The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse gave a green light to reactionary killings. The uprisings after George Floyd’s murder, and the associated ideas of liberation, are the ultimate target of lynchers.
Alerts & Appeals
Women WorldWideDecember 10, 2021
Women WorldWide takes up: Afghan women MPs set up an organization in exile to help other activist women escape; the thousands who marched in Istanbul, Turkey demanding action against widespread violence against women; women in Poland marching again against restrictions on abortion; and the 7,000 women who gathered in Madrid, Spain, protesting male violence against women.
Join a study group on Marx’s Capital online
Join us for an online study group on Capital, Volume 1, which never stops entering into debates. Each new crisis calls forth a new re-examination of Karl Marx’s analysis of the historic law of motion of capitalism, its dialectic of development and downfall, and the seeds for creating a new, human society of freely associated [=>]
U.S.’s distorted agricultureNovember 30, 2021
Driving across the U.S. one is struck with the amount of corn grown and to the destructive ways in which it is, for the most part, used.
With the migrant caravan in MexicoNovember 29, 2021
An in-person report from an Accompaniment Brigade which joined a Migrant Caravan crossing southern Mexico on its way to Mexico City and encountered a great deal of difficulty from the Mexican government and little to no aid from agencies charged with helping them.
Deadliest Transgender Day of Remembrance
Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021 marked the deadliest year for the Transgender and gender nonconforming community. Internationally over 375 Transgender people, 47 in the U.S., were reported murdered. The overwhelming majority of them—as it has so often been—were women of color under 30 years old.
Call for solidarity from SudanOctober 26, 2021
A call for solidarity from the Sudanese Workers Alliance for the Restoration of Trade Unions against the counter-revolutionary coup by the al-Bashir Security apparatus and the warlords who traffic in the suffering of the people.
Support Maâti Monjib on hunger strike in MoroccoOctober 23, 2021
Maâti Monjib, the Moroccan journalist, historian and human rights activist, has begun another hunger strike and needs your support.
Tens of thousands march for reproductive justice nationwideOctober 3, 2021
In Chicago, four to five thousand rallied and marched downtown to make it clear that women in the U.S. are continuing to fight back against the inhuman anti-abortion legislation that has been surging across Republican-dominated statehouses for years—this, despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
Queer NotesSeptember 30, 2021
Queer Notes takes up a Queer rights rally in Madrid, Spain, to call for stronger laws to protect LGBTQ+ people; LGBTQ+ people and their supporters in New York City protested the homophobic assault against Abimbola Adelaja and his friend; and Parents in Tennessee and the Human Rights Campaign are suing the state to overturn its anti-Trans law that allows schools to be sued if they allow a Trans student in a cisgender bathroom.
Support Maâti Monjib!September 29, 2021
A letter from Maati Monjib asking for support from the human rights community in the face of his next hearing before the Rabat Court of Appeal on September 30.
Chicago climate strike
Participant report of the Fridays for Future climate strike in Chicago on September 24, 2021.
Youth Vs Apocalypse
As part of the ongoing Fridays for Future, on Aug. 27 several hundred, mostly youth, gathered in San Francisco to call attention to environmental racism, the climate crisis, and public health.
Climate disaster: Non-solutions by state and private capital, or transformation from below?
Excerpted from a draft report for the Convention of News and Letters Committees, the piece takes on different movements and actions form below fighting for climate justice, as well as the actions from governments and companies blocking them.
New focus on Hegel’s ‘naturalism’ impels another look at Marx
In conversation with Karen Ng’s book “Hegel’s Concept of Life,” Ron Kelch takes up the concept of life and “naturalism” and their relationship to freedom in Hegel, Marx, and Marxist-Humanism. Whether one takes Marx’s starting point of freedom with respect to human life activity that is inextricably part of nature or Hegel’s beginning again from Nature as mediation, the self-determination of the unifying Idea cannot be taken for granted in the face of the spontaneous self-bringing forth of liberty.
Review: Outward: Adrienne Rich’s Expanding SolitudesSeptember 6, 2021
Ed Pavlić’s ‘Outward: Adrienne Rich’s Expanding Solitudes’ is the first critical book to appear after Rich’s Collected Poems (2016) and thus the first covering all of Rich’s poetry. The book is especially welcome because Pavlić attends to the latter half of Rich’s career, and acknowledges her Marxism, largely unexplored territory even now.
