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A Tale of Two Summits

By RICK STERLING
Last week (June 8-10) there were two summits in Los Angeles, California: the Summit of the Americas hosted by the US State Department and the Peoples Summit hosted by US and international activist organizations. The two summits were held in the same city at the same time but could not be otherwise more different.

No, Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution

By MICHELE GOODWIN
Justice Samuel Alito’s claim, that there is no enumeration and original meaning in the Constitution related to involuntary sexual subordination and reproduction, misreads and misunderstands American slavery, the social conditions of that enterprise and legal history.

FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL! LEGAL UPDATE AND UPCOMING EVENTS

By JEFF MACKLER
Dear Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal,
Here are some important background and round up materials on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom struggle.

In solidarity Jeff Mackler, Director, The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Northern California
jmackler@lmi.net

VIDEO ON ASSANGE’S DEFENSE AT THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT 

By ROBERT CORSINI
Assange activist and filmmaker Robert Corsini created a video in defense of journalist and whistleblower Julian Assange at the Los Angles People’s Summit. Julian’s father and brother, John and Gabriel Shipton, are featured speakers as well as a terrific Assange table staffed by Assange activist Vincent De Stefano.

No, Justice Alito, Reproductive Justice Is in the Constitution

By MICHELE GOODWIN
Justice Samuel Alito’s claim, that there is no enumeration and original meaning in the Constitution related to involuntary sexual subordination and reproduction, misreads and misunderstands American slavery, the social conditions of that enterprise and legal history.

A Tale of Two Summits

By RICK STERLING
Last week (June 8-10) there were two summits in Los Angeles, California: the Summit of the Americas hosted by the US State Department and the Peoples Summit hosted by US and international activist organizations. The two summits were held in the same city at the same time but could not be otherwise more different.

FREE MUMIA ABU-JAMAL! LEGAL UPDATE AND UPCOMING EVENTS

By JEFF MACKLER
Dear Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal,
Here are some important background and round up materials on Mumia Abu-Jamal’s freedom struggle.

In solidarity Jeff Mackler, Director, The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Northern California
jmackler@lmi.net

VIDEO ON ASSANGE’S DEFENSE AT THE PEOPLE’S SUMMIT 

By ROBERT CORSINI
Assange activist and filmmaker Robert Corsini created a video in defense of journalist and whistleblower Julian Assange at the Los Angles People’s Summit. Julian’s father and brother, John and Gabriel Shipton, are featured speakers as well as a terrific Assange table staffed by Assange activist Vincent De Stefano.

Capitalism’s World Economic, Political and Social Crises and the Road to Fight Back

By JEFF MACKLER
Led by the dominant capitalist-imperialist nations, especially the U.S. and China, the system involves the capture and transfer of surplus value from workers in poorer countries to leading corporations in the advanced countries. Today, global value chain corporations that represent only 15 percent of all trading firms worldwide, capture some 80 percent of total trade.

Debate in the Fourth International Part III: Capitalism’s World Economic, Political and Social Crises and the Coming Fightback

By JEFF MACKLER, for Socialist Action/USA
This is the third and final text presented by Socialist Action as a minority viewpoint to the February 19-23, 2022 meeting of the Fourth International (FI), an international socialist current of some 56 parties across the globe. Some 150 representatives of these parties gathered this year via Zoom due to the COVID 19 crisis to discuss and debate the Fourth International’s politics and program. The politics in the report below were adopted by the National Committee of Socialist Action/USA, a fraternal party of the FI barred by reactionary U.S. legislation from being a formal member of any international socialist organization. The text below was rejected by the February FI meeting by the vast majority of delegates. The central thesis of the majority text asserts that the building of revolutionary socialist parties on the Leninist model anywhere in the world today is not on the agenda. The text below, slighted updated to cover developments since the February FI meeting, challenges this view in all its fundamentals.

How unions are backing BDS

By OLIVIA KATBI The Electronic Intifada
Major unions and labor federations in Oregon recently passed unprecedented resolutions calling for divestment from an Israeli company over its human rights abuses.

Capitalism’s World Economic, Political and Social Crises and the Road to Fight Back

By JEFF MACKLER
Led by the dominant capitalist-imperialist nations, especially the U.S. and China, the system involves the capture and transfer of surplus value from workers in poorer countries to leading corporations in the advanced countries. Today, global value chain corporations that represent only 15 percent of all trading firms worldwide, capture some 80 percent of total trade.

Debate in the Fourth International Part III: Capitalism’s World Economic, Political and Social Crises and the Coming Fightback

By JEFF MACKLER, for Socialist Action/USA
This is the third and final text presented by Socialist Action as a minority viewpoint to the February 19-23, 2022 meeting of the Fourth International (FI), an international socialist current of some 56 parties across the globe. Some 150 representatives of these parties gathered this year via Zoom due to the COVID 19 crisis to discuss and debate the Fourth International’s politics and program. The politics in the report below were adopted by the National Committee of Socialist Action/USA, a fraternal party of the FI barred by reactionary U.S. legislation from being a formal member of any international socialist organization. The text below was rejected by the February FI meeting by the vast majority of delegates. The central thesis of the majority text asserts that the building of revolutionary socialist parties on the Leninist model anywhere in the world today is not on the agenda. The text below, slighted updated to cover developments since the February FI meeting, challenges this view in all its fundamentals.

