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Nature’s Own Fuel Could Save Us From Greenhouse Effect

Hemp fuel and other biofuels could reduce carbon emissions while saving the electric grid, but they’re often overlooked for more expensive, high-tech climate solutions.

Let’s Reinvent U.S. Military for Real National Defense

We need to a new “people’s” military as a force that could truly defend the American republic, focused above all on supporting the Constitution, freedom of speech, the press, and assembly, the right to privacy and due process, justice for all.

How Virginia Passed Its Own Voting Rights Act

New Virginia Majority has expanded the state’s electorate by registering nearly 300,000 new voters and knocking on over 3 million doors to get people of color and young people out to vote.

If Biden Wants to “Stand With the Cuban People,”...

Congress should listen to all of the countries of the world who have repeatedly urged the lifting of the punishing blockade of Cuba. It is time to end the U.S.’s economic war on Cuba.

The Democrat Blocking Progressive Change

Joe Manchin owns millions of dollars in coal stock, founded an energy firm and Exxon lobbyists brag about their access to him. Republicans fundraise on his behalf

Diagnosis as Detective Work

"Do you have any idea what this is?" That’s a question Lisa Sanders thinks doctors should be asking their patients more often.

The Media’s Climate Blindspot

Last week, virtually every news outlet in the global North ignored a landmark meeting where leaders of low-income countries articulated their positions prior to the make-or-break United Nations COP26 climate summit in November.

When Communists Organized a New Jersey Textile Strike

In 1926, New Jersey textile workers went on a massive strike, organized and supported by the Communist Party. The strike ultimately failed, but it showed the central role Communists could play in American class struggle.

Pilsen Organizer Rudy Lozano Gets A Day In His Honor

Lozano committed his life fighting for labor rights, union organizing before he was murdered in 1983 at the age of 31.

Chicago Changed Buddy Guy, Buddy Guy Changed the World

‘American Masters’ film includes footage of the guitarist’s career highs and lows, as well as definitions of the blues from other music greats
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Minnesota Rice: Twin Cities Chefs Team Up To Combat Racism

Cinnamon Janzer Food & Wine
Asian American chefs are sharing their stories the best way they know how—through food. "We're trying to get people to start that conversation about anti-racism, but start it by inviting people to the table," Minnesota Rice founder Nguyen says.

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Simone Biles Doesn’t Owe Fans Anything

Aaron Freedman Jacobin
At the end of the day, Simone Biles is a worker. And she was right to put her mental health first, just as any worker should be able to stay home sick instead of pouring their life force into serving someone else.

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Driving While Black and Jewish

Esther Cohen
Nothing pushes the panic button faster than the sound of a police siren coming up behind you, as New York-based poet Esther Cohen reports.

Heine’s Heartmobile

Michael Hofmann New York Review of Books
The liveliness and invention of Heinrich Heine’s writing changed 19th century German literature for the better. Poet, writer, literary critic, satirist and ironist, but banned in his homeland and expatriated to Paris, he was well appreciated by Marx

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The Problem of Pain

Sophie Pinkham Dissent
It’s easier to blame individuals for the opioid crisis than to attempt to diagnose and cure the ills of a society.

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10 Black Movies to Stream on Netflix Right Now!

Tambay Obenson IndieWire
Among this month's offerings on Netflix: several feature debuts, including Spike Lee's "She's Gotta Have It" and Ryan Coogler's "Fruitvale Station, Mati Diop’s "Atlantics,” and Numa Perrier’s “Jezebel.”

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What Biden’s New Executive Order Means for Agriculture

Emily Baron Cadloff Modern Farmer
The wide-ranging executive order focuses on fair and open competition in various sectors of the economy and aims to boost competition and review monopolies across a handful of industries.

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Canary in the Mine: Striking Miners in Alabama

Luis Feliz Leon The American Prospect
The five-month strike is about worker power in America. It’s also about fighting for a just transition for carbon-intensive industries.

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17,000 University of California Researchers Could Soon Win a Union

Tanzil Chowdhury, SIerra Dodd, Kdan Lee Jacobin
University of California student researchers have announced they have union authorization cards from a super-majority of 17,000 researchers throughout the UC system — one of the largest union drives in recent US history. We spoke to three.

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Striking Coal Miners Return to New York to Picket Investor

Steven Wishnia LaborPress.org
“They don’t want to pay the profit back that we earned that company,” UMWA District 20 vice president Larry Spencer told the rally. "Give us a fair contract and we’ll go back to work in these coal mines" The strike is the longest in Alabama history.

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California Inks Contract with New 40,000-member Child Care Union

BY DON THOMPSON Associated Press
Some 40,000 child-care workers across the state will receive a 15 percent raise in their new contract. The contract settlement coincided with a state budget agreement to fund 200,000 child-care slots over five years.

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Housing Discrimination | John Oliver

John Oliver breaks down the long history of housing discrimination in the U.S., the damage it’s done, and, crucially, what we can do about it.

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All the Streets Are Silent | Trailer

Narrated by Zoo York co-founder Eli Gesner with an original score by legendary hip-hop producer Large Professor (Nas, A Tribe Called Quest), All the Streets Are Silent brings to life the magic of New York in the 80s and 90s that laid the foundation for modern street style. In theaters July 23.

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#ShowMustGoOn - Flashmob at the Odéon (Paris)

Cultural workers stage a flashmob for culture in front of the Odeon Theater in Paris, with three songs: The Sound of Silence (Paul Simon), Dying on Stage (M. Jouveaux / J. Barnel) and The Show Must Go On (Queen).