May-June issue is now online!


The May-June 2018 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 63, #3, is available on the web.

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Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives, 2018-2019: Fighting Trump and his fascist allies in practice and in theory
I.     Donald Trump’s war show
II.   Spreading revolt opens new doors
III. The reality and the myth of contemporary capitalism
IV.  Marx, Lenin, Marxist-Humanism and the philosophy of revolution in permanence
V.    Organizational tasks

In Memoriam: Andy Phillips, 1924-2018
We mourn the loss of Andy Phillips (Andy Sufritz), a founding member of News and Letters Committees in 1955 who participated in the first national strike against automation in the coal mines and later co-wrote its history in The Coal Miners’ General Strike of 1949-50 and the Birth of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S.

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: New moments in Marx form a trail to today
To observe the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, we present excerpts of a speech given by Raya Dunayevskaya for the Marx centenary year, originally titled “Marxist-Humanism, 1983: The Summation That Is a New Beginning, Subjectively and Objectively.”

Voices from the Inside Out: ACCESS/KEEFE robs prisoners’ families
Prisoner Robert Taliaferro writes of how the predatory company ACCESS/KEEFE is now the most expensive, convoluted and ONLY way Wisconsin prisoners can receive funds from external sources.

Letter from Mexico: Zapatista and other women meet
The First International Gathering of Politics, Art, Sport, and Culture for Women in Struggle, organized by the Zapatista Indigenous women, took place in Chiapas from March 8-10. More than 5,000 women from all over the world shared their thoughts on feminism, art and work.

Only revolt grows in Iran’s deserts
Iran’s planned ecological self-destruction has brought poverty, displacement and mass unemployment and mass revolt to local populations as the regime reduces mighty rivers to trickles by diverting water to be used by the oil industry.

50 years later: The 1968 French general strike—its meaning today
A participant looks at the 1968 French general strike, filled with potential to transform society, and discusses why it failed and the ramifications of that for today.

Colombia Humana raises questions
Colombia Humana presidential candidate Gustavo Petro, a former M19 guerrilla, has caught the imagination of Indigenous people, Afrocolombians, and many other poor Colombians.

Youth March for Our Lives participant reports
Participants at the March for Our Lives against gun violence in the San Francisco Bay Area, Calif., Detroit, Mich., and Chicago, Ill. report on the militancy and humanism in the marches in their areas.

The end of ‘Urban Shield’
First-hand report of a demonstration to end Urban Shield in San Francisco Bay Area, California, on March 27, 2018.

World in View: After Italy, European Right coalesces
The victory of Far Right and “populist” parties in Italian elections, preceded by that in Austria, and followed by that in Hungary, emphasizes the current threat of neo-fascism which means to take power in the EU.


Page 2
SF walk against rape
‘Transgender Children’ reviewed
L.A. street vendors protest
Women WorldWide

Page 3
Why teachers strike
On Andy Phillips

Page 5
Fight against Duterte’s fascism
Queer Notes

Page 6
Readers’ Views
Readers’ Views remembering Andy Phillips, 1924-2018

Page 10
Release prisoner activists in solitary!

Page 11
Vermont students decry racism

Page 12, World in View
Gaza March of Return challenges Israel
Iran’s working class speaks from prison
UK’s present racism
In Memoriam: Moishe Postone, 1942-2018

Web only
‘Hershu Habeel,’ a story by Najm Aldin Samman

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