Youth in Action: July-August 2016

July 9, 2016

In West Auckland, New Zealand, Massey High School students and their parents petition for weather-appropriate summer uniforms; 82 Huntsville, Alabama, Grissom High School students defy the dress code for girls because the code endorses rape culture and violates Title IX rights; across the USA Muslim youth are harassed in a variety of ways making them feel unsafe, so much so that the majority of Muslim youth believe that reporting the harassment won’t make a difference.

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Philip Zimbardo and Marx’s Humanism

August 30, 2015

A discussion with Philip Zimbardo followed the San Francisco premiere of “The Stanford Prison Experiment,” a movie based on his notorious 1971 experiment. It raises questions about the meaning of being human, which for Marx turned on needing human beings as free beings whose self-determining, free, conscious activity is not a mere means but the first necessity of life.

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Justice for Ezell Ford

August 29, 2014

From the September-October 2014 issue of News & Letters

Los Angeles—On Aug. 17 over 1,000 protesters gathered at the downtown LA Police Department (LAPD) headquarters. We were there not only in support of Michael Brown, but also to protest the many killings over the years of Black, Brown and even a few white youths [=>]

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California legislators ignore hunger strikers’ voices

March 19, 2014

Sacramento, Calif.–At the Legislative Hearings on Feb. 11, experts presented their analyses, which showed that even the very small changes California Department of Corrections (CDC) said they were implementing, in fact they are not. No policies are being changed to address the problems brought out by prisoners and their families. One family member was taking the legislators to task, saying that the promises of reform the legislators vow to make now, they made 10 years ago. Nothing changed. Things got worse.

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Don’t stop at raising wages

March 17, 2014

That there are two Americas when it comes to the economy and the wealth of our nation is no mystery to anyone. Everyone now knows the top 1% have essentially been the only beneficiaries of the latest “boom.” Journalists and economists take pains to point out how this jobless expansion has allowed the investors to recover from their losses of the 2008 financial collapse. Workers, though, are still left holding the bag.

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Readers’ Views, Jan.-Feb. 2014, Part 2

March 9, 2014

From the January-February 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Readers’ Views, Part 2

ENVIRONMENT UNDER THREAT

Recently I attended a talk near Berkeley, Calif., by a retired professor about the effect of environmental damage on political instability in the Middle East. He spoke disparagingly of Arab countries, but was full of praise for Israeli technology and “adaptive [=>]

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Hyper-‘gentrification’

March 5, 2014

Displacement of lower income people in San Francisco has entered a new stage because of the massive expansion of Silicon Valley and massive real estate speculation.

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BART workers forced to strike

December 2, 2013

From the November-December 2013 issue of News & Letters:

BART workers forced to strike

Oakland, Cal.—“One day longer, one day stronger!” shouted a transit worker to kick off a noon rally on Oct. 18 at Oakland’s Lake Merritt BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station. SEIU (Service Employees Int’l Union) Local 1021 and ATU (Amalgamated Transit Union) Local [=>]

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Oakland Frackdown

November 29, 2013

About 90 members of environmental and community groups gathered at Frank Ogawa Plaza for “Oakland Frackdown” to protest passage of State Senate Bill 4 authorizing hydraulic fracturing in California.

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Job makes us sick

November 18, 2013

Kaiser imposed added staff cuts in the same breath as it announced the “Total Health Incentive Plan” campaign. While it is promoted as voluntary, the program hides the reality of the health of workers and patients sacrificed daily in the name of cost efficiency. Workers realize they risk their own health and the health of their patients when they come to work sick. Yet we are called into disciplinary meetings when we exceed the company set limit in the number of sick days.

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School’s out! Where’s my next job?

July 9, 2013

People may imagine that teachers here hit the beach or kick up their heels poolside, sipping cocktails and working on a suntan. For me and many other teachers, though, Monday will be the kickoff to the summer routine of registering for unemployment benefits and looking for work, as, once again, a year’s contract has come to an end.

