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The California ballot measures were incredibly depressing in 2020, as corporate campaigns convinced Californians that corporate domination over their lives was a good idea. That Prop 22 passed is a sign of the work we need to do to bring more politics into people’s lives and convince them that an overtly anti-unregulated capitalist politics is […]
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California and the Apocalypse

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On August 24, 2020
It’s hard to even talk about what is going on in California right now. The West is just going to burn up and dry out. It’s horrifying. But Leah Stokes at least tries to articulate the hellscape. Last week, a heat wave baked the West. In Death Valley, a world record may have been set […]

Our Tech Betters

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On August 12, 2020

So much DISRUPTION! Uber would likely shut down temporarily for several months if a court does not overturn a recent ruling requiring it to classify its drivers as full-time employees, CEO Dara Khos

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Childcare Workers Win!

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On July 29, 2020
Great news out of California. Tens of thousands of California childcare providers are now eligible to join a union following a vote to create a bargaining unit that will represent them in negotiations over pay and working conditions. A panel of California labor leaders announced the vote on Monday, marking an end to one of […]

Ah Toy

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On June 25, 2020

Fascinating and excellent essay about Ah Toy, the Chinese brothel madam in Gold Rush San Francisco, and the anti-Asian racism that impacted her long life in California. An excerpt: In time, however, o

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Class War in Santa Cruz

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On February 23, 2020
Graduate students at UC-Santa Cruz have been engaging in a wildcat strike for some time now and it is coming to collision with the anti-union administration led, of course, by former Obama Cabinet appointee Janet Napolitano. The basic issue is that graduate students simply can’t afford to live in Santa Cruz and the university doesn’t […]

The 49ers

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On February 2, 2020

Is the Kansas City Chiefs an offensive name? Yes, albeit not quite as horrifying as the Washington Redskins. But is the San Francisco 49ers really much better? No, since the Gold Rush and the followin

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