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May First/People Link is a politically progressive member-run and controlled organization that redefines the concept of "Internet Service Provider" in a collective and collaborative way. May First/People Link's members are organizers and activists. Like any democratic membership organization, we gather together each year to evaluate the past year's experiences, plan the coming year's work and elect a Leadership Committee to apply what we've decided. Like a coop, we pay dues, buy equipment and then we all use that equipment as we need to for websites, email, email lists, and just about everything else we do on the Internet. Learn more about us, our politics, membership, or read some of our member profiles below. If you like what you see, please join us.

Jay Knispel teams up with http://safer-america.com/ on projects like his bike safety guide http://jknylaw.com/bicycle-safety/ to help provide safety information for people all across the U.S. and...
The BRECHT FORUM is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first.
The CIW is a community-based worker organization. Our members are largely Latino, Haitian, and Mayan Indian immigrants working in low-wage jobs throughout the state of Florida.

Member Blogs

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The head of the white supremacist group that Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof cited as an influence has contributed to high-profile politicians, but he's not the only white supremacist leader to do so.

    This week, The Guardian reported that the leader of a right-wing group which apparently influenced Dylann Roof's extremist views on race before the Charleston church shootings had donated tens of thousands of dollars to leading Republicans.

    Earl Holt, president of the Council of Conservative Citizens who once stated that African Americans were...

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Who in our community will be left to push for full equality for all transgender and queer people, now that this one fight has been won?

    It wasn’t that long ago – 4 November 2008 – that the US had an election that galvanized a generation of activists to change policies in this country that would have enshrined into law the continued marginalization of a large group of people. I’m not talking about who was elected president, or which political party took the most seats in Congress: rather, a ballot initiative in the state of California, called Proposition 8,...

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
    June 22 kicked off AFL-CIO Worker Center Advisory Council. There, UCLA Labor Center’s Victor Narro presented the center’s most recent analysis of labor-worker center partnerships, Building a Movement Together: Worker Centers and Labor Union Affiliations.

    Over the last decade, the labor movement has begun to transform, rebuilding and reinvigorating itself from the ground level. A decisive element of this transformation is organized labor’s evolving partnership with worker centers. In 2006, the AFL-CIO institutionalized partnerships with worker centers through...

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The Iranian revolution was not "Islamic" and "Islamist" forces who took over needed pseudo crises to implement their agenda. The "hostage crisis" was the first and "nuclear policy" is the latest of such crises that portray "Iran vs. the world." The other side, the US and some regional powers, too, welcome such a "bogeyman" role by Iran.

    The Iranian revolution was not "Islamic" and "Islamist" forces who took over needed pseudo crises to implement their agenda. The "hostage crisis" was the first and "nuclear policy" is the latest of...

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
    On May 18 in Fresno, California, the state's Court of Appeals for the 5th District ruled that a key provision of the state's unique labor law for field workers is unconstitutional. Should it be upheld by the state's supreme court, this decision will profoundly affect the ability of California farm workers to gain union contracts. At issue is the mandatory mediation provision of the state's Agricultural Labor Relations Act.

    FRESNO, CA -- On May 18 in Fresno, California, the state's Court of Appeals for the 5th District ruled that a key...

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 8:00pm
    Classically-raised chickens, including music appreciation, enjoy their calmer lifestyle.

    Picture yourself inside a high-tech structure, ambient lighting shifts into pleasing hues while the soothing strains of Mozart fill the air. Is it a train station? A futuristic home? Not exactly — the setting is a barn full of chickens in Malaysia. Reuters’ Naveen Thukral and Gavin Maguire report that it’s all part of the quest to produce healthier poultry.

    They write that a Malaysia and Singapore-based company called Kee Song Group uses classical music as part of...

  • This Can't Be Happening - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:15pm
    We don't do body counts by:  Jack Balkwill

     

    How many days has it been
    Since I was born?
    How many days
    'Til I die?

    Do I know any ways
    I can make you laugh?
    Or do I only know how
    To make you cry?

    ― Leon Russell, Stranger in a Strange Land
     

    The US invasions of Iraq in 2003 and Afghanistan in 2001 have produced holocausts in both countries...

  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 7:10am

    A letter published in the Northern Echo, describing attendees of the Durham Miners’ Gala as “red flag-waving losers”, has seen trade unionists leap to the defence of the event.

    A man named Mike Cunningham wrote: “Durham residents are no doubt preparing for the annual invasion of political losers, drunks, brass bands, tattered and threadbare banners, communist fellow-travellers and all things unionised – along, of course, with ever more drunks – as the day...

  • Union Solidarity International - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 3:00am

     

    The Metropolitan Police has refused to answer whether or not spy cop Mark Jenner is still a serving officer.

    Jenner, a member of the Met’s Special Demonstration Squad, assumed the name ‘Mark Cassidy’ and infiltrated UCATT, while posing as joiner.

    Having had previous FOI requests rebuffed by the police, the union asked:

    1. Is Mark Jenner who used the alias Mark Cassidy during the 1990s still a serving police officer?

    2.  If Mark Jenner is still a serving police officer in which department is he employed?

    ...

  • Portside - Monday, June 29, 2015 - 12:40am
    The 2016 election will be the first in 50 years where voters will not have the full protections of the VRA, Since the Shelby decision, onerous new laws have been passed or implemented in states like North Carolina and Texas, which have disenfranchised thousands of voters, disproportionately those of color. In the past five years, 395 new voting restrictions have been introduced in 49 states. Half the states in the country adopted measures making it harder to vote.

    Two years ago, on June 25, 2013, in Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court...