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Readers’ Views, January-February 2013, Part 2

March 10, 2013

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

ARCHIVES AS LIVING

I have been following the readings for the 2012-2013 Marxist-Humanist discussions with great enthusiasm. I was especially energized by the “Women as force and reason of revolution” selections. Raya Dunayevskaya’s 1970 piece “The Women’s Liberation Movement as Reason and as Revolutionary Force” was fresh [=>]

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Queer Notes, January-February 2013

February 26, 2013

From the January-February 2013 issue of News & Letters:

Queer Notes

by Elise

The newly signed law that would have protected all California Queer youth from “ex-gay” therapies and therapies to change gender expression has been suspended. Federal Appeals Court judges ruled that there must be a full review of the legality of the Bill (SB 1172). [=>]

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Pelican Bay prisoners aim to end hostilities

December 11, 2012

From the November-December 2012 issue of News & Letters

Pelican Bay prisoners aim to end hostilities

Hunger strike unity logo created by a Pelican Bay prisoner

Agreement to End Hostilities

(NOTE: All names and the statement must be verbatim when used and posted on any website or media, or non-media, publications)

August 12, 2012

To whom it may [=>]

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Readers’ Views, September-October 2012, Part 2

October 16, 2012

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Readers’ Views, Part 2

REVOLUTIONARY SYNDICALISM DISCUSSION CONTINUES

The discussion article on “Revolutionary Syndicalism” (July-August N&L) reminds me of when it was considered a major force of revolution. There was a syndicalist party, the Socialist Labor Party (SLP), that thought we could vote in socialism. [=>]

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Mock SHU draws crowds

October 3, 2012

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Mock SHU draws crowds

Photo by Urszula Wislanka for News & Letters

San Francisco—The San Francisco Mime Troupe invited the Pelican Bay Hunger Strike Support Coalition (PBHSSC) to put up a mock Security Housing Unit (SHU) cell at their performances of “The Poor of New York,” a satire [=>]

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Study/discussion series: Global Crises, Global Rebellion, and the Needed Philosophy of Revolution

September 27, 2012

From the September-October 2012 issue of News & Letters:

You’re invited to a nationwide series of five Marxist-Humanist discussions on:

Global Crises, Global Rebellion, and the Needed Philosophy of Revolution

Central to today’s reality is the worldwide capitalist economic crisis, the deepest since the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the context for occupations and revolutions across the [=>]

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Latino voice reaches beyond SHU walls

August 12, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Latino voice reaches beyond SHU walls

Pelican Bay, Calif.—I have been a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison Security Housing Unit (SHU) for well over 20 years. As is the case with so many, contact with the outside world is rare. I hope my voice brings an awareness to those [=>]

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End prison media ban!

August 11, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

End prison media ban!

photo by Urszula Wislanka/News & Letters

On June 12 prisoners’ families and prison reform advocates demonstrated on capitol steps in Sacramento, Ca. to urge the lifting of the media ban, which prevents press access to report on prison conditions.

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From the belly of the beast—Pelican Bay prisoners speak

August 10, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

From the belly of the beast—Pelican Bay prisoners speak

A new pamphlet

Pamphlet front cover

From the Introduction:

Hunger strikes by California prisoners, fighting perpetual solitary confinement, arose in mid-summer 2011 and the fall just when the Occupy movement took off. The prisoners’ thoughts and actions put the criminal justice [=>]

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Red Onion prisoners STRIKE!

August 9, 2012

From the July-August 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Red Onion prisoners STRIKE!

Wise County, Va.—On May 19 an inmate from Red Onion State Prison (ROSP) phoned a member of Supporting Prisoners and Acting for Radical Change (SPARC), informing her that on May 22 at least 11 inmates were going on hunger strike to protest the inhumane conditions of [=>]

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Virginia prison hunger strike

May 30, 2012

Prisoners at Red Onion State Prison in Wise County, Virginia, went on hunger strike on May 22.  More details can be found at the Solidarity with Virginia Prison Hunger Strikers blog, which lists the ten demands here.  You can join a facebook group to support the strike.

