Abahlali baseMjondolo speaks out for immigrants

April 4, 2019

South African shackdwellers state: “We believe that there is only one human race and that the borders created by colonial rule should be irrelevant to our project to build solidarity among the oppressed and to ensure that South Africa belongs to all who live in it.”

read the rest!

March-April 2019 issue of News & Letters is now online!

March 20, 2019

Lead article: Women bearing the brunt of reaction lead the resistance; Editorial: Is nuclear war on the horizon?; From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Women’s liberation, experimentation and revolution in permanence; Genocide is happening now in Idlib; Editorial: Fighting gun violence; Venezuela is at the crossroads; Essay: What is Socialism? Socialism and a philosophy of revolution; Oakland, Calif., teachers strike; Chicago charter school teachers strike; World in View: Rise of Far Right threatens ‘Europe’; Letter from Mexico: Maquiladora workers strike in Matamoros; Presidents Day demonstration in Oakland, Calif.; more…

read the rest!

Oakland, Calif., teachers strike!

March 14, 2019

On Feb. 22 over 3,000 Oakland teachers went on strike, demanding better wages, smaller class sizes, more nurses and counselors and a stop to school closings. Many students and their families showed up on the picket lines.

read the rest!

Chicago charter school teachers strike!

Chicago Teachers Union paraprofessionals and teachers won a nearly two-week strike against charter school company CICS on Feb. 18, 2019. Teachers will achieve pay parity with Chicago Public School teachers by the end of the four-year contract, while paraprofessionals gain parity immediately.

read the rest!

People of Taiwan wary of China’s reach

China Airlines pilots in Taiwan won a strike over safety and staffing, while survivors of the bloody repression perpetuated by Chiang Kai-shek’s Kuomintang beginning Feb. 28, 1947, demonstrated to remember those killed 72 years ago and to campaign against the threats of forced reunification under Xi Jinping.

read the rest!

World in View: Prisoners of Rukban

In the Rukban camp along the Jordan/Syria border, at least 41,000 displaced Syrians, including women and children, are suffering the ravages of winter weather, hunger, lack of medicine, and the terror of being threatened by the forces of the genocidal Bashar al-Assad regime.

read the rest!

Pipeline tragedy in Mexico

The horrendous oil pipeline explosion in Tlahuelilpan, Mexico, which killed over 100 campesinos and injured many more, has shaken all of Mexico. This was a tragedy long in the making.

read the rest!

Review: ‘Politically Incorrect Feminist’

March 10, 2019

Feminist Adele reviews Phyllis Chesler’s book “A Politically Incorrect Feminist: Creating a Movement with Bitches, Lunatics, Dykes, Prodigies, Warriors, and Wonder Women,” seeing in it an important first-person history that can help today’s movement.

read the rest!

Detroit women rally

An in-person report of the Jan, 19, 2019, “sister march”–sponsored by Women’s March Michigan, a separate organization from the National Women’s March–which brought nearly 1,000 women to a rally at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African-American History.

read the rest!

Women WorldWide: March-April 2019

Women WorldWide takes up the South Korean Escape the Corset movement, Greta Thunberg’s work against global warming, and the struggle by BethAnn McLaughlin to draw attention to the harassment of women in science by prominent men.

read the rest!

Woman as Reason: Church abuses nuns

The rape, forced abortion, and sexual abuse of nuns is the newest scandal to plague the Catholic Church. The do-nothing attitude of the Church on this abuse has continued for centuries. Will anything change now?

read the rest!

Venezuela is at the crossroads

Many in Venezuela oppose both U.S. intervention—in league with the right wing and Juan Guaidó—and the government of President Nicolás Maduro and his generals. At the same time we cannot forget that what passed for constructing “21st Century socialism” has been a problem.

read the rest!

Presidents Day 2019 demonstration in Oakland, Calif.

With just 72 hours notice, over 50,000 people came together in 48 states in almost 300 events to protest Donald Trump on Presidents Day. While the events were organized by MoveOn.org as a response to Trump’s fake emergency declaration, their call was answered spontaneously by many.

read the rest!

Queer Notes: March-April 2019

Queer Notes on the Auckland Pride Festival; Denise Ho Wan-sze; two newly-elected Democratic governors making strides for Queer rights; and a history of Compton’s Transgender Cultural District in San Francisco.

read the rest!

Youth in Action, March-April 2019

School students in Oakland, Calif. support striking teachers; Belgian environment minister resigns after attacking Strike 4 Climate Action; high school students walk out in Vancouver, Canada, protesting tar sands; medical students’ direct action at Gandaki Medical College in Pokhara, Nepal, against tuition theft.

read the rest!

Voices from the Inside Out: Importance of community support

March 9, 2019

In Madison, Wisc., during the 1980s, a solitary Black woman roamed the hallways of the Dane County Courthouse for the purpose of attending trials of Black defendants. Her goal was to ensure that every Black woman, man, and child would see at least one Black face in the courtroom other than their own.

read the rest!

‘Poverty and Profit’

Matthew Desmond’s book “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City” is an important contribution to understanding the workings of exploitative housing, although he fails to appreciate that, under the capitalist system, the best-intentioned programs will always become conduits to extract money from the poor.

read the rest!

Editorial: Is nuclear war on the horizon?

The retreat from even modest efforts to control nuclear weapons has brought humanity closer than ever to annihilation. President Donald Trump’s suspension of the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) with Vladimir Putin’s Russia gins up an already accelerating new arms race.

read the rest!

What Is Socialism? Socialism and Philosophy

March 3, 2019

This is the first in a series of four presentations on “What is Socialism?” Shorter versions will be published in News & Letters. The second essay is “Socialism, labor and the Black dimension”; the third is “Socialism and ecology”; and the last is “Socialism and Women’s Liberation.”

read the rest!

January-February 2019 issue of News & Letters is now online!

February 4, 2019

Lead article: Trump aids capitalism’s attack on labor, and workers strike back; Editorial: Brazil under Bolsonaro’s heel; From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Rosa Luxemburg’s revolutionary life and legacy; The Green not-so-great New Deal; Voices From the Inside Out: Wisconsin’s prison system on trial; Woman as Reason: Anti-Semitism mars Women’s March; Essay: How dead thought failed Syrian revolution’s living history; Unity in Los Angeles teachers’ strike; Sudan rises against genocidal Bashir; Women in Spain say: ‘We are all Laura!’; Former prisoners speak on contradictions in support work; World in View: French ‘Yellow Vests’; more…

read the rest!

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Rosa Luxemburg’s revolutionary life

Jan. 15, 2019, marked the 100th anniversary of the day Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were murdered by the forces that suppressed the 1918-19 German Revolution. To highlight how Luxemburg’s revolutionary life and thought are pertinent today, we present a critical review by Raya Dunayevskaya of “The Letters of Rosa Luxemburg,” edited by Stephen Eric Bronner.

read the rest!

Prisoners endangered

January 31, 2019

Families of prisoners and supporters rallied in front of the California Department of Corrections and rehabilitation’s (CDCr) headquarters against the CDCr-induced violence that many of their loved ones are experiencing.

read the rest!

Review of ‘55 Steps’

A review of the movie, “55 Steps,” directed by Bille August, which tells the story of Eleanor Riese, a mental health patient, and her court case, which won the right for California’s acute, competent mentally ill patients to have informed consent about their medications.

read the rest!