Why Mass Action?

The broad outlines of Socialist Action’s views on the centrality of mass mobilizations in building an irresistible antiwar movement have been published in previous issues of this newspaper (see Jeff Mackler’s article in our November 2007 issue). But some additional elaboration can be helpful at a time when activists are today discussing concrete measures to…

Northland College Students Fight Campus Worker Layoffs

by Adam Ritscher / December 2006 issue of Socialist Action Newspaper ASHLAND, Wis.—Last year, the Northland College administration attempted to replace the college’s night watchmen with a private, contracted security firm. Student outcry was so strong and immediate that the administration backed down. The victory, though, proved to be short lived. Beginning this summer, the…

Quebec Students Win Funding Battle

by Aaron Donny-Clark / May 2005 issue of Socialist Action     University and college students in Quebec, after more than a month of intense struggle, including demonstrations, occupation of buildings, and a lengthy boycott of classes, agreed to an offer by the provincial government.   At stake was $103 million cut from the student…

Science vs. Creationism

by Mark Ostapiak   The latest episode in the long struggle between the ideas of evolution and creationism was marked by a Dec. 14 federal lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State on behalf of 11 parents in Dover, PA.   They insist that the…

Youth in Action

JAMS 4 JUSTICE By MARK OSTAPIAK Ask most people what rock music means and you could expect to hear such answers as “sex,” “drugs,” big hair,” “loud guitars,” “a driving rhythm,” etc. Furthest from his/her mind is the idea of rock n’ roll as a political tool. However, many attempts have been made to silence…

Youth in Action

Students Attend Regional Antiwar Conferences By DAVID BERNT CHICAGO-On Nov. 10 and 11, student antiwar activists gathered in the Midwest and the West and East Coasts to participate in three regional student antiwar conferences. The three conferences-in Chicago, Berkeley, and Boston-were attended by a combined total of over 1000 activists. Each conference included educational workshops…

Students Mobilize Against War

By ADAM RITSCHER   The bombings of Sept. 11 sent the entire population of this country into shock, both young and old. On high school and college campuses across the country there has been a mass outpouring of sympathy and mourning for the victims of the World Trade Center attack. If you were to watch…

Student Anti-Sweatshop Conference

CHICAGO-Hundreds of students from across the country gathered here on Aug. 2-5 for the second annual national conference of the United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS). The conference discussed ways of continuing student involvement in the fight for workers’ justice, both here and abroad. The conference began with a mobilization in support of local workers. Students…

Youth in Action

Student Militancy Pressures UC to Repeal Ban on Affirmative Action By MARC LISPI and JULIA WALLACE   SAN FRANCISCO-On May 16 nearly 400 students rallied at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to protest the meeting of the UC board of regents and to demand that they repeal SP-1 and SP-2. SP-1 and SP-2…

No on School Vouchers!

By CAROLE SELIGMAN   SAN FRANCISCO-California public schools, having sunk to the bottom in national indicators of school quality (such as student-teacher ratio, per-pupil funding, etc.), now face another attack in a war to dismantle public education entirely. The attack is called Proposition 38. Because California’s initiative process has been usurped by ultra-right-wing capitalists, the…

US Cool to Fidel’s Teaching Offer

The Clinton administration evidently does not wish to have publicized Castro’s offer to have Cuba teach medicine to college graduates from underserved U.S. minority communities. Juan Gonzalez, the New York Daily News reporter and co-host with Amy Goodman of Pacifica Radio’s “Democracy Now” program, reports how the State Department refused a visa to Ricardo Alarcon,…

Youth in Action

Prospects for the new youth movement By ADAM RICHTER This last year has seen a virtual explosion of youth activism across the United States and beyond. This is a very important development; thousands of young people are searching for how to best fight the evils of capitalism and build a better world. A major component…

Youth in Action

By PAUL M. HAVANA-“I was really inspired by the amount of heart and emotion that people have for the revolution,” stated Julia Wallace, a member of the Los Angeles branch of Youth for Socialist Action (YSA), who participated in that organization’s trip to Cuba last month. Many other members of the YSA delegation had similar…

Youth in Action

U.S. youth go to Cuba By PAUL M. Youth for Socialist Action (YSA) is sponsoring its first ever trip to Cuba this month. Twenty YSA members from Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, Minneapolis, and Ashland, Wisc., will be participating. YSAers have been planning the two-week visit, scheduled for July 17-31, for over a…

Mis-Education of African American Youth

Commentary By Kwame M.A. Soburu The May 18 San Francisco Chronicle had an article titled “A Soldier’s Life.” It was about eighth-graders from a low-income area of California on a field trip to San Francisco’s Presidio-a former military base-to learn about the “Buffalo Soldiers, the Black troops who protected settlers as they traveled West.” The…

Youth in Action

Workers in struggle at UCLA By MICHAEL SCHWARTZ LOS ANGELES-The class struggle is alive and well at UCLA. This is something that people in the LA area aren’t used to. Most think UCLA is an institution of learning-a school that cares about the students as well as the professors, TAs, and the many others who…

Youth in Action

Students March with Striking Janitors By MICHAEL SCHWARTZ LOS ANGELES-In April, approximately 10,000 janitors in LA county were on strike. Youth for Socialist Action (YSA) has been as active as possible supporting the strike. YSA members marched with the janitors on several occasions. There were some amazing marches. It’s so beautiful to watch workers realize…

Youth in Action

The Aftermath of Proposition 21 By JAVIER ARMAS A series of ballot propositions have been passed recently in California that severely attack the democratic rights of youth, people of color, and the working class in general. The worst one yet, concerning the rights of minors, was approved by voters in early March by 65 percent.…

Fightback: Who Cares for Children?

by Sylvia Weinstein Articles have begun appearing in the press recently about the children of former welfare mothers who are getting sub-standard child care. Tom Zoellner of the San Francisco Chronicle writes, “Mediocre child care is harming the basic development of about 1 million American toddlers whose mothers have left welfare rolls to go back…