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The Supreme Court just handed down disastrous news for unions

Since 1956, the Supreme Court has applied a well-established framework to businesses that wished to exclude union organizers from their property. On Wednesday, however, the Court effectively scrapped that framework — one that was already fairly restrictive of union organizing — and replaced it with something far more restrictive.  Read more .

L.A.: Home to More Homeless Than Anyplace Else

As anyone who lives there, and many who don’t, can attest, my hometown—Los Angeles—is in trouble. The gap between housing costs and household income is higher in L.A. than it is anyplace else. Median-income families can afford only 11 percent of L.A. homes, and nearly half the city’s renters spend half or more of their income on rent and utilities. That’s the primary reason why the city is home to more homeless than any... read more .

Dear President Biden, you need to act on Palestine

Dear President Biden, We, the undersigned global coalition of leaders – from civil society to business, the arts and faith communities, politics and Nobel laureates – call for the US leadership to take action to help bring an end to Israel’s institutionalised domination and oppression of... read more .  
The largest gay pride parade in central Europe took place again in Warsaw for the first time in two years after a pandemic-induced break — and amid a backlash in Poland and Hungary against LGBT rights.  Read more .

James Baldwin and the FBI

When author James Baldwin and his brother David arrived at the Selma, Alabama, airport in 1963 to support a voter registration drive for Black voters, someone was there to see them land. Baldwin and the event had gained the... read more .

As the drug war turns 50, the US is still public enemy number one

Fifty years ago, on June 17, 1971, United States President Richard Nixon convened a press conference with a grave message for his fellow citizens: “America’s public enemy number one, in the United States, is drug abuse”. To vanquish the enemy, he declared, it was “necessary to wage a new, all-out offensive”, which would be... read more .

Car plows into protesters in Minneapolis

One woman is dead and three others are injured after a man drove his vehicle into a group of protesters late Sunday night in Minneapolis.  The Minneapolis Police Department (MPD) says the incident happened just before midnight at the intersection of Lake Street and Girard Avenue. Demonstrators were... read more .  

Remembering the Human Be-In

On January 14, 1967, more than 20,000 hippies and participants in the counterculture gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate park to do little more than simply “be” together. The event cemented San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district as a center of...read more.