A remembering of the revolutionary life of Kei ‘Basho’ Utsumi (1935-2022), written by Buddy Bell, who knew Basho and worked with him in the last years of his life.
Readers’ Views: November-December 2021, Part OneNovember 19, 2021
Readers’ Views on Draft for Marxist-Humanist Perspectives 2021-2022; Labor shortage?; Workers as reason; Support El Milagro workers!; Detroit women’s march; Chapelle’s sexism; Afghans dead and buried; Betrayal of Haitians; and Which side are you on?
Readers’ views: July-August 2020, part 1July 1, 2020
Readers’ views on American civilization on trial, coast to coast; Cops in schools; Police and power; Style and meaning; Sports fans speak; Revolt: where to now? and Health workers speak
GM strikers fight capital’s drive to impoverish workersOctober 30, 2019
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.
Readers’ Views, July-August 2019: Part 2June 27, 2019
Readers’ Views on the economy and dialectics of liberation; environmental racism; no nukes!; and voices from behind the bars.
Essay: What is socialism? Socialism, labor, and the Black dimensionMay 1, 2019
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?
Trump aids capitalism’s attack on labor; workers strike backJanuary 24, 2019
A Marxist-Humanist analysis of the state of the U.S. economy and the revolt of labor in the wake of country-wide teachers’ strikes, an historically long government shutdown, and an unsteady, uncertain worldwide economy.
Readers’ Views, May-June 2018: Remembering Andy Phillips, 1924-2018May 10, 2018
Rememberances of a News and Letters Committees founder, Andy Phillips, coal miner, activist, writer, thinker.
Readers’ Views, March-April 2018, Part 2March 12, 2018
Readers’ Views on Indignant Heart; Justice and ‘Justice’; Youth in Action; Free Press?; Fight Prison Censors!; Voices from Behind Bars.
Charles Denby’s life story: the story of the struggle for freedomMarch 8, 2018
Excerpts from the introduction to the new French edition of Charles Denby’s book “Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal.”
New French edition of ‘Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal’January 30, 2018
Announcement of the French edition of “Indignant Heart: Autobiography of a Black American Worker,” by Charles Denby, followed by English excerpts of Denby’s “Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal.”
Auto jobs and 1967 Detroit RebellionAugust 31, 2017
On the 50th anniversary of the Detroit rebellion, “The Origins Of The Urban Crisis: Race and Inequality in Postwar Detroit,” written in 1996 by Thomas Sugrue, is again timely.
1967 Detroit Rebellion, 50 years laterApril 30, 2017
“12th and Clairmount” is a new movie created by the Detroit Historical Museum from primary sources and tells the story of the Detroit Rebellion of 1967.
From the writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Racism, war and Muhammad AliJuly 4, 2016
On the same day that General William Westmoreland waved the flag before Congress, Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army. While the general was applauded even by the doves, Ali was, within hours, stripped of his title of World Heavyweight Boxing Champion. War exposed the open nerve—”the Black Question”—which has always been the touchstone of U.S. history. It placed American civilization on trial before the world much more seriously than the “war crimes tribunal” in Stockholm.
Olga Domanski: Part of ‘a generation of revolutionaries’March 11, 2016
Gerry Emmett remembers Olga Domanski as one who embodied “revolutionary” in organizational form, making the idea of freedom exist.
Olga Domanski’s revolutionary life, 1923-2015: Readers’ ViewsJanuary 25, 2016
Readers’ Views on the revolutionary life of Olga Domanski.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: The meaning of revolutionary archivesJune 27, 2015
In celebrating the online publication of the Raya Dunayevskaya Collection, we present excerpts of her Introduction/Overview to Volume XII, which takes up the Marxist-Humanist concept of archives as not only retrospective but perspective, in the quest to establish “continuity with the historic course of human development.”
Voices from the Inside Out: Selma’s mindsetMay 7, 2015
In reading Charles Denby’s “Continuing Magnolia Jungle terror exposes reality of ‘Great Society,’” one is struck by how poignant and presciently modern Denby’s thoughts were and how very little has changed today.
