French workers and students on strike!

By MARTY GOODMAN In a massive display of working-class power, workers throughout France walked off the job on March 22 and on April 3, launching a long-term series of one-day strikes. The strike wave is aimed at the anti-working-class attacks of the neoliberal French president, Emanuel Macron. The strike action gained tremendous force on March…

Essays on feminism and Marxist theory

By CHRISTINE MARIE “Social Reproduction Theory:  Remapping Class, Recentering Oppression.” Edited by Tithi Bhattacharya; forward by Lise Vogel (London: Pluto Press 2017). Social reproduction feminism is not new. Marxist thinkers began to focus in earnest on the relationship between production and social reproduction in capitalist society nearly 40 years ago, in the context of what…

Build a movement against the violence of this system!

By JOHN LESLIE Student-initiated demonstrations, in the aftermath of the Parkland, Fla., shootings, which tragically claimed 17 lives, have energized a drive for more restrictions on gun ownership. High school students are mobilizing on this issue in a way they have not done in a long time. The March for Our Lives, calling for greater…

Negotiations stall at UConn, graduate employees organize sit-in

By UCONN YOUTH FOR SOCIALIST ACTION  Since Oct. 19, 2017, University of Connecticut’s Graduate Employee Union-UAW Local 6950 has been in negotiations with the university administration for a second collective bargaining agreement. Under the leadership of university President Susan Herbst’s administration and the state appointed Board of Directors, the university has hired the union-busting law…

Aging poorly – The class divide and nursing home care

By SARAH MILLER — LANCASTER, Pa. — Another missed call, another voice mail. I look at my phone and recognize the number. The call was from the daughter of an elderly hospitalized patient. The social workers have been pushing to get her mother out of the hospital and to a nursing home, but the daughter wanted…

‘The feminists are here’

By JULIA CAMARA On March 8, International Women’s Day, over 5 million took part in an unprecedented “feminist strike” in cities throughout the Spanish state. They participated in two-hour walk-outs and rallied under the slogan, “If we stop, the world stops.” This article was first posted on March 10 on the Viento Sur website. The…

Leftist activists in Crimea report persecution by Russian authorities

By YURI SHAKHIN and PHIL WILAYTO In the midst of an intense campaign of Russia-bashing by Western governments and the mainstream media, anti-imperialists are understandably reluctant to join in by criticizing the Russian government. At the same time, when that government abuses its authority by trying to stifle progressive dissent, it’s necessary to speak out.…

Canada: NDP tops couldn’t stifle convention delegates

By BARRY WEISLEDER The Feb. 16-18 convention in Ottawa was not just a gathering to “launch” Jagmeet Singh as the new leader of the labour-based New Democratic Party. It was an effort, not entirely successful, to assert his control over the entire apparatus and to impose a milquetoast political message. In that sense, it was very…

Syrian Kurds begin break with U.S. imperialism

By JEFF MACKLER The U.S. imperialist war against the Syrian government and people stood exposed as never before when the fighters it had backed to the hilt in the name of fighting the Islamic State (ISIS), the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), essentially switched sides and signed a pact with the Bashar Assad government. The…

Two police corruption convictions in Baltimore

By JOHN LESLIE Two Baltimore police detectives, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor, were convicted in a federal trial last month that resulted from an investigation into the police department’s corrupt “Gun Trace Task Force.” A total of eight members of the Baltimore police department were originally accused, with six of them pleading guilty before going…

Virginia poultry workers under attack by Cargill

By HUGH STEPHENSON  While teachers in West Virginia were occupying the state capitol building and continued their wildcat strike for increased wages and better health care, a Cargill poultry processing plant in nearby Dayton, Va., pursued its campaign to deny the right of plant workers to organize a union. Cargill is an international food conglomerate…

Fast food workers strike in the South

By ANN MONTAGUE Activists with Fight For $15 renewed their struggle on Feb. 12 with rallies and strikes throughout the South in remembrance of the 50th anniversary of the Memphis, Tenn., sanitation worker’s strike. Fight For 15 teamed up with civil rights leader William Barber for a day of action in support of racial justice.…

Labor Briefing for March 2018: West Virginia teachers strike

By BILL ONASCH West Virginia “Wildcats”—Technically, public sector collective bargaining is illegal in West Virginia. But practically, governors have negotiated in the past with teachers—and school service employees including bus drivers, cafeteria, clerical, and maintenance workers—for salary and benefit packages passed by the legislature. While perhaps better than nothing, the teachers have been falling behind.…