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First Voices Indigenous Radio brings to the airwaves the experiences, perspectives and struggles of Indigenous people who have been almost totally excluded from both mainstream and progressive,...
Portside aims to provide varied material of interest to people on the left that will help them to interpret the world, and to change it. Portside had been providing daily news, analysis, commentary...
One of the largest of the recent "progressive priorities" coalitions, New Priorities Network brings together scores of organizations nationwide to struggle for jobs, vital public services...

Member Blogs

  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:59pm
    Calling Roof a terrorist helps historicize the nature of organized violence against African-Americans and other oppressed communities. But it needs to be done with an eye to dismantling the architecture of the war on terror.

     

     

    It would have been unfathomable a year ago for the phrase “white terrorism” to be used by the mainstream media....

  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 10:09pm
    Moynihan and his defenders were not wrong in regarding “compensatory treatment” as an embryonic form of what a decade later came to be called affirmative action. In retrospect, the conflict between civil rights leaders and liberals over the Moynihan report was a dress rehearsal for the bitter and protracted affirmative action battle.

     

    Fifty years ago, in July 1965, a social science study with a prosaic title—“The Negro Family: The Case for National Action”—was leaked to the press. Its author was Daniel Patrick Moynihan, a young and obscure assistant secretary in the Department of...

  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:56pm
    Nearly 500 years since Galileo was found guilty of heresy, the Holy See is leading the rallying cry for the world to wake up and listen to scientists on climate change. Multi-faith leaders will walk alongside scientists and campaigners, hailing from organisations including Greenpeace and Oxfam Italy, marching to the Vatican to celebrate the pope’s tough stance on environmental issues.

     

    She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a...

  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:29pm
    Puerto Rico’s debt dwarfs Detroit’s when it went bankrupt. But as a U.S. territory, the island cannot file for bankruptcy without new legislation from Congress.

     

     

    Obama to Puerto Rico: Drop Dead.   That was the message from the White House this week to 3.5 million U.S. citizens of Puerto Rico — our own version of Greece.   No one is even considering a bailout for Puerto Rico, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said. This was after Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla stunned the financial world by announcing his government will...
  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:07pm
    This Sunday, Greek citizens will debate two alternatives: austerity and depression without end, or the possibility of deciding their own destiny in a context of huge uncertainty. None of the options are nice. Both could lead to even worse social disruptions. But while with one of them there is some hope, with the other there is not.

     

    When, five years ago, Greece's crisis began, Europe extended a helping hand. But it was far different from the kind of help that one would have wanted, far different from what one might have expected if there was even a...

  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 9:03pm
    As the United States and Cuba start to restore full diplomatic relations, here is a picture of an aspect of the dysfunctional relationship that has existed between our two countries. The release and return to Cuba of the last of the "Cuban Five" helped pave the way for the new stage in US-Cuba relations. Here is the backstory of that group, told, as Chris Serres says, by Fernando Morais in a new, well-researched, "cinematically vivid" account.

    The Last Soldiers of the Cold War: The Story of the Cuban Five
    by Fernando Morais
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  • Portside - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 8:35pm
    Employees of Newton based Medical Resources Corp in Boston voted to Unionize. They will be members of Service Employees International Union Local 1199.

    The Boston employees of Newton-based Medical Resources Home Health Corp. have voted to unionize, according to the Service Employees International Union Local 1199, becoming the first private home care agency workers to organize in the state. The union was approved by mail-in vote following a bitter campaign in which workers said the company tried to thwart their efforts, forcing them to skip appointments with elderly clients to attend anti-...

  • Union Solidarity International - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 5:23am

    Unions have welcomed today’s  Airports Commission report.

    The report says a third Heathrow runway will add £147bn in economic growth and 70,000 jobs by 2050.

    TUC general secretary Frances O’Grady said: “We welcome the publication of this report which follows a lengthy, evidence-based consideration of Britain’s needs for greater airport capacity. Like other interested parties the TUC has given evidence to the...

  • Union Solidarity International - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 4:56am

    127 years ago this summer, 1,400 mostly young women and girls shook the East End – and ultimately the world.

    Bryant & May matchmakers were a household name in 1888, and immensely wealthy.

    But the women and girls who created those profits earned such low wages many were malnourished; the employer’s negligence putting them at risk of the deadly industrial disease ‘phossy jaw’.

    In early July of 1888, they had had enough. When one young girl was...

  • Union Solidarity International - Wednesday, July 1, 2015 - 4:00am

    UCATT has welcomed the decision of Kirklees Council to outlaw umbrella companies.

    The decision was made at a full council meeting following a presentation from UCATT Regional Organiser Mark Martin. The motion was passed by a margin of 46 to 14. While Labour councillors supported the motion several Conservative councillors spoke against the proposals.

    UCATT regional secretary Rob Morris said: “We are delighted by the decision of Kirklees Council to outlaw...