Teacher boycott of standardized test spreads

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January 28, 2013
A boycott of Washington state’s mandated standardized test by teachers at a Seattle school is spreading to other schools and winning support across the country, including from the two largest teachers’ unions, parents, students, researchers and educators.
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Nonprofit Spends Big on Politics Despite IRS

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January 28, 2013
A cadre of wealthy business executives and conservative groups tried to sell California voters on new campaign finance reforms.Couched in lofty rhetoric about the importance of cutting off money from special interests to politicians and other regulations favored by reformers, their proposal sought to ban the practice of using payroll deductions for political expenditures — a popular method of union fundraising: The story of the American Fund and Proposition 32.
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Egypt Aflame Over Protests

January 28, 2013
Late this evening, President Mohammad Morsi declared Emergency Law in three provinces around the Suez Canal that are ablaze in protests. He frankly conceded the government was losing control. ... there is absolutely no doubt that both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood government were caught completely off guard by angry, increasingly intense protests, immediately following what were already massive anti-government actions in Tahrir Square and elsewhere.
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The Rise of the Permanent Temp Economy

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January 28, 2013
Politicians across the political spectrum herald “job creation,” but frightfully few of them talk about what kinds of jobs are being created. Low-wage, temporary jobs have become so widespread that they threaten to become the norm. How did we arrive at this state of affairs?
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Walmart and Fast Food Unions' Strategy

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January 28, 2013
Small but highly publicized strikes by Walmart retail and warehouse workers last fall set the labor movement abuzz and gained new respect for organizing methods once regarded skeptically.
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Origami: A Blend of Sculpture and Mathematics

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January 27, 2013
The shape of a Pringle, mathematically speaking, is called a hyperbolic paraboloid. Artists have been folding paper into this shape for years. The twist? Hyperbolic paraboloids shouldn’t exist in origami—it’s impossible to make such a 3D shape using only the creases pressed into paper by hand. By that logic, some of Erik Demaine’s artwork shouldn’t exist either.
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The Myth of Living Beyond Our Means

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January 27, 2013
The richest 1 percent now own more than 35 percent of all of the nation’s household wealth, and 38 percent of the nation’s financial assets – including stocks and pension funds. The richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million of us put together. 6 Walmart heirs have more wealth than bottom 33 million American families combined. So why are we even contemplating cutting programs the middle class and poor depend on, and raising raising their taxes?
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Voices of Protest from Tahrir

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January 27, 2013
The Brotherhood, the military and the property class are increasing their stranglehold on society, but the spirit of revolution, two years on, is undiminished. The youth, women and workers have not been defeated, and they want their voices heard.
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Big Banks and Income Disparity

January 27, 2013
When banks complain that regulations stifle innovation or profit potential or that business may be driven offshore, the answer may well be “so what.” The startling truth may be that the elimination of most of the financial innovations of the last 35 years would be the best job creator ever considered.
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Robocops and Robbers

Jill Leovy
The American Scholar
This new book highlights the technology at the heart of what reviewer Jill Leovy calls "surveillance-driven policing," and the heightened dangers this new set of law enforcement tools pose to democracy.

The Coney Island Hot Dog: a Uniquely American Story

Erick Trickey
Smithsonian Magazine
Nathan's may be famous, but it's only part of the Ellis-Island-meets-Coney-Island story. Outside New York, the Coney Island name evokes an entirely different hot-dog tradition.

Life Jacket

Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad
Heartjournalonline
The New York poet Mehrnoosh Torbatnejad offers a soulful Life Jacket to those displaced and forlorn by international tragedies: "remember," she writes, "you were born first/into a province of hope."

Ava DuVernay Thinks Little Brown Girls Should Be Space Travelers, Too

Mattie Kahn
Elle
People seem to think that a movie or a television show or a book is "diverse" when there are "one or two black people or brown people, or one girl or a couple of girls," DuVernay says. "Inclusion is really half—half of the cast, half of the directors, half of the writers are women or girls, half of the room, more than half of the room is of color," she says. "I think we get really satisfied with less.

Portside Labor

Unions Rip Senate’s Obamacare-Repeal Move

Seven Wishnia
Labor Press
"Several American labor unions reacted angrily to the Senate’s vote July 25 to take yet another crack at dismantling Obamacare. AFSCME President Lee Saunders called the vote “morally indefensible,” while Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers said it was “cruel and heartless.”

Nyack Library Workers Vote to Unionize

Kimberly Redmond
Lohud
Nyack Library workers voted Monday night to unionize, making it among the small handful of Rockland County, New York libraries where employees are covered by unions. They will be joining the New York State United Teachers.

Boston Nurses Are Bringing Back the Strike

Sarah Betancourt
In These Times
Tufts Medical Center nurses went back to work on Monday after launching the first Boston nurses’ strike in more than three decade. Despite the collective action, the roughly 1,200 nurses who walked out still face barriers to a satisfactory resolution.

Solidarity with Palestine is not Hate Speech, says Cosatu

Cosatu
Morning Star
A South African court ruled that the trade union federation Costau is guilty of hate speech and anti-Semitism because of its support of Palestinian rights. The union denounced the ruling as an attack against workers’ rights to offer solidarity, freedom of expression and the struggle for justice and dignity for all.

Big, Brash and Bent on Change; Chief of Local Sees Corruption in City Workers' Union

Steven Greenhouse
The New York Times
Mark Rosenthal died July 15, 2017. He was a rank and file trade unionist who helped change the face of the New York City labor movement in the late 1990's and beyond. He was a founding member of the Committee for real Change in DC 37, AFSCME and former Local 983 President. Steven Greenhouse's article in The New York Times September 30, 1998 is a fitting tribute to Mark Rosenthal

Friday Nite Videos

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Keegan-Michael Key's famous character Luther, Obama's anger translator, rode off into the sunset at the end of the 44th President's second term. Or so we thought...

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

Official music video of Mia Paz performing 'Shelter'

Posted by Portside on July 21, 2017

As the Russia story keeps getting worse, we're going to see just how far the network is willing to go to stay on Trump's good side.

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

The max speed of a Tyrannosaurus rex was about 12 mph, according to scientists at University of Manchester. 

Posted by Portside on July 22, 2017

Seth takes a closer look at President Trump's New York Times interview, in which he lashes out at his own attorney general and threatens the special counsel investigating him.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

Ezra Klein wondered what it must have been like to live through Watergate. Now he thinks he knows.

Posted by Portside on July 14, 2017

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