Friday Nite Videos -- September 30, 2016

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October 1, 2016
Elizabeth Warren Rips Wells Fargo's CEO A New One. Michael Franti | Good to Be Alive Today. Why Doesn't Time Flow Backwards? 13th | Documentary.
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Springsteen’s Depression Revelation Matters

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September 30, 2016
In his new memoir ‘Born to Run,’ Bruce Springsteen details his lifelong battle with depression.
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Trump at Night (Dangerous Tweets)

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September 30, 2016
Late at night, with his campaign staff far from his side, Trump was free to follow his gut. And his gut told him to punch back at a former Miss Universe whom he allegedly once called "Miss Piggy" by calling her disgusting for starring in a sex tape.
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The Great Spanish Hope: Reflection on Podemos

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September 30, 2016
The great hope of Podemos is the incredible team of young, smart activists who have coalesced around it. They understand politics, they lack ego, they’re interested in strategy, and they work hard.
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March Calls for Close of Rikers Island

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September 30, 2016
Eighty percent of Riker's current population of 7,600 are imprisoned on the island because they are too poor to afford bail and 40 percent should be in a mental health facility instead.
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UN Panel - U.S. Owes Black People Reparations

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September 29, 2016
The legacy of colonial history, enslavement, racial subordination and segregation, racial terrorism and racial inequality in the United States remains a serious challenge, as there has been no real commitment to reparations and to truth and reconciliation for people of African descent, a United Nations report stated. "Contemporary police killings and the trauma that they create are reminiscent of the past racial terror of lynching."
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The Lousy Reason I Didn't Vote in 1968

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September 29, 2016
It is 1968. Year of blood. Year of protest. Year of insurgency. Year of a pivotal election: Republican Richard Nixon versus Democrat Hubert Humphrey. I decide that Nixon and Humphrey are indistinguishable, and I refuse to vote. I encourage others to do the same. It's a mistake I regret to this day. At first, students on the left were full of hope about the 1968 election...The only way Donald Trump does not become president of the United States is if Hillary Clinton...
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Tidbits - September 29, 2016 -Reader Comments

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September 29, 2016
Reader Comments: Millennial Sit-in Against GOP Politics of Hate; Call to End Voter Suppression; Does the Left Underestimate the Danger of Trump?; Thinking About a Protest Vote - Lessons from the Past; Garrison Keillor and Trump; Why the Protests in Charlotte; Police Violence and Racism; Prison Strike; Women's Boat to Gaza; Colin Kaepernick; Chelsea Manning; Life After the USSR; Jewish Grandparents Message; Announcements: Standing Rock Call-in; and more....
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The Chicago Cubs and Socialism

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September 29, 2016
ubs in the World Series. Yes it could be! Who would have thought a Brooklyn-born socialist senator from Vermont, would win 13 million votes, capturing 23 primaries and caucuses; that a scrappy senior would inspire the youth of the country, and a whole country? Who would have thunk it? Can the Cubs also inspire their fans, and keep hope alive? Can the Cubs capture the spirit of the country as we prepare for the November elections? Yes we can has new meaning this year!
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After 50 Years of War, a Chance at Peace

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September 29, 2016
The simple yes-or-no choice presented by the October 2 referendum does not take into account how the accord will be implemented and the profound divisions that exist after decades of civil war, militarization and politically motivated violence, and is a historic achievement. Nowhere is the resistance to any agreement with FARC more visible or vocal than in the rightwing political movement founded and led by Sen. Alvaro Uribe Vélez, Colombia's former president.
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Holy Night

Dan Albergotti
Crab Orchard Review
It's not easy to discover that a loved one holds views (prejudices) inimical to your own. The Carolina-based poet Dan Albergotti offers an exquisitely balanced portrait of what happens at such moments of discovery.

Sartre and the Birth of Radical Existentialism

Ray Monk
The New Statesman
A granular review of three recent books on the the political and intellectual legacy of French Marxian existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre. As the reviewer notes, if you want to know why 50,000 people showed up to pay their respects at the writer/activist's 1980 funeral, these new books may provide the answer.