How unions are backing BDS

By OLIVIA KATBI The Electronic Intifada
Major unions and labor federations in Oregon recently passed unprecedented resolutions calling for divestment from an Israeli company over its human rights abuses.

Debate in the Fourth International Part II: There Is No Equal Sign Between U.S. Imperialism and Chinese and Russian Imperialism: An Alternative to the FI majority text entitled “The World Geostrategic Situation”  

By JEFF MACKLER, National Committee/Socialist Action USA
This text was adopted by Socialist Action’s National Committee for presentation to the annual February 2022 meeting of the delegates to the Fourth International’s elected international leadership. Representatives of some 56 parties across the globe were present at this five-day zoom gathering. Socialist Action participates only in a fraternal capacity due to reactionary U.S. legislation that bars membership in international socialist organizations.

How Latin American Women Are Winning the Battle for Abortion Rights

By DIANA CARBONI
Today, 37 percent of Latin America and the Caribbean’s population of 652 million live in countries where women have won rights to legal abortion or are no longer imprisoned for terminating a pregnancy (including Cuba, Guyana, and Puerto Rico). Five years ago, it was less than 3 percent. None of this would have been possible without feminist activism, networks and demonstrations, and public conversations about the autonomy of women.

Amazon Workers Electrify Labor

By MARTY GOODMAN
Workers in the U.S. may be on the cusp of a big labor upsurge. In 2021, petitions to hold union elections were up more than 50 percent over the previous year during the six months ending in March, on pace to reach its highest point in at least a decade. Successful organizing struggles at Amazon, Starbucks and other locations continue to grow. Angry younger workers in particular are stepping up to play militant leadership roles, many with Black Lives Matter protest experience.

Musk, Twitter, Google: Censorship and the National Security State

By BARRY SHEPPARD
The world’s richest man, Elon Musk, is buying the social media company Twitter for $44 billion. If he was in Russia, Western propaganda would call him an “oligarch” but since he in in the United States he is referred to as a very successful businessman, a euphemism for a capitalist who owns about $265 billion total wealth.

Women’s Rage: My Body, My Choice

By ANN MONTAGUE and LISA LEONARD
The leaked draft opinion by a majority of Supreme Court Justices supporting overturning the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has fueled the anger of women across the country. Furious women immediately surged the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court to denounce the court’s intention to overturn half a century of legal abortion rights. 

Abortion Is A Right! Organize For Reproductive Justice!

By CINCINNATI SOCIALIST WORKERS ORGANIZATION
The legalistic-liberal strategy excludes the masses from participation and abandons the mass action tactics that led to Roe in the first place. Even though it came through the courts, abortion was not legalized because someone came up with a clever argument but because masses of people mobilized and took to the streets to demand it.

Alice Walker and the Price of Conscience

by CHRIS HEDGES
Alice Walker was disinvited to the Bay Area Book Festival after Zionist groups threatened to carry out protests. The public and presenters are complicit in her blacklisting if they attend.

The Next Wave: Capitalism’s Covid Crisis

By MARC ROME
In a world in which the true global Covid-19 death toll is 18.2 million, capitalism today bears a striking resemblance to how it appeared upon its arrival over 300 years ago: “Dripping from every pore,” to borrow from the Communist Manifesto, “with blood and dirt.”

Toronto Anti-Convoy Protest Shows the Way Forward

By DANIEL TIRADE
While the anti-mandate siege in Ottawa continued, Torontonians learned of a similar convoy set for the weekend of February 5, 2021. We anticipated thousands of people would converge in Toronto to spread a eugenicist message — that saving the lives of the most vulnerable from Covid-19 is not worth any concession of individual liberties. But frustrated and over-stressed healthcare workers decided to take a stand.

Racist U.S. & Dominican Rulers Massively Deport Haitians!

By MARTY GOODMAN
Biden has deported 16,200 Haitians since September and 18,100 since he took office. Biden’s campaign promises to “end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies,” restore “the dignity of migrants,” and “uphold their legal right to seek asylum” were lies.

The State of the Abortion Struggle in 2022

By ANN MONTAGUE
While the anti-abortion Democrats work to co-opt abortion rights supporters into their election goals, independent mass action remains the way forward.

Julian Assange Can Now Seek Appeal Against US Extradition to Top UK Court

By MARJORIE COHN
On January 24, 2022, the British High Court of Justice allowed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange to ask the U.K. Supreme Court to hear his appeal of the extradition order. In December 2021, the High Court had overturned U.K. District Judge Vanessa Baraitser’s January 2021 ruling denying the U.S. request for extradition.

Free Julian Assange!

By JEFF MACKLER
Imprisoned Wikileaks founder, journalist, free speech champion and world-renowned social critic Julian Assange today faces life imprisonment for telling the truth about U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and at the U.S. torture base in Guantanamo, Cuba.

NY Cabbie Hunger Strike Wins Big!

By MARTY GOODMAN
On Nov. 3, hunger striker and taxi worker leader, Bahravi Desai, shouted out to an exuberant crowd of taxi workers and supporters, “We won! We won!” as a deal was struck with the city to reduce loans on the artificially inflated cost of city-issued taxi medallions.

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