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05/07/20
Author: 
Paris Marx
Passengers wait to board a New York City subway train. Fabrizio Lonzini / Flickr

July 3, 20-20

For a century our cities have been transformed by the car industry, making way for drivers at the expense of cyclists and pedestrians. A renewed movement for urban public transport is pushing back. 

Review of James Wilt, Do Androids Dream of Electric Cars?: Public Transit in the Age of Google, Uber, and Elon Musk (Between the Lines, 2020)

02/07/20
Author: 
Larry Buchanan, Quoctrung Bui and Jugal K. Patel

July 3, 2020

 [See charts and maps with original at link.]

The recent Black Lives Matter protests  peaked on June 6, when half a million people turned out in nearly 550 places across the United States. That was a single day in more than a month of protests that still continue to today.

24/06/20
Author: 
Tom Perkins
 Chicago police officers gather as curfew nears during a demonstration in early June. Photograph: Natasha Moustache/Getty Images
23 June 2020
 

Guardian analysis shows how organizations and officers in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago work against reform


Police unions and officers active in America’s three largest cities spend tens of millions of dollars annually to influence law enforcement policy and thwart pushes for reform, a Guardian analysis of local, county, state and federal campaign finance records found.

24/06/20
Author: 
Gin Armstrong and Derek Seidman
corporate logos - All photos: Mike Mozart, Flickr
June 18, 2020

As calls to defund the police gain traction, bloated police budgets are coming under scrutiny for siphoning public resources away from black and brown communities. While police budgets are typically public documents that must be approved by elected officials, there are other institutions in place with the sole purpose of funneling even more resources toward law enforcement. 

23/06/20
Author: 
Jason Koslowski
Strikes that have taken place during the Covid-19 pandemic (Source: Payday Report)

June 22, 2020 

It’s time for socialists to agitate as far and wide as we can for workplace committees and local assemblies.

A wave of militant workers’ struggle is sweeping the U.S., with over 800 strikes, walkouts, sickouts, and other disruptions since the beginning of March. This wave is being driven by two things: support for the uprising against the police and fear from being forced to work amid the danger of infection and death.

18/06/20
Author: 
Eugene Kung - Staff Lawyer, Michael Bissonnette - Staff Lawyer
Chief Dalton Silver of Sumas First Nation speaking to media after the latest oil spill on their territory (Photo: Rueben George).
June 16, 2020  [Very interesting historical information about First Nations' territorial rights -- and lack thereof! Gene McGuckin]
18/06/20
Author: 
ILWU Local 500
Posted on June 16, 2020

Longshore Will Observe Juneteenth

Work Will Stop for 8 Hours on Historic

In solidarity with ILWU International, there will be no work on the 8 AM shift of Friday, June 19, 2020 as we are supporting anti-racism – what this Union is founded on.

18/06/20
Author: 
David Kroman
King County Labor Council members leave the auditorium hall at the Labor Temple in downtown Seattle, June 19, 2019. (Photo by Matt McKnight/Crosscut)

June 17, 2020

The vote comes amid ongoing protests and weeks of pressure from community advocates and some union members. 

Amid heightened scrutiny of police unions and their place in the labor movement, the King County Labor Council voted Wednesday to expel the Seattle Police Officers Guild, which represents roughly 1,300 officers, from its ranks.

14/06/20
Author: 
Jake Johnson
"Preparing for the possibility of Trump refusing to concede isn't just reasonable, it's the responsible thing to do," said Ezra Levin, co-executive director of Indivisible. (Image: Stand Up America)

 June 12, 2020

"Preparing for the possibility of Trump refusing to concede isn't just reasonable, it's the responsible thing to do."

"I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election... if I win."

That was then-candidate Donald Trump's message to his supporters and the nation just a month before his victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential race.

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14/06/20
Author: 
Associated Press 

After days of violent confrontations, police have largely withdrawn from now 'festival-like' area

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