May 2021 | Hillman Foundation

Clear It With Sidney

The best of the week’s news by Lindsay Beyerstein

May 2021

Sidney's: Picks: Bread and Roses & A Digital Bounty Hunt Goes Awry

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NwongPR, Creative Commons.

The Best of the Week’s News:

Sidney's Picks: James Turns Up the Heat on Trump

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UFT/Sidney Hillman 

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • New York AG Tish James announced that her office is joining a criminal probe into the Trump Organization, a rare cooperation between the AG and DA Cy Vance. (CNN, NPR)
  • The trustees of UNC took the extraordinary step of refusing tenure to distinguished journalist and Hillman Prize-winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, a move a board member attributed to “politics.” (NC Policy Watch)  
  • Amazon tells workers to chill out from the crushing pace and constant surveillance with the AmaZen meditation program. (Vice)
  • A $9/hr job as a port-a-potty attendant pulled Dawn Woudenberg out of homelessness and helped her save lives from ODs. (WaPo)
  • The Supreme Court is gearing up to kill Roe v. Wade. (

Sidney's Picks: Amazon's Straw Bosses are Having Second Thoughts

The Best of the Week’s News:

  • Dispatchers are the straw bosses of Amazon, and some have had enough.  (NYMag)
  • Company promises formerly incarcerated workers a second chance, but puts them in horrifying danger. (NBC)
  • What happens when Republicans simply refuse to certify Democratic election wins? (Washington Monthly)
  • Texas’s governor is expected to sign legislation banning abortion at 6 weeks, before many women know they’re pregnant. (Texas Tribune)
  • How anti-vaxx operatives infiltrated online parenting communities. (Mother Jones)

Sidney's Picks: Crooked Cops & Pro Sports for the PRO Act

The Best of the Week’s News: