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Sharp Edges has introduced readers to third party voters oft-ignored for the sake of spoiler mythology, as well as third party campaigns, such as Eugene Puryear’s run as the vice presidential candidate for the Party of Liberation and Socialism (PSL).
This is part of the spirit of the column: to amplify voices and deconstruct mainstream narratives. Sharp Edges aims to explore the markers of revolutionary socialism, its history in the United States, and how the Sanders campaign—while arguably to the left of Hillary Clinton on a number of foreign and domestic policy issues—has yet to authentically move beyond the fundamental obstacle that is the Democratic Party itself.
As the 2016 US Presidential election looms, we’ve seen a growing number of prospective voters latch on to what can best be described as the language of reformation in the hopes of electing Bernie Sanders.
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Labor movements across the United States have worked tirelessly this year to improve working conditions, create job security, and expand unionization. Covering these picket lines is necessary, especially as we watch workers fearlessly unite in order to strike for a better future.
The Verizon worker’s agreement, released on May 30, is evidence of the transformative power of the labor strike. According to a tentative four-year agreement, which came about as a direct result of 40,000 Verizon workers going on strike since April 13, they will see a 10.9% increase in raises over the next four years, “a $1000 signing bonus plus a $250 healthcare reimbursement account in the Northeast, $2800 minimum in profit sharing, pension increases, and a first contract for Verizon Wireless retail store employees in Brooklyn, NY and Everett, MA.”
All proposed cuts in accident and disability benefits were withdrawn, as were proposed reductions of pensions. The official Facebook page for the Stand Up To Verizon movement noted that “striking workers proved that when working people stand together and fight back, they can win.
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