The Case Crumbles: Why Isn’t Julian Assange Free?

By Terina Hine Reprinted from the British-based online publication, Counterfire. [Editor’s note: Assangedefense.org, the U.S.-based national Julian Assange defense committee organized a series of 17 meetings throughout the month of June in cities across the U.S. The meetings featured Julian Assange’s father and brother, John and Gabriel Shipton. Entitled "Home Run for Julian,” tour demands included, … Continue reading The Case Crumbles: Why Isn’t Julian Assange Free?

Pride Month: Supreme Court Sides With Catholic Church Against Same Sex Couples 9-0

by Ann Montague Today’s unanimous ruling (Fulton V The City of Philadelphia) states Philadelphia must allow a “religious exception” to their non discrimination law. This is a setback for gays and lesbians seeking to be foster parents. The court ignored the fact that Catholic Social Services (CSS) is funded by public money. For many years … Continue reading Pride Month: Supreme Court Sides With Catholic Church Against Same Sex Couples 9-0

The Radical History of Pride Webinar

Join us for a special webinar as we listen to veteran activists discuss foundational movements in the fight for LGBTQ+ liberation. Let's reclaim the radical history of the Pride movement! WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23RD AT 5:30 PM PT/7:30PM CT/8:30 PM ET Featuring:Ann Montague -Long time out Lesbian Feminist activist in the union movement (SEIU 503 Oregon), … Continue reading The Radical History of Pride Webinar

Chicago Police Murdered Adam Toledo

By Cristobal Cavazos Thirteen-year old Adam Toledo was shot to death in the Mexican working class neighborhood of Little Village, among the most poverty stricken in Chicago. CPD officer Eric Stillman did this heinous deed on March 29, but a Chicago police cover-up reported otherwise. Months later video footage showed Stillman shooting an unarmed Toledo, … Continue reading Chicago Police Murdered Adam Toledo

Capitalist Media, Biden’s Climate Deceptions; The Race to Save Earth

By James Fortin It just keeps getting worse. Never in the memory of any living person on Earth, has it been this bad. Climate change is occurring; it is getting worse, and time is running out to save the planet from catastrophe. Scientists urgently note the globe is rapidly approaching the catastrophic threshold of a … Continue reading Capitalist Media, Biden’s Climate Deceptions; The Race to Save Earth

Book Reviews: INDIA: HOTBED OF REVOLT

By Marty Goodman “Crisis and Predation: India, COVID-19, and Global Finance,” by the “Research Unit for Political Economy,” Monthly Review Press, 2020 “No Free Left: The Futures of Indian Communism,” by Vijay Prashad, LeftWord Books, 2015 “Crisis and Predation: India, Covid-19, and Global Finance” provides needed background for western readers about the gigantic farmer and … Continue reading Book Reviews: INDIA: HOTBED OF REVOLT

The PRO Act Is Not a Panacea for the Union Movement

By Ann Montague The “Protecting The Right To Organize Act” (PRO ACT 2021) was recently called a “Game-Changer for Labor” by Sonali Kolhatkar in an article in Counterpunch. The most important fact apparently forgotten was that a muscular and empowered working class does not come from legislation. A basic look at union history in the … Continue reading The PRO Act Is Not a Panacea for the Union Movement

Israel-Palestine: The Missing Link… The Solution to the Nakba (Catastrophe)

By Jeff Mackler - May 15, 2021 In great detail the unfolding Palestinian freedom struggle against the racist, Zionist, colonial, apartheid settler capitalist state of Israel has captured headlines worldwide and won the solidarity of humanity’s finest democratic and human rights fighters. That apartheid Israel receives $3.8 billion annually in U.S. military aid – exceeding … Continue reading Israel-Palestine: The Missing Link… The Solution to the Nakba (Catastrophe)

Missing Persons Report – No Solution for Toronto’s LGBTQI Community

by John Wilson "Review Lays Bare Police Failings" topped page 1 in the Toronto Star of April 14, 2021. The Independent Civilian Review of Missing Persons Investigations report, led by retired Justice Gloria Epstein, falls considerably short of the press headline. While clearly condemning the indifference, bungling and "systemic" errors of police, the Review presents no credible … Continue reading Missing Persons Report – No Solution for Toronto’s LGBTQI Community

“The Most Unkindest Cut of All” A Rejoinder to “Syria and the ‘Anti-Imperialism’ of Fools”

By Jeff Mackler “Erasing people through disinformation: Syria and the ‘anti-imperialism’ of fools” is the title of a pitiful and tragically flawed signed statement that appeared on the websites of Al-Jumhuriya and New Politics magazine on March 27, 2021.  In the face of the ongoing, ten-year U.S./NATO-orchestrated war against Syria in collaboration with Turkey and … Continue reading “The Most Unkindest Cut of All” A Rejoinder to “Syria and the ‘Anti-Imperialism’ of Fools”

