Thousands of prisoners strike ‘to end slavery’ across the United States

By ANN MONTAGUE — UPDATED, Oct. 3 — Sept. 9 saw thousands of incarcerated men and women go on strike to take a stand against civil and environmental injustice in their respective prisons. The multi-state strike was organized both inside and outside of the prisons. As we go to press three weeks later, organizers report … Continue reading Thousands of prisoners strike ‘to end slavery’ across the United States

Corbyn set to beat Labour right wing, again

  By BARRY WEISLEDER British Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn is on track to retain his job and defeat the right-wing challenge to his leadership. The 67-year-old, self-described Marxist campaigns for re-nationalization of public utilities and railways, and for unilateral disarmament of nuclear weapons. Corbyn beat out three other MPs to become Leader in October … Continue reading Corbyn set to beat Labour right wing, again

10,000 protesters demand ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

By CHRISTINE MARIE “People gonna rise like the water,” the most poignant of the new songs of the climate justice movement, makes a strong prediction. And the potential breadth and power of that people was on display in a new way on July 24, as close to 10,000 marchers took to the streets on a … Continue reading 10,000 protesters demand ‘Clean Energy Revolution’

Chicago teachers, parents demand school funding

By MARK UGOLINI — CHICAGO — On July 20 over 200 Chicago teachers, students and parents gathered at City Hall to demand full funding for public schools and an elected school board. Protesters crowded inside City Hall’s second-floor lobby for a press conference with a host of local media. Later, they formed a militant picket … Continue reading Chicago teachers, parents demand school funding

U.S. Threatens Syria War Escalation

By JEFF MACKLER When a June 16 New York Times front-page article blared, “51 U.S. Diplomats Urge Strikes Against Assad in Syria,” I could almost hear the war drums beating at the U.S. State Department and White House. These “mid-level diplomats,” with varying U.S. government Syria assignments over the years, “urged the United States to … Continue reading U.S. Threatens Syria War Escalation

Vote Socialist Action in 2016! Jeff Mackler for U.S. President!

  Socialist Action is launching a national election campaign, with National Secretary Jeff Mackler as the party’s candidate for U.S. president, and Karen Schraufnagel as its candidate for vice president. Jeff Mackler has spent a lifetime fighting for the working class and social justice. He is a veteran opponent of U.S. imperialist wars and interventions, … Continue reading Vote Socialist Action in 2016! Jeff Mackler for U.S. President!

Bernie Sanders’ demise: What are the lessons?

By JEFF MACKLER (This is an updated and expanded version of the article we first published on May 12.) U.S. primary election math pundits, as well as virtually the entire corporate media, insist, and with good reason, that Bernie Sanders has lost the Democratic Party presidential primary election contest. Indeed, following his nearly 13-point California … Continue reading Bernie Sanders’ demise: What are the lessons?

Entrapped Somali youth on trial for ‘conspiracy’

By KAREN SCHRAUFNAGEL The local capitalist media dubbed it, “Minnesota’s Terror Trial.” Guled Ali Omar, Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, and Abdirahman Yasin Daud were allegedly part of a massive plot to travel to Syria in order to join ISIS (“ISIL”). The “conspiracy” was said to involve at least 10 young Somali men, all residents of the … Continue reading Entrapped Somali youth on trial for ‘conspiracy’

Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

By CHRISTINE MARIE “Astro Noise,” Whitney Museum of American Art, Feb. 5 – May 2, 2016. In the “Seeds of Time,” Frederic Jameson famously wrote of our cultural moment, “It seems to be easier to imagine the thorough-going deterioration of the earth and of nature than the breakdown of late capitalism; perhaps that is due … Continue reading Laura Poitras: Astro Noise

Nabisco workers protest layoffs and downsizing

By MARK UGOLINI A spirited and determined group of about 150 current and former Nabisco bakery workers and their supporters demonstrated on May 18 at Mondelez International’s annual shareholder meeting in Lincolnshire, Ill. Workers protested the company’s decision to lay off 600 of the 1200 workers at its Southwest side Chicago plant. Mondelez International is … Continue reading Nabisco workers protest layoffs and downsizing