News and Letters Committees issued this solidarity statement:

The courageous [=>]

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Immigrant workers ‘March for Dignity’

April 11, 2012

From the March-April 2012 issue of News & Letters:

Immigrant workers ‘March for Dignity’

Berkeley, Calif.—On Feb. 17 over 500 people joined a “March for Dignity,” endorsed by Occupy Oakland, in support of the over 200 mostly Latino workers fired the previous month, despite Berkeley being a “sanctuary” city (meaning the city pledged to not cooperate with [=>]

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Readers’ Views, January-February 2012 (part 1)

February 18, 2012

From the January-February issue of News & Letters:

Readers’ Views (part 1)

THE STATE OF THE WORLD AS WE BEGIN 2012

I’m deeply enamored of the contents of every issue of N&L. This is because the articulation of the various issues addressing the multitude of socioeconomic crises, brought on by economic contraction affecting capital relations, points to [=>]

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Class enemies in union clothing

November 27, 2011

From the November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Workshop Talks
Class enemies in union clothing
by Htun Lin

The spreading Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement has gripped the attention of the country. Some signs in these tent cities say “Occupy Everything!” The police continue to look for leaders while city leaders try to figure out a way to [=>]

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Voices from Pelican Bay SHU hunger strikers

November 26, 2011

From the November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Voices from Pelican Bay SHU hunger strikers

September 28, 2011

Revolutionary Salutation,

The SHU prisoners hunger strike started again as of Sept. 26….Apparently the level of prisoner participation surprised California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR)….Despite the attempt to undermine and stigmatize the latest effort, the general consensus of the [=>]

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SHU prisoners: We want to be treated like human beings!

November 17, 2011

From the new November-December 2011 issue of News & Letters:

SHU prisoners: We want to be treated like human beings!

Pelican Bay, Calif.–On Sept. 26 Security Housing Unit (SHU) prisoners resumed their hunger strike, suspended on July 20, to give California prison authorities a chance to make good on their promises to address the prisoners demands (see [=>]

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Car wash workers unionizing

October 2, 2011

From the September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Car wash workers unionizing

Editor’s note: On Aug. 6, 15 young Mexican workers and student activists picketed the Robertson Car Wash for seven hours in support of low-wage immigrant car wash workers. They again picketed on Aug. 14, along with additional students from the AFL-CIO Union Summer program.

Of [=>]

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L.A. solidarity with Pelican Bay prisoners

September 15, 2011

From the new September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

L.A. prisoner solidarity

Los Angeles–On Aug. 13, 30 youths, mostly young women, gathered at the County Twin Towers Prison to support the Pelican Bay prisoners’ hunger strike. With the drumbeat and the performance of Aztec dancers, the protesters held individually made signs that read: “Prisoners are human [=>]

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Pelican Bay hunger striker speaks

September 14, 2011

From the new September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Hunger striker speaks

Pelican Bay, Calif.–Here in Pelican Bay State Prison’s Security Housing Unit (SHU), a number of us prisoners decided to launch a peaceful collective protest in the form of a hunger strike starting July 1. This action is necessary due to the anti-human, draconian institutional [=>]

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Pelican Bay SHU struggle continues!

September 13, 2011

From the new September-October 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Pelican Bay SHU struggle continues!

Pelican Bay, Calif.–The hunger strike among California prisoners, consigned to perpetual solitary confinement in Security Housing Units (SHU), was suspended on July 20. The conditions that drove many prisoners to severely endanger their health by not eating for three weeks persist. According [=>]

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Stop torture in California prisons!

August 6, 2011

A special report from News and Letters Committees:

Stop torture in California prisons!

