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Missionary Abductions Reveal Growing Haitian Crisis

Kidnappings of 16 Americans and a Canadian in Port-au-Prince come as hundreds of local residents face similar targeting, with at least 628 abductions so far this year

NY Dem Compares Buffalo's India Walton to David Duke

"This is the malignant narcissism of far too many white men," said Congressman Jamaal Bowman.

New Study: The Group that Helped Topple Trump in 2020

Rather than writing white low-income voters off, it is possible to build coalitions of low-income voters across race around a political agenda that centers the issues they have in common.

Beef Has Issues. This Seattle Steakhouse Agrees.

The Bateau Steakhouse aims to reinvent the steak restaurant by showing how to sidestep the waste and environmental damage caused by the meat industry.

Global Left Midweek - October 20, 2021

La Via Campesina’s manifesto, political education in Africa, and mass action in Italy, South Korea and Puerto Rico

Richie Neal Turned Family Leave Into Insurance Giveaway

"Passing a poorly designed paid leave proposal is a dangerous political game for Democrats," warns policy analyst Matt Bruenig.

Texas: 'What Republicans Want to Do Everywhere'

"The new redistricting plans are an unlawful attempt to thwart the changing Texas electorate and should be struck down."

A Call for Humane Treatment for Haitians

The Biden administration was supposed be different from its predecessor. So why are Haitians are being denied their due process in seeking asylum to the U.S.?

Bernie Sanders Showing the Way to Take on Joe Manchin

For months, Bernie Sanders has been making a case for the multitrillion-dollar reform bill he’s spearheaded in the Senate. Now, he’s taken that case to Joe Manchin’s home turf in West Virginia — and is facing backlash from the mainstream media.

Media Bits and Bytes - October 19, 2021

Maria Ressa, Dave Chappelle, the strike that inspired Squid Game, and recommended media stocks
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Culture

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Between speculation and discipline

Kunal Parker Radical Philosophy
This new book attempts a reassessment of Nat Turner's famous rebellion and what it is we actually know about that event.

poetry

Face Mask

Paul Hostovsky Mostly
Mask or No Mask, Boston poet Paul Hostovsky captures a simple aesthetic of these divided times.

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China’s Market Reformers

Jake Werner Dissent
While China is often seen as an outlier from neoliberal trends, its transformation in recent decades was not at odds with tectonic shifts in the global system of growth but an essential part of it.

Labor

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Unions Shouldn’t Be Helping the Health Industry

Julia Rok Jacobin
In New York City, the Municipal Labor Committee is not only helping to block statewide single-payer health care, it’s undermining retiree health care. It’s shortsighted and dangerous politics.

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Labor Unions Band Together to Tackle NY’s High Hospital Prices

Caroline Lewis The Gothamist
The group is pushing legislation that would give health plans — including those managed by labor unions — more leverage to haggle over the price of health care and eliminate certain anti-competitive practices.

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Starbucks Workers Are Organizing — and Management Is Worried

Faith Bennett Jacobin
Starbucks portrays itself as a “community of partners,” not an average workplace. But now that workers are organizing a union drive in Buffalo, that warm and fuzzy rhetoric has vanished, replaced by coercion and union-busting.

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Make Gig Work Decent Work

Toronto and York Region Labour Council The Bullet
They created a Bill of Rights that outlines what minimum rights our governments must guarantee to ensure fairness and non-discriminatory treatment for gig workers

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The Real-Life Auto Strike Behind the Runaway Netflix Hit Squid Game

Minsun Ji Labor Notes
Scene from the Netflix show:  Individuals in green outfits kneeling on the floor. Squid Game’s hero, the fired union activist, represents the triumph of humanity and solidarity even against the brutal odds of capitalism. This animating principle of the labor movement is artistically portrayed in Squid Game’s vivid imaginarium.

Friday nite video

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The Last Time the Globe Warmed

During the last great global warming, tropical forests flourished ... in the arctic. This warming is happening much faster than that one.

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Fruits of Labor | PBS

When ICE raids threaten her family, Ashley, a Mexican-American teenager living in California, is forced to become the breadwinner, working days in the strawberry fields and nights at a food processing company.

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The End of Oil, Explained | Vox + Netflix

As the planet warms, why is it so hard to turn away from fossil fuels, and can we do it in time? “The End of Oil, Explained,” narrated by Ethan Hawke.