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This week, Belabored probes the scandal behind the World Cup with author Dave Zirin, who’s been tracking the wildcat strikes, street demonstrations, and police crackdowns outside the rim of Big Football’s revelry. His new book, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil (Haymarket), shows how workers, activists, and fans all lose in the game of global capital, and how the tenuous balance of populism and neoliberalism is starting to fray in post-Lula Brazil.
We also look at the White House’s new push for “family-friendly policies,” the new Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a tussle over a $15 minimum wage in Democratic-run Rhode Island, and the latest teacher-bashing crusade led by ex-Obama flacks. Finally, we recommend reading on mine workers and environmental justice, along with a closer look at the economic assault on young black men.
Obama alums join anti teachers union case (Politico)
Sarah: What’s Campbell Brown Doing Smearing Teachers All Over the Media? (Alternet)
Working Moms Strike, Urge Obama To Require Collective Bargaining For Contractors (Workers Independent News)
Conversation with Dave Zirin
World Cup coverage at the Nation:
Argh, I Wish I’d Written That!
Michelle: Trish Kahle, Rank-and-File Environmentalism (Jacobin)
Sarah: Kai Wright, Why Young Black Men Can’t Work (ColorLines)