By Nicholas Kristof, Opinion Editor New York Times, January 23, 2021 [Editorial note by Jeff Mackler, National Secretary, Socialist Action. Kevin Cooper, an innocent San Quentin, CA death row prisoner for the past 37 years, won an important victory on his road to exoneration and freedom when California Governor Gavin Newsom, issued a May 28, … Continue reading Is an Innocent Man Still Languishing on Death Row? We’ve Seen the DNA Evidence in the Kevin Cooper Case. It Points Elsewhere.
Hardly a week passes without another scandal that tears the lid off rampant sexism and racism in the Canadian military and police forces. The latest episode involves allegations of sexual misconduct by two former chiefs of staff. General Jonathan Vance is accused of inappropriate behaviour involving a woman he outranked. Admiral Art McDonald stepped aside … Continue reading Canadian Military and Cops — Rife with Racism and Sexism
(The following statement is the outcome of a collective discussion among leader/activists in SEIU Drop the Cops, an international, rank-and-file group of Service Employees International Union members. Formed in the wake of the massive George Floyd uprising and the murder of Rayshard Brooks in June 2020 by racist white members of SEIU/NAGE (National Association of … Continue reading Cops at the Capitol — Racist Mob in Our Ranks!
By JAMES FORTIN The laws of a capitalist nation are written to support and defend the institutions of the economic system, and the interests of the class in power.
By MARTY GOODMAN In the middle of the night, hundreds of New York City cops in riot gear descended on Occupy City Hall who had been demanded cuts of $1 billion to the NYPD budget.
By ANN MONTAGUE In a victory after years of struggle by student and local activists, the university has announced that its police will no longer carry guns.
By MUMIA ABU-JAMAL For years -- indeed, for decades -- we have seen the mirage of reform being presented by neoliberal leaders and their media tools, only to awake too late to ghoulish nightmares of shattered promises and hopes betrayed.
By MARTY GOODMAN A mass movement against police brutality and continuous cop attacks on people and protesters, has won some reforms, but New York Democrats continue to refuse more significant changes.
By MARC ROME A new mass movement is questioning the very foundations of the US police system, including its role in perpetuating the inequality and divisions among workers based on race.
By JAMES FORTIN Not since the Great Depression of the 1930’s has the American working class experienced with such gravity an assault to its standing as we are witnessing today. Do we continue under the irrational capitalist rule of the 1%, or do we demand meaningful solutions to the problems that have been thrust upon us, the 99%?
By JEFF MACKLER Today’s unprecedented mobilizations began with the police murder of George Floyd. But their depth and staying power is equally a reflection of the mass anger and frustration stemming from all the insults to one’s being that capitalism has inflicted on working class America, and especially the nation’s Black, Brown and Native American communities.
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By MUMIA ABU-JAMAL “The name Eric Garner has become a catch word for the state of black America for decades, if not centuries, who can barely breathe free air.”
By LISA LEONARD On-the-ground report from a comrade in Minneapolis on the protests of George Floyd’s murder. #JusticeForGeorge
By GLEN FORD George Floyd’s death by Blue Plague in Minneapolis was widely condemned by the same parties that have encouraged and funded the spread of the fatal contagion.
By JEFF MACKLER George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many more Black people have been murdered by racist cops every day. Meanwhile, Black people are dying of COVID-19 at a rate 3 times higher than whites.
By MITCHELL SHORE — TORONTO — On Sat., June 22, members of Socialist Action (Canada) joined union members, feminists, LGBTQI+ activists, anarchists, and others at the “Celebrate Pride—Fight Fascism” rally near Toronto City Hall. We were there to protest against the anti-immigrant group PEGIDA (Patriotic Europeans Against Islamization of the West), the Canada Yellow Vests, … Continue reading Cops attack “Celebrate Pride & Fight Fascism” rally in Toronto
By MARTY GOODMAN UPDATED: July 18 — On the 5th anniversary of the police murder of Eric Garner, July 17, the “Justice Department” announced, as the five-year statute of limitations expired, that they would not prosecute Officer Daniel Pantaleo, who had placed a chokehold on Garner, causing his death. The decision to end a civil … Continue reading Eric Garner case finally heard — in a cops’ court
By MARTY GOODMAN — NEW YORK — Jose Lasalle of the Bronx’s Copwatch Patrol Unit (CPU) was awarded a $925,000 settlement with the NYPD on two lawsuits he filed. Cops were caught with their pants down because Lasalle had audio and video to prove his case against the Bronx’s PSA 7 police station. Lasalle had … Continue reading Bronx NYPD settles with Copwatch
By RUWAN MUNASINGHE — HARTFORD, Conn. — On Dec. 14, 2017, Hartford lost one of its greatest legends when 20-year-old Zoe Dowdell—also known as Gangstalicious—was shot and killed by New Britain police. Caleb Tisdol and Noah Young (also known as “Skinny), the others in the car, were convicted on various charges and are currently incarcerated. … Continue reading Justice for Connecticut police victims!
By JOHN LESLIE The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office continues to stonewall in the case of Mumia Abu-Jamal. At a court hearing on April 30, prosecutors failed, once again, to produce a memorandum allegedly signed by former Philadelphia District Attorney and retired Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille. Under the 2016 Williams v. Pennsylvania … Continue reading Philadelphia DA’s office stonewalls at hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal
By KEITH COOK Reprinted from the Philadelphia Inquirer (May 1, 2018). I was stationed in Europe 37 years ago when I received the call that all black families dread. My little brother, Mumia Abu-Jamal, had been shot by the police and was fighting for his life. Mumia was the kindest and gentlest of my five … Continue reading Why my brother, Mumia, should be set free
By BARRY SHEPPARD The most effective way to counter Donald Trump’s reactionary policies is through mass action. The Democratic Party hopes to steer movements and individuals opposed to Trump into support of its candidates. While this trap of “lesser evil” politics has proved to be a failure over and over again for the past eight … Continue reading Democrats Extol the FBI and National Security State
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 … Continue reading Two police corruption convictions in Baltimore
By MOBILIZATION FOR MUMIA Mumia Abu-Jamal will have another hearing in open court on Wed, Jan. 17 at 9 a.m. at the Criminal (in)Justice Center, 1301 Filbert Street, Philadelphia before Common Pleas Court Judge Leon Tucker, courtroom 1108. In a court case that could eventually lead to Mumia’s freedom, Judge Leon Tucker has ordered the District Attorney’s … Continue reading All Out for Mumia on Jan. 17! Fill the courtroom & rally in the streets of Philadelphia