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Chicago's Strike Is For The Children

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By Monday, you could tell it was coming. It had been building for months, of course, but by 2:00 Monday afternoon, at the big rally downtown at the Chicago Temple, you could see that the momentum had grown into a force that was ready to explode, like a race horse inside a starting gate. The people were ready to strike. Even then, three days out from the deadline, it felt like a foregone conclusion. The mighty Chicago Teachers Union, all clad in red, and SEIU 73, all clad in purple, had coordinated their strike deadlines for Thursday, Oct. 17. That meant that for weeks the City of Chicago...

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This Is How Things Work Now At G/O Media

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When Jim Spanfeller and a private equity firm called Great Hill Partners took over G/O Media—formerly Gizmodo Media Group—in April, their stated goal was to make the company profitable. It was a welcome refrain for employees all too aware of how the company had languished under Univision’s doomed ownership. But as Spanfeller began to implement his vision, that hope was replaced by employee frustration and skepticism over his hiring practices and interference with the company’s journalism. Spanfeller, a man who is regularly and perhaps euphemistically referred to in press accounts as a...

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Native American Lacrosse Teams Reported Racial Abuse. Then Their League Expelled Them.

Native American Lacrosse Teams Reported Racial Abuse. Then Their League Expelled Them.

Lacrosse was played by Native American nations across North America long before it was colonized by Europeans. But despite Native people’s historical and cultural connection to the game, they were periodically banned from playing before the 1973 American Indian Religious Freedom Act restored Native peoples’ right to practice religious and cultural ceremonies. Native Americans who play and coach lacrosse today have recent ancestors who were forced to play in secret. Jeremiah Moreno, who coaches the 7 Flames youth lacrosse team in the Dakota Premier Lacrosse League (DPLL), says he views...

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