Afghanistan turmoil shakes world politics, challenges LeftAugust 21, 2021
The Taliban’s reconquest of Afghanistan has shaken world politics and challenged the Left to respond in a revolutionary way. In the absence of truly liberatory revolutionary movements, what looms to fill the vacuum is not only a reinvigoration of fundamentalist political and military movements but the reactionary maneuvering by Russia and China, refugee-scapegoating parties, and repression of social movements on the model of Syria’s Assad and Burma’s Tatmadaw—all of which have been flourishing under the U.S. permanent “war on terror.”
Afghan women pay the price for U.S. hubris
In Afghanistan the Taliban are murdering men who helped the U.S., UK, and other forces who fought them; and murdering and beating women and girls who have made even marginally independent lives for themselves. Yet, despite the terror, Afghans, especially women, continue to demonstrate against Taliban rule.
Autonomous trucks vs drivers’ payJuly 29, 2021
Large trucking companies are teaming up with others to inaugurate test runs of “Autonomous Relay Convoys” where an autonomous truck is programmed to follow a human driving a leader truck, as a way to eliminate human truck drivers and lower wages.
Youth demonstrate for Medicare For AllJuly 26, 2021
A high-school youth from San Jose read her poem castigating lousy U.S. health insurance at a Medicare For All (M4A) Rally in San Francisco on July 24.
KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are burning, we need to build a just peaceJuly 25, 2021
The shackdwellers’ organization addresses riots in South Africa and the underlying hunger, poverty and corruption, and the need to oppose xenophobia and tribalism and work towards a world in which each person counts as a person.
Queer NotesJuly 20, 2021
More Russian youth are accepting LGBTQ+ people because for years many have been coming out publicly; the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya is demanding USAID and the UK redirect their aid–which has been funding conversion therapy in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda–to LGBTQ+-run organizations; and two businesses in Tennessee won an injunction against an anti-Trans law.
Call for Convention 2021July 11, 2021
Call for Convention of News and Letters Committees, 2021
Colombia: The struggle for a better countryJune 17, 2021
In-person report on the revolt in Colombia and the history of displacement, repression and revolt from which it flows.
China’s deadly role in Myanmar must stop!June 16, 2021
China’s dictatorship insists we stay out of other countries’ affairs, yet they are the main backers of the coup regime in Myanmar and of other authoritarian states. Today there is no such thing as non-interventionism—the only question is whether intervention will take the form of solidarity with the oppressed or support for the oppressors.
The roots of May Day, its impact on Marx’s ‘Capital’ and todayJune 13, 2021
May Day and its celebrations became a good moment to explore the relationship between theory and the movement from practice by revisiting Marx’s intimate connection to the issues that led to May Day.
Need for a Total Uprooting: Down with the Perpetrators of the Palestinian SlaughterJune 12, 2021
In light of the ongoing Israel-Palestine crisis, we present a piece that takes up the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and the connected slaughter of Palestinians at Sabra and Shatila in Beirut. This piece goes beyond exposé to explore the treacherous nature of halfway revolutions, which set the stage for counter-revolution. It thus illuminates today’s crisis.
The health crisis in IndiaMay 29, 2021
India is in the throes of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first reason behind the health crisis is a chaotic vaccination campaign and the second reason, which has impacted the first, is the augmentation of neoliberal healthcare over the last decades which has subjected the health sector, its institutions, systems and services to a severe process of erosion.
Abahlali baseMjondolo’s Deputy President arrested on trumped-up chargesMay 14, 2021
The arrest of Abahlali baseMjondolo Deputy President, Mqapheli (George) Bonono, on trumped-up charges is related to the longstanding attempts by the ANC (African National Congress) to crush the eKhenena Occupation in Cato Manor, an occupation that is now a working commune run on a democratic basis with a co-operative managing the farming.
Colombia in Repression and RevoltMay 12, 2021
In Colombia there is an ongoing rebellion against the neoliberal, authoritarian government of Iván Duque, who has unleashed his military and police against the unarmed population. Here we print translated excerpts from a May 9, 2021, interview with Afro-feminist Bety Ruth Lozano, a Colombian social leader living in the city of Cali, the epicenter of the revolt and also of the repressive cruelty that has resulted in deaths, disappearances, rapes and hundreds of injuries.
The Bay Area celebrates May DayMay 4, 2021
A participant describes the May Day demonstrations in San Francisco Bay Area, especially in San Jose.
Queer NotesApril 8, 2021
Queer Notes takes up: LGBTQ+ Ghanaians’ struggle to to raise awareness of the persecution Queer Ghanaians experience; how supporters of Transgender people are trying to raise awareness and protest the many anti-Transgender rights bills introduced in 25 U.S. states; and that an appeals court ruled that Coon Rapids High School in Minnesota must pay $300,000 to Transgender student.