Vigil supporting Pelican Bay’s hunger strikers in Oakland on July 15. One of many demonstrations in support of the prisoners’ action

The hunger strike among California prisoners, consigned to perpetual solitary confinement in Security Housing Units (SHU), officially ended on July 20th but what [=>]

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Pelican Bay SHU on hunger strike

July 22, 2011

From the new July-August 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Pelican Bay SHU on hunger strike

Editor’s note: Prisoners at Pelican Bay Security Housing Unit (SHUs) are going on a hunger strike July 1 to demand the prison recognize they are human beings. This follows the Georgia prison uprising and the Ohio prisoners’ actions earlier this year. [=>]

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Making teachers mad

June 10, 2011

From the new issue of NEWS & LETTERS, May-June 2011:

Making teachers mad

Los Angeles–In the school district where I work, they have cut two hours per day from the non-teaching staff. It affects insurance for employees with a family. A security worker told me, “I lose $700 per month.” Teachers are losing six furlough days per [=>]

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California’s real history

June 9, 2011

From the new issue of NEWS & LETTERS, May-June 2011:

California’s real history

Rulers & Rebels: A People’s History of Early California, 1769-1901 by Laurence H. Shoup.

Laurence H. Shoup presents the history of California from the European incursion of Native America by the Spanish to the Great San Francisco Waterfront Strike of 1901. His interest is agency from [=>]

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May-June 2011 issue of News & Letters is available online

May 6, 2011

The May-June 2011 issue of News & Letters is available online

News & Letters, Vol. 56, No. 3
May-June 2011
You may view this issue of News & Letters in pdf form here

Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2011-2011

Revolution and counter-revolution take world stage

Revolution and counter-revolution have forced their way to the center stage of history. In Tunisia and [=>]

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I love LA, not job cuts

April 9, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

I love LA, not job cuts

Los Angeles–On Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day, over 700 city workers gathered for one hour at City Hall under the theme “I love LA” to protest cuts in city services and layoffs, with more furloughs and deferred raises. A speaker said that the [=>]

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Protest Brown’s cuts

April 8, 2011

From the March-April 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Protest Brown’s cuts

Hundreds of low-income and unemployed people and people with disabilities marched through San Francisco on Feb. 28 wearing signs identifying services they would lose under Gov. Jerry Brown’s proposed draconian cuts. They chanted, “They say lie down and die/we say organize,” and demanded budget solutions [=>]

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Nurses demand safety

April 1, 2011

From the March-April issue of News & Letters:

Nurses demand safety

Editor’s note: On Jan. 19, after months of inaction regarding the murder of Donna Gross at Napa State Hospital (see “Losing nurses and patients for profit,” Jan.-Feb. N&L), the workers held a rally. Below we print excerpts from the talks.

Napa, Calif.–As graduating medical students we took [=>]

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Workshop Talks: Losing nurses and patients for profit

February 17, 2011

From the Jan.-Feb. 2011 issue of News & Letters:

Workshop Talks: Losing nurses and patients for profit
by Htun Lin

Recently, two nurses were killed on the job by patients at state healthcare facilities in California’s Bay Area. Contrary to management’s attitude, these are not isolated incidents. More than 50% of emergency room nurses, for example, experience violence by [=>]

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Save schools, libraries

December 3, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Save schools, libraries

Los Angeles–On Oct. 7, over 100 activists from many Leftist groups assembled at the Los Angeles Board of Education Building to protest continuing austerity measures against the working class. Organized by the March 4th Committee to Defend Public Education and Social Services, they demanded reinstatement [=>]

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Stop education cuts!

December 2, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Stop education cuts!

 

On Oct. 7, as part of a National Day of Action for Higher Education, hundreds rallied at University of California, Berkeley, against massive fee hikes, course cutbacks and layoffs.  Photo by David M’Oto for News & Letters.

 

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Workshop Talks: Who lost to SEIU?

November 23, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

Workshop Talks: Who lost to SEIU?
by Htun Lin

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) announced the results of the recent union election at Kaiser Permanente in California. The media declared that the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) had won a “decisive victory” to continue to represent some 45,000 [=>]

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California nurses strike for healthcare

November 14, 2010

From the Nov.-Dec. 2010 issue of News & Letters:

California nurses strike for healthcare

 

California nurses strike for healthcare

 

Oakland, Cal.–On Oct. 12-14, nurses at Oakland’s Children’s Hospital staged a three-day strike over the proposed takebacks in their healthcare benefits. Practically all the nurses (95%) walked out. Here is what some said:

Martha: I’ve worked at Children’s Hospital, [=>]

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