Portside Snapshot - December 22, 2016



These Hotel Workers Took On Trump -- and Won

Jonathan O'Connell and Drew Harwell
Washington Post
Workers at Trump’s Vegas hotel voted to unionize last December after several months of campaigning. A labor agreement, though, was slow to materialize until last week, when over a few days, union representatives and Trump Organization executives negotiated a four-year contract, taking effect Jan. 1, that will cover roughly 520 housekeepers, bartenders, servers, porters and other staff at the hotel.

Officer Involved 2016

Josh Begley
The Intercept
Sourced from Guardian data and scripted through Google Street View, this project catalogs the locations of all 1000 sites of police killings in the US via images pointing toward the sky.

A Radical Proposal for Radical Times

Aviva Chomsky
Amidst a national flurry of immigrant rights initiatives, the Immigrant Worker Center Collaborative of Boston (IWCC) came up with a proposal that was radical in its simplicity: a demand that President Obama pardon all undocumented people in the United States.

A New Lucas Plan for the Future

David King
Morning Star
Forty years ago, shop workers in Britain developed the Lucas Plan to save jobs by converting arms manufacturing to industrial production. The struggle for economic conversion, and against the deskilling of work through computer-controlled technology remains relevant today in the search for solutions to the environmental crisis and the employment crisis.

Reading Albert Murray in the Age of Trump

Greg Thomas
The New Republic
Albert Murray (1916-2013), was the kind of intellectual for whom Duke Ellington would write a book jacket blurb. He called the African American writer and esteemed cultural critic “a man whose learning did not interfere with understanding," in praise of Murray's 1975 book Train Whistle Guitar, adding that Murray was "the unsquarest person I know." The Library of America has published new volume of Murray's writing. Greg Thomas takes a look.




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