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          Bernie Sanders Speech at the Vatican - Full Text 
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          Here is the prepared text of the address that Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders delivered on Friday (April 15) at a meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. The conference is focused on “Centesimus Annus,” a landmark social justice encyclical by Saint John Paul II: “The Urgency of a Moral Economy: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of Centesimus Annus”
    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/bernie-sanders-speech-vatican-full-text
  
  
          From Fight for $15 to the Verizon Strike: We Must Protect Workers' Right to Walk Outut 
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          Strikes can be legally threatening and socially disruptive. But in the absence of any serious, social efforts to change the economy, it is perfectly reasonable for workers to defend their interests. So long as the economy is as radically unequal and oppressive as it is, workers have a right to strike. They have that right just the way anyone facing oppression has a right to resist it. 
    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/fight-15-verizon-strike-we-must-protect-workers-right-walk-outut
  
  
          Verizon Workers Take Over Midtown Manhattan in the Second Week of their Strike
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          "If a hugely profitable corporation like Verizon can destroy the good family-supporting jobs of highly skilled workers, then no worker in America will be safe from this corporate race to the bottom," Trainor said last week in a statement that announced the strike.
    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/verizon-workers-take-over-midtown-manhattan-second-week-their-strike
  
  
          Earth Day 2016: Retrospect and Realism 
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          Capitalism wedded to delusional American manifest destiny–including our fatuous decades-long effort to control of the Middle East and recent militarized pivot to Asia–meets its limits in Nature. Either we heed those limits immediately and aggressively, or we face an ecocide from which not even those who own lifeboats will escape.  

    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/earth-day-2016-retrospect-and-realism
  
  
          Dispatches From the Culture Wars - Classism Cuts Both Ways Edition
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          Hotepism; When democracy was in Vogue; Boars' revenge; Cruz has a cross for you; Erasing the wall; Intersectionalizing the rich
    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/dispatches-culture-wars-classism-cuts-both-ways-edition
  
  
          Big N.Y. Unions Stop Funding Working Families Party — a Backer of Bernie Sanders
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          Several union officials charge that Working Families Party officials this year re-worked the presidential endorsement process in a way that rigged it for Bernie Sanders with the hopes that its work on behalf of the Vermont senator would help the party raise money and increase membership.The unions that remain argue the party will play a critical role mobilizing the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.
    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/big-ny-unions-stop-funding-working-families-party-%E2%80%94-backer-bernie-sanders
  
  
          ‘Junction 48’ Film Review: Permission to Rhyme
    
          April 19, 2016
    
          Udi Aloni's Junction 48 is a melodic drama set Isreal in the town of Lydd (Lod) with a nearly all-Palestinian cast that forcefully confronts anti-Arab racism in Israel by shining a light on the oft-forgotten Palestinian citizens of Israel (PCIs). (The title Junction 48 presumably refers to Lydd’s historic transit-point between Palestine and Egypt and the designation often applied to PCIs as “’48 Palestinians.”)
    
          https://portside.org/2016-04-19/%E2%80%98junction-48%E2%80%99-film-review-permission-rhyme
  

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