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          The Origins of Stop-and-Frisk
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          Beginning in the 1930s, the LAPD pioneered the use of stop-and-search policing whereby officers flooded an area after a reported crime to question persons found on the street. This was the anti-Friday dragnet — indiscriminate, racist, and the reality for urban, black communities after World War II. 
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/origins-stop-and-frisk
  
  
          Under the Sea, a Missing Link in the Evolution of Complex Cells
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          Scientists estimate that the first eukaryotes evolved about 2 billion years ago, in one of the greatest transitions in the history of life. But there is little evidence of this momentous event, no missing link that helps researchers trace the evolution of life from simple microbes to eukaryotes.  On Wednesday, a team of scientists announced the discovery of just such a transitional form. 
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/under-sea-missing-link-evolution-complex-cells
  
  
          Hit Job: Daniel DiSalvo on Public Sector Unions
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          Public sector unions have pushed for policies that benefit workers more generally, recognizing that it would not be possible to maintain good pay and benefits for public sector workers where private sector workers are poorly paid and without benefits. This is the main reason why the right wants to eviscerate public sector unions. It is important for progressives everywhere to understand this fact.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/hit-job-daniel-disalvo-public-sector-unions
  
  
          Too Many People in Jail? Abolish Bail
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          This is a national problem. Across the United States, most of the people incarcerated in local jails have not been convicted of a crime but are awaiting trial. And most of those are waiting in jail not because of any specific risk they have been deemed to pose, but because they can’t pay their bail.  In other words, we are locking people up for being poor. This is unjust. We should abolish monetary bail outright.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/too-many-people-jail-abolish-bail
  
  
          Racist History of ‘Right To Work’ Shows Threat to Black, Latino Workers
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          "Right to Work" laws are all about removing unions as a political check on the power of corporations.  But that will have real costs for working families in Illinois.  And the costs will be highest for blacks and Latinos.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/racist-history-%E2%80%98right-work%E2%80%99-shows-threat-black-latino-workers
  
  
          New York Hospitals On Notice
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          Till now, NYSNA has negotiated separate hospital-by-hospital contracts for its entire history—while Service Employees (SEIU) mega-local 1199 was winning high standards and industry-shaping political power through master contracts with the same facilities. Now the nurses union is putting common demands on every table. At most hospitals it’s conducting open bargaining, with as many as 200 members showing up to participate in negotiations.
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/new-york-hospitals-notice
  
  
          Does Fox's 'Empire' Break Or Bolster Black Stereotypes?
    
          May 10, 2015
    
          Anchored by powerful performances from Oscar nominees Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, Empire features unapologetically black characters operating in a mostly black world. Nielsen says 7.5 million of them are African-American.But that's where the other controversy about Empire emerges. Because some critics say the show has earned its success by trafficking in "badly written dialogue and ham-fisted stereotypes."
    
          https://portside.org/2015-05-10/does-foxs-empire-break-or-bolster-black-stereotypes
  

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