60 Years of News & Letters (Readers’ Views, March-April 2015)March 8, 2015
Readers’ Views on the 60th anniversary of News & Letters and Terry Moon’s column on it.
The todayness of Selma, USA, 1965
In acquainting readers with coverage of the forces of revolution in News & Letters over its first 60 years, we present “Continuing Magnolia Jungle terror exposes reality of ‘Great Society,’” written by Charles Denby in February 1965, in the midst of the bloody campaign for voter registration in Selma, Alabama.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Miners inspired Marxist-HumanismMarch 7, 2015
From the News and Letters pamphlet The Coal Miners’ General Strike of 1949-50 and the Birth of Marxist-Humanism in the U.S. we excerpt from Raya Dunayevskaya’s “The Emergence of a New Movement from Practice that Is Itself a Form of Theory,” on miners’ contributions to the philosophic birth of Marxist-Humanism.
Readers’ Views, January-February 2015, Part 1January 30, 2015
From Ferguson to Staten Island; Revolutionary Rojava; Youth Protest; Violence Against Women; Detroit Solidarity; Paris March; Recalling Mary Jo
The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-HumanismSeptember 9, 2014
From the May 2003 issue of News & Letters.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Marxist-Humanist Archives
Editor’s note: Raya Dunayevskaya’s “Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes” were a philosophic breakthrough that led to the birth of Marxist-Humanism. We are reprinting this 1987 commentary by her where she reexamined them in light of her effort to work [=>]
Readers’ Views, March-April 2014, Part 2April 9, 2014
Readers’ Views from the March-April 2014 issue of News & Letters, part 2.
‘A Dreadful Deceit’ and unceasing rebellionMarch 30, 2014
Jacqueline Jones’ new book, A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America, is not a call to ignore effects of the concept of race in law and practice. She finds the definition of race repeatedly twisted to suit the needs of the ruling class and wielded as a tool for subjugation of Black and white labor alike.
Don’t stop at raising wagesMarch 17, 2014
That there are two Americas when it comes to the economy and the wealth of our nation is no mystery to anyone. Everyone now knows the top 1% have essentially been the only beneficiaries of the latest “boom.” Journalists and economists take pains to point out how this jobless expansion has allowed the investors to recover from their losses of the 2008 financial collapse. Workers, though, are still left holding the bag.
Charles Denby, worker-editorFebruary 8, 2014
As a contribution to Black History Month we reprint Raya Dunayevskaya’s memorial for Charles Denby (1907-1983), her comrade of 35 years, Editor of News & Letters from its founding in 1955 until his death and the author of Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal.
January-February 2014 News & Letters onlineFebruary 4, 2014
The January-February issue of News & Letters is online. Rampant U.S. surveillance slouches toward totalitarianism; Tahrir three years later; Charles Denby, worker-editor; Syrian revolution ‘brought us together’; Communization theory’s missing link: dialectical mediation; what happens after; Language and death in Juárez; Let RNs give care; …
Workshop Talks: Capitalism trashes union democracyJuly 16, 2012
by Htun Lin
The “Great Recession” we’re living in will continue so long as we accept that there is no alternative to capitalism. It is a lie perpetuated by the dominant ideology.
In the past year, the Occupy Movement has given many of us hope that things can change. One idea in the movement is that [=>]
A review of Indignant HeartAugust 23, 2011
The blog Nothing but a Human by L Boogie has posted a thoughtful review of Part I of Charles Denby’s book Indignant Heart: A Black Worker’s Journal. A continuation reviewing Part II is yet to come.
Themes from Indignant Heart: A Black Workers’ Journal (Part 1)
In Memoriam: John Alan/Allen WillisMarch 19, 2011
Allen Willis/John Alan–who would have been 95 on June 10 this year–died quietly on Feb. 23 in Oakland, California. The near-century of his life was filled with thoughts and experiences of Black life in America. One of his earliest recollections was as a three-year-old witnessing the 1919 race riots, seeing Black men being attacked and [=>]