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A Century Later, a Little-Known Mass Hanging of Black Soldiers Still Haunts Us
James Jeffrey: After Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in September, recovery and clean-up workers discovered that vandals had smeared red paint over a historical marker at the one-time location of Camp Logan, recently rededicated to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Houston “riot” of 1917. ... Beneath the paint, the words read: “The Black Soldiers’ August 23, 1917, armed revolt in response to Houston’s Jim Crow Laws and police harassment resulted in the camps most publicized incident, the ‘Houston Mutiny and Riot of 1917.’ ” The Houston riot grew out of a confrontation between the soldiers and Houston city police, at the end of which sixteen white people were dead, including five policemen, with four soldiers also killed... Visit Website ]
Dec 11, 2017, 3:53pm

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Will San Francisco be the first city to launch a Public Bank?
San Francisco's Board of Supervisors released a new report last week that puts SF strongly in the running for the first city in the nation to launch a Public Bank. As the San Francisco Examiner explains, Supervisors Malia Cohen and Sandra Fewer are advancing the idea of establishing a municipal bank, which would end The City’s use of profit-driven large national commercial banks for banking services. ... As Wall Street financial institutions come under increasing fire for their continued stream of fraud scandals and perpetual investments in dirty fuel, Public Banks are rapidly gaining traction as an ethical and profitable solution... Visit Website ]
Dec 7, 2017, 2:41pm

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Maggots on Prison Food Is Crime on Crime
John Kiriakou: Three state prisoners in Oregon have filed a class action lawsuit in U.S. District Court against four of the state’s prisons, saying that they were forced to eat fish and chicken intended to be animal feed or “bait food,” as well as spoiled milk and other moldy, rotten or inedible food. The suit accuses the Department of Corrections of civil rights violations and “deliberate indifference to health and safety.” ... One of the prisoners said she witnessed the delivery of food marked “not for human consumption” being prepared and served to her and her fellow prisoners. In stark contrast, she said, she was ordered to prepare “prime beef roasts” for prison staff... Visit Website ]
Nov 27, 2017, 3:27pm

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Big Chicken Rules Roost in Trump White House - Food and Worker Safety May Be Jeopardized, Say Critics
Kirsty Vitarelli: The National Chicken Council (NCC) wants the regulation lifted so plants could process 175 chickens per minute, up from 140. Increased line speeds have been linked to higher occupational injury rates among poultry industry workers and increased risk to the consumer from tainted meat. ... (Fox In The Hen House)- Alfred Almanza retired from his position as Deputy Under Secretary for FSIS at USDA at the end of July this year. His appointment as Global Head of Food Safety at the largest producer of meat in the world was announced the same week... Visit Website ]
Nov 7, 2017, 3:48pm

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China Shifts Course, Predicting ‘Minsky Moment’ Of Global Financial Instability
Jack Rasmus: China’s president Xi and central bank (Peoples Bank of China) chair, Zhou, have announced, post-convention, that China’s real growth will slow and have warned a global ‘Minsky Moment’ (i.e. financial crisis) may be brewing. ... The global financial bubbles–in stocks, bonds, currencies (crypto and real), derivatives, real estate, etc.– have been fueled since 2008 by capitalist central banks–led by the US Federal Reserve and followed even more aggressively by the European Central Bank and Bank of Japan. ... Financial speculation has become the primary means by which the super-rich enrich themselves even more–with the help of central bankers and their paid-for Congressional government tax cutters... Visit Website ]
Nov 4, 2017, 2:46pm

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JFK Had Ordered Full Withdrawal from Vietnam: Solid Evidence
James K. Galbraith: In National Security Action Memorandum 263, dated October 11, 1963, Kennedy articulated his decision to withdraw all US military forces from Vietnam by the end of 1965 — with the withdrawal to be completed after the 1964 election. This was the formal policy of the United States government on the day he died. ... The evidence is massive and categorical. It includes: Robert McNamara’s instructions to the May 1963 SecDef Conference in Honolulu to develop the withdrawal plan. ... The precise instructions for withdrawal delivered by Maxwell Taylor, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to his fellow Chiefs on October 4, 1963, in a memorandum that remained classified until 1997.... Visit Website ]
Sep 26, 2017, 12:48pm

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Working for peanuts: Detained immigrants paid $1 a day
Aimee Picchi: If there's one aspect in a new battle over the treatment of immigrant detainees that both sides agree on, it's this: They're paid just $1 a day. ... But whether that meager pay is legal is now a contested issue, with the Washington state attorney general's office suing private prison operator GEO Group (GEO) over the detainees' work pay. The lawsuit alleges the $1 a day payment violates the state's minimum wage laws; it also claims the detainees sometimes don't even earn cash, but rather are paid in chips and candy. ... The legal dispute, which appears to be the first of its kind, poses a host of questions about the treatment of detainees in the U.S. at a time when arrests of suspected undocumented immigrants is on the rise... Visit Website ]
Sep 23, 2017, 11:25am

