

This is madness that we’re witnessing here

Posted by Portside on February 17, 2017

Donald Trump spreads a lot of false information thanks to his daily consumption of morning cable news. If only we could sneak some facts into the president’s media diet.

Posted by Portside on February 10, 2017

Six New England Patriots are sitting out a visit with Trump after their Super Bowl win. “I just don’t feel welcome in that house. I’m going to just leave it at that.” Supportive fans want the boycott to grow bigger.

Posted by Portside on February 10, 2017

 

 

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