Sanders, socialism and the U.S. left in crisis

By JEFF MACKLER U.S. primary election math pundits are now calculating that Bernie Sanders cannot win the Democratic Party presidential primary contest. His impending demise, and indeed his Democratic Party candidacy itself, has sparked a wide-ranging discussion and debate in the U.S. socialist movement, and in broader circles, that reveals an extraordinary level of confusion … Continue reading Sanders, socialism and the U.S. left in crisis

Students, staff protest cuts at Chicago State

By MARK UGOLINI Chicago State University (CSU) announced the layoff of more than 300 employees, effective on April 29. Widely considered only the first round of layoffs, it impacts about one-third of the university’s workforce. CSU and other Illinois state universities have been denied funds for nearly the entire academic year, resulting in layoffs, furloughs, … Continue reading Students, staff protest cuts at Chicago State

Clinton, Kissinger and the coup in Honduras

By ANN MONTAGUE In one of the early Democratic Party debates, in order to inflate her credentials as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton threw out an off-the-cuff comment about her relationship with Henry Kissinger: “I was very flattered when Henry Kissinger said I ran the State Department better—better than anybody had run it in a … Continue reading Clinton, Kissinger and the coup in Honduras

Greece 2015: Lessons of the defeat

By JEFF MACKLER The classic definition of Greek tragedy from the times of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides 2500 years ago applies with a vengeance today. The Greek working masses have suffered a terrible defeat at the hands of Europe’s imperial economic and political powers—tragically, with the full complicity of the reformist, that is, pro-capitalist, Syriza … Continue reading Greece 2015: Lessons of the defeat

Dominican gov’t expels Haitians

By MARTY GOODMAN In a clear attempt at ethnic cleansing, hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent have been rendered stateless under Dominican law. A series of racist court rulings on immigration in 2004, 2010, and 2013 paved the way for a dragnet based on race that might result in mass expulsions. A 2013 … Continue reading Dominican gov’t expels Haitians

Anti-Mumia gag law protested

By MICHAEL SCHREIBER Since Mumia Abu-Jamal was railroaded to death row on false charges of killing a Philadelphia police officer 33 years ago, he has won acclaim for his eight books and thousands of articles and radio commentaries. Known as the “voice of the voiceless,” Mumia has become one of the foremost progressive political essayists … Continue reading Anti-Mumia gag law protested

Outrage at NY police chief appointment

By MARTY GOODMAN  Shock and outrage greeted the appointment of New York City’s former Chief of Police Bill Bratton as top cop under newly elected Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat. Bratton was the city’s police chief in 1994-1996, during the conservative administration of Rudy Guiliani, which was notorious for police murders of Blacks and … Continue reading Outrage at NY police chief appointment

The march on Washington — past & present

By ANDREW POLLACK The militant outpouring on the streets in reaction to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, racist murderer of Trayvon Martin, combined with a series of other recent attacks on people of color in the U.S. (such as the Supreme Court’s gutting of the Voting Rights Act) has most observers predicting a big turnout … Continue reading The march on Washington — past & present

Taliban shoots young feminist, socialist

By DANIEL XAVIER (Updated Oct. 15) Tens of thousands of people rallied in Karachi, Pakistan, on Oct. 14 to show support for Malala Yousufzai, a young feminist and socialist activist who was shot by the Taliban. The following day, Malala arrived at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Birmingham, England, where she was airlifted for further treatment. … Continue reading Taliban shoots young feminist, socialist

What Libya’s Elections Mean for the People

Millions of Libyans cast their ballots on July 7 in the first “free” election Libya has seen in over four decades. Throngs of people packed into voting booths to select the country’s new 200-seat National Assembly, which will be tasked with creating a new government and writing up a draft constitution. In response to the … Continue reading What Libya’s Elections Mean for the People