LA homelessness up

June 27, 2019

Homelessness shot up in Los Angeles. A major reason is unemployment. Homeless people are harassed and criminalized, while an area near Skid Row is gentrified.

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Letter from Mexico: Mexico in disarray

Since the developmentalist projects posed by the new “Left” Mexican administration are aimed at generating profits and not at solving human needs, they will just mean more exploitation and misery for the masses.

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Women defend land

We women In Morelos, Puebla and Tlaxcala are fighting the Integral Morelos Project [construction of a thermoelectric plant] and giving another direction to this centuries old struggle of the defense of the land.

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Voices from the Inside Out: What is freedom?

What does it mean to be paroled from prison? Before release, all I had was time. It was all torture. Now, I don’t have time. The effort to sustain myself takes most of my time and energy. Freedom, for me, means having time to work out who I am, how I want to relate to others.

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Women Worldwide, July-August 2019

Women Worldwide column on femicide by “sex games gone wrong”; female genital mutilation in the U.S.; and the Canadian National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls issues final report.

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The truth of the ‘Woolsey Fire’

The Santa Susana Field Lab’s impact on the dangerous chemicals and isotopes released by the so-called “Woolsey Fire” are just the latest in an historic string of insults perpetrated by that lab on the environment of southeast Ventura County and Simi Valley.

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Queer Notes: July-August 2019

Murders of two Trans women in Dallas; Transgender woman Layleen Polanco dies in a Rikers Island prison cell; and a boycott against Goldfinger, Tokyo’s largest annual party for Japanese women that discriminated against Transgender woman.

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Demanding a future, youth lead fight for climate justice

Schoolchildren continue to hold Fridays for Future strikes weekly across the world, demanding “that governments immediately provide a safe pathway to stay within 1.5°C of global heating.” The Right’s attempts to co-opt this passion highlight capitalism’s contradictions and the need to center a liberatory direction.

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Youth in Action, July-August 2019

Students protest in Brazil; students protest in Spain; and a sit-in at Princeton University’s Title IX administration against the way the university adjudicates reports of sexual assault.

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Pride confronts Nazis

Participants at Detroit’s Motor City Pride March were shocked and horrified to confront 15 armed Nazis protected by a cordon of mostly Black police officers.

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Algerians in revolt

The creative presence of women, youth, workers and national minorities in the Algerian freedom movement promises much for the future.

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Karol Modzelewski 1937-2019

Modzelewski‘s living legacy is that he never wavered, in theory or practice, from the principle of a freedom-filled future rooted in the self-activity of the masses of workers themselves.

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July-August 2019 News & Letters pdf

June 24, 2019

The new July-August issue of News & Letters continues our coverage of the world’s polarization into two opposite directions.  The lead article takes up the climate crisis under the headline, “Demanding a future, youth lead fight for climate justice.”  Meanwhile, two editorials delve into the meaning of Assad’s genocidal counter-revolution in Syria and of the [=>]

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Nuevo número de Praxis en América Latina

June 9, 2019

Dice Praxis en América Latina:

Buenas tardes, compañer@s:

Como archivo adjunto, el nuevo número (junio-julio 2019) de Praxis en América Latina, el cual incluye, entre otros artículos:

1) “2019, ¿un nuevo amanecer laboral en México?” (pp. 1-2) en torno a todos los movimientos de trabajadores que ha habido en esta primera mitad del año. ¿Hacia dónde van? ¿Cómo [=>]

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Freedom has to mean we control our own bodies

May 30, 2019

“Woman as Reason” columnist Terry Moon writes about the state of abortion rights in the U.S. in light of the draconian attacks against it and relates women’s struggle to control their bodies to the thingification of women, the poor response of the U.S. left, Karl Marx’s devastating critique of capitalism, and what revolution must come to mean.

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Karol Modzelewski, 1937-2019

May 10, 2019

We mourn the passing of a great revolutionary, Karol Modzelewski, one of the leaders of Solidarity in Poland when it was a mass organization of workers against the state.

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May-June 2019 issue of News & Letters is online

May 8, 2019

Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2019-2020–Humanity’s choice: Freedom and revolution or fascism, war and genocide; From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: The economy and dialectics of liberation; Woman as Reason: Algerian women at the forefront; Uber and Lyft drivers strike against pay cuts; Essay: What is socialism? Socialism, labor, and the Black demension; World in View: The genius of the Sudanese revolution; Voices From the Inside Out: Served the time but kept in prison; Handicap This!: Nursing home blues; Stop HB6: Ohio nuke industry bailout!; Letter from Mexico: Remembering Emiliano Zapata; World in View: European Union elections: mixed signals; More…

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Readers’ Views: May-June 2019

May 6, 2019

Readers’ Views on: Socialism and a philosophy of revolution; Sudan in revolt; Iran vs. Iranians; Flint, Mich., play captures voices; Notre-Dame and fracking on native land; gun control debate; labor strikes; debate on fascism; Trump and DeVos; and voices from behind bars.

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Queer Notes: May-June 2019

International Transgender Day of Visibility; Puerto Rico bans gay reparative conversion therapy administered to minors; a Catholic hospital’s discrimination against Oliver Knight; and Chuck Kramer’s exhibit, “Faces Out & Proud.”

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World in View: Samir Flores murder

Thousands marched in Mexico City, Feb. 22, to protest the murder of journalist and environmental activist Samir Flores Soberanes. He had been shot twice, execution style, on Feb. 20, at his home.

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World in View: East Africa unity?

May 3, 2019

Exploitative Chinese capital investment is what the East African Community economic zone has in common–a betrayal of their anthem “Jumiya Yetu,” which speaks of community.

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Handicap This!: Nursing home blues

Nursing home resident tells of feeling like a prisoner in her home, and overcrowding, malpractice and mistreatment of residents caused by underfunding and understaffing in for-profit nursing homes.

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Youth in Action: May-June 2019

An action against Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School allowing the ranking of girls by boys; K-8 Charter Day School students win against sexist dress code; Savitribai Phule Pune University graduate students win stipends and demonstrate for better meals; University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student teaching assistants strike.

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