Nuevos artículos en Praxis para abrilMarch 26, 2021
¡Estamos de vuelta! Con nuevos artículos.
Massage parlor killings were a racist femicideMarch 17, 2021
I’m sure I’m not the only woman who, as soon as she heard about the gunning down of seven women and one man who work at massage centers in Atlanta, suspected they were murdered because they were women, or because they were Asian women. In other words, this was a misogynist hate crime.
Support Maâti Monjib, who is on hunger strike!March 15, 2021
Support political prisoner Maâti Monjib in Morocco, on hunger strike since March 4!
Review: Lessons of the pandemic, 1918-1919March 11, 2021
This review of “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” by John M. Barry, views the 1918 deadly flu pandemic with eyes of today’s COVID-19 reality.
Queer NotesFebruary 15, 2021
The Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland decries Ireland’s denial of asylum for a Zimbabwean Lesbian and for several other LGBTQ+ refugees; and U.S. Rep. Greg Steube, R-Fla., introduced a bill to block funding from state and local sports organizations that allow Transgender females to participate in girls’ or women’s sports.
Prisons mismanage COVID-19 crisisFebruary 7, 2021
A prisoner who got COVID-19 writes about how prisons have reprehensibly mismanaged the COVID-19 crisis, harming prisoners, line staff, their families, and the community at large.
Stop border closures! — AbahlaliJanuary 17, 2021
Abahlali baseMjondolo calls on all to oppose border closures and xenophobia and build solidarity among the oppressed.
Pandemic changes educationJanuary 14, 2021
The pandemic challenges assumptions about the purpose of schooling, creating an opportunity to address basic issues, including ways to help students reflect and build on what they have learned, in school or out, and to figure out how to allow those experiences to “count.”
Trumpist coup reveals fascist threat and Left’s philosophic voidJanuary 11, 2021
The Jan. 6 Trumpist coup reveals the depth of the far-right threat, compliticy of major institutions, and the philosophic void of the Left. A liberatory banner of a new society on truly human foundations is needed if we are not to be thrown right back into more oscillations between fascist horrors and the crumbling “normal” of capitalist liberal democracy.
Trump’s election obsession shreds a flawed democracy
Amid COVID-19 deaths and economic decline, a fascist mob stormed the Capitol. If U.S. democracy lives to see another day, it was because of the unprecedented turnout of Black voters, reflecting the mass movement on the streets that continues to put that democracy on trial.
Free Maâti Monjib, arrested again in Morocco!January 10, 2021
The Moroccan Association for the Defense of Human Rights denounces the arrest and unjustified detention of the Moroccan historian and human rights activist Maâti Monjib and invites you to sign a statement in his support.
Argentina’s feminist revolution
At four in the morning on Dec. 30, the Argentine Senate finally passed an abortion rights bill, making it legal to terminate a pregnancy in the first 14 weeks. The procedure will be free in government hospitals, crucially important for poor women.
Zapatista Declaration for LifeJanuary 2, 2021
The Zapatistas have just issued a new declaration signed by hundreds of organizations regarding their work in the last several months establishing contacts with many groups and discussing what unites and divides them and working out what allows them all to move forward. They agreed to continue to have meetings around the globe, inviting those [=>]
Workers vs. Proposition 22November 10, 2020
Gig companies pushed through California’s Prop 22 denying workers recognition as employees, and want similar laws in other states and countries. Other workers are bracing to see if the “gig economy” will be able to overtake their own industry.
Philosophic dialogue: New perspectives on Marx’s Humanist Essays
A high school student, a former prisoner, and a long-time Marxist-Humanist discuss why Marx’s 1844 Humanist Essays are critical to meet the total challenges to humanity today.
Biking Mexico Diaries: The devil’s bridgeNovember 3, 2020
Continuing with their bike trip throughout Mexico, the author and his friend have to cross “The Devil’s bridge” and they meet a family that has suffered the consequences of developmentalism.
Mexico News: The clandestine graves of GuanajuatoOctober 31, 2020
‘Mexico news’ takes up the thousands of missing people in Mexico and the found clandestine graves; the resistance to Mexico’s President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s developmentalist capitalism; how COVID-19 affects Mexico; and how fare the Zapatistas and their future plans.
Polish women’s revolutionary momentOctober 30, 2020
While what is happening in Poland may not be a revolution, it is revolutionary. Women are leading a movement protesting the Church’s inhuman attack on women’s freedom, and mounting a deep challenge to the fascist-leaning Polish government.