Portside Snapshot - September 17, 2015



Young Activists Getting Results--In Chicago, Across the Nation

Lolly Bowean and Dahleen Glanton
Chicago Tribune
From Ferguson, Mo., where the "Black Lives Matters" movement took off, to the South Side of Chicago, where Fearless Leading by the Youth launched the trauma center campaign, young people are leading the call for justice. And increasingly across the country, they are strategically amplifying their message to get results.

The Next to Die: Watching Death Row

Gabriel Dance
The Marshall Project
The Next to Die aims to bring attention, and thus accountability, to these upcoming executions. As impartial news organizations, The Marshall Project and its journalistic partners do not take a stance on the morality of capital punishment, but we do see a need for better reporting on a punishment that so divides Americans.

What Does a Book Have to Do With a Movement?

Victoria Law
Waging Nonviolence
Todd Ashker is one of the leaders of the Pelican Bay hunger strikers and the lead plaintiff in the class-action lawsuit Ashker v. Governor of California. Sometime between 2008 and 2009, Ashker managed to get his hands on “Nothing But an Unfinished Song: Bobby Sands, the Irish Hunger Striker Who Inspired a Generation." What does a book have to do with the movement that ended indefinite solitary confinement in California?

Clinton Wins Key NH Union Endorsements

Jonathan Easley
The Hill
The New Hampshire chapter of the National Education Association has endorsed Hillary Clinton. It is the largest public sector union in the State. She also received the endorsement of the 360,000 member United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry.

White Poet Uses Pen Name to Get Published in Best American Poetry Anthology

Jenny Zhang
How a white poet's racial masquerade has sparked a wide ranging discussion in poetry circles about racism, identity, and contemporary literary politics. In the just-published issue of The Best American Poetry, 2015, Michael Derrick Hudson, a white poet, published under the name "Yi-Fen Chou," a pseudonym. The publication has caused an uproar in poetry circles. Here, poet Jenny Zhang discusses what's at stake for today's literary politics.




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