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Democrats Paid a Huge Price for Letting Unions Die

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  • If right-to-work laws alone cost Democrats roughly 3.5 percent of a given state’s vote share, how many votes has the party lost since 1978 by refusing to prioritize progressive labor reforms? What kind of country would we live in today, if they hadn’t?
  • Related: #MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

Eric Levitz, New York Magazine

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January 26, 2018 | The GOP understands how important labor unions are to the Democratic Party. The Democratic Party, historically, has not. If you want a two-sentence explanation for why the Midwest is turning red (and thus, why Donald Trump is president), you could do worse than that.

With its financial contributions and grassroots organizing, the labor movement helped give Democrats full control of the federal government three times in the last four decades. And all three of those times — under Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama — Democrats failed to pass labor law reforms that would to bolster the union cause. In hindsight, it’s clear that the Democratic Party didn’t merely betray organized labor with these failures, but also, itself.

Eric Levitz: ‎Associate Editor of Daily Intelligencer - ‎New York Magazine

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#MeToo In the Fields and Factory: Farm and Auto Workers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: #MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence
    • “We have the power to speak and end the silence. We don’t want fear and silence to persist any longer.” -Nely Rodriguez, CIW organizer
  • Part 2: How Tough Is It to Change a Culture of Harassment? Ask Women at Ford
    • Decades after the company tried to tackle sexual misconduct at two Chicago plants, continued abuse raises questions about the possibility of change.
  • Related: Kick Against the Pricks and Other Unsexy Truths About Sexual Harassment
     

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Feature Article | We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street, Truthdig  


A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.

Publisher's Choice | Trump Isn’t Another Hitler. He’s Another Obama. ‪Caitlin Johnstone‬, Medium 


Nobody wants to hear this. Because of their partisan blinders they will both find reasons to believe they’ve got either a savior or a traitor in the White House despite the fact that their country’s actual policy and behavior remains more or less the same.

Of Special Interest | One Nation, of Idiots and Evil People, Justin Fox, Medium 
Maybe what divides Americans isn’t what they believe, but where they are.


From the Archives | Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape ~ Susan Brownmiller, Described in Good Reads

  • "The most comprehensive study of rape ever offered to the public ... . It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime." -Newsweek
  • Related: The Misogynist Within

 

Bloggers & Columnists | Paul Street, Charles P. Pierce, Heather Digby Parton, ‪Caitlin Johnstone‬

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Activism & Organizing

Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC, Derek Seidman, Eyes on the Ties/ Portside 

NARMIC wanted to research the power and money behind the defense industry and get this research into the hands of peace activists who were resisting the Vietnam War so they could fight more effectively. They wanted — as they put it — to “fill the gap” between “peace research” and “peace organizing.” They wanted to do research for action — hence, their use of the term “action/research” to describe what they did.

Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Economics

Occupy Democrats | This Is What Corruption Looks Like 

  • Trump is placing a 30% tariff on solar panels.
  • This Is What Corruption Looks Like

Foreign Affairs

US Administration Defends Its Right to Start Wars on a Whim, by Andrei Akulov, Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture / Straight Line Logic 

  • Forget that separation of powers of stuff that if you’re old enough, you may have learned in an American Government class somewhere. If the president wants to make war, he just makes war. -- Andrei Akulov, Strategic Culture
  • Related:Researchers Against the War Machine - The Story of NARMIC

Gender & Sexuality

The Misogynist Within, Kai Wright, the Nation

  • Sexual harassment expresses power dynamics from which all men benefit.
  • Related: From the Archives | Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape ~ Susan Brownmiller



Human Rights

Republicans’ Proposed Tax Plans Will Have Devastating Consequences for People With Disabilities, Robyn Powell, Rewire

2017 has been marked by a continuous war on people with disabilities by the GOP, and its tax plans are no exception.

Religion & Spirituality

I Don't Think the Moral High Ground Exists Anymore, Charles P. Pierce, Esquire / Portside 

  • Some thoughts on Al Franken's departure.
  • Related: Franken is no victim as he leaves the Senate.

Youth, Education, & Children

28 People Who Prove Our Education System Is Failing, dalton.lemert, Diply 

"Stay in school" is common advice that kids receive, but after seeing these people who are a product of our school system, I'm starting to think that we should just give up and not even bother with a formal education. Take a look at these pictures to see what I'm talking about.





