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Truthout Daily Digest Monday, 1 September 2014

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One Hundred Ways to Change the Subject: Plutocratic Fallacies in the Service of Fast-Food Exploitation

Jeffrey Nall, Truthout: Fast-food worker demands are being met with “plutocratic fallacies” attempting to justify exploitive wages and division among workers. But as a consumer you can support alternative, ethically-inspired businesses, and follow practical steps to express solidarity with the fast-food labor movement.

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Dean Baker | Labor Day Victories to Celebrate

Dean Baker, Truthout: In recent decades the news for the country’s workers has been mostly bad. We’ve seen stagnant wages and anti-union court rulings. It would be easy to go on about how bad things are, but it is worth highlighting a couple of good news items against this backdrop.

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Disposable Life

Max Silverman, Histories of Violence: We have become less and less aware of the changed environment in which disposing of lives takes place and the forms that disposability takes, so that we no longer recognize what is staring us in the face.

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What Black Women in West Philadelphia Had to Say About Women’s Equality Day

Jasmine Burnett, RH Reality Check: “Rarely are black women interviewed in their neighborhoods and asked about a policy’s impact on their lives. As such, on the days leading up to Women’s Equality Day, I felt it was time to begin asking black women about their experiences with laws that secured their right to vote.”

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Global Warming and Economic Crisis Lead to One Solution: Climate Jobs

Sharmini Peries, The Real News Network: May Boeve from 350 and Bruce Hamilton of the Amalgamated Transit Union discuss how the environmental and labor movements have united to organize the People’s Climate Summit in New York City.

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Thom Hartmann | If Unions Are Breaking Automakers, Why Are BMW and Mercedes So Rich?

Thom Hartmann, YES! Magazine: In Germany, auto workers get paid well and their companies still profit. In his book The Crash of 2016, the author explains why living wages and corporate success don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

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Heralding a National Trend? Enrollment Surges as New York City Begins Full-Day Prekindergarten for 50,000 Kids

Amy Goodman and Juan González, Democracy Now!: As the school year begins, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is launching his signature initiative of full-day universal prekindergarten at public schools. More than 50,000 children have already enrolled and thousands of additional teachers have been hired.

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The Humanity of Michael Brown

Ian Haney López, Moyers & Company: Dog whistle politics may hurt almost all Americans, but its basic technique is to dehumanize minorities, scaring voters with spectral images of welfare cheats, illegal aliens, invading hordes, potential terrorists and, perhaps especially, black men as menacing criminals.

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Let’s Give Workers Something to Cheer About

Robert L. Borosage, OtherWords: It’s been a long time since workers have been truly celebrated. That’s because the union movement that gave us this holiday is a shadow of its former self. If we really want to give workers something to cheer about, we need to revitalize unions.

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Bank of America Settlement and the Need for Legal Aid Lawyers

Julia Gordon and Sarah Edelman, Talk Poverty: One of the best ways to prevent unnecessary foreclosures is to provide struggling families with a legal aid lawyer. While the state guarantees legal representation for any criminal proceeding, there is no such guarantee in civil cases.

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The United States’ War Hawks Back in Flight

Danny Schechter, Consortium News: With the United States government-and-media war hawks back in full flight – preparing to swoop down on Syria as well as Iraq – wiser heads might reflect on the chaos that previous adventures have caused.

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Russian Foreign Minister Calls for Immediate Cease-Fire in Ukraine

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Labor History: The First Factory Strike

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At Least Five Ferguson Officers Apart From Brown Shooter Have Been Named in Lawsuits

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Restaurant Industry’s Low Wages Leave 40 Percent of Workers in Near-Poverty

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Inequality: A Broad Middle Class Requires Empowering Workers

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As Bombs Go Silent, Testimonies Mount That Israeli Soldiers Used Gazans as Human Shields

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Top Ten Working Class Hero Films

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