Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Demonstrate by Day, Strategize by Night: A Report on the Socialist Convergencehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4741http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4741Lead ArticleOn the steamy evening of July 27 in Philadelphia a raucous audience of close to 800 gathered to discuss electoral politics and movement-building. This was day three of Socialist Convergence, organized by a coalition of left organizations to create a socialist presence during the Democratic National Convention. Our target participants were the Sanders delegates and supporters who had promised to challenge the party’s lack of democracy and to organize protests in and around the convention that...by Johanna BrennerWed, 24 Aug 2016 17:36:45 +0000 The LGBTQ Movement Todayhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4739http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4739Lead ArticleA year after marriage equality was legalized nationwide, and two months since the June 12 massacre at a gay club in Orlando, the LGBT movement confronts a contradictory future. Although Orlando dramatized that violence against LGBT people persists, fueled by rightwing politicians’ hateful attacks, great victories have been won, and public acceptance of queer people has expanded to levels that once seemed unimaginable.<br />But some of these victories have been constrained by the social structures...by Donna CartwrightFri, 12 Aug 2016 16:31:13 +0000 For Jill Stein and Independent Politicshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4736http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4736Lead ArticleIf you believe that a better choice is possible, a movement for political revolution also needs an electoral expression. In this election, the best expression at the national level of what all of us have been fighting for is the Green Party campaign of Jill Stein. Solidarity supports that campaign as a way to support the political revolution in 2016.<br />Looking not only toward November but also beyond, especially to Bernie Sanders’ supporters who reject the dead-end option of Hillary Clinton, we...from the National Committee of SolidarityTue, 19 Jul 2016 19:47:38 +0000 Reimagining the Harper's Ferry Revolthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4698http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4698Against the Current ArticleThe Good Lord Bird<br />By James McBride<br />New York: Riverhead Books, 2013.<br />NOVELIST AND JAZZ saxophonist James McBride earned a National Book Award for his 2013 novel The Good Lord Bird, a farcical telling of John Brown&rsquo;s 1859 anti-slavery battle at Harpers Ferry. The author is acclaimed for his earlier work The Color of Water, a tribute to the community that raised him, and a newly published study of the &ldquo;Godfather of Soul&rdquo; James Brown.<br />According to the novel&rsquo;s conceit, a 1966...Ursula McTaggartWed, 22 Jun 2016 19:33:43 +0000 Political Revolution -- What Is It?http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4685http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4685Against the Current ArticleTHE &ldquo;POLITICAL REVOLUTION&rdquo; proclaimed by Bernie Sanders refuses to fold its tents in the wake of the Democratic primary season. Although Hillary Clinton is the Democratic presidential nominee, Sanders and his movement promise to carry the fight to the Philadelphia convention, and beyond &#8212; in some form (or several) still very much remaining to be determined. We&rsquo;ve solicited several perspectives in this issue of Against the Current which appear in the section on...The EditorsTue, 21 Jun 2016 21:17:55 +0000 Electoral Strategy After Bernie's Campaignhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4690http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4690Against the Current ArticleTHE MERITS OF Bernie Sanders&rsquo; campaign for president have been debated ad nauseam. Rather than rehash this debate, those who supported Sanders&rsquo;s candidacy (including myself) can better contribute to debates on electoral strategy by assessing our own work and laying out the lessons we have learned.<br />Supporters of Bernie Sanders wagered that his campaign would be the most important event in the development of socialist politics in decades. There is at least some evidence to suggest that...Neal MeyerTue, 21 Jun 2016 21:29:56 +0000 Challenging the Duopoly Candidates in West Baltimorehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4742http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4742Webzine ArticleNnamdi Scott running as an independent candidate for a seat on the Baltimore City Council, representing the Seventh District. The West Baltimore district is home to Gilmor Homes, where Freddie Gray lived, and Mondawmin Transit Center, where students’ response to a transit shutdown as school was getting out shortly after Gray’s death in police custody sparked citywide protests and a police crackdown. District Seven is also the site of Coppin State University, one of Baltimore’s two...from the editorsThu, 25 Aug 2016 20:11:25 +0000 Demonstrate by Day, Strategize by Night: A Report on the Socialist Convergencehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4741http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4741Webzine ArticleOn the steamy evening of July 27 in Philadelphia a raucous audience of close to 800 gathered to discuss electoral politics and movement-building. This was day three of Socialist Convergence, organized by a coalition of left organizations to create a socialist presence during the Democratic National Convention. Our target participants were the Sanders delegates and supporters who had promised to challenge the party’s lack of democracy and to organize protests in and around the convention that...by Johanna BrennerWed, 24 Aug 2016 17:36:45 +0000 Victory in Shutting Down Coal Porthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4740http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4740Webzine ArticleOn July 19, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously to turn down the application for export of coal to Asia through a bulk commodities terminal under construction at the city’s port. This followed an earlier June 27 vote at a special council meeting. The developers of the proposed coal export facility--who were offered $53 million by Utah coal interests--are expected to sue. It’s an important victory for the residents of Oakland and the result of a popular mobilization. Under the...from Against the CurrentMon, 15 Aug 2016 16:51:59 +0000 The LGBTQ Movement Todayhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4739http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4739Webzine ArticleA year after marriage equality was legalized nationwide, and two months since the June 12 massacre at a gay club in Orlando, the LGBT movement confronts a contradictory future. Although Orlando dramatized that violence against LGBT people persists, fueled by rightwing politicians’ hateful attacks, great victories have been won, and public acceptance of queer people has expanded to levels that once seemed unimaginable.by Donna CartwrightFri, 12 Aug 2016 16:31:13 +0000 Dan Savage on the Green Party? Just Nohttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4737http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4737Webzine ArticleIncredibly privileged gay white man comfortably speaking for all the oppressed? Just no.<br />Acting as though political change in the US progresses in some gradual, arithmetic way from local races to national races? Just no.<br />(How could anyone think this after just watching the Bernie Sanders campaign? Yes, I’m aware that it happened within the context of a Democratic primary. But we just watched one of the two most significant insurgent, progressive presidential campaigns in the last 40 years, and...by Adam HeftyFri, 22 Jul 2016 14:23:48 +0000 Kwame M.A. Somburu (1934-2016)http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4738http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4738Webzine ArticleKwame Somburu was born in New York’s Harlem Hospital in 1934 as Paul Boutelle, but changed his name in 1979. He died of kidney cancer on May 3, 2016 in Albany, NY. His father, Anton Boutelle, was an electrician; his mother, Ann May Benjamin, worked as a seamstress. A proud Black nationalist, socialist, atheist, and anti-imperialist, Kwame combined political activism with running for public office as an independent candidate.<br />Kwame sold the Great Books of the Western World series door to door,...by Dianne FeeleyThu, 21 Jul 2016 16:21:35 +0000