March-April 2016 N&L available on the web

March 30, 2016

The March-April 2016 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 61, #2, is available on the web.

View the issue online, as pdf, or as epub.

Lead: Women battle war, terrorism and anti-abortion fanatics
Foregrounding the new formal solidarity between Trust Black Women with Black Lives Matter, we explore the thought and actions of women worldwide, including the struggle for reproductive justice in the U.S.; women fighting war and terrorism in places like South Sudan and Syria, the successful fight of domestic workers to organize, and the need to make the revolutionary content of such actions explicit.

Editorial: The Syrian Revolution continues
On the challenges facing the Syrian Revolution, the lie of the current ceasefire, the forces lined up against the Revolution including Russia and Iran, and the insufficiencies of much of the international Left when it comes to supporting a genuine revolution and comprehending revolution in permanence.

From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Racism, workers and freedom ideas
With Trump’s appeal to racism and reaction winning support from part of the working class, we present Dunayevskaya’s letter taking up Enoch Powell’s racist speeches and their impact on the working class.

Essay: Revolutionary feminism and Hegel’s notion of Life
Olga Domanski delves into G.W.F. Hegel’s section on “Life” in his Science of Logic to show its meaning for the women’s movement today, facing lethal attacks on abortion rights and an alarming increase in rapes, battering, poverty and unemployment as well as an ever-widening gap between feminist theory and the lives of Black and working women.

Workshop Talks: Do job, get fired
A critique of HMO practices that sanction nurses for giving quality care, showing the relation of that practice to what Marx worked out about labor time.

The anguish that is Flint, Michigan
Greed and racism promulgated the crisis in Flint, where water with high lead content was used by the mostly poor Black residents for over a year, poisoning an entire city with especially terrible consequences for Flint’s children.

Workers reject Nexteer-UAW deal
Workers at Nexteer Automotive dealt a blow to the United Auto Workers bureaucracy and the company when 97% of the rank and file rejected the contract the UAW had negotiated, forcing sharp revisions on two-tier wages and healthcare benefits in the contract they ratified.

Voices From The Inside Out: Olga Domanski’s passion for justice and freedom
Prisoner Robert Taliaferro remembers Olga Domanski as a pillar of News and Letters Committees who helped define the organization for decades and wrote a remarkable letter to his parole board.

Olga knew ‘what a revolution entails’
A remembrance of Olga Domanski by Kevin O’Brien, who felt that Olga knew what revolution meant and strove persistently, tirelessly and cheerfully for it.

World in View: Prime Minister Modi’s retrogressive vision for India
Despite retrogressive religious views, Modi sees his ideology as representing the growing Indian capitalist class with its emphasis on high tech.


Page 2
Woman as Reason: Trust Black Women in solidarity with Black Lives Matter
Review: Headscarves and Hymens
Women WorldWide

Page 3
Letter from Mexico: Meaning of Mexican workers’ struggles
Remembering Olga Domanski
Stop anti-union Brod
Fighting Uber pay cuts

Page 4
Black youth and labor come together

Pages 6-7, Readers’ Views
Readers’ Views, Part 1
Readers’ Views, Part 2
Olga Domanski’s revolutionary life, 1923-2015

Page 8
Olga Domanski: Taking organizational responsibility
Olga Domanski: Part of ‘a generation of revolutionaries’

Page 9
Oil: bad both ways
No coal trains in Oakland, California
Handicap This!
Queer Notes

Page 11
Yemen and Afghanistan: Hospitals, children bombed: war zone care a nightmare
Detroit schools need new ideas, political will
Youth In Action

Page 12, World in View
Pope Francis in Mexico: pity and contradiction
United Arab Emirates’ two-tier society
For a Free Syria!

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