DC Maternity Care Desert

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October 1, 2017
The closure of two labor and delivery wards in D.C.'s poorest neighborhoods presents a challenge for communities with already alarmingly high maternal and infant mortality rates.
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The Growing Use of Mandatory Arbitration

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October 1, 2017
Access to the courts is now barred for more than 60 million American workers
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Carlos Rosa’s Political Capital

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October 1, 2017
Recently, Chicago city council member Carlos Rosa's socialist politics cost him in the halls of power. He speaks to Jacobin about why he refuses to "throw a movement under the bus."
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Did Meteorites Create Earth’s Tectonic Plates

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October 1, 2017
Modelling suggests that plate tectonics and the Earth’s magnetic field were the result of massive collisions during the “geologic dark age”.
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Lynching and Antilynching: Art and Politics

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September 30, 2017
Art dealer, M.Lee Stone has put together an incredible exhibit of 1930's prints that deal with the reality of lynchings of African Americans. "The lynchings of the past are still with us today only in a different form. Black communities across the country are the scenes of mass incarcerations and the disproportionate sentencing of people of color as well the indiscriminate shooting by the police of black persons that we see and hear about too frequently.
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Writing While Socialist

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September 30, 2017
Over the past year, the scholar and activist Vijay Prashad taught a series of nonfiction writing workshops to students, activists, workers, and journalists across India. The workshops sought to develop an ethics and practice of socialist writing to foreground what Prashad calls “the small voices of history.”
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Department of Wackadoodle

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September 30, 2017
The DOJ’s new anti-gay legal posture just got shut down in federal court.
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Trump Tax Plan Primarily Rewards Top 1%

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September 30, 2017
The plan would also raise taxes for many middle class families, a fact Americans for Tax Fairness denounced as "absolutely outrageous"
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UN Chief’s Death Caused by Aircraft Attack?

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September 30, 2017
A UN report on the death of Secretary General Dag Hammarskjöld in a 1961 plane crash has found a “significant amount of evidence” it was caused by another aircraft, renewing questions of Western involvement. Hammarskjold led a UN peacekeeping force at the request of the newly liberated Congo, which, after the CIA-backed assassination of its President Patrice Lumumba, faced the secession of its mineral rich Katanga province, backed by Belgian troops and mercenaries.
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Friday Nite Videos | September 29, 2017

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September 29, 2017
San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Speaks Reality. Waist Deep in the Big Muddy | Pete Seeger. Taxes, Health Care, and Private Jets. It's Time to Pay Back Puerto Rico. Talking About Justice Wherever We Can.
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Portside Culture

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." Review – Denzel Washington Captivates In Unusual Legal Drama

Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
The film is a haunting and timeless American tragedy that feels ever prescient given the current administration’s foggy understanding of morality. It might prove to be a tough sell thanks to an awkward title and a strange plot trajectory, but Roman J. Israel, Esq. is a richly rewarding drama blessed with one of the best, most lived-in performances of the year. 

Shh! These Quiet Food Videos Will Get Your Senses Tingling

Clare Leschin-Hoar
The Salt
A whole new genre of food videos, focusing on specific intense sounds like crinkling, chopping, sautéing and stirring, is becoming popular. These eating sounds trigger pleasing tingling sensations in the brains of viewers who experience ASMR, which stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response.

Not Our Tribe

Jed Myers
Solstice
Seattle poet Jed Myers speaks of the fear of strangers, how our eyes assess and judge newcomers, searching for the glimmer that makes them one of us.

A Memoir of Life as Che Guevara’s Kid Brother

Peter Canby
New Yorker
Che’s youngest sibling, Juan Martin Guevara, remembers his revolutionary brother and the family's travails after his murder by the Bolivian military with the aid of the CIA.

Portside Labor

Canadian, U.S. Unions Push for Wage Hike Amid NAFTA Talks

Ginger Adams Otis
New York Daily News
Labor leaders in the U.S. have made it clear they are supportive of a NAFTA overhaul — but only if it helps eliminate the wage gap with Mexico and includes Canada’s long-shot demands for labor reform.

McDonald's Labor Abuses and the GOP

Thor Benson
Working In These Times
If successful, the bill would mark a historic shift in labor law. Millions of low-wage workers across the country would be directly impacted, losing a key mechanism to protect their rights on the job, while corporations which regularly escape liability would gain protections.

Dolores – A Film Review

Duane Campbell
Democratic Left
That Dolores Huerta is not better known in the nation provides a commentary on how little the mainstream media, and much of the Left, know about the growth of Latino power in the labor and feminist movements.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Almost Like Praying,” featuring a variety of artists, was written and recorded to benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico with proceeds benefiting The Hispanic Federation's Unidos Disaster Relief Fund. Download and stream here.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at how powerful men in entertainment and politics - from Harvey Weinstein to Donald Trump - abuse their power to silence, bully or coerce.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The Try Guys take on the immigration system and find out how hard it really is to become a US citizen.

Posted by Portside on October 13, 2017

The President called for 'anti-Trump' late night host(s) to give him 'equal time' on their show. Stephen can only think of one person to help play, excuse the phrase, devil's advocate.

Posted by Portside on October 12, 2017

Eminem is back! And he's in classic bar-for-bar form blasting at Donald Trump from his Detroit home. The cyphers went crazy too. Peep.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

John Oliver discusses the way the NRA not only works to prevent gun control, they work to prevent an informed discussion about gun control.

Posted by Portside on October 6, 2017

On 4 October 1936 antifascists of London came out en masse in what became known as The Battle of Cable Street to confront Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists as they planned to march through the East End.