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The American version of democracy focuses on elections and candidates. As the venerable left intellectual Noam Chomsky observed in June, “Citizenship means every four years you put a mark somewhere and you go home and let other guys run the world.

Uber, the huge taxi service, is undoubtedly still reeling from its defeat in China. After investing $2 billion to get a foothold in the Chinese market, Uber sold out to its competitor, Didi Chuxing, and agreed to be a junior partner in China.

While this is a dramatic story that made headlines across the country, a less covered story could have a far more impact on Uber's future. This is the story of Uber's departure from Austin, Texas.

The start of the Fight for $15 convention didn’t go as planned.

As roughly 10,000 conference goers gathered in Richmond, Va., on August 12 to talk about unions and low-wage work, organizers behind the nationwide campaign demanded a union of their own.

That Friday, Jodi Lynn Fennell, a child care worker organizer from Las Vegas, attempted to deliver a letter from a Fight for $15 organizers asking the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) to acknowledge it was their employer and to give them the right to organize.

Dozens of undocumented women being held with their children at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania are on a hunger strike they say will culminate in their leaving the facility “alive or dead.” The mothers are essentially being held prisoner under an Obama administration plan to detain undocumented families while their papers for asylum are being processed. Their children range in age from 2 to 16.

Brazil’s first Olympic gold medal was won by Rafaela Silva, a judo player from City of God. Despite all the obstacles associated with being a black woman from a favela, she is the first Brazilian women to be a world champion in judo. Yet the community in which Rafaela grew up unfortunately does not have many reasons to celebrate.

One of the men featured in The Indypendent's July cover story about aging prisoners who are denied release by the New York State Parole Board despite their low risk of recidivism was found dead in his cell on August 4. 

Kyoko Hayashi nearly died on August 9, 1945 in the atomic bombing of Nagasaki. She was fourteen years old and working at a factory less than a mile from the epicenter of the atomic explosion. She traveled barefoot for nine hours through the ruins of Nagasaki passing many dead and dying who had been crushed, burned and wounded. 
 

 

I am writing this quick note to people who were “with her” from the beginning and to those who are now supporting Hillary Clinton after she claimed the nomination. I understand the threat of Trump and, more importantly, 'Trumpism' and the neo-fascist, nativist and nationalist base within his supporters.

 

Here is some unsolicited advice to people who want folks to vote for Hillary Clinton. Instead of shaming someone into voting for Hillary, I suggest having a conversation like this:

"Thanks to the millions of people across the country who got involved in the political process--many for the first time--we now have the most progressive platform in the history of the Democratic Party." These were the triumphant words of Bernie Sanders as he prepared to endorse the candidate who beat him, Hillary Clinton, for president.