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When 14-year-old Emmitt Till was shot in the head and then thrown in the Tallahatchie River in 1955, his mother joined a list of women who lost their sons to American racial violence. That history is on display outside the art collective venue Ideal Glass in the East Village, where artist Sophia Dawson’s mural, Every Mother’s Son, inspired by a documentary of the same name by Tami Gold, is on display until November 30.

Recently in a quiet indie bookstore on the north side of Chicago, I saw the latest issue of Rolling Stone resting on a chrome-colored plastic table a few feet from a barista brewing a vanilla latte.  A cold October rain fell outside. A friend of mine grabbed the issue and began flipping through it. Knowing that I was a veteran, he said, "Hey, did you see this?" pointing to a news story that seemed more like an ad.  It read in part:


After less than two hours of deliberation, a Detroit federal courthouse jury reached a guilty verdict today in the government’s case against Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh.

The case against Odeh centered on her alleged failure to disclose on her US immigration papers her conviction in an Israeli military court in 1969.

Dozens of supporters of Odeh had driven from Chicago through the night to be at the courthouse today for the announcement of the verdict.

In the last scene of “Citizenfour,” Laura Poitras’s acclaimed new documentary about National Security Agency whistle-blower Edward Snowden, he and Glenn Greenwald are shown chatting over scribbles on pieces of paper. The implication is that there’s a new government whistle-blower, someone higher up than Snowden who has leaked damning new documents to journalist Jeremy Scahill, Greenwald and Poitras’ colleague at The Intercept. Last week, another whistle-blower went public, but not from the government.

In a recent article for Jacobin, Green Party Lieutenant Governor candidate Brian Jones argues that the party made substantial progress because the party’s improved showing this year allows the party to move over two positions on the ballot line from Row “F” to Row “D”.

Across the country, pro-Palestinian activism on college campuses is being censored. School administrations have launched investigations of numerous student groups for engaging in activities they deem to be critical of Israel. The backlash by school officials comes at a time when support is growing among students and faculty for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which seeks to pressure Israel to comply with international law and end the military occupation of Palestine.

Washington DC - About 25 activists descended on NPR's national headquarters in Washington Thursday afternoon to protest the network's corporate Sponsorship from ANGA, a trade association for natural gas drillers (frackers). Protestors chanted, sang, and marched through the courtyard of the building, while a live broadcast was aired on the internet featuring interviews with several participants from the Beyond Extreme Energy week of actions.

A man held at the Guantánamo Bay prison for nearly 13 years without charge has been transferred to his home country of Kuwait.

The Department of Defense made the announcement of his release Wednesday.

Thirty-seven-year-old Fawzi al Odah is the first man to be released based on the assessment of the Periodic Review Board, a body established in 2011 through an executive order and tasked with evaluating the merits of ongoing detention for Guantánamo prisoners.

To understand the massive national defeat delivered to the Democrat Party in this election, just look at the areas where the Democrats are in total power. Start with New York, Chicago and California. And there it is.

Andrew Cuomo, Rahm Emanuel, Arne Duncan, Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi: they aren't fair-weather friends. They are the enemy of working people.

The 2008 mandate, where the Dems controlled Congress and the White House, delivered a big flaming pile of nothing good.

The Republican electoral sweep in yesterday’s elections has put an end to speculation over whether new laws making it harder to vote in 21 states would help determine control of the Senate this year. But while we can breathe a sigh of relief that the electoral outcomes won’t be mired in litigation, a quick look at the numbers shows that in several key races, the margin of victory came very close to the likely margin of disenfranchisement.

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