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Betrayal: A Critical View of the Government Takeover of the Teamsters

by on November 4, 2021

Betrayal: When the Government Took Over the Teamsters Union, a recent (2019) documentary by George Bogdanich, asks critical questions about the decades long oversight of the Teamsters by the federal government.  The documentary argues that the 1989 consent decree which put in place the Independent Review Board (IRB) until 2020 was a dramatic case of federal overreach, gutted strong locals, violated free speech and was a self-interested and self-perpetuating power and money machine for the law firms hired to run the board.

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The Unbuttoned Mind of Jeremy Brecher

by on October 14, 2021

We are now in the 50th year since the appearance of Strike!, one of the most influential  books written in the New Left era, and one so sweeping in its depiction of direct action that it has become a textbook of sorts for every radical generation since.

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Blair 100: A Centennial of Solidarity and Courage

by on October 4, 2021

On Friday, September 3, 2021, the curtain opened on harmony singers Heather Hannah & Company at the Battle of Blair Mountain Centennial Kickoff Event at the Charleston, WV Civic Center.

“It’s such an honor to be here, to be standing up here with you all,” Hannah said, “commemorating this centennial of courage, commemorating the courage it took for a miner to look at someone else who maybe didn’t speak the same language as him or come from the same country as him or pray to the same god and say, ‘I trust you with my life, and with you I’ll lay down mine if I need to, because there’s something bigger here that needs to be taken on.’”

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UNITE HERE, the 2020 Elections and Beyond

by on October 2, 2021

Many weeks after Democrats swept the Georgia Senate runoff elections, the right-wing extremists’ January 6th assault on Congress saturated the news cycle. The Capitol insurrection and the debate about an independent and nonpartisan investigation overshadowed the compelling story of how Democrats prevailed in both the November 2020 election and the Georgia runoffs.

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