Standing Rock: Snowstorm and Army Decision

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December 8, 2016
This decision is everything we had asked for: a non-granting of the easement, initiating an Environmental Impact Study, and suggestive of a reroute, Standing Rock Sioux Chairman David Archambault II said. 'We got it! Energy Transfer Partners will face an uphill battle in trying to dismantle the process initiated by this decision.' And, if the camp stays where it is currently located, people are risking their lives. The current weather is severe, making travel...
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The Rojava Project

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December 8, 2016
According to the back of Meredith Tax's A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, a 'democratic society' with 'women on the front lines as fierce warriors and leaders' is growing in the midst of Syria's destruction. This new society - Rojava - was founded by the Democratic Union Party (PYD), the Syrian-Kurdish offshoot of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). How does the PKK function internally, how will it deal with class...
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Trump Win: Left Wake-Up Call, Back to Class

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December 8, 2016
Did we do enough in 2016? And how can we build a broader electoral movement? I don't believe the Left bears the brunt of the blame for Hillary Clinton's defeat, and I reject arguments that try to score political points through guilt-tripping. Both long-term and short-term factors worked against a Clinton victory. Trump is not Reagan; 2016 is not 1980. But both elections were lost by tone-deaf Democratic elites who dismissed the economic anxieties of the...
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Information Literacy and Fake News

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December 8, 2016
In search of answers, many of us ask our kids to "Google" something. These so-called digital natives, who've never known a world without screens, are the household's resident fact-checkers. If anyone can find the truth, we assume, they can...Don't be so sure.
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Tidbits - December 8, 2016 - Reader Comments

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December 8, 2016
Reader Comments: Standing Rock - Tremendous Victory to Start Trump Presidency; Trump Changed Everything; What Next for the Left; Remembering Fidel Castro and his Impact Worldwide and in the U.S.; Jobs, Shorter Work Week; Chelsea Manning; Tondalo Hall imprisonment; We Need Each Other - Why People Should Support Portside; Announcements: UMASS Labor Scholarships; Make $15 Real Under Trump; New York March for Immigrants
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Resisting "Fortress Europe"

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December 7, 2016
We must include migrants and refugees in the people, politically and institutionally in the sense of full social and political rights but also ideologically in the terms of how we define the “us vs. them” in our societies. We need to redefine the people –or even the “nation”– as the unity in struggle of all the subaltern classes. This is an answer to “identity politics” than chauvinism in the name of “secularism," and an answer to neo-liberal cosmopolitanism.
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What We Are Actually Talking About

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December 7, 2016
A day after the election, I heard a journalist on the radio speak of the vitriol between Obama and Trump. No, the vitriol was Trump’s. Now is the time to burn false equivalencies forever. Pretending that both sides of an issue are equal when they are not is not “balanced” journalism; it is a fairy tale—and, unlike most fairy tales, a disingenuous one.
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Putting the 2016 Election into Historical Con

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December 7, 2016
How can we understand the 2016 presidential election in a broad context of American history? This is a question that many Americans, pundits, and historians have been thinking through for the past month. To address it, we assembled a panel of experts.
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13 Ways to Act in Solidarity for Justice for

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December 7, 2016
A call for solidarity for justice for Walter Scott from Black Lives Matter-Charleston, South Carolina in response to the trial of former South Carolina police officer, Michael Slager, who shot and killed Scott ended in a mistrial this week.
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The Next 5 States to Legalize Marijuana

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December 7, 2016
Somebody's got to be the first state to free the weed through the legislature. Here are the most likely prospects.
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Portside Culture

5 Novels Every Revolutionary Should Read

John Rees
John Rees, author of The Leveller Revolution: Radical Political Organization in England 1640-1650, (Verso, 2016; reviewed in Portside Culture, November 30, 2016) weighs in with his recommendations about some of the best fiction in English dealing with radical movements and the revolutionary experience.

Louise Erdrich's Hard Facts

Phillip H. Round
Public Books
Acclaimed Native American novelist Erdrich's fifteenth novel is a "multigenerational tale," writes reviewer Round, that "stretches across two centuries of life on the Northern Plains."

