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The University of Virginia Finally Confronts Its Rape Problem

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The University of Virginia Finally Confronts Its Rape Problem

November 28, 2014
By Dahlia Lithwick
Slate (November 24, 2014)

The confidential sexual assault investigation system has failed.

Last Wednesday, that allegedly occurred at a University of Virginia fraternity house in the fall of 2012. The student, named Jackie, did not report her assault to the police but did share her story with a UVA dean responsible for dealing with sexual assault. Jackie later tried to find statistics about sexual assaults at UVA but couldn’t find any—in part because, as she contends, a university dean later told her, “nobody wants to [...]

Walmart Black Friday Protests Hit Major Cities With Calls for '$15 and Full Time'

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Walmart Black Friday Protests Hit Major Cities With Calls for '$15 and Full Time'

November 28, 2014
By Dave Jamieson
Huffington Post (November 28, 2014)

On Thursday and Friday, photos on Twitter tagged with #walmartstrikers showed sizable protests in D.C., Pittsburgh, Northern New Jersey, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Calif., and St. Paul, Minn., among other areas. The protests were led by OUR Walmart, a union-backed worker group, alongside community and labor groups in different cities. [...]

Wanted: A Challenge to Clinton

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Wanted: A Challenge to Clinton

November 28, 2014
By The Nation Editors
The Nation (November 25, 2014)

Even the most ardent Hillary supporters should acknowledge that Democrats—and the country—will be better served if she has real competition in the primaries.

After the dispiriting midterm elections, with the highest spending in history and the lowest turnout in the postwar era, there is a heightened sense of urgency about the 2016 presidential election. Senator Bernie Sanders feels it acutely. “This country faces more serious problems today than at any time since the Great Depression. We have already, in the midterms, gone through [...]

Election Math: How Fewer Voters Elect More Reps

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Election Math: How Fewer Voters Elect More Reps

November 28, 2014
By Jessica Jones
WUNC (November 25, 2014)

Back in 2012, more North Carolinians voted for Democrats than Republicans in North Carolina’s Congressional elections. But Republicans ended up winning nine out of the state’s 13 seats that year. Those numbers piqued the interest of researchers at Duke, who decided to seek a mathematical explanation for the discrepancy. They recently published a study with their results. [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-11-28 Friday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Fri, 11/28/2014 - 8:00am
Democracy Now! 2014-11-28 Friday
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Race inequality between US Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers (Again)

Portside - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:53pm
Race inequality between US Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers (Again)

November 28, 2014
By Juan Cole
informed Comment (November 26, 2014)

African-Americans are disproportionately likely to be poor, they are only a quarter of Americans living in poverty; whites make up about 41% of the poor. Those white Americans who don't want to help the poor because they'd be helping people of another race are actually screwing over white people big time. The wealth gap between /white and African-American families tripled between 1980 and 2009. [...]

Why We Won't Wait

Portside - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:49pm
Why We Won't Wait

November 27, 2014
By Robin D.G. Kelley
CounterPunch (November 25, 2014)

We've all been waiting for the grand jury's decision, not because most of us expected an indictment. District Attorney Robert P. McCulloch's convoluted statement resembled a victory speech.

Wait. Patience. Stay Calm. "This is a country that allows everybody to express their views," said the first Black president, "allows them to peacefully assemble, to protest actions that they think are unjust." Don't disrupt, express. Justice will be served. We respect the rule of law. This is America. [...]

The Other America - A Riot is the Language of the Unheard

Portside - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:24pm
The Other America - A Riot is the Language of the Unheard

November 27, 2014
By Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Grosse Pointe Historical Society (March 14, 1968)

"...it is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. [...]

Thanksgiving 2014 - Reality of History and Today's Meal

Portside - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:00pm
Thanksgiving 2014 - Reality of History and Today's Meal

November 27, 2014
By Jacqueline Keeler; Seymour Joseph; Svati Kirsten Narula
(November 27, 2014)

For a Native American, the story of Thanksgiving is not a very happy one. Jacqueline Keeler, a member of the Dineh Nation and the Yankton Dakota Sioux finds occasion for hope. Poem for Thanksgiving 2014 by Seymour Joseph. Svati Kirsten Narula's research article, How America's Thanksgiving Turkeys Got so Huge - doubling in size in 50 years. [...]

Tidbits - November 27, 2014

Portside - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:21am
Tidbits - November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014
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Portside (November 27, 2014)

Reader Comments - Darren Wilson Acquittal - Reader Responses; Black Friday Protests; Election Lessons for the Left; Immigration Reform; Ursula K. Le Guin, Pension Reform(?); Water Grab; Facebook Drivers Vote Union; Berlin Wall's Fall - Reflections from the GDR; Israel Lobby and Ukrainian Fascists; Mexico - 43 students murdered; Israel, Palestine and Rasmeah Odeh; The Selfless Gene;
Announcement - New Politics Forum on the Environmental Crisis - New York - Dec. 9 [...]

Democracy Now! 2014-11-27 Thursday

Democracy Now! Daily Podcast - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:00am
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Five Ways to Measure Black Friday Strikes at Wal-Mart

Portside - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:29pm
Five Ways to Measure Black Friday Strikes at Wal-Mart

November 26, 2014
By By Josh Eidelson
Business Week (November 26, 2014)

Friday’s actions aren’t going to leave its stores empty or its business model overhauled. So what would make them a success from the perspective of the labor activists?

For the third year in a row, some Walmart workers will mark Black Friday by going on strike. OUR Walmart, the union-backed group behind the strikes, promises Friday will bring its biggest walkout ever. Wal-Mart Stores (WMT), on the other hand, remains publicly dismissive of the protests.
Friday’s actions aren’t going [...]

Video of Cleveland Police Shooting of Tamir Rice Raises Disturbing Questions

Portside - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 11:11pm
Video of Cleveland Police Shooting of Tamir Rice Raises Disturbing Questions

November 26, 2014
By Editorial
Cleveland Plain Dealer (November 26, 2014)

As we said, the police have a lot of explaining to do.

One moment Tamir Rice was stomping on a snowball like any 12-year-old kid might do and the next he was shot and fatally wounded by a Cleveland police officer. 
The details of how this tragic shooting went down still need to be fleshed out, but based on a surveillance video of the shooting at Cudell Recreation Center on Cleveland's West Side, the police have a lot [...]

Making Sense of Darren Wilson's Story

Portside - Wed, 11/26/2014 - 10:53pm
Making Sense of Darren Wilson's Story

November 26, 2014
By By Josh Marshall
Talking Points Memo (November 26, 2014)

I went into Monday uncertain whether Michael Brown's killing was murder or a legally (if not morally) justified shooting into which the rage and righteous indignation over generations of police killings of black men - continuing right up to today - was being poured. After reading Wilson's testimony, I felt pretty confident that Wilson was a liar - at least about critical elements of his story. [...]