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Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

Clear It with Sidney

Sidney's Picks: Labor, the NLRB, and Space Lasers

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John Schneider, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • With appointments and executive orders, Biden signals that organized labor is a high priority in his administration. (LA Times)
  • What is the National Labor Relations Board and how does it affect the labor movement? (Teen Vogue)
  • Google workers in 13 countries announce the formation of Alpha Global, a global union alliance. (The Verge)
  • GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene floated an antisemitic conspiracy theory that a space laser might have caused a deadly California wildfire. (Media Matters)

Sidney's Picks: Uber Drivers, Rioters, and Nurses

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Rain Rabbit, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Uber Drivers and labor unions sue to overturn California’s Prop 22. (CNN, LA Times)
  • Employees at the Canada Goose coat factory in Winnipeg say working conditions are for the birds. (Vice)
  • The legendary Chicago Reporter is fighting for survival. (The Nation)
  • Most House Republicans voted to finish what the Capitol rioters started. (Atlantic) 
  • New York’s Filipino nurses brace for the next wave of COVID. (NYT)

Sidney's Picks: An Attack Based on Lies, A Mystery Solved, and a Union for Google

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Neil Schofeld, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

Sidney's Picks: Racial Dialysis and Breathing on a Jet Plane

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Duncan C, Renal Dialysis, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

Sidney’s Picks: My COVID Vaccine; NYC Delivery Drivers Organize; Terror in Spokane

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“The District Vaccinator,” Harper’s, National Library of Medicine. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • When will I get my COVID vaccine: An epidemiologist and veteran activist explains. (The Nation)
  • NYC delivery workers organize for a better life. DoorDash drivers would have to work for two days to buy a single share in the company. (The City)
  • A man with a political manifesto and an alleged pipe bomb threatened to blow up Teamster headquarters in Spokane, he has also been charged with setting a fire that nearly consumed the office of the Spokane County Democrats. (Fox 28)
  • The GOP’s poison pill to sabotage COVID relief. (American Prospect) 

Unifor's Triumph; Google's Surveillance

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Unifor president Jerry Dias, by People’s Social Forum, Creative Commons. 

The Best of the Week’s News:

Sidney's Picks: Betting on COVID and Immigrant Teens Working Nights

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Palm fruits, by CIFOR, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Tyson Foods managers bet on how many of their workers would test positive for COVID, a wrongful death lawsuit alleges. (IA Capital Dispatch)
  • Why a $15 minimum wage triumphed in Florida, but Joe Biden did not. (In These Times) 
  • The hidden lives of immigrant teens working nights during COVID (ProPublica Illinois)
  • Rape, beatings, low wages: The palm oil used by beloved US beauty brands is produced under horrific conditions. (AP)

2021 Hillman Prizes: Call For Entries on Now!

Attention journalists, editors, and awards coordinators, the Call for Entries for the 2021 Hillman Prizes in Journalism is on now!

The Hillman Prizes celebrate investigative reporting and deep storytelling that highlights social or economic injustice and contributes to meaningful public policy change. 

Prizes are awarded in the following categories:

  • Book 
  • Newspaper Reporting
  • Magazine Reporting 
  • Broadcast Journalism 
  • Web Journalism 
  • Opinion & Analysis Journalism 

Hillman Prize winners will be awarded a $5,000 honorarium and a certificate at an event to be held in New York City on May 4th (or celebrated virtually, depending on the status of the coronavirus pandemic).

Deadline for applications is January 30, 2021. There is no fee to enter. 

Click here for full details, and to enter online. 

Sidney's Picks: Cop Sex Abuse Coverup, True Pay Equity, and Prop 22

The Best of the Week’s News:

2021 Canadian Hillman Prize, Call For Entries: Open Now Through January 15

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Michel Marie, Creative Commons

Attention, journalists, editors, and awards coordinators:

The Sidney Hillman Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2021 Canadian Hillman Prize honouring excellence in investigative journalism!

The Canadian Hillman Prize celebrates print, digital and broadcast reporting that highlights injustice and leads to public policy change. 

Winning entries will be judged on the following criteria: 

  • Significance of journalism in service of the common good
  • Resourcefulness and courage in reporting 
  • Skill in relating the story and impact of the coverage

Eligibility: Entries must be published or broadcast in 2020 and have been made widely available to a Canadian audience. Nominated material and a cover letter explaining how the entry meets the requirements can be submitted here. Deadline: January, 15, 2021. There is no fee to enter.

The winner will receive a $5000 honorarium and a certificate at an event to be held in Toronto (or celebrated virtually) on March 25, 2021. The winner will also receive travel to New York City to attend the U.S. Hillman Prize Ceremony (if it will be held person).