Wednesday’s news links – Oct. 13, 2021

Farmworkers at Pindar Vineyards on Long Island are the first agricultural workers to organize in New York State. Photo: RWDSU

First farmworker union forms in New York state The Counter

Dollar General Workers Stare Down Historic Union Vote, Vowing “We’re Gonna Fight” In These Times

Plumbing Poverty: Millions of America’s Poorest Don’t Have Running Indoor Water – Report Sputnik

A new study puts a spotlight on the chronic deprivation of running or clean water in millions of American homes, predominantly in Black and indigenous communities and increasingly concentrated in urban areas.

A record number of workers are quitting their jobs. Washington Post

4.3 million people quit their jobs in August, nearly 3 percent of the workforce.

Michael Roberts: America’s ‘middle class’ now holds a smaller share of wealth than the top 1%. The middle 60% (by income) saw its wealth share drop to 26.6% of national wealth, the lowest level on record, according to the latest Federal Reserve Distributional Financial Accounts: https://federalreserve.gov/releases/z1/dataviz/dfa/ as reported by inequality expert, Gabriel Zucman.

‘Waive the Patents’: Moderna Still Refuses to Share Covid-19 Vaccine Recipe Common Dreams

One expert says the company—which has gotten billions of dollars from the U.S. government—is “behaving as if they have absolutely no responsibility beyond maximizing the return on investment.”

Have climate deniers fueled the rise of COVID anti-vaxxers? Ian Verrender

Miami moves to terminate police chief who said city is run by ‘Cuban mafia’ TheHill

John Deere Workers Overwhelmingly Reject Contract, Could Strike Wednesday Night Labor Notes

Gas prices skyrocket as the global energy crisis worsens CNN

U.S. Coal Use Is Rebounding Under Biden Like It Never Did With Trump Bloomberg

 

China

Luria’s plea to give Biden full authority to attack China is folly Responsible Statecraft

In an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Tuesday, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) calls for a debate over the Republican-sponsored Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act (TRA). This proposed bill would no longer require the president to consult with Congress first before responding to a clear threat against Taiwan, as established in the long-standing Taiwan Relations Act. Under this proposed legislation, the president would be entirely free to declare war on China, without any input from America’s representatives.

Retired Marine colonel says US should weigh nuclear war with China over Taiwan Stars and Stripes

US’ revelation of troops in Taiwan will only hasten cross-Straits war: Global Times editorial

US Sanctions Cambodian Leaders Amid US-China Rivalry NEO

Russia does not accept US military presence in Central Asia — senior diplomat TASS

Squid Game & The Rise Of Anti-Capitalist Entertainment Laura Pitcher

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