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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.

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Member Blogs

  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:18pm
    The giant NSA apparatus of the USA has been spying on its European pals for years, not only in that endlessly lightless tunnel, the “fight against terrorism,” but for plain, down-to-earth business secrets as well. And the question of drones is gaining attention in a different - if related - way. People are learning that the base of Ramstein in southwest Germany, the largest US military base on foreign soil, is the focal point for Barrack Obama’s entire drone program.

    Who knew what? And when? Who told whom what? And how soon? Who knew what but didn’t tell it...

  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:00pm
    This biography of flavor is a fascinating adventure about the origin and nature of taste

    Early on in this excellent and absorbing investigation into the origin and nature of taste, John McQuaid promises that the book will be “a brief biography of flavor. The narrative begins at the dawn of life on earth . . . and explores the structure of this unique sensation, from its molecular building blocks through more sophisticated levels of body, brain, and mind.” If I imagined a whiff of hubris in McQuaid’s ambitions, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist certainly...

  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:55pm
    Although right-to-work laws are proffered as part of a state’s economic development strategy, their real goal is to undermine workers’ collective voice and power. A bevy of “right-to-work” laws has been introduced in state legislatures across the United States this year.   The legislation has generated intense debate and contention, making headlines across the country. What was most alarming about the parade of bills introduced this year, however, was how their proponents manipulated facts in order to propel them through state legislatures.   As a...
  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:45pm
    Sanders’s views are in sync with a longstanding American socialist tradition. Throughout our history, some of the nation’s most influential activists and thinkers, such as Jane Addams, John Dewey, Helen Keller, W.E.B. DuBois, Albert Einstein, Walter Reuther, Martin Luther King, and Gloria Steinem, embraced socialism.

    Now that Bernie Sanders has entered the contest for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, Americans are going to hearing a lot about socialism, because the 73-year old U.S. senator from Vermont describes himself as a “democratic...

  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:27pm
    Local 1021’s model Strike School, which In These Times has obtained and posted online (links below) as an open source document, is designed to educate workers about the true nature of class politics and class conflict, the power of the strike, how to organize and win a strike and how to use the strike as part of a larger social movement. It is divided into three modules: “Economic Power,” “Striking for Our Communities,” and “Strategic Planning,” ...

    [Reprinted with permission from In These Times. All rights reserved.]

    While the labor movement is in...

  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
    However, skillful propagandist that Kennedy is, in her effort to whitewash history and try to ferret out something positive in a colossal debacle, there’s something even she can’t hide. Look closely at the newsreel clips as the NVA tanks roll into what was renamed Ho Chi Minh City. Not only are the soldiers jubilant, but look at the smiling faces of the Vietnamese masses as they are being liberated from decades of Japanese, French and Yankee occupation and imperialism.

    As U.S. foreign policy in Iraq faces its biggest defeat since the Indochina Wars the niece...

  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
  • Portside - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00pm
    The report, “And Still I Rise: Black Women Labor Leaders’ Voices, Power and Promise”—named for a poem of resilience by the late Maya Angelou, could not be more timely, since events in Baltimore in the wake of the death of Freddie Gray after being in police custody have shed light on the hopelessness that can result in cities when jobs disappear and communities such as West Baltimore are left behind.

    After spending more than 25 combined years promoting the trade union movement and protecting the right to organize in the United States and around the world, we...

  • This Can't Be Happening - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 11:06am
    Bashing Dreams by:  Linn Washington Jr.

     

    I was seething inside as I watched the live television coverage of the recent rebellion/riot in Baltimore as we witnessed yet another explosion caused by America’s historic failures to rein in abusive police. Then I received a text message that led to a conversation that absolutely broke my heart.

    The conversation was with my 11-year-old grandson, who himself was seething from what he saw going on in Baltimore....

  • Union Solidarity International - Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 7:09am

    May Day 2015 has just been observed and celebrated by the global community, but around the world, including here in South Africa, hundreds of thousands of workers are toiling under “zero hours” contracts where they can get jobs, but never actually work or be paid. Under zero hours’ contracts, workers have to guarantee their availability to employers, but in effect remain on unpaid standby all week waiting to be called to work. A zero hours contract worker may eventually only work one or two hours a week, or none at all.

    In South Africa, zero hours contracts are being marketed in...