In Support of the Syrian People

US Hands off Syria [An open letter was recently initiated by some pro-western Syrian expats entitled, “Erasing people through disinformation: Syria and the ‘anti-imperialism’ of fools.” Their letter was signed by a number of people in the US and around the world including “progressives.” The letter supports the goal of the US and its allies of regime change in Syria. The … Continue reading In Support of the Syrian People

Marxism versus Anarchism

Robbie Mahood [Presented as on line educational sponsored by Ligue pour l’action socialiste (LAS)/Socialist Action/Canada. Montréal, April 23, 2021. SA/LAS is Socialist Action/USA sister party in the Canadian state] The last few decades have seen a resurgence in anarchist thought and modes of organizing inspired by anarchism.  Decisions by consensus, diversity of tactics, affinity groups, … Continue reading Marxism versus Anarchism

Northern Lights SA Canada: Delegates Pushed Undemocratic NDP Virtual Convention to the Left

by Barry Weisleder It may have been the most undemocratic convention in the 60-year history of the New Democratic Party.  Technical glitches (of which there were many) were not the main problem.  Political decisions by the party establishment really made it a farce.  But repeatedly, waves of rebellion crashed ashore as close to 2,000 delegates … Continue reading Northern Lights SA Canada: Delegates Pushed Undemocratic NDP Virtual Convention to the Left

New Minnesota Police Murder Enrages Community

By Lisa Leonard Rage, pain and cries for justice boiled into the streets again on Sunday, April 11 following the police murder of African-American youth, Daunte Wright in Minnesota. The new killing, which came in the midst of the high profile trial of Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd last year, has once … Continue reading New Minnesota Police Murder Enrages Community

Polish Women Strike

By Agnieszka Marszalek  Since the early 1990s, women’s rights in Poland have come under severe and sustained attack, first from the Catholic Church and later aided by ultra-right national conservative organizations like the Law and Justice party, established in 2001, but with roots in the rightest political shift a decade earlier. In response to the … Continue reading Polish Women Strike

In Bessemer Shadow, Maine Nurses Organize

By James Fortin With the defeat of the unionizing effort at Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama, it is encouraging to witness the ongoing and undaunted efforts of nurses in Maine to join a union.  Voting is now underway for the 1900 nurses who work at Maine Medical Center (Maine Med), in Portland, Maine, to decide whether … Continue reading In Bessemer Shadow, Maine Nurses Organize

Killer Cop Derek Chauvin Guilty on All Charges! But the Struggle Continues!

By Lisa Leonard Thousands are celebrating in the streets of Minneapolis today after the judge in Derek Chauvin’s trial announced the jury’s guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd. Chauvin was convicted of all three charges, including second and third degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter. In Minnesota, second-degree murder carries a maximum sentence of … Continue reading Killer Cop Derek Chauvin Guilty on All Charges! But the Struggle Continues!

Grace Carlson: Unsung Hero of the Early Trotskyist Movement

By Ann Montague  Grace Carlson was the only female member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) (predecessor organization of Socialist Action) to be convicted and sentenced under the notorious anti-communist Smith Act of 1940. She was sentenced to sixteen months in the Federal Correctional Facility For Women in Alderson, West Virginia. The trial and convictions … Continue reading Grace Carlson: Unsung Hero of the Early Trotskyist Movement

Abolish the Monarchy!

By Ann Montague Over 50 million people watched Oprah Winfrey’stell all interview with the Duke and Duchess of Suffolk (“Prince” Harry and Meghan Markle). They discussed their personal experiences with race but not systemic racism. They also discussed their relationship with the institution of the Monarchy, but of course without questioning its justification for existence. … Continue reading Abolish the Monarchy!

Fearing Radicalization, Biden Feigns Left

By Jeff Mackler The corporate media hoopla attendant to President Joseph Biden’s announced $2.5 trillion infrastructure proposal aims at putting Biden in the Franklin Delano Roosevelt New Deal-era crowd of “progressive” capitalist social reformers. The “centrist” Biden has been instantly converted to a “man of the people” whose legislative proposals are claimed to far exceed … Continue reading Fearing Radicalization, Biden Feigns Left

Stop line 3: Women Water Protectors and their Battle Against the “Black Snake” Pandemic Pipeline in Minnesota

By Bronwen AE  The Biden Administration announced in early April that it will NOT force the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) to shutdown despite an order by U.S. District Judge James E. Boasberg to complete his court-ordered Environmental Impact Statement. In Standing Rock Sioux Tribe et al. v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers et al., Boasberg … Continue reading Stop line 3: Women Water Protectors and their Battle Against the “Black Snake” Pandemic Pipeline in Minnesota