Friday Nite Videos -- January 20, 2017

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January 20, 2017
The WERD: Thanks, Obama.Talkin' Bout A Revolution. How to Trump-Proof Your Life. Obamacare in Trump Country. Erosion – Donald Trump vs Global Warming.
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Trump: The Bully in Charge

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January 20, 2017
To watch him take the oath was to bear witness to democracy’s fragility.
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Europe: Brexit, Lexit or Civil Resistance?

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January 20, 2017
It’s possible that the EU cannot be reformed, but popular resistance could provide an alternative to disintegration
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Russia Taps Figure in Inquiry of Trump Team

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January 20, 2017
Trump took the oath of office on Friday with his associates under investigation by the FBI, aided by the NSA, CIA and Treasury Department.
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Stiglitz: Trumpian Uncertainty

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January 20, 2017
Fire-breathing rhetoric, or raving three a.m. tweets, may assuage the anger of those left behind by the Reagan revolution, at least for a while. But for how long? And what happens then?
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Why We March, Where We Are Marching

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January 19, 2017
We believe that Women's Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women's Rights. We must create a society in which women - including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women - are free and able to care for and nurture their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments. Marches in 616 cities - full list and information.
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Privatizer to Head US Department of Education

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January 19, 2017
While it is doubtful that US President-elect Donald Trump ever read George Orwell's 1984, Trump's cabinet choices appear to come right out of the doublethink that ruled Orwell's dystopian society. In Orwell's book, the Ministry of Plenty rationed essentials while the Ministry of Truth manufactured falsehoods. Trump's choice for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, is perhaps the most extreme of Trump's cabinet nominees.
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Martin Luther King, Institutions and Power

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January 19, 2017
Honoring King's vision and legacy thus requires not simply remembering his most well-known dream: a racially inclusive society very different from the one that existed in his, or sadly, our own time. It requires recognizing the need to redistribute the power from the oppressive, exclusionary institutions, many of the same ones - housing, schools, criminal justice, the economy - he fought for until the day he was taken from us. What does honoring that vision mean...
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Tidbits - January 19, 2017 - Reader Comments

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January 19, 2017
Reader Comments: Rearming Germany; Martin Luther King Today; Obama Commutes Sentences of Oscar Lopez Rivera and Chelsea Manning - Now Commute Leonard Peltier Sentence; Obama's Farewell Address; Meryl Streep; Cuban Medical Internationalism; Privatization Articles; Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back; Rodrigo Duterte - Readers Disagree; Announcements: Whitney Museum - Free Inauguration Day `Diversity' Show; Trumpism: How Should the Left Respond...
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Fighting Faux Populism

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January 19, 2017
Brexit has come to the United States. For thirty years now, in Europe and the United States, a bipartisan neoliberal consensus has embraced the benefits of globalization and the rise of the "knowledge economy." If only workers would go back to school, retrain, and send their children to college, the good jobs that disappeared would somehow return. But those good jobs did not arrive, and voters have opted for a faux populism that promises to reverse...
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Lisa Allen Ortiz
Guide to the Exhibit
Extinction: Lisa Allen Ortiz, child of Mendocino county, California knows a thing or two about birds and about how precarious are the lives of many species, speaks of our impending "civic sorrow."

Antonio Gramsci Jr: On Remembering His Grandfather

Antonio Gramsci, Jr.
New Left Review
Through the use of family archives and other new sources, the grandson of Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci seeks to reconstruct the cultural and political saliance of his grandfather's contributions to building and defending the Italian working class movement and international socialism in the face of Stalinist distortions, capitalist enmity and today's reactionary Russian regime.

When Labor Fought for Civil Rights

Rich Yeselson
Dissent
In reviewing two new books on the 20th Century's intertwined histories of labor, the Democratic Party, the Civil Rights movement, and the African American people, Rich Yeselson offers a nuanced and deeply informed assessment of this complicated tale.

Review: Fences Is an Acting and Directorial Feast Fit for August Wilson's Words

Nsenga K. Burton Ph.D.
The Root
Washington’s and Davis’ reprisals of their superb 2010 Broadway performances, do not disappoint. Washington takes us on an episodic journey through love, pain, betrayal and redemption, and with such heavy topics, the audience will struggle through it. With performances that will literally take your breath away, Fences is a must-see film offering a timeless critique of a family trying to determine who should be on each side of the fence, one fence post at a time.

My Dinners With Harold

Daniel Duane
California Sunday Magazine
Daniel Duane examines how a shy Ph.D. in English literature revolutionized the science of cooking and became revered in the most famous kitchens in the world.

My Mother Explains Why She Never Voted

Meryl Stratford
Rattle Poets Respond
"Imagine--a woman in the White House." As Florida poet Meryl Stratford implies about her pre-feminist mother--"It wasn’t worth the argument"-- of just how hard it is to change someone's mind when it comes to voting!

Portside Labor

MLK's Advice on Strike Strategy Still Relevant Today

Rand Wilson
Stansbury Forum
King’s strategic advice to the striking Memphis sanitation workers is still useful: winning requires placing the struggle in a larger context that challenges elected officials and government at every level to make America a better nation!

New York Unions Are Packed And Ready For Women’s March On Washington

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Many New York unions are joining the Women's March on Washington including District Council 37, the United Federation of Teachers, the New York State Nurses Association, the National Writers Union, Writers Guild of America East, United Food and Commercial Workers 1500, New York State United Teachers and 32BJ SEIU.

The Revolt of Working Parents

Alexia Fernandez Campbell
The Atlantic
Mothers—and some fathers—are increasingly suing employers for discriminating against working parents. They are succeeding.

Puzder Confirmation as Labor Secretary Pushed Back after Worker Protests Ignite

Janet Sparks
Blue MauMau
The confirmation hearing for Trump's Secretary of Labor nominee, Andrew Puzder, was scheduled to start January 17 but has been pushed back and may not happen until next month. It may be that worker protest is having an impact. Critics have revealed that Puzder's company has frequently violated wage and hour, and safety and health laws.

Universal Basic Income Experiment Begins in Finland

William Rogers
Left Labor Reporter
When masses of workers start to lose their jobs to automation, workers will find it even more difficult to pay for the social insurance that provides them with a safety net. Therefore says Varoufakis we need another way to protect workers and another way to pay for it.

What Labor Should Learn from Trump’s Victory

Michael Hirsch, Saulo Colon, Murray Schneider, Lois Weiner
New Politics
The form of political action that Clinton defenders in labor advocate is a suffocating loser. It seeks accommodation when confrontation is required. It is more concerned with the longevity of the union as an institution – an important consideration for labor, but one that demands a more courageous vision – than with the overall strength of its members vis a vis their employers, which in fact is the only guarantor of institutional survival.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

On President Obama's last day Stephen's conservative pundit identical twin cousin, Stephen Colbert, stopped by to wish him farewell.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

Song not heard at Trump inauguration: 'Poor people gonna rise up / take what's theirs'

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

You may need to Trump-proof your life. Follow our seven easy steps.

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

We travel to Whitley County in Kentucky to find out why people who benefited most from Obamacare would vote for Donald Trump. 

Posted by Portside on January 20, 2017

The waters are rising. Baba Brinkman breaks it down in language that even Donald Trump can understand.

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Chris Hayes examines the parallels between Donald Trump and Nixon with the author of Nixonland.

Posted by Portside on December 30, 2016

"A Better Man" video recorded and filmed live outside on Keb' Mo's back porch.