Somali youth sentenced in ‘Minneapolis Terror Trial’

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL MINNEAPOLIS—The show trial dubbed by our local capitalist media, “Minnesota’s Terror Trial,” ended in November with the sentencing of the nine young men (eight Somali and one Oromo) who pled to or were convicted of charges relating to alleged attempts to join the “designated foreign terrorist organization” ISIS (the Islamic State). The…

Minneapolis rally protests use of sheriff’s deputies in Standing Rock attack

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL and JOHN SCHRAUFNAGEL — MINNEAPOLIS — Close to 1500 people protested on Friday, Oct. 28, outside Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek’s office. The protesters were angered by the use of Hennepin County deputies and equipment brutalizing Indigenous people and their allies at Standing Rock. Sheriff’s departments from across the Midwest have been…

Stop persecution of Muslims & immigrants!

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL Beginning in early January, Socialist Action joined with many other organizations for a series of conference calls on the need for united action to more effectively combat the rising tide of Islamophobia and anti-immigrant and anti-refugee hatred in this country. The ad-hoc coalition that was formed took the name Stand Together Against…

Labor Briefing: Kohler strike ends

By BILL ONASCH • 2000 UAW Kohler plumbing fixture workers in Sheboygan County, Wis., returned to work the week before Christmas after a 32-day strike. It was marked by strong solidarity among unions and in the community. Although less than 20 percent of the membership would have benefited, the biggest issue was the union’s push…

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 and the Climate Crisis

On March 8, 2013, International Women’s Day, KFAI in Minneapolis presented a program, “Women and Global Climate Change.” The speakers were Christine Frank, Climate Crisis Coalition Twin Cities (3CTC), and a frequent contributor to Socialist Action newspaper; Patricia Shepard, Idle No More Minnesota Activist, Ojibwe and Prairie Band Potawatami; and Karen Redleaf (now Schraufnagel), 3CTC…

Minn. $15 supporters hear Kshama Sawant

By DAVID JONES  MINNEAPOLIS—Two hundred and fifty enthusiastic supporters of a $15 an hour minimum wage in this city crowded into the Minneapolis Labor Center on Sunday, Feb. 15, to hear from organizers and supporters including socialist Seattle city council member Kshama Sawant. It was Sawant’s upset election a little over a year ago that…