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Progressive Groups Urge Sanders-Warren Unity

When progressives fight each other, the establishment wins. "For the sake of humanity and the planet, we need a tactical alliance between the Sanders and Warren campaigns. Defeating corporate Democrats and Donald Trump will require no less."

What a Bernie Sanders Presidency Would Look Like

The possibilities of an “organizer-in-chief.” Sanders is the only presidential candidate who has put forward a genuine Green New Deal, to radically remake the economy to serve ordinary people. One of two cover stories of our dual-sided January issue

What an Elizabeth Warren Presidency Would Look Like

Warren is a “visionary implementer.” When she defeats President Donald Trump, it would mean an economic populist defeated a corrupt plutocrat, a woman defeated America’s most famous misogynist. one of two cover stories of dual-sided January issue.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: One Year in Washington

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez reshaped her party’s agenda, resuscitated Bernie Sanders’s campaign, is harnessing her immense star power and the legion of young lefties, to push the Democratic Party away from an obsession with its most moderate members..

Jan 16-Reader Comments, Resource, Announcements, Shorts

Reader Comments: Return of Fascism; 2/3 Support Wealth Tax; CNN and Democratic Debate; Imminent Danger(?) - Soleimani Murder; Biden and Buttigieg; Boeing; Australia; Spain; Pesticide Use; Chesa Boudin; Missouri Seeks to Burn Books, Jail Librarians;

Hundreds of Hondurans Set Out for US Border

Prospects of reaching the U.S. border are remote after Trump’s crackdown on migration as Mexico and Guatemala tighten control on migrants

CNN: Centrist Talking Points and Anti-Sanders Bias

"This is an unusually vile performance by CNN," tweeted Rolling Stone contributing editor Matt Taibbi.

Biden has Advocated Social Security Cuts for 40 Years

The political approach — that by ceding to Republicans, they will respond by compromising in return — remains the animating argument of Biden’s campaign.

Not an Inch: Indian Students Stand Against the Far-Righ

Students were attacked by a group of masked men and women on the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University.

Global Left Midweek - January 15, 2020

The World Between Crises and Protests, Africa's pressure points, news from India, France, Iran and Iraq, and more
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Culture

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Callie Barr’s Black Bottom

Malcolm Tariq Georgia Review
The identity of an African American woman Callie, who was William Faulkner’s maid, is seen from different perspectives in Malcolm Tariq’s poem.

books

The Radical Atmosphere of the Red Clyde

Jean McNicol London Review of Books
Three new books tell the tale of Glasgow’s radical Clydeside, when militant shop stewards and the longshore community during and post World War 1 rose up against war and attacks by capital, fighting for labor dignity and a fair society for all.

Labor

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The Yellow Vests and the Erosion of Trade Union Strength

Ben Chacko Morning Star
The emergence of the Yellow Vests showed the absence of the left and labor from large parts of France. Trade unions are still essential to protect workers. But a theoretical need for unions doesn't guarantee that they will be effective.

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Sports Illustrated Staffers Become Latest to Try to Unionize

Kathryn Hopkins WWD
The 2019 trend of newsrooms unionizing shows no sign of running out of steam as a new year begins.The latest is Sports Illustrated, with the majority of its staff revealing today that they intend to form a union with the NewsGuild of New York

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Take My Benefits—Please!

Mark Dudzic New Politics
Employment-based Health Care Has Become an Anchor Around the Neck of the U.S. Working Class

Friday nite video

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Soul Rebel Featuring Bunny Wailer and Manu Chao

Bob Marley once said “One good thing about music, when it hits you feel no pain...” Enjoy Bunny Wailer, Manu Chao and Bushman singing the Wailer’s classic, “Soul Rebel,” along with musicians from around the world.

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Advocate | Movie

Award-winning documentary about Lea Tsemel, a Jewish-Israeli lawyer who defends Palestinians: from feminists to fundamentalists, from non-violent demonstrators to armed militants. In theaters now.

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Vanishing Voters of Georgia Preview

The first in a series of reports by Greg Palast: “The Purged: The Vanishing Voters of Trump’s America” to be broadcast and made available to activists, churches and schools