DSA Convention Meets in Chicago

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August 10, 2017
DSA, the Democratic Socialists of America, just held their largest convention - ever - with 700 delegates, representing 25,000 members. Nearly a thousand socialists - young and old, over-whelmingly young, came together to startegize building DSA, the largest socialist organization in the United States in decades. Here is a Portside exclusive report by Heidi Chua.
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Korea – Who is the Madman?; Guam Reality

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August 10, 2017
Most nonproliferation experts — as well as former President Jimmy Carter and a number of former Pentagon and State Department officials, both Republican and Democrat — agree that the brutal and murderous Kim, for all his bluster, is not irrational or suicidal, but bent on preserving his regime and preventing a U.S. attack. Nuclear weapons are a defensive, not an offensive, tool for the North Korean leadership.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Colin Kaepernick

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August 10, 2017
The NBA legend, who once faced withering criticism after he converted to Islam and changed his name, argues that NFL players need to step up in solidarity and defend an outspoken black quarterback fighting for social justice and a job.
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Unlearning the Myth of American Innocence

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August 10, 2017
When she was 30, Suzy Hansen left the US for Istanbul – and began to realize that Americans will never understand their own country until they see it as the rest of the world does. In college, she read James Baldwin, giving the sense of meeting someone who knew her better, than she had herself. This came as a shock, not necessarily because he said I was sick. It was because he kept calling me that thing: “white American”.
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Tidbits - August 10, 2017 - Reader Comments

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August 10, 2017
Reader Comments: Korea; Nagasaki; Nuclear Weapons; NAACP Warns Black Travelers When Visiting Missouri; Medicare March; Healthcare; How Democrats Can Win - How They Must Fight; UAW-Nissan Election Defeat; Venezuela; Vatican and Hard-Line Catholics; Last Chance to Comment Against KXL; Announcements: Zapatista Music Celebration; Feminist Organizing School; and more...
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How Ferguson Changed America ... and Me

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August 9, 2017
But for both America and me, Ferguson was different, because it was now. Because of social media, the 24-hour access to media and the domino effect of protests that rippled through cities across the country, white America could finally see up close what was going on.
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Issa Rae on Blackness

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August 10, 2017
The creator of Insecure, Issa Rae, talks about blackness as season two begins.
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How Do Chicago Police Treat Mental Health?

How Do Chicago Police Treat Mental Health? feature image
August 9, 2017
Swat raids are being unleashed on a city still reeling from Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2012 decision to shutter half of its 12 mental health clinics, and privatize the remaining six.
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False Alternatives to Single Payer

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August 9, 2017
Ironically, healthcare reform efforts have sought to "improve and expand" every element of the present system, except the program that works best: Medicare. The Clintons tried to expand HMOs, Obama expanded private health insurance and Medicaid, the GOP tried to expand "individual purchase. Medicare—if improved and expanded to all—could confront the industry, contain prices and restore the values of caring and community to our healthcare system.
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Portside Culture

Review: In ‘Crown Heights,’ Justice Delayed and Denied

A. O. Scott
New York Times
Like countless other black men, Colin Warner was ensnared in a system that was rigged against him in every way. The police, the prosecutors, the prison guards and some of his own lawyers cut corners, rush to judgment and ignored the clear evidence of his innocence... He spent 20 years in prison.

Was It Something I Hate? the Science of Food Preferences

Nadia Berenstein
Cook's Science
In his new book, Einstein’s Beets: An Examination of Food Phobias, the distinguished writer and scholar, Alexander Theroux, discusses some of the current scientific and psychological research into food preferences and aversions

Class & Inequality: The Book that Explains Charlottesville

Marshall Steinbaum
Boston Review
The University of Virginia has long been a bastion of white supremacy and its validating scholarship. The book’s author identifies how such antidemocratic sentiment has long gestated in academia generally, encapsulated in neoclassical economics and its validation of alleged rational economic behaviors -- theories that originated in opposition to the New Deal and the Civil Rights movement and predominate in today's conservative and far-right movements today.

A Test of American Traditions

Darryl Holter
Los Angeles Review of Books
This little book has become an unlikely political best-seller in these unlikely political times.

Portside Labor

Teachers Union Caucuses Gather to Swap Strategies

Gillian Russom and Samantha Winslow
Labor Notes
With teachers facing similar attacks in school districts across the country, it makes sense to share strategies for fighting back. That’s the goal of the United Caucuses of Rank-and-File Educators (UCORE), a growing network of locals and caucuses within the teachers unions.

Workers May Have Just Killed Missouri’s Right to Work Law

Jeff Schuhrke
Working In These Times
Though the law is set to take effect on August 28, the pro-union We Are Missouri coalition, led by the Missouri AFL-CIO, says it has collected enough signatures from voters to call for a state-wide referendum in November 2018 that could nullify the legislation.

Racism in Charlottesville: CBTU Statement on Unite the Right Rally

Rev. Terry Melvin
CBTU
Trump has been apt to condemn and mock anyone he finds offensive. He has no problem commenting on women bleeding, but has no comment when someone is bleeding from being hit by a car. His lack of commentary is indicative of his relationship to the white racists. While I do not believe all those who support this president are racist, I do believe all racists support this president. His lack of actions and words have reinforced this fact.

The Racist Origins of Right to Work

Michael Pierce
Labor Notes
As alt-right and white supremacist movements grow it is important to revisit history and see the ways in which most hate movements are intertwined.

Friday Nite Videos

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

VICE News Tonight correspondent Elle Reeve goes behind the scenes with white nationalist leaders, including Christopher Cantwell, Robert Ray, David Duke, and Matthew Heimbach — as well as counter-protesters. VICE News Tonight also spoke with residents of Charlottesville, members of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the Charlottesville Police. Up close and personal access from the neo-Nazi protests at Emancipation Park to Cantwell’s hideaway outside of Virginia.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

By refusing to take a side on the violence in Charlottesville, Trump has taken a side.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

President Donald Trump is defending efforts to preserve confederate statues like the one of General Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville. Lawrence O'Donnell looks back at the legacy of the man who was indicted for treason and led the Confederate Army.

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

CNN's Jim Acosta on Tuesday reports on Donald Trump’s “strange, surreal stunning and baffling” press conference, explaining the world witnessed “a presidency go off the rails.”

Posted by Portside on August 16, 2017

 

 

Charlottesville Vice-Mayor Wes Bellamy tells CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that his community has rallied in solidarity against the hateful white supremacist and neo-Nazi elements that turned the city until a battle zone on Saturday and killed an anti-racist counter-protester. 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

Based on the true story if the Algiers Motel incident, starring John Krasinski, John Boyega, and Anthony Mackie. In theaters Aug 4.

 

Posted by Portside on July 28, 2017

A collaboration with Jorge Cham (PhD comics) and Daniel Whiteson gives a mind-bending answer to a deceptively simple question.