By JEFF MACKLER The rich just spent $18 billion in the midterm elections. A look at who benefits from the policies of the two parties shows why—and that working people lose no matter which party prevails in U.S. elections.
By MARTY GOODMAN Haiti’s mighty slave revolution, which declared its independence from France in 1804, horrified racist U.S.rulers, who have sought to crush Haitian independence for over 200 years.
SOCIALIST FEMINIST COALITION EAST BAY Art build and political conversation to build an independent mass feminist movement rooted in anti-capitalist and anti-racist struggles. When: Saturday, Sept. 17 at 2 pm Where: 642 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland -- by the Lake Merritt Boating Center
By ALEJANDRA GARCIA from Havana The eyes of the world are upon Cuba after an enormous fire caused by a lightning strike on a crude oil storage tank in the Cuban city of Matanzas killed one firefighter and injuring more than 120 people.
By RICK STERLING There are similarities today with the US and NATO pouring tens of BILLIONS of dollars in weapons into Ukraine to counter the Russian military intervention. The US and western allies are providing additional support in intelligence and military advice.
By MICHELE GOODWIN Justice Samuel Alito’s claim, that there is no enumeration and original meaning in the Constitution related to involuntary sexual subordination and reproduction, misreads and misunderstands American slavery, the social conditions of that enterprise and legal history.
By JEFF MACKLER Dear Friends of Mumia Abu Jamal, Here are some important background and round up materials on Mumia Abu-Jamal's freedom struggle. In solidarity Jeff Mackler, Director, The Mobilization to Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Northern California firstname.lastname@example.org
By ROBERT CORSINI Assange activist and filmmaker Robert Corsini created a video in defense of journalist and whistleblower Julian Assange at the Los Angles People’s Summit. Julian’s father and brother, John and Gabriel Shipton, are featured speakers as well as a terrific Assange table staffed by Assange activist Vincent De Stefano.
By BENJAMIN NORTON Mexico’s left-wing President López Obrador denounced US hypocrisy and reiterated his call to free Julian Assange, calling him a “prisoner of conscience” and the “best journalist of our time, in the world.” At a press conference, AMLO played a WikiLeaks video showing the US military killing civilians in Iraq.
By JEFF MACKLER Led by the dominant capitalist-imperialist nations, especially the U.S. and China, the system involves the capture and transfer of surplus value from workers in poorer countries to leading corporations in the advanced countries. Today, global value chain corporations that represent only 15 percent of all trading firms worldwide, capture some 80 percent of total trade.
Socialist Action newspaper for the summer of 2022: UKRAINE: NO TO THE U.S. PROXY WAR AND FASCIST COUP; and Women’s Rage: My Body, My Choice; May Day in Canada
By JEFF MACKLER, for Socialist Action/USA This is the third and final text presented by Socialist Action as a minority viewpoint to the February 19-23, 2022 meeting of the Fourth International (FI), an international socialist current of some 56 parties across the globe. Some 150 representatives of these parties gathered this year via Zoom due to the COVID 19 crisis to discuss and debate the Fourth International’s politics and program. The politics in the report below were adopted by the National Committee of Socialist Action/USA, a fraternal party of the FI barred by reactionary U.S. legislation from being a formal member of any international socialist organization. The text below was rejected by the February FI meeting by the vast majority of delegates. The central thesis of the majority text asserts that the building of revolutionary socialist parties on the Leninist model anywhere in the world today is not on the agenda. The text below, slighted updated to cover developments since the February FI meeting, challenges this view in all its fundamentals.
By MARTY GOODMAN Workers in the U.S. may be on the cusp of a big labor upsurge. In 2021, petitions to hold union elections were up more than 50 percent over the previous year during the six months ending in March, on pace to reach its highest point in at least a decade. Successful organizing struggles at Amazon, Starbucks and other locations continue to grow. Angry younger workers in particular are stepping up to play militant leadership roles, many with Black Lives Matter protest experience.
By Jeff Mackler [Editor's Note: One year ago we published this article on the events and meaning of January 6. In the time since, its insistence that, "the ruling class as a whole understands quite well that a Biden presidency, minus Trump’s moronic bluster, will not differ in its fundamentals from the decisive bipartisan polices … Continue reading Socialist Action’s view on on January 6: Trump fanatics invade Capitol as his presidency disintegrates [Re-posted from one year ago]
By JEFF MACKLER At the heart of the Rittenhouse case is the divide between the anti-racist masses and the smaller reactionary racist layers who seek to join in with the ruling class in opposing anti-racist and workers' struggles.
By CLIFF CONNOR Anti-vax agitation is dangerous and reprehensible because it threatens legitimate public health efforts to bring a pandemic under control that has already killed at least 750,000 people in the U.S. and five million worldwide.
By BARRY SHEPPARD Washington, with full bipartisan support, is making the people of Afghanistan pay for its humiliating defeat in the 20-year-old war.
By ALEXANDRA BRADBURY, Editor of Labor Notes A new administration will soon take the helm of the 1.3 million-member Teamsters union. The Teamsters United slate swept to victory in this week's vote count, beating out their rivals 2 to 1.
By BRONSON TWEETY The story of Richard Wright’s 1944 character could well be incorporated in Mumia Abu-Jamal’s collection of short narratives Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? an exposé of America’s continuing legacy of murderous brutality towards Black people.
By Jeff Mackler After 20 years of untold U.S. government-inflicted barbaric horrors on the people of Afghanistan the world’s greatest military power, along with its NATO allies, stands humiliated, demoralized and defeated, forced to abandon their claimed nation-building project in the face of irreversible Taliban victories over the past year and longer. With the panicked … Continue reading Afghanistan: The Defeat of U.S. Imperialism and the Road Ahead
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
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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
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
By James Fortin U.S. Big Pharma is doing a victory lap. Never to miss an accolade or two from their friends at the Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is taking the bow under the recent article entitled, “Capitalism Is What Will Defeat Covid.” Oh, really? In the piece CEO Alex Gorsky half-truthfully … Continue reading Big Pharma’s Greedy Palm, Outstretched Again