Democracy's Critics

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June 28, 2017
You can't understand the modern right without understanding their fundamental contempt for democracy.
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Sacrificing Black Lives for the American Lie

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June 28, 2017
We may never know why justice is still segregated from black death. On one side, people say: America is racist, and jurors are like cops — they hate black people. On the other: The police account is indisputable. Black lives do not matter. The deeper answer is that black death matters. It matters to the life of America, by which I mean the blood flow of ideas that give life to Americans’ perceptions of their nation.
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Every Prisoner’s Right to a College Degree

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June 28, 2017
After budget cuts gutted prison higher-ed programs, Cheryl Wilkins demanded the chance to learn behind bars. Now she’s making sure others get the same life-changing opportunity.
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Northern Ireland and British Elections

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June 28, 2017
The Democratic Unionists Party’s support for British Conservatives denies us the Tory collapse and second election which could see a socialist leader swept to power. Whilst Britain continues its faux-neutral role in Ireland, true recourse to justice is stunted; women are still denied bodily autonomy; and right-wing extremists continue to prop up a government whose official policy powers in Northern Ireland denies all of us self-determination.
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All of Donald Trump's Lies

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June 28, 2017
Last weekend, a full page New York Times op-ed itemized, day by day, the lies Donald Trump has told since taking office. The effort deserves the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
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Dispatches From the Culture Wars

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June 27, 2017
ACHA’s war on women; Two tales of rape; Assange documented; TSA going political; Punishing speech at Trinity College
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'Huge Victory': GOP Health Bill Is Delayed

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June 27, 2017
Senate Republicans forced to delay healthcare vote due to lack of support. Activists warn battle to defeat healthcare bill in Senate is not over but express hope that senators will face pressure from constituents during 4 July recess.
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Settlements: The Real Story

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June 27, 2017
Fifty years after the Six-Day War, a mistaken account of how settlement began still plagues Israeli politics.
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The Speaker and the Ironworker

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June 27, 2017
My name is Randy Bryce. I have been an ironworker for the past twenty years. I am a U.S. Army veteran, a dad, and a cancer survivor, and I am currently running to take Paul Ryan’s seat in the 1st Congressional district.
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Atlanta Fought for $15 and Won

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June 27, 2017
Economic progress is hard to come by in the South, and Atlanta is no exception. Georgia’s state minimum wage is just $5.15 an hour. The triumph for city employees represents the first step in the clarion call to ensuring everyone in the Peach State earns a fair return on their work.
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Portside Culture

Inside a Bestselling Syrian Cookbook From the 13th Century

Hannah Walhout
Food & Wine Magazine
This 13th centure cookbook of Syrian recipes shows us the opulent upper limits of the cuisine from those who cooked and ate it—chefs developing recipes, explorers discovering ingredients, the wealthy elite who demanded luxury and ingenuity.

Grace in War

Stacey Walker
Boulevard Magazine
Stacey Walker’s astonishing lyric poem depicts the postwar trauma of an American veteran of the Iraq war and his wife, as the war lives on in their bed.

The Sense of Art: In Memoriam John Berger

Mike Gonzalez
International Socialism
British artist, novelist, prodigious essayist and poet John Berger, best known for her magisterial and approachable Ways of Seeing and who died in January, is remembered here for his radical approach to Art, when it functions to make sense of what life’s brutalities cannot, when it becomes a meeting place of the invisible, the irreducible, the enduring, what Berger called guts and honor.

A Great Vision

Kim Scipes
Substance News
A writer tells the story of his left wing family. Reviewer Scipes takes us on a tour.

Portside Labor

We Are a Sanctuary Union

Tim Goulet
Socialist Worker
International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) Local 810 in New York City, has voted to declare itself a "sanctuary union," becoming the first Teamsters local to do so.

A New Farm Worker Union Is Born

David Bacon
The American Prospect
Indigenous Oaxacan farm workers win themselves a union in the Pacific Northwest. Members are filled with ideals, starting with their own organization. Its principles for organization sound like those of radical unions throughout U.S. history. Union leaders should be workers, and the rank and file should make all decisions. No leader or staff member should have a salary higher than a worker in the fields.

Seward Coop Workers Vote Overwhelmingly to Unionize

Barb Kuzera
Workday Minnesota
Workers at Seward Coop three locations in Minneapolis are celebrating their decision Thursday to join United Food & Commercial Workers Local 653. Ninety-four percent of those who voted in the election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board supported union representation.

Greenfield Nurses to Go on Strike

MNA
Massachusetts Nurses Association
As a result nurses are working endless additional shifts usually without rest. In fact, 3,940 times in the past 12 months nurses had to work for longer than 12 hours because there was no one to relieve them.

Brazil: Workers’ Rights Under Threat From Government Reforms

Mathilde Dorcadie
Equal Times
The ousting of President Dilma Rousseff has provided an opportunity for the proponents of neoliberalism and those who want to break union power. Most of Brazil's union centers fear that proposed government reforms will weaken unions and further the spread of subcontracting.

L.A. and Long Beach Port Workers Begin Striking

Jack Flemming
Los Angeles Times
"Around 60 truck drivers and warehouse workers serving the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports began striking terminals across the region Monday morning. The strike was called by the Teamsters union Local 848 to protest what it alleges is illegal subcontracting, misclassification and wage theft by trucking companies."

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on June 28, 2017

 

Before Donald Trump's hundreds of lies as president, there was the Founding Lie that launched his political career, that Barack Obama was not a legitimate president.

Posted by Portside on June 23, 2017

Who's on Special Counsel Mueller's Russia investigation team and what do their qualifications say where the investigation is going?

Posted by Portside on June 24, 2017

 

Song by Jesse Winchester, from The Wire, Season 1. Winchester opposed the Vietnam War, moved to Canada in 1967, and after a Presidential amnesty in 1977 resettled in the United States.

Posted by Portside on June 23, 2017

Lawrence O'Donnell says Trump initially tweeted about "tapes" only because he can't keep himself from lying.

Posted by Portside on June 24, 2017

A group of protesters blocked Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) office on June 22nd to oppose the GOP health-care bill and cuts to Medicaid.

Posted by Portside on June 23, 2017

Randy Bryce, local community activist and life-long resident of southeastern Wisconsin launches campaign for Congress in Wisconsin's first district to take on Speaker Paul Ryan.

Posted by Portside on June 16, 2017

Money laundering "cleans" money of its criminal origins. But how does it actually work?