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How Dick Gregory Forced the FBI to Find the Bodies of Three Civil Rights Workers Slain in Mississippi
David Dennis, Jr: The real story of how Dick Gregory helped find the bodies of three brave men killed during Mississippi’s Freedom Summer. For 44 whole days, a country speculated on the whereabouts of the three slain workers. ... Dick Gregory was on a tour for ... disarmament efforts traveling through Europe and Asia, and was in Moscow when he heard the news that Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner were missing. He canceled the rest of his trip and was in Jackson, MS the same night. ... It became clear this was a government-sponsored lynching perpetrated by Neshoba County law enforcement. ... Gregory drove to Meridian and announced a $25,000 reward for any information on the location of Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner. The next day, the FBI put out their own $30,000 reward. However it was Gregory who would receive a tip. “I received a letter quite some time ago that practically pinpointed the spot where the bodies were found,” ... As far as many civil rights activists are concerned, it was the pressure Dick Gregory put on the FBI that led to the discovery of the three workers’ bodies... Visit Website ]
Sep 14, 2017, 4:50pm

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Politicians are using the Nazi “Big Lie” to cheat American Workers out of their Social Security
Dr. Nayvin Gordon: For decades billionaire Foundations and conservative politicians have been spreading the big lie that Social Security is broke. ... The fact is that the US Government has borrowed some $3 Trillion from the Social Security Trust Fund—money now owed by Uncle Sam to millions of working Americans. Social Security is only broke if Uncle Sam defaults on its debts to us!! ... The politicians borrowed because instead of taxing the rich banks and corporations, they cut their taxes. As a result, workers taxes and Social Security payments provide almost 90% of the federal government’s revenues...
Sep 6, 2017, 3:35pm

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“Happiest Place on Earth” Seeks Wage Hikes
David Macaray: The locals that represent approximately 36,000 unionized workers at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, are set to begin negotiations on August 28, with the express purpose of raising the hourly wage. ... According to what’s been reported, the unions ... covering everything from custodial work, to drivers, to servers, to ride operators) will be looking to achieve, by degrees, parity with the $15/hour paid by Southern California’s Disneyland. The stated goal is to reach that $15/hour rate by 2022. Per the 2014 contract, the majority of Orlando workers currently make $10.00/hour... Visit Website ]
Aug 8, 2017, 10:44am

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Eugene Debs Got 1 Million Votes For President — As Convict Number 9653
Brandon Weber: Eugene Debs: "Those who produce should have, but we know that those who produce the most — that is, those who work hardest, and at the most difficult and most menial tasks, have the least." (1927) ... “... Every human being is entitled to sunlight and air, to what his labor produces, and to an equal chance with every other human being to unfold and ripen and give to the world the riches of his mind and soul. (1912) ... "I have no country to fight for; my country is the earth; I am a citizen of the world." (1915) ... Visit Website ]
Nov 3, 2016, 3:09pm

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Germany Deals Blow to GM Crops
World Changing: "Germany has thrown its weight behind a growing European mutiny over genetically modified crops by banning the planting of a widely grown pest-resistant corn variety. Agriculture minister Ilse Aigner said there was enough evidence to support arguments that MON 810...posed a danger.
Apr 18, 2009, 3:26pm

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Only Peace Protects Freedoms in Post-9/11 World
The post-9/11 world is now clearly drawn. Destabilized and on the defensive, the leading democracies are gradually eroding the space for freedoms. The economically most powerful dictatorships are "exploiting the international community's divisions and the ravages of the wars carried out in the name of the fight against terrorism." (From Reporters Without Borders)
Mar 28, 2009, 3:05pm

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Is Coal As Unhealthy As Nuclear, or Close?
George Monbiot: "The odd and widely ignored truth is that routine radioactive discharges from coal-burning are greater than those produced by nuclear plants. Coal contains trace amounts of uranium and thorium. Though these are present at much lower levels than in nuclear fuel a lot more coal is burned, which means - total emissions are greater.
Aug 12, 2008, 4:15pm

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Longshore union strikes against war
On Thursday, May Day, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union will declare an eight-hour strike to protest the war in Iraq...What few Americans know is that the tradition of a May Day strike originated not in the Soviet Union in the 1950s but the United States of the 1880s.
Apr 30, 2008, 2:53pm


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