November-December 2019 issue is online

November 18, 2019

The November-December 2019 issue of News & Letters, Vol. 64, #6, is available on the web, along with several web-only articles.

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GM strikers fight capital’s drive to impoverish workers
A Marxist-Humanist analysis of the 40-day strike by the autoworkers at General Motors and its ramifications for the labor struggle in the U.S. and abroad.

Editorial: The Arab Spring is ongoing
Uprisings from Egypt to Iraq, Lebanon to Sudan, give the lie to the bourgeoisie’s illusions and reveal the widespread desire, shared across the region, for a new, human society.

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Urgently needed in a time of political crisis: Philosophy and revolution as process
Recalling the Watergate break-in and cover-up that led to President Richard Nixon’s 1974 resignation, the text goes into the discussion of practicing dialectics and working out the unity of philosophy and revolution for the current moment of crisis.

Essay: Black August, from 1971 to 2011-13
In the spirit of Black August Memorial, Faruq talks about the conditions of Black prisoners, the need to break race divisions between them and white prisoners, and the quest for the Idea of Freedom.

Voices from the inside out: Generations in jail
Robert Taliaferro takes up the high rate of incarceration in the U.S., focused on its effects on children whose parents are in prison.

Kurds in U.S protest Trump’s betrayal
A report on the Oct. 13 demonstration of Kurds in San Francisco, California, to protest Donald Trump’s giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan the green light to invade the Kurdish-held part of Syria.

Voices of young and old from the Global Climate Strike
On the first day of the third Global Climate Strike, Sept. 20, 2019, millions of people, mostly teenagers, marched across the world—the biggest climate action ever. Hear the voices of youth and adults in Chicago, Detroit and San Francisco.

L.A. plans gains for rideshare drivers
Lyft and Uber drivers forced Los Angeles to move toward a minimum wage for them.

World in View: Ecuadorians resist austerity, repression
An overview of the 11 days of massive resistance in Ecuador.

Sexism, racism and incarceration in Brazil
A report on a forum with Brazilian Black women activists in San Francisco on sexism, racism and incarceration in Brazil.

Frightening refineries
Dangers of refineries to nearby inhabited areas.

Greta Thunberg: No One Is Too Small
A review of the book “No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference” by Greta Thunberg.


Page 2
Women Worldwide
Laws against abortion and sex outside of marriage in Morocco; violence against women in South Africa; Ontario’s Provincial Police will no longer release the genders of crime suspects and victims, and abortion laws in Mexico.
Illinois NOW Meets
Report on a conference by the Illinois National Organization for Women, and on the status of the Violence Against Women Act.
Detransitioners and Lesbians speak out
Report on a speech by Charlie Evans, a Detransitioner and Bisexual woman, about issues affecting specifically Lesbians and Detransitioners within the LGBTQI movement.

Page 3
CTU teachers strike!
Chicago teachers went on strike to end their terrible working conditions.
Letter from Mexico: Women fight violence
Women who demonstrated against the escalating gender violence in Mexico City are aiming for a society where being a woman would no longer mean being an object.
Hong Kong defiance
Bob McGuire describes the ongoing protests in Hong Kong, triggered five months ago against a colonialist extradition bill to mainland China.

Pages 6-7, Readers’ Views
Readers’ Views, Part One
Readers’ Views on youth climate strike; Socialism and ecology; counter-revolution and revolution in the Middle East; auto and teacher strikes, and Brexit and labor.
Readers’ Views, Part Two
Readers’ Views on permanent revolution and the dialectic, and voices from behind bars.

Page 8
Save the rainforest!
Participant report on a California protest against the burning of the Amazon rainforest and the Brazilian government’s negligence.
Rebuilding our lives
A report on meeting on a re-entry program for women rebuilding their lives after prison.
A different me from 20 years ago
A prisoner thinks through how she will approach life after prison.

Page 9
‘For Sama’: video as Syrian revolt
A report on a speech by documentary filmmaker Joshka Wessels, who talks about the book “Documenting Syria.”
Queer Notes
Stabbing of a Palestinian Transgender teenager; vandalization of the Women and Children First bookstore in Chicago; a Shoreline, Wash. Christian school’s new policy stating the Bible is inerrant, and rainbow crosswalks in Ames, Iowa.

Page 10
The 5th anniversary of Ayotzinapa
In the 5th anniversary of the forced disappearance of 43 students in Mexico. Can the fight against the “corruption” of the new administration change anything fundamental?
Handicap this!
Domino’s Pizza inaccessible website; disability rights advocate Marca Bristo dies; Orange County, California, residential care homes owing over $1 million in back wages, and British rock climber Jesse Dufton leading the ascent of the Old Man of Hoy.

Page 11
Youth in Action
Youth in Action column on protests by Papuan students in Jakarta; an appeal by youth to “Save DACA in the Supreme Court now!” during the Sept. 12 presidential debate in Houston, and the national student strike for the climate on Sept. 20 in Miami Beach, Florida.

Page 12, World in View
Trump doctrine for a changed world
Trump’s Oct. 23 speech on Syria lays out his counter-revolutionary vision of a changed world including his intention to reorient the U.S.’s PYD allies in line with world capitalism.
Pacific trafficking
Gerry Emmett denounces the assassination of U.S. human rights lawyer Rachelle Bergeron and its connection with human trafficking from the Pacific to U.S.
Chile youth protests
An overview of the recent mass protests in Chile triggered by the increase in subway fares, symbolic of the growing inequality in Chilean society.

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