Blood in the Water

Terry Hartle
The Christian Science Monitor
This fresh look at the 1971 Attica, New York prison uprising, which was brutally repressed by then-Governor Nelson Rockefeller, is not just a history. It is an intervention into contemporary debates about the U.S. prison system.

I Am Not Your Negro

Bill Meyer
Hollywood Progressive
Raoul Peck's new film 'I Am Not Your Negro' about James Baldwin has a powerful structure utilizing rare videos and photos and personal writings of Baldwin, and at the same time aligning them with contemporary issues of police brutality and race relations, creates a mesmerizing awareness of the continuity in the struggle for civil rights.

Our Hamburger Hill

Anne Cheilek
portside.org
"Hamburger Hill," site of a notorious battle in May 1969 in Vietnam, in which American troops made daily frontal assaults on entrenched enemy positions, receiving grisly casualties and causing, for the first time, significant voices of mutiny. On the tenth day, they captured the hill. Then, since it had no military value, the troops were withdrawn. California poet Anne Cheilek succinctly captures the absurdity.

Portside Labor

Building Alliances to End Gender-Based Violence at Work

Tula Connell
Solidarity Center AFL-CIO
There is a specific set of behaviors that constitute gender-based violence at work that includes sexual violence, verbal abuse, threats of violence and bullying. A meeting in Brazil sponsored by the International Trade Union Confederation and the Solidarity Center discussed a campaign to shape a worker-driven International Labor Organization standard ending gender-based violence at work, based about successful initiatives by local worker organizations.

Volkswagen Faces Bumpy Road in Challenge to 'Micro-Union'

Daniel Wiessner and Bernie Woodall
Reuters
The German automaker's U.S. subsidiary earlier this month brought a case in a Washington, D.C.-based federal appeals court seeking to overturn a vote by a group of skilled trade workers at its Chattanooga, Tennessee, assembly plant to join the United Auto Workers. The dispute is a high-profile test of whether unions, an seek new members by targeting smaller groups, rather than organizing whole plants or companies as in the past.

Who Will Win the Just Born Game of Chicken?

Anthony Salamone, Scott Kraus
The Morning Call
400 workers represented by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union have been on strike at the Just Born candy factory since September 7. Just Born's hard-line stance on hiring replacement workers could have both short- and long-term consequences for the company, including the need to rebuild shattered trust among employees and the possibility of fending off lawsuits from the workers hired to replace them, experts said.

AFL-CIO Constituency Groups Stand with Native Americans to Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline

Labor Coalition for Community Action
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance
We remain committed to fighting the corporate interests that back this project and name this pipeline “a pipeline of corporate greed.” We challenge the labor movement to strategize on how to better engage and include Native people and other marginalized populations into the labor movement as a whole.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on September 30, 2016

Elizabeth Warren's questioning of Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf at the Senate Banking Committee exposes his refusal to take responsibility for the bank's years-long scam of bank customers.

Posted by Portside on September 30, 2016

Earthy, energetic, apocalyptic and yet somehow, improbably, still optimistic, Michael Franti speaks clear and present hip-hop.

Posted by Portside on September 30, 2016

Why entropy gives rise to the arrow of time, how the initial state of the universe is responsible for the fact that we experience time now, and the ultimate heat death of the universe.

Posted by Portside on September 30, 2016

Ava DuVernay’s galvanizing documentary of the13th Amendment to the Constitution, which abolished slavery. A potent mixture of archival footage and testimony from activists, politicians, historians, and formerly incarcerated women and men.

Posted by Portside on September 30, 2016

Trevor breaks down how New York City's controversial stop-and-frisk program targeted young men of color and exacerbated racial tensions.

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

Reverend Dr. William Barber, President of the North Carolina state chapter of the NAACP, talks about the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott and the unrest that has followed in Charlotte.

Posted by Portside on September 23, 2016

Jordan Klepper gets Donald Trump supporters to share their non-reality-based opinions about Hillary Clinton and President Obama.