U.S. tour protests Mexico disappearances

By LISA LUINENBERG — MINNEAPOLIS — “Vivos los llevaron y vivos los queremos!” (“They took them alive and we want them back alive!”), chanted participants in a recent forum in solidarity with the parents and friends of 43 disappeared students from Aytozinapa, Mexico. On Sept. 26, 2014, municipal police opened fire on students of the…

Women’s history as a guide for activists

By CHRISTINE MARIE Wendy Z. Goldman, Women, The State & Revolution: Soviet Family Policy & Social Life, 1917-1936 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993); La mujer, el estado y la Revolución (Buenos Aires: Pan y rosas and Ediciones IPS, 2012). On Oct. 10, the Marxist scholar Wendy Z. Goldman published a piece in Counterpunch entitled “The…

The Cuban Five are free!

By JEFF MACKLER  In simultaneous press conferences in Washington, D.C., and Havana on Wednesday, Dec. 17, President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced an agreement that included the immediate release of the three remaining Cuban political prisoners held in U.S. jails since 1998—Gerardo Hernández, Ramón Labañino, and Antonio Guerrero. Two other Cubans, Fernando…

Children trapped at the border

By LISA LUINENBURG Since October 2013, about 57,000 unaccompanied children from Central America have been apprehended crossing the border into the United States. This number jumped 159% between 2011 and 2013, and the total number of children caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border this year is expected to reach 74,000. Most of these children come from…

U.S. hands off Venezuela!

By ERNIE GOTTA As rebellions spread across the globe in response to the harsh realities of neo-liberal austerity, it is important to examine each uprising closely. We need to understand the reasons people mobilize in the streets. We can’t lend support to every protest movement because they are not all progressive, democratic, or fighting for…

Letter to Obama on the Cuban Five

By ARTHUR HEITZER Dear President Obama: I am a Midwesterner, born and bred. Like most of the people around me, I believe in hard work and fair play. That’s why, since my first visit to Cuba right before starting law school at the University of Wisconsin in 1972, I’ve been troubled by the contrast between…

The Other 9/11

By BILL ONASCH America and the world are now commemorating “9/11,” the 2001 heinous crime responsible for 3000 deaths in New York, Washington, and rural Pennsylvania. Most of the victims were working people who had harmed no one. They reflected the gender, color, ethnic and religious diversity of where they lived, worked—and were murdered. In…

Maduro wins in Venezuela

By MARC ROME (Updated on May 4) In the April 14 Venezuelan presidential snap election, the late Hugo Chavez’s chosen successor, Nicolas Maduro, edged out his right-wing opponent, Henrique Capriles. “Chavismo” will continue in power after Chavez, although with the weakest mandate since Chavez’s defeat in the 2007 constitutional referendum. Less than 300,000 votes separated…

After Chavez: Which way for socialism?

By MARC ROME Hugo Chavez, the outspoken and charismatic anti-imperialist president of Venezuela for the past 14 years, passed away on March 5 after succumbing to heart failure and a two-year bout with cancer. About 2 million traveled from across Venezuela to pay their last respects, some demanding that they be armed to defend what…

Popular movements organize in Honduras

By ANN MONTAGUE  At 3 a.m. on June 28, 2009, Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and his wife Xiomara were kidnapped from their home at gunpoint by 10 hooded Honduran soldiers and put on a plane that flew directly to the U.S. military base on Honduran soil called Palmerola. From there they were eventually flown to…

Cuba’s new economic reforms

By JEFF MACKLER Following is an edited version of the resolution on Cuba’s new economic reforms, adopted by the 2012 National Convention of Socialist Action (U.S.). The original draft was prepared by the author. The Dec. 1, 2010, announcement by the Cuban Federation of Labor that the jobs of some 500,000 workers would be terminated…

MEXICO: Court disdains evidence of electoral fraud

By JAIME GONZALEZ MEXICO CITY—In a solemn session held on Thursday, Aug. 30, one by one of the seven magistrates of Mexico’s Supreme Federal Electoral Court (TRIFE) read out their pronouncements on the most critical evidence they had received as part of a formal request to invalidate last July’s presidential election process. One by one,…

‘Parliamentary’ coup d’etat in Paraguay

By FRANCK GAUDICHAUD On June 22, the Paraguayan Senate removed centre-left President Fernando Lugo, following a procedure of “political judgment of destitution”: a parliamentary manoeuvre that is admittedly provided for by the Constitution, but whose expeditious nature (done within 24 hours!) has been widely denounced by Paraguayan social organizations and by several governments of neighbouring…

Evidence mounts of scam to buy votes in Mexico

<!–[if !mso]><![endif]–> MEXICO CITY—Utmost care had been exerted by the Federal Electoral Institute (IFE) to prepare the stage for the “impeccable” electoral process that culminated on July 1. For months, day in and day out, the media drummed the message that there would be no excuse for not voting: this time, all precautions had been…

Puerto Rico student leader: ‘Never give up!’

Below is an interview with Puerto Rican student activist Gamelyn Oduardo, a featured speaker at the March 23-25 conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC). The interview was conducted by Socialist Action reporters Lisa Luinenburg and Ana Noli. It has been slightly edited for space reasons. Socialist Action: Could you give an overview of…

Slutwalks spread to Mexico

The first “slutwalk” began in Toronto early this year by women who were angered by members of the criminal justice system continually blaming the victims of sexual attacks. Since then, these colorful protests have spread across the world. While the slutwalks occurring in cities across Europe and the U.S. have faced critique by communities of…

Massive student upsurge in Chile

On June 16 a wave of students, workers, and teachers covering more than 20 blocks of Alameda Avenue in Santiago, Chile, flooded towards La Moneda presidential palace; they demanded the reconstruction of the Chilean public education system and an end to education policies based on profit. To fund public education, the students call for the…

Mexican electrical workers demand jobs

“…with their fists in the air they chanted in condemnation against the government on all its levels, since the ‘representatives of the people’ have decided to govern in the interests of the business elite, defending at all costs a capitalist republic where basic principals have been exchanged for a dictatorship of business, the freedom to…