Portside Snapshot - April 12, 2017



Dine-Out Economy Rests on the Backs of Women

Saru Jayaraman
The Gender Policy Report - University of Minnesota
The restaurant industry includes 7 of the 10 lowest paying jobs in the country. Half of the women in the minimum wage workforce are tipped workers. Segregation of women, particularly women of color, in these jobs is a major contributor to the gender pay gap.

It's Not Just Syria. Trump is Ratcheting Up Wars Across the World

Trevor Timm
The Guardian
Recently, US airstrikes have claimed the lives of 200 civilians in Iraq, dozens were killed in separate strikes supposedly aimed at Islamic State in Syria and several more women and children died in a raid gone awry in Yemen. Those are just a few examples of the many attacks – launched under the pretext of defeating Isis – that wreaked havoc on civilian populations as the US military ramps up its bombing campaigns in multiple counties.

The Return of the Left

Cédric Durand & Razmig Keucheyan
Mélenchon’s election campaign has galvanized the Left by doing what Hamon couldn’t — making a clean break with the political center.
In France, history is back. Here as elsewhere, the social tectonics of the great economic crisis of 2008 are doing their work. The routine presidential stables are recomposing at great speed. They are realigning political forces around the three options (Three Monsters) nestled within the infra-world of our political modernity.

Review: “I Am Not Your Negro”

Ernie Tate
The Bullet
Through a very clever and subtle weaving together of archival footages, interviews, stereotypic images from racist advertizing from the thirties and forties, and from contemporary TV, we are provided with a historical context and an incredible graphic depiction of the momentous civil rights movement that swept the American south in those years, the lunch-counter sit-ins, the courageous fight to integrate the educational system, the voter registration drives, ...

Paid Family Leave and Child Care Could Erase Motherhood Wage Penalty

Gaby Galvin
U.S. New & World Report

The wage gap between men and women in the U.S. shrunk drastically in the 1980s and early 1990s, as women joined the workforce in increasing numbers and earned degrees at higher rates, but the gap has remained relatively stagnant since the mid- to late 1990s. There's one major detriment to financial equality that women can't seem to shake: motherhood.

Fast, Loose and Lyrical: Pablo Larraín's 'Neruda' Anti-Biopic

Adam Feinstein
The Guardian
Director Larraín has stated that the way Latin Americans think is shaped by poetry, by metaphor, and that his film is partly concerned with the power of poetry to move and influence. We are shown Neruda’s huge influence, as a communist poet, over his natural constituency: the ordinary working man... But what we do not see in the film is the immensely moving capacity of poetry to break down barriers between people of diametrically opposed political beliefs.




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