Have Black Lives Ever Mattered? By Mumia Abu-Jamal, Published by City Lights Open Media, 2017and The Man Who Lived Underground By Richard Wright, [author of Native Son,] written but unpublished in 1944; published by Gordon Parks/Library of Congress, April 20, 2021 By Bronson Tweety The story of Richard Wright’s 1944 character, Fred Daniels, could well be incorporated in Mumia … Continue reading Telling Tales of Death
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
Activists Demand Immediate End To Deportations Reunite Families! By Ann Montague President Biden has been signing numerous Executive Orders. But a closer look shows they contain no immediate solutions. Instead they merely refer issues to a governmental body or create a task force for further study. Immigration activists want immediate action on the most important … Continue reading Sin Fronteras
by Yves Engler For thousands of years folk wisdom has insisted that ‘you shall be known by the company you keep’. This is also true of states. A recent United Nations vote condemning the “glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” … Continue reading Canada’s Alliances Show it is an Imperialist Power
(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 Umar Shahid (The article below by Umar Shahid is an update on the historic January 26 mobilizations in India against the neoliberal policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The previous strike/protest of November 26, 2020, the “Bharat Bandh” meaning the 24-hour closure of, included a monumental 250 million participants! See “India Strike Wave is Biggest in World … Continue reading Indian Farmers’ Rise Against Modi Regime
By Nathan Fuller Almost immediately upon District Judge Vanessa Baraitster’s early January ruling that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange would not be extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States on medical grounds, lawyers representing the U.S. announced their intent to appeal that decision. Two days later, Judge Baraitser, whose ruling rejected Assange’s free speech and democratic … Continue reading Julian Assange wins first round against U.S. extradition
By Jeff Mackler Capitalist “civilization” returned to the nation’s capitol on Jan. 20, Joseph Biden’s Inauguration Day. Replete with 25,000 troops forming an iron ring around the few thousand establishment dignitaries gathered to pay homage to the new president, with deep roots in America’s racist, warmongering past and present, the event aimed at reassuring the … Continue reading As Biden returns “civilization” to Washington…Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed
By Paul Goettlich We’re told that a world without plastics is impossible to imagine. But 70 years ago, I lived with almost none of it. Modern humans lived without it for almost 200-thousand years. Now it’s plainly an existential threat to all life on Earth. And it’s literally everywhere. It’s impossible to overstate how much … Continue reading The Truth About Recycling Plastics
By James Fortin Both the Democratic Party and much of the major media have doted on the progressive steps the Biden administration will take regarding the climate crisis. While legislation addressing the climate catastrophe on our doorstep has not yet been forthcoming, Biden’s flurry of executive orders portray him as seriously addressing the issue. Indeed, … Continue reading Climate Carbon Net-Zero: Biden’s Fancy Footwork
By Jeff Mackler The world noticed when two billionaires, Mark Zuckerberg and Jack Dorsey, pushed a button and de-platformed then president Donald Trump from their social media empires. “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the content around them,” Twitter wrote, “we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk … Continue reading Trump’s “free speech” for billionaires
By Samela Jones The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District (FNSBSD) has decided to begin in-person classes beginning on January19, 2021. This decision is opposed by all of the unions representing school teachers, school support workers and principals. The school district claims that the return to school is “optional.” However, peer pressure of students to … Continue reading Fairbanks, Alaska to open schools in the face of deadly COVID-19 pandemic
By Marty Goodman As many as 250 million in India were on strike Nov. 26 against the right-wing policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu chauvinist Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) – the biggest strike in world history! The struggle mobilized millions of farmers - thousands of them on tractors – joined by striking … Continue reading India Strike Wave is Biggest in World History
By Jeff Mackler Chaos and disarray marked an electrified Washington, D.C. political scene in the days immediately following the Wednesday, Jan. 6 President Donald Trump-instigated rampaging mob that stormed the Capitol Building aimed at preventing an in-session joint meeting of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate from certifying Joseph Biden’s Nov. 3 Electoral College … Continue reading Trump fanatics invade Capitol as his presidency disintegrates
By Glen Ford, Dec. 17, 2020 The Black misleaders have been busy selling out Black people for half a century, but are still only barely tolerated by the rich man’s Democratic Party and its racist figurehead, Joe Biden. “The Black misleaders have no bite and have not even dared to bark in half a century.” The … Continue reading You Can’t Shame the Shameless Black Misleadership Class
By Nozomi Hayase [Editors note: The article below was written a few days before a UK court ruled on Jan. 4 against the request of the U.S. government to extradite Julian Assange to the U.S. to face spurious charges under the Espionage Act that could place Assange in prison for over 100 years charges. While … Continue reading Assange wins first round in UK Court… Prosecution of Assange Is an Attack on Our Own Humanity
January 5, 2021 By Jeff Mackler President de-elect and wannabe but failed soft coup plotter Donald Trump suffered under the delusion that he ran the country, that he could effectively rescue it from the “Washington, D.C. swamp dweller-insiders,” who he repeatedly dubbed the “dark state.” Trump never defined this enterprise but repeatedly argued that it … Continue reading Ruling class installs Biden over Trump
By JEFF MACKLER The result of the periodic electoral games orchestrated by the twin parties of U.S. capitalism is always 100 percent fatal.
Comrades and friends from around the country and internationally will discuss the election, the results...and what comes next!
By MARC ROME and ANN MONTAGUE SEIU Drop the Cops, a rank-and-file-led group of SEIU members and staff demanding that their elected leadership disassociate from police union affiliates, held an online Town Hall, hosted by Labor Notes.