Portside Snapshot - November 29, 2016



Election Inflections: Expanding the Electorate

Bobbi Murray
Capital and Main
The phone bank on Florence Avenue near Western is fully staffed on a Thursday afternoon. Its 20 callers could be hawking solar paneling or copper water pipes to anyone who answers. Instead, the men and women here are selling change in the most populous city in the most populous state in the nation. On this day, shortly before the election, they are contacting potential voters about three of California’s 17 ballot propositions.

Why Did Trump Win? And What’s Next for Labor in the US?

Peter Olney and Rand Wilson
The Stansbury Forum
This article first appeared in Sinistra Sindicale, an internal newsletter of the Confederazione Generale Italiana dei Lavoratori (CGIL), the largest trade union federation in Italy. This article deals with the US election result.

Black America and the Passing of Fidel Castro

Bill Fletcher, Jr.
Bill Fletcher, Jr. Blog
For many of us in Black America, Castro represented the audacity that we have desired and sought in the face of imperial and racial arrogance.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Reacts to U.S. Army Corps Eviction Notice: Your Letter Makes a Grave. Dangerous Mistake

Levi Rickert
Native News Online.Net
EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Chairman Harold Frazier was quick to respond to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers’ letter, dated November 25, 2016, that will evict the water protectors who are camping at Oceti Sakowin camp. The 10-day eviction notice came one day after Thanksgiving where thousands have come to show solidarity with the water protectors who oppose the Dakota Access pipeline. Read Frazier’s letter below:

Unity, the Best Tribute

Granma Staff
It was with deep sorrow and regret that the Cuban people learned of the passing of Comandante en Jefe Fidel Castro Ruz. Granma shares some reactions to the news.

What Does a Beer Historian Do?

Susan Evans McClure
Smithsonian Magazine
As part of the American Brewing History Initiative, a new project at the museum supported by the Brewers Association will explore how beer and brewing history connect to larger themes in American history, from agriculture to business, from culture to economics.




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