Estela Bravo’s Fidel (2001), A Documentary

Joanne Bealy
Bright Lights Film Journal
Bravo's film was commissioned by Channel 4 in Britain, and won the Distinguished Achievement for Excellence in Documentary Filmmaking from the Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, and played the Toronto International Film Festival to sold-out crowds despite the fact that it opened three days after the September 11th attacks. It has played in arthouses throughout the U.S.

Can Supergirl Survive Trump?

Heather Davidson
What had been cautiously optimistic when the episode had premiered just a few weeks before was now upsettingly fantastical. In the wake of Donald Trump’s win, a pro-immigration woman of color being elected president seemed less realistic than the alien trying to kill her.

More Than Ever - We Need You, We Need Each Other

The Moderators of Portside Culture
Every year, Portside asks our readers for their help and support. This, however, is not like other years. What months ago was a scary thought is now our, and the world's reality - a Trump presidency. We need to work together, to build, to organize, and to understand what works, and what doesn't. Portside provides reportage, inspiration, investigation and analysis that are needed more than ever. We promise to do our part. Will you help?


Taj James
"If they create an Enemies/List," says the poet Taj James, "Sign me up." Only by showing our solidarity with those so-called enemies can we hope that the listmakers themselves become the "enemies" of the people. These are words for our unfortunate times.

Portside Labor

Carrier Deal: A Dilemma for Unions & Labor Solidarity

Ruth Needleman
Unions must maintain unity among the workforce split by the Carrier deal, and educate its members on why they should not have voted for Trump. Election data seems to indicate that it was union white workers more than poor white workers who supported Trump to begin with. The divide between highly skilled and paid workers and minimum wage workers harkens back to the 1920s when unions focused primarily on craft workers rather than the expanding industrial workforce.

The Dangerous Myth That Hillary Clinton Ignored The Working Class

Derek Thompson
The Atlantic
The author says Hillary Clinton talked about the working class constantly. She had plans to help coal miners and steelworkers. She had plans to help those getting out of prison get jobs. She promoted clean energy jobs and spoke of the dignity of manufacturing jobs. The author argues that white Trump voters might just have been more interested in his attacks against Muslims and Hispanics.

New House Labor Committee Chair Questions Need for Unions

Robert Iafolla
At the top of Representative Virginia Foxx's agenda is the U.S. Labor Department rule that would extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers. A federal judge in Texas blocked the rule last month before it took effect, but the Labor Department has challenged that ruling in a federal appeals court.

The Workers Versus Trump

Dave Kamper
From local to local, the labor movement needs to transform into an effective machine for fighting the Right.

Frank Rosen (1925 - 2016) - Presente! - Union Organizer, Political Activist, Civil Libertarian

Bill of Rights Defense Committee & Defending Dissent Foundation
Frank Rosen, longtime labor leader and political activist, died Nov. 28 in Chicago. Rosen took part in many of the seminal moments in Chicago history, from studying nuclear physics under Enrico Fermi, to fighting to defend civil liberties in the McCarthy era, to the civil rights and anti-Vietnam War movements, to electing Harold Washington as mayor, all while helping thousands of members of his union struggle for decent wages, benefits and dignity on the job.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on December 2, 2016

'Some folks are born made to wave the flag. Ohh, they're red, white and blue.'


Posted by Portside on December 2, 2016

A full length exploration of the decades-long attempts to kill the leader of the Cuban Revolution, vividly portrayed through contemporaneous film footage.

Posted by Portside on December 2, 2016

DO NOT RESIST is an urgent look into the militarization of American police departments filmed over two years in 11 states.

Posted by Portside on December 2, 2016

Scanners show that canine brains respond to words like humans.

Posted by Portside on December 2, 2016

Thousands of veterans are traveling to Standing Rock to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline — and this man is leading them

Posted by Portside on November 25, 2016

How will Bernie Sanders go forward as a leader of the Democratic Party? NBC's Andrea Mitchell talks with former campaign manager Jeff Weaver.

Posted by Portside on November 26, 2016

We all have a sense of space and time, but evolution has not given us an intuition about just how vast they are compared to our direct experience.