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Murderous Alabama Prisons

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On December 21, 2022
The criminal justice system just keeps on giving. An Alabama inmate died after being “baked” to death in a sweltering prison cell described as “hotter than three hells,” his family alleged in a federal wrongful death lawsuit. Thomas Lee Rutledge, 44, died of hyperthermia on Dec. 7, 2020, in the mental health ward at William […]
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Environmental racism is the gift that keeps on giving, as this ProPublica piece on the continued legacy of pollution in north Birmingham demonstrates: But in the months that followed, the company that had recently bought the plant told regulators it was unable to make millions of dollars worth of necessary repairs to the oven doors […]

The Injunction

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On December 5, 2021

In the Gilded Age, legally spurious injunctions were issued with impunity by courts based on the solid legal principle of fuck unions. That is returning in the New Gilded Age, as we see in Alabama: As

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Documenting Selma

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On October 13, 2021
This is a great project and I want to highlight it: The world knows the names of John Lewis and a few more of the voting rights demonstrators who walked across Selma’s Edmund Pettus Bridge in 1965 only to be attacked by Alabama state troopers on a day that came to be called “Bloody Sunday.” […]
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Alabama Unionism

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On February 28, 2021
Jamelle Bouie had an excellent column the other day about the long history of unionism in Alabama. As the Amazon campaign takes off in Alabama, it turns out there is a real history of radical and usually Black-based unionism in that state. In fact, Alabama probably has a longer history of union activism than any […]

Organizing Amazon

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On November 30, 2020

It is so, so hard to win a union election in this era of employer capture of the National Labor Relations Board and courts. But you have to root for and support all the brave attempts to do so. That&#

Whee!

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On July 10, 2020

Republican governance ladies and gentlemen! Alabama state Sen. Del Marsh (R), who serves as the Senate’s President Pro Tempore, tried to make the claim on Thursday that the astounding increase in CO

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