Readers’ Views on the economy and dialectics of liberation; environmental racism; no nukes!; and voices from behind the bars.
The Sudanese Revolution demonstrated its depth, maturity and resilience as masses once again took to the streets following the June 3 massacre of protesters in Khartoum.
Free Syrian revolutionaries are being pushed to the limit. But humanity is being put to the test.
The Trump administration’s attempt to manipulate the census could undercount some communities by 17% in an effort to calcify white minority rule.
This article anticipated the 1989 Tiananmen Square movement in a way that sheds light on today’s realities by tracing the youth and labor revolt in 1980s China as well as the post-Mao Chinese Communist Party’s maneuvers in politics and ideology.
Over the past several years there has been a heated debate in the U.S. regarding socialism. These same issues are discussed nationwide within its prisons, with an interesting level of diversity which rivals opinions beyond the prison walls.
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.
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.
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.
The U.S. backs the UK’s refusal to return the Chagos Islands back to the Chagossians, blocking the complete decolonization of Africa. Diego Garcia must be decolonized and demilitarized!
The photographs and captions in Slobodan Randjelovic’s “Lives in Transition” exhibit show a Queer community that hopes, fears, desires, loves and struggles.
This year’s commemoration of the Tiananmen Square massacre was followed by more than a million people protesting the Extradition Bill that would legalize dissidents in Hong Kong being sent to face China’s injustice system.
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.
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.
Elections in India and the European Union show the deep crisis in bourgeois society.
Donald Trump’s threats to Iran analyzed in light of his use of capitalism’s lifeblood commodity, oil, and the continuity and discontinuity of U.S. imperialism.
The creative presence of women, youth, workers and national minorities in the Algerian freedom movement promises much for the future.
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.
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 [=>]
Call to Action in solidarity with Sudan’s revolution
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 [=>]
Solidarity is needed with Central Americans seeking refuge and targeted by criminal policies of the Trump administration, with Mexico’s president knuckling under to Trump’s pressure.
This is a video from our comrade Mohammed Elnaiem who is on the ground in Sudan.
Posted by Mohammed Elnaiem on Sunday, June 2, 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.
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.
Support Maati Monjib, publisher of the Arabic edition of Raya Dunayevskaya’s Marxism and Freedom, who is under attack by the Moroccan state again!
Under the regime of President Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela, scientific institutions are falling apart.
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…
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.
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.”
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.
The brilliant Sudanese revolution is another in a line of rebellions against reactionary rule.
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.
Fascist mass murderer and terrorist who murdered New Zealand worshippers embodies today’s very dangerous ideological confusion, calling for genocide while also calling for workers’ rights and environmentalism.
Elections to the European Parliament will be held in late May and will be a measure of the strength of the far right, racist anti-immigrant parties that have been gaining political power on the continent.
Bay Area youth exuberantly join in a global march for the climate, raising awareness of climate change.
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.
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.
A call by an Ohio Sierra Club Nuclear Free Committee member to oppose Ohio House nuclear bailout legislation that would allow rebuilding two nuclear reactors and bill energy customers for the costs.
Marxist-Humanist Bob McGuire looks through history to Marx’s relationship to labor and the Black movement for freedom and then to our day and the relationship of Marxist-Humanism to labor and the Black struggle for freedom in speaking to the question many are asking today: What is socialism?
Uber and Lyft drivers held a 25-hour strike in Los Angeles to protest pay cuts.
Praxis en América Latina organizer J.G.F. Héctor takes up the revolutionary legacy of Emiliano Zapata, and resistance to the president and his attempt to appropriate Zapata.
Participant report of a Chicago vigil in solidarity with the people of Syria, Yemen, Crimea, and other lands.
The revolt is a beginning that has prevented Trump’s retrogression from becoming the new normal, but the resistance is not the absolute opposite of capitalism in its degeneracy. How can we make sure that a banner of total human liberation as the absolute opposite of degenerate capitalism can act as a pole of attraction and organization for today’s revolts and social movements?
Revolt keeps springing up across the world, showing that the human quest for liberation cannot be killed, and why ruling classes are willing to tolerate economic disruption caused by the counter-revolutionary mob as long as it attacks the revolt. Subsections take up revolt by youth, labor, women, African Americans and prisoners.
Exploring the roots of world crises in capitalism’s 1970s structural crisis and 1980s restructuring, 1990s genocides, the Arab Spring and counter-revolutions against it—and the philosophic void on the Left.
The far right is pushing to remake the world order in its image. Neither liberal democracy nor Chinese state-capitalism offers a fundamental alternative, as all these trends try to save capitalism.
Draft thesis for discussion about where the world is heading, and what to do about it from a revolutionary standpoint. Part I: Two events that happened almost simultaneously on March 15 dramatically reveal the tectonic forces ripping at this disintegrating capitalist society: the international climate strike carried out by youth and the racist massacre at New Zealand mosques. The first reveals a profound reach for a new human future. The second a reach in the opposite direction for a mythic past—one rooted in the actual past of slavery and oppression, but purged of the freedom struggles.
Two opposite directions for humanity are making themselves apparent: one, the massive actions from below demanding a social transformation radical enough to achieve serious climate action, from the Youth Climate Strikes to the Extinction Rebellion; two, the series of terroristic massacres that would drag the world in a reactionary, suicidal direction, from New Zealand to [=>]
Raya Dunayevskaya’s archives column explores taking “a further look into the  economy, to measure the depth of the recession, not for statistical purposes, but for the relationship of dialectics of liberation to economic ills.” It bears striking relevance for what is happening in 2019.