Portside Snapshot - September 3, 2017



A Louisville Union Built its Strength as Blacks, Whites Took on International Harvester

Toni Gilpin
LEO Weekly
This “constant campaign” carried into the community as well, with Local 236 at the forefront of battles in the late 1940s and early 1950s to desegregate Louisville. But to Jim Wright, perhaps the FE’s biggest impact came at the personal level, as those whites who had come into the Harvester plant as “real racists” became friends with black workers there.

As Hurricanes Bear Down, Tribes Act Quickly to Build Resilience Plans

Terri Hansen
Yes! Magazine
In January, Louisiana received a $48 million grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development to move the Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw and Houma Nation tribal members to more solid ground and reestablish their communities, making tribal members the first climate change refugees in the U.S.

Legal Challenge to Arpaio Pardon Begins

Jennifer Rubin
Washington Post
Those challenging the pardon understand there is no precedent for this — but neither is there a precedent for a pardon of this type. “While many pardons are controversial politically, we are unaware of any past example of a pardon to a public official for criminal contempt of court for violating a court order to stop a systemic practice of violating individuals’ constitutional rights,” Fein says.

The Real Culprits Behind the Uniquely American Opioids Crisis

Chris McGreal
The Guardian
Opioids killed more than 33,000 Americans in 2015 and certainly more last year. Half of deaths involved prescription painkillers. And most of those who overdose on heroin or synthetic opiates, such as fentanyl, first became hooked on legal pills. The US, with 5% of the people, consumes 80% of the global opioid pill production. This is an American crisis, caused by Big Pharma, politicians who colluded with it, and regulators who approved one opioid pill after another.

Physicians to Sanders: We Cannot Support Barriers to Health Care

David Himmelstein, Carol Paris, Steffie Woolhandler
Health Over Profit
While your staff has not shared with us the details of the current draft, we understand from colleagues in other single-payer advocacy groups that it mandates copayments for medical services for most Americans and proposes a four-year delay before the implementation of the single-payer reform.

Concession Fatigue in Connecticut

John O’Connor and Louise Williams
Labor Notes
How did Connecticut, one of the wealthiest states in the country, get into a budget mess so bad that state workers were forced to solve it? The answer is that Connecticut is one of the most unequal states in the nation.




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