Newsletter #116: A Study Says the Working Class Remains Our Best Hope

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Pro-democracy protest movements are more successful when they are led by the working class. The Washington Post performed an in-depth study of anti-regime protest movements from 1900 onward and found that protest movements led by industrial workers were far and away more effective at promoting democracy than those led by the middle class or other demographics.
(Sirianne Dahlum, Carl Henrik Knutsen and Tore Wig for The Washington Post)

Musicians are joining the boycott against Amazon over the tech giant’s ties with ICE. Over 150 artists have signed the No Music for ICE! open letter and many are backing out of Amazon-funded festivals.
(Matthew Ismael Ruiz for Pitchfork)

Risk prediction algorithms used in health care have been found to show significant racial bias. Once again, algorithms were written without taking into consideration structural inequality.
(Edward Ongweso Jr for Motherboard)


We Will Remember Freedom: The Great Armored Train by Nick Mamatas
In the fourth episode of my podcast we hear Nick Mamatas’s short story about women from mythology attacking Trotsky’s train. In my interview with him after the story, he discusses the class origins of modern genre fiction.

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All The World’s A Staging Server

Heidi Waterhouse at DevOpDays Chicago 2019 talks about when you really need staging and when your resources are better allocated elsewhere.


The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hiring a development director.
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This newsletter compiled by Margaret Killjoy (@magpiekilljoy). Margaret is an author, activist, and musician based in Appalachia. Her most recent book series is the Danielle Cain novella series, which starts with The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion.

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