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The Weave seeks to contribute to positive social change and the cultivation of an informed citizenry by providing critical perspectives on important stories, voices, and processes that are not...
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...
We look at Occupy Together as being a hub for all of the events springing up across the country in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. As we have followed the news on facebook, twitter, and the various...

Member Blogs

  • This Can't Be Happening - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 2:33pm
    Republicans and Many Democrats are on the attack by:  Dave Lindorff


    The Republican-dominated Congress, with the help of a cadre of sell-out conservative Democrats in both chambers, are gearing up to attack Social Security again, under the guise of “saving” the program.

    The attack will be brutal, because the program’s assassins understand that this is probably their last chance to undermine Social Security. With the Baby Boom generation born after 1946...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 9:14am

    Met Office staff are today on strike for the first time in forty years over an ongoing pay freeze.

    Prospect members believe the Met Office needs the flexibility to pay fair market rates to retain and recruit the skilled staff needed to maintain a world-leading weather and climate forecasting service.

    The escalating campaign of action began last Thursday, with a withdrawal of “goodwill” and additional support. Today’s action started at 2pm, with hundreds of Prospect members in the main Met Office...

  • Portside - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 7:03am
    Michael Harrington, a founder of Democratic Socialists of America believed that to change the consciousness of a nation, one had to be prepared to build an organization, start a publication, speak in a thousand halls to crowds of hundreds, or scores, or tens, if necessary, recruiting comrades from those converted by the sound of one’s voice and the strength of one’s arguments.

    In a lifetime of political engagement, Michael Harrington must have given ten thousand speeches, and of those, probably a thousand in New York City, where he had made his home since his arrival in 1949, age 21.  He...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 4:44am

    FBU members outside Parliament, February 2015 © Tam McFarlane

    Thousands of striking firefighters yesterday brought central London to a standstill as they spontaneously marched on Parliament.

    The FBU members were in the capital to attend a rally in Westminster’s Methodist Hall. After the rally finished, they spilled out on the streets around Parliament.

    South West FBU executive member Tam...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 3:52am

    Unite is balloting its members at Tory-controlled Bromley Council for strike action over the authority’s plans to slash its directly employed workforce from 3,000 to just 300 as part of its privatisation drive.

    Unite accused the council of wanting ‘to privatise everything it does not have a legal duty to provide directly’.

    Unite has about 400 members working for the council – from childcare staff to library assistants, but will only be balloting those directly employed by the council who number...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 3:00am

    The GMB has called for an investigation into why police officers visited union activists at home the day before a big jobs demo.

    The union is also demanding to know how Cleveland Police got hold of the names and contact details of the two unemployed activists.

    In an email seen by USi News, one activist writes: “Why, on Friday, was I contacted on my mobile phone and a voice message left by PS Brown? And why did he later come knocking at my door, asking about the protest that was taking place...

  • Union Solidarity International - Thursday, February 26, 2015 - 2:30am

    Unions have roundly condemned the news that 1.8m people in the UK are now on zero hours contracts.

    TUC research shows that:

    ·    Zero-hours workers earn £300 a week less, on average, than staff on permanent contracts.

    ·    Two in five zero-hours workers are paid less than £111 a week and do not qualify for statutory sick pay.

    ·    Short-term and insecure working patterns mean many zero-hours workers do not work continuously with one employer for two years. As a result...

  • Portside - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:37pm
    What are the systemic biases within academic medical centers, and what do they have to do with black lives? Two observations about health care disparities may be relevant.


    At noon Pacific Standard Time on December 10, 2014, thousands of students from 70 medical schools throughout the United States held silent “White Coats for Black Lives” die-ins. These demonstrations, the largest coordinated protests at U.S. medical schools since the Vietnam War era, were initiated by medical students in California and spread across the country in response to the following call to action posted...
  • Portside - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:24pm
    The decision that Mr.Christie violated state law when he declined to make the full payment into the state’s pension system for public employees further complicates his hopes of reviving his presidential ambitions.


    In a major blow to Gov. Chris Christie, a New Jersey judge ruled on Monday that he violated state law when he declined to make the full payment into the state’s pension system for public employees last year and ordered him to find a way to fund it now.   The decision further complicates Mr. Christie’s hopes of reviving his presidential ambitions, which have suffered in...
  • Portside - Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:09pm
    Two ex-senior Justice Department officials say allegations about police operation are ‘very disturbing’ and raise serious questions about constitutional violations


    Two former senior Justice Department officials are calling on their colleagues to investigate a secretive warehouse used for interrogations by Chicago police and likened to a CIA “black site” facility.   Sam Bagenstos, who during Barack Obama’s first term was the Justice Department’s No 2 civil rights official, said that...