What it means to be ‘a good company man’

September 19, 2017

Retired miner and Marxist-Humanist Andy Phillips recounts an incident from the Consolidation Coal Company whose foreman refused compensation for a worker who sustained a back injury from years of laying 10 foot steel rails that weighed 60 pounds a foot.

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The struggle for the meaning of history

On Aug. 27 in Berkeley, Calif., thousands came out to protest an “alt-right,” “No to Marxism,” demonstration including Black Lives Matter, feminists, Muslims, immigrants, leftists, and ordinary citizens against “hate.”

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September-October 2017 issue is online!

September 7, 2017

The September-October 2017 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 62, #5, is available on the web.

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Lead article: Rising U.S. racism challenges all freedom movements
A Marxist-Humanist analysis of the history and meaning of the rising of the right-wing neo-Nazi white supremacist movement, its relationship to President Donald Trump and his administration, and its challenge to the [=>]

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Editorial: Venezuela: Which way forward?

Editorial on the situation in Venezuela including the deterioration of living conditions; the repression practiced by the United Socialist Party of Venezuela and their attempt to gut Venezuela’s Bolivarian Constitution; and the personality cult built around Hugo Chávez, revealing contradictions in the movements for freedom. .

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The struggle in Diego Garcia continues

Mauritians get closer to reunification as the UN General Assembly Resolution for an Advisory Opinion from the UN’s International Court of Justice is approved by a wide margin, much to the disappointment of the UK and US.

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Queer Notes, September-October 2017

September 3, 2017

Round up of news about LGBTQ people including: Transgender people rally against Texas discriminatory bathroom bill; International Non-Binary Day celebrations; World Pride 2017 was celebrated in Spain; and Illinois becomes the second state in the U.S. to pass legislation banning so-called Gay and Transgender panic defense.

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World in View: Sellout in Burma

Despite the electoral victory of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party over the dictatorship in Myanmar (Burma), for the Muslim Rohingya minority in this Buddhist majority country there has only been an intensification of repression which is occurring with the acquiescence of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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Humanity confronting annihilation

The peace march on Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to commemorate over 70,000 lives lost at the atomic bombing of Nagasaki on Aug. 9 in Livermore, Calif., bring up questions of Marxism, humanism, and the alternative necessary new society.

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Rising U.S. racism challenges all freedom movements

September 2, 2017

A Marxist-Humanist analysis of the history and meaning of the rising of the right-wing neo-Nazi white supremacist movement, its relationship to President Donald Trump and his administration, and its challenge to the freedom forces arrayed against it who are fighting for a humanist world. .

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KC labor fights

Days before the “right-to-work” bill enacted by the Republican-controlled state government was due to go into effect on Aug. 28, Missouri unions and civil rights groups turned in more than 300,000 signatures that postponed its taking effect

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Woman fights ICE

On July 20 a remarkable collection of people from many faiths gathered in front of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in San Francisco to urge them to release Veronica Zepeda from Mesa Verde Detention Facility.

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SlutWalk hijacked

In-person report of the Aug. 13 SlutWalk in Chicago including how it was highjacked by A Wider Bridge and the Chicago Police.

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July-August 2017 N&L available on the web

July 7, 2017

The July-August 2017 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 62, #4, is available on the web.

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Lead article: The struggle for immigrants’ rights challenges humanity
The massive increase in inhuman attacks against immigrants and undocumented people in the U.S. is spurring new activism and urgency.

From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: A concrete [=>]

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Free college tuition?

New York Governor Cuomo announced earlier this year a program called “Excelsior,” which claimed to provide free tuition for all New York college students. The reality is different.

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Sovereignty for Chagos

Against occupation by UK and U.S. imperialism, a resolution calls for an International Court of Justice opinion recognizing Mauritian sovereignty over Chagos.

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