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Will the State Wage Board Listen to Harvey Keitel?

City Limits - 9 hours 43 min ago
A push to address the very low minimum wage of tipped workers recalls the exchange between Mr. White and Mr. Pink.

VIDEO: From Ferguson To NYC, Protesters Mark National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 10:55pm

"From Ferguson to NYC, Stop Police Brutality," was the chant by parents of police victims and their allies who marked the 19th annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and Criminalization of a Generation. Democracy Now! was there when hundreds gathered in Manhattan for a rally and march, as similar demonstrations took place around the country.

See all of our coverage of police brutality.

Thanks to Democracy Now! fellow Samantha Riddell for this report.

A ’60s Radical Comes Back with Conservative Allies

Portside - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:41pm
A ’60s Radical Comes Back with Conservative Allies

October 22, 2014
By By D.G. Martin
Durham Herald-Sun (October 22, 2014)

The former radical leader now finds himself in partnership with former adversaries as an advocate for school choice and vouchers. He says he is “a novelty, an outspoken black man and former large system school superintendent who supported a growing movement that was largely championed by conservative white people." [...]

Protesters Burn City Hall in Mexico Town Where 43 Students Vanished

Portside - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:27pm
Protesters Burn City Hall in Mexico Town Where 43 Students Vanished

October 22, 2014
By Tim Johnson
Modesto Bee (October 22, 2014)

The attack marked an escalation of protests in the Pacific Coast state of Guerrero, where tensions have been high since scores of student teachers went missing Sept. 26 after clashing with municipal police. Those clashes left six people dead and some 20 injured. Police rounded up 43 other students, but their fate is unknown. [...]

One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes

Portside - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:15pm
One-Fifth of Detroit's Population Could Lose Their Homes

October 22, 2014
By By Rose Hackman
The Atlantic (October 22, 2014)

As Detroit seeks to leave bankruptcy behind and get back on its feet—ramping up development with construction of a light rail and a new hockey arena that will cost the city hundreds of millions of dollars—it is simultaneously bearing witness to a process that could evict up to 142,000 of its residents, many of whom are too poor to pay their property taxes. [...]

Americans Don't Have a Constitutional Right to Vote — It's Time for That to Change.

Portside - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:09pm
Americans Don't Have a Constitutional Right to Vote — It's Time for That to Change.

October 22, 2014
By By Matthew Yglesias
Vox (October 20, 2014)

The solution, both to America's voting access problem and to alleviating public concerns about fraud, is to establish an affirmative right to vote.

On Saturday, the US Supreme Court decided — in a ruling that lacked any accompanying explanation — that a controversial voter ID law in Texas will be in effect this November, notwithstanding a contrary decision from a trial court.
The legal arguments around these kinds of voter ID laws, which tend to disproportionately [...]

Why Dilma Should Look Back to Her Bases in Brazil's Runoff Election

Portside - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 9:00pm
Why Dilma Should Look Back to Her Bases in Brazil's Runoff Election

October 22, 2014
By By John L. Hammond
NACLA: Report on the Americas; (October 20, 2014)

The election is being avidly watched by the right wing throughout the hemisphere, eager to see signs of ebbing of the "pink tide" that brought progressive governments into several countries of the region in the last decade and a half. [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-10-22 miércoles en español

Democracy Now! Podcast en Español - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:00pm
Democracy Now! 22 de Octubre de 2014
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  • Video parece mostrar cargamento de armas estadounidense en manos de ISIS\r\n
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  • ONU advierte que ataque de ISIS contra yazidíes podría ser “intento de genocidio”\r\n
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  • OMS planifica pruebas a gran escala de vacuna experimental contra el ébola a partir de enero\r\n\r\n
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  • Estados Unidos impone restricciones por ébola a viajeros procedentes de África Occidental\r\n\r\n
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  • Camarógrafo estadounidense y enfermera española declarados libres de ébola\r\n
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  • Afganistán: Cultivos récord de amapolas de opio pese a los 7000 millones de dólares de fondos estadounidenses\r\n\r\n
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  • Corea del Norte libera preso estadounidense\r\n\r\n
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  • México: Se lleva a cabo día mundial de acción por 43 estudiantes desaparecidos; soldados acusados de ejecutar a quince personas\r\n
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  • Filipinas: Infante de marina estadounidense acusado de asesinato fue trasladado a una base y permanece aún bajo custodia estadounidense\r\n
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  • Estados Unidos: Autoridades demandan el retiro de 7.8 millones de vehículos por bolsas de aire defectuosas\r\n\r\n
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  • Wyoming se convierte en 32º estado en que el matrimonio homosexual es legal\r\n
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  • Ex editor del Washington Post Ben Bradlee falleció a los 93 años de edad\r\n
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Democracy Now! 2014-10-22 Wednesday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2014-10-22 Wednesday
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  • In U.N. Speech, Noam Chomsky Blasts United States for Supporting Israel, Blocking Palestinian State
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  • Noam Chomsky at United Nations: It Would Be Nice if the United States Lived up to International Law
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Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

City Limits - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 6:44am
The de Blasio administration is stepping up oversight of employment agencies, which need to be licensed and can only charge certain fees. But the targeted firms can change names and locations to keep operating in spite of the crackdown.

Where Do the Homeless Come From?

City Limits - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:00am
It's not gentrifying neighborhoods, for the most part, according to a new report. Instead, it's the neighborhoods where people find refuge from displacement.

Dark Money Spending in Key Senate Races 'Shattering' Records

Portside - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 9:31pm
Dark Money Spending in Key Senate Races 'Shattering' Records

October 21, 2014
By Lauren McCauley
Common Dreams (October 21, 2014)

The report, "Election Spending 2014: 9 Toss-Up Senate Races", found that outside spending by undisclosed "dark money" groups is on track to "shatter previous records."

Unknown donors and big-monied, outside groups are pouring record amounts of cash into key Senate races set to determine which political party will take control over the upper house come November's election, according to a new report published Tuesday by the Brennan Center for Justice.
The report, Election Spending 2014: 9 Toss-Up Senate Races (pdf), [...]

Texas' New Voter ID Law Is Racist

Portside - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 8:21pm
Texas' New Voter ID Law Is Racist

October 21, 2014
By Steven Rosenfeld
AlterNet (October 20, 2014)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Scathing Dissent Offers 12 Reasons Why Texas' New Voter ID Law Is Racist. Ginsburg dissent calls out thinly veiled GOP voter suppression.

This weekend, U.S. Supreme Court reporters pulled an all-nighter waiting for the ruling on whether Texas’ new voter photo ID law, which may prevent up to 600,000 otherwise eligible voters from casting ballots this fall, would be allowed go into effect today.
The reporters were up until 5am on Saturday because Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg and the [...]

$7 Billion US Eradication Effort Delivers Record High Poppy Crop in Afghanistan

Portside - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:56pm
$7 Billion US Eradication Effort Delivers Record High Poppy Crop in Afghanistan

October 21, 2014
By Andrea Germanos
Common Dreams (October 21, 2014)

Federal watchdog report "calls into question" US efforts to stamp out opium production.

Opium poppy cultivation levels in Afghanistan are at a record high, though the U.S. government has spent over $7 billion to stop it, a federal watchdog states in a new report.
In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Attorney General Eric Holder and US AID head Rajiv Shah, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John F. [...]

Freeport-McMoRan Destroys Famous "Salt of the Earth" Labor Union

Portside - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 7:22pm
Freeport-McMoRan Destroys Famous "Salt of the Earth" Labor Union

October 21, 2014
By David Correria
La Jicarita (September 30, 2014)

The local Steelworkers union Shores decertified is the inheritor of Mine-Mill Local 890, a union made famous by the 1954 film “Salt of the Earth”, which dramatized Local 890’s 1951 Empire Zinc strike. A number of members of the creative team behind the film had been blacklisted by Hollywood. [...]

The Origin of Rosa Luxemburg's Slogan 'Socialism or Barbarism'

Portside - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 6:39pm
The Origin of Rosa Luxemburg's Slogan 'Socialism or Barbarism'

October 21, 2014
By Ian Angus
John Riddle, "Marxist Essays and Commentary" (October 21, 2014)

The origin of Rosa Luxemburg's slogan 'socialism or barbarism'

 Ian Angus traces an important socialist slogan to its unexpected source
Climate & Capitalism’s tagline, “Ecosocialism or barbarism: There is no third way,” is based on the slogan, “Socialism or Barbarism,” which Rosa Luxemburg raised to such great effect during World War I and the subsequent German revolution, and which has been adopted by many socialists since then.
The puzzle is: where did the concept come from? [...]