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The Super Bowl Is Taking Over Minneapolis and Residents Are Mad as Hell

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Residents are planning to protest Super Bowl LII when it comes to Minneapolis. (Gian Lorenzo Ferretti/Shutterstock)  

  • If the Host Committee really wants to leave a long lasting positive legacy in our communities, they must invest in local policy that supports children and their families.
  • Related: The Business Side of the NFL

 

Sarah Lahm, In These Times 

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Friday, Jan 26, 2018 | Mel Reeves is a long-time human rights activist based in Minneapolis who describes himself as a writer, organizer and a “human being who stands for everybody’s rights.” When Super Bowl LII rolls into Minneapolis on February 4, Reeves will be ready. He is part of a grassroots national group called Take a Knee Nation, dedicated to keeping police brutality and racism front and center. He has, therefore, been part of planning both a national conference and a protest rally—to be held in Minneapolis on the same weekend as the National Football League’s biggest party of the year, the Super Bowl.

“The Super Bowl provides a unique opportunity to place the spotlight on the problem of police violence,” Reeves pointed out in a recent phone interview, recalling how the 2017 NFL season was shaped by controversy over whether or not players “making millions of dollars,” as Donald Trump put it, have the right to take a knee in protest. The players who did get down on one knee as the national anthem was played, drawing both criticism and support, were doing so for two main reasons: to call attention to police violence and to demonstrate their right to protest.

 

Sarah Lahm is a Minneapolis-based writer and former English Instructor. She is a 2015 Progressive magazine Education Fellow and blogs about education at brightlightsmallcity.com.

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From the Arvhoves | The Business Side of the NFL, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

 

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As the most popular of the four major American sports leagues, the NFL is an industry unto itself.

  • Part 1: The Real NFL Scandal
  • Part 2: Graphic: The Business of the NFL
  • From the Archives | The Problem with Subsidizing Huge Stadiums for Billionaire Team Owners

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The Misogynist Within

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Donald Trump and Billy Bush on the set of Access Hollywood.

  • Sexual harassment expresses power dynamics from which all men benefit.
  • Related: From the Archives | Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape ~ Susan Brownmiller

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Kai Wright, the Nation

December 28, 2017 | I’m a misogynist. I’m a black man who likes to think of himself as a feminist. I’m a progressive. I’m gay. Hopefully, I’m a relatively decent guy; I certainly mean well. Still, I’m also a misogynist.

How could I not be? I’ve spent my entire life in a society that, by every imaginable measure, devalues and dismisses women. It’s the case for politics: In the nearly 230-year history of the US Senate, we have elected just 50 women to serve; nearly half of that number are in office now. It’s the case for wages: Women still make roughly 80 cents on the dollar that’s paid to men. It’s the case for families: “Single mother” remains a casual, if coded, slur in a great many minds, shorthand for a jezebel who’s damned her offspring by failing to get and keep a man. It’s even the case for our diversions—in sports stadiums and movie theaters and museum galleries and comedy clubs, and on and drearily on it goes.

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From the Archives | Against Our Will: Men, Women and Rape ~ Susan Brownmiller, Described in Good Reads 

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"The most comprehensive study of rape ever offered to the public ... . It forces readers to take a fresh look at their own attitudes toward this devastating crime." -Newsweek
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Republicans’ Proposed Tax Plans Will Have Devastating Consequences for People With Disabilities

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2017 has been marked by a continuous war on people with disabilities by the GOP, and its tax plans are no exception.


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Nov 15, 2017 | Living with a disability can be very expensive—and it is about to get a whole lot worse if congressional Republicans have their way. If passed, the GOP’s proposed tax plans in both the U.S. Senate and House will have devastating consequences for the nearly 20 percent of people in the United States who have disabilities.

Although members of the GOP claim their plans will lead to significant tax cuts for the middle class, that is not entirely certain. What is clear, however, is that based on the plans’ current incarnations, people with disabilities will likely face greater tax burdens and decreased opportunities to live the life they choose.

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As Mueller closes in, paranoia spreads in the White House

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  • Jeff Sessions tries to purge FBI of Comey’s influence, while right-wingers spread outrageous conspiracy theories.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

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Heather Digby Parton, Salon

http://www.alternet.org/files/styles/story_image/public/story_images/shutterstock_gavel.jpg 01.24.2018 | So Tuesday was a very busy day. Mueller runs a tight ship so it's quite likely this latest flurry of leaks is coming from the Department of Justice as a defensive response to the bizarre counter-narrative unfolding in the parallel universe of right-wing media and the GOP Congress. They have gone completely berserk.

House Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., and the Tea Party fanatics who were weaned on the phony Benghazi investigations, have settled on a new crackpot theory: The FBI is full of Hillary Clinton supporters who stacked the deck in her favor for years and used all the powers of the "Deep State" to create this Russia hoax out of whole cloth. This time around, instead of emails, these folks are in a frenzy over some text messages showing that a couple of FBI employees had political opinions — which of course proves that Clinton should be in jail.

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon.

