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Why did a Democratic AG kill the Flint water RICO case?

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Jan. 17, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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Striking workers at Columbia University built a more democratic union and won big gains

Student workers at Columbia University in New York City ended the largest active strike in the country on Jan. 7 after the union secured a…

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When Canada’s housing bubble pops, it will cause misery and ruin

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on Jan. 6, 2022. It is shared here with permission. As recently as ten years ago property speculators were…

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Teachers fighting for school safety are not the enemy

With the omicron variant spreading like wildfire, COVID-19 cases around the country have shattered previous highs. The federal government has essentially given up on trying…

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Opinion | CSX explosion in Curtis Bay should alarm Baltimore City and accelerate real change

An explosion at the CSX facility—the second largest coal export pier on the East Coast—in South Baltimore on Dec. 30 is just the latest example…

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‘Pandemic profiteering, plain and simple’: Walmart and Kroger hike prices for Covid tests

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Jan. 5, 2022. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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Corporations are making millions of dollars from US prison labor

Curtis Ray Davis II was wrongly convicted of murder. He served nearly 26 years in Louisiana’s Angola State Prison before his conviction was overturned and…

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Battleground Baltimore: 2021, the year in review

On Dec. 22, a few days before Christmas, Baltimore City Comptroller Bill Henry showed up to the (virtual) Board Of Estimates hearing dressed as Santa…

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Delta slashes paid sick leave for workers with Covid after requested CDC change to isolation guidelines

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Dec. 30, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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What has 2021 meant for the labor movement? Three union organizers discuss

2021 was an energizing year for a labor movement that has had its back against the wall for a long time. From record numbers of…

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Unpatented shot dubbed ‘the world’s COVID-19 vaccine’ wins emergency approval in India

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Dec. 28, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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World’s top 2021 climate disasters cost nearly $200 billion, says study

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Dec. 27, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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When identity becomes a prison, there can be no liberational politics

“There is no doubt that racism is real and has negative consequences for people’s lives,” Adolph Reed Jr. and Touré F. Reed note in the…

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Whatever Happened to ‘Eight hours for what you will’?

This story originally appeared in Labor Notes on Dec. 22, 2021. It is shared here with permission. When Frank Carrico talks about why he and…

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Don’t listen to centrists when they say good things are ‘politically Impossible’

This story originally appeared in Jacobin on Dec. 22, 2021. It is shared here with permission. During a conversation with reporters on Dec. 6, White…

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Hearing on Baltimore $1 homes program light on specifics

The first public hearing for a package of bills aimed at reviving Baltimore’s decades-old dollar home program being advanced by City Council President Nick Mosby…

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Coal miners union rebukes Manchin for effort to kill Build Back Better

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Dec. 21, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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A socialist high-school teacher looks to shake up PA State Senate race

With election season coming up, we’re re-launching our Working People series “Working-Class Politics,” where we talk to working-class people running for elected office at all…

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‘We need help’: Hospitality workers are overworked, underpaid

Hospitality workers around the country have faced some of the worst layoffs in any industry during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNITE HERE, a labor union representing…

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From Kabul to the Alabama coal mines: Our year in podcasts

Depressingly relentless waves of the COVID-19 pandemic continued to wreak havoc around the world in 2021, which made it difficult and often impossible to regularly…

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Battleground Baltimore: The indignities our residents endure

This will be the last weekly roundup of 2021. Over the next two weeks, Battleground Baltimore will be doing some year-in-review-ing, and likely a little…

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Democrats face 2022 nightmare, critics warn, if student debt payments restart and child credit ends

This story originally appeared in Common Dreams on Dec. 16, 2021. It is shared here with permission under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) license….

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