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Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary
  • Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted.
  • Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?
  • A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.
  • Related: Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise

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Feature Article | Close Encounters of the Racist Kind: A Guide to the Modern Far-Right, Alexander Zaitchik , Alternet / Southern Poverty Law Center  / Portside

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  • Pseudo-scientific research, lost Aryan super-civilizations and biblical giants.
  • Related: Trump and the GOP Fuel Fantasies of White Victimhood, Disregard Black Lives

 

 

Publisher's Choice | Make a Call for Dreamers, Indivisible Team, Indivisable 
Immigrant youth have waited too long for a permanent solution to the crisis created by Trump’s vicious deportation agenda. 122 Dreamers lose their protection every day. The time for hesitation is over.
See where your Senators stand and make a call to Senators who are voting to deport Dreamers.

Of Special Interest | Senate Dems One Vote Shy of Net Neutrality Revival. Tell Your Senators How to Vote Now, Countable

  • https://d15oah1tzzrs2i.cloudfront.net/snack/image/60076/large_60076-1516128561.jpgEfforts to rescind the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality have reached a crucial pivot point. There are now 50 votes guaranteed in the Senate to block the repeal. They only need one more vote! If you support net neutrality, Now is the time to reach out to your senators and make sure they know how you expect them to vote.
  • Related: The FCC just voted to gut net neutrality rules. But Congress can stop them.




 

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Arts, Culture, & Entertainment

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  • Oprah Winfrey gave national platforms and legitimacy to all sorts of magical thinking.
  • Any assessment of her possible presidential bid should consider the irrational, pseudoscientific free for all she helped create.

Law & Justice


When Feeding the Homeless Becomes a Crime, Jon Miltimore, Intellectual Takeout 

More than a dozen people were arrested in El Cajon, California, attempting to distribute food to the homeless. 

Youth, Education, & Children

After the rescue: what does the future hold for California's Turpin children? Rory Carroll, Guardian

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Well-wishers%20at%20Turpin%20Home_0.jpgTrauma experts are divided over the prospects of the 13 children who escaped alleged parental abuse – but recent survival stories offer some hope.
  • Related: How America Outlawed Adolescence




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Resisting Trumpism Requires Fighting Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism

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  • Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory
    • The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.
  • Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism
    • President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.
  • Related: There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.
  • Related: We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Resisting Trumpism Requires a Grand Unifying Theory

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The right has skillfully equated prosperity with morality to take political power and reshape the nation in its worldview. It is time for the rest of us to catch up.

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig 

Dec 07, 2017 | The past few weeks have been hellish for Americans. With one assault after another on our Constitution and our rights, it has felt like an endless stream of slaps to the face and punches to the gut.

From the decision by Federal Communications Commission Chair Ajit Pai to end net neutrality to the unconscionable late-night vote Friday by Senate Republicans on a tax reform bill that had amendments scribbled in by hand to Donald Trump’s unprecedented undoing of national monument designations in Utah to the Supreme Court’s Muslim ban-affirming order on Monday, it feels as though the entire nation is under attack all at once.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV.

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Part 2: Fight Harder and Smarter Against Trumpism

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President Trump and his party are counting on activists feeling disoriented and powerless, which is why progressives must plan wisely for 2018.

Sonali Kolhatkar, Truthdig

Dec 20, 2017 | The Republican Party is celebrating the passage of a deeply unpopular and comprehensive rewrite of the U.S. tax code, which critics argue is skewed unjustly toward the rich. Members of the party, however, are convinced that we will learn to love the new tax code, as House Speaker Paul Ryan said Tuesday. “When people see their withholding improving, when they see jobs occurring, when they see bigger paychecks, a fairer tax system, a simpler tax code, that’s what going to produce the results,” he said at his weekly press conference. “Results are going to make this popular,” he added, sounding like parents telling their child, “When you’re older, you’re going to thank me for forcing you to take violin lessons.” But like a child who grows up resenting a domineering parent, voters are likely to punish the GOP at the ballot box, as some have predicted. And unlike my analogy, voters are not children.

My actual child recently approached me, wondering if he could ask me a serious question. I braced myself, sat him down on my lap and nudged him to speak. Some of his schoolmates had been discussing writing letters to Congress about outlawing shark fin soup in order to protect endangered sharks. But another friend worried that if they did so, President Trump would know where they live and might retaliate. My son wanted to know if it is dangerous to write letters to Congress.

Sonali Kolhatkar is a columnist for Truthdig. She also is the founder, host and executive producer of "Rising Up With Sonali," a television and radio show that airs on Free Speech TV.

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There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happeningHeather Digby PartonSalon

Roughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

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We Need More Than a 'Not Trump' Strategy for Real Change, Paul Street Truthdig 

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A new book of essays by leading political analysts delves into the social and historical forces that produced our 45th presidency.

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