Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Build the Left to Defeat the Righthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835Lead ArticleLike millions of people here and around the world, we woke up this morning dismayed and frightened that Donald Trump has been elected President. Whatever we each thought of the Democratic Party and of Hillary Clinton, none of us wanted to believe that so many people could bring themselves to vote for Trump.<br />Exit poll data by race and gender.<br />Simply put: there is a vacuum on the left of US politics. No serious analysis could conclude that the presidential wing of the Democratic Party represents...from the Steering Committee of SolidarityWed, 09 Nov 2016 23:04:19 +0000 Chicago Teachers Union Makes Tentative Contract Agreement without a Strikehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4815http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4815Lead ArticleAs the October 11th strike approached, Chicago teachers set up a strike headquarters and distributed picket signs while parents and their children picketed the mayor’s house. After 18 months of bargaining, and over a year since their contract expired, the Board of Education blinked just before the deadline and came up with a significantly better contract offer that is now being debated within the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Both the earlier January 2016 Board of Education proposal and the...by Robert BartlettTue, 25 Oct 2016 16:35:15 +0000 A Giant Flushing Soundhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4790http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4790Lead ArticleIn a surreal and bitterly polarized election year, there is one issue on which the majority of voters, left to right, agree: Flush the Trans Pacific Partnership. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders ran against the TPP, and Hillary Clinton says she opposes it after she used to support it.<br />There is also one issue on which the established leadership of the Republican and Democratic parties, amidst all the infamous gridlock of Congress, agree: they want the TPP. And it’s just possible that in the...from the Editors of Against the CurrentTue, 13 Sep 2016 23:32:15 +0000 How Woodrow Wilson Entered World War Ihttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4813http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4813Against the Current ArticleWORLD WAR I had already been raging across Europe and elsewhere for two and a half years when Woodrow Wilson went before a joint session of Congress on April 2nd, 1917 to request a declaration of war against Germany.<br />The President began his address with a casus belli indictment against the &ldquo;Kaisereich&rdquo; centered primarily upon the continued violation of U.S. neutrality that Wilson had declared at the very start of the war in August, 1914. Overriding limited but vocal opposition, the...Allen RuffMon, 24 Oct 2016 20:45:59 +0000 Oil Pipelines: Converging in Illinoishttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4814http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4814Against the Current ArticleIt isn&rsquo;t nice to block the doorways,<br />It isn&rsquo;t nice to go to jail,<br />There are nicer ways to do it,<br />But the nice ways always fail...<br />Yeah, we tried negotiations<br />And the token picket line,<br />Mister Charlie didn&rsquo;t see us<br />And he might as well be blind;<br />When you deal with men of ice,<br />You can&rsquo;t deal with ways so nice,<br />But if that&rsquo;s freedom&rsquo;s price,<br />We don&rsquo;t mind...<br />&#8212; &ldquo;It Isn&rsquo;t Nice,&rdquo; by Malvina Reynolds (1965)Sandra LindbergMon, 24 Oct 2016 20:52:04 +0000 Weaponizing Modernist Culturehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4821http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4821Against the Current ArticleCold War Modernists:<br />Art, Literature, and American Cultural Diplomacy<br />By Greg Barnhisel<br />New York: Columbia University Press, 2015, 322 pages, $40.<br />THE POLITICAL MANIPULATION of American culture in the 1950s by the Central Intelligence Agency has been the subject of enduring fascination for over 50 years. Using financial &ldquo;soft power,&rdquo; the CIA attracted and co-opted the work of abstract expressionist artists and jazz musicians for Cold War propaganda purposes.<br />Much absorbing background...Alan WaldTue, 25 Oct 2016 18:37:11 +0000 Environmental Racism in Santa Cruzhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4838http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4838Webzine ArticleIn Santa Cruz, California a much-beloved community garden, tended by immigrant gardeners for 23 years, has been reduced to half its size, with the future of even the smaller plot in doubt. The fight to save the garden has galvanized progressive Santa Cruzans, many of whom seem to be in this for the long haul. Even if insignificant in the larger scheme of things, this campaign has much to teach us about how different forms of injustice converge and about how to confront the environmental racism...by Michael Gasser Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:02:30 +0000 Build the Left to Defeat the Righthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835Webzine ArticleLike millions of people here and around the world, we woke up this morning dismayed and frightened that Donald Trump has been elected President. Whatever we each thought of the Democratic Party and of Hillary Clinton, none of us wanted to believe that a plurality of voters could bring themselves to vote for Trump. His victory is part of a global pattern of an ascendant, populist right, following in the wake of the similarly unexpected vote in favor of Brexit in the UK, and, like Brexit, it is...from the Steering Committee of SolidarityWed, 09 Nov 2016 23:04:19 +0000 Only the Privileged Can Afford Hillary Clintonhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4823http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4823Webzine ArticleIt’s That Time again in the presidential election cycle when the scolds of institutionalized liberalism are out in force to bully people into voting for the perennial corporate Democrat in order to stop the perennially worse corporate Republican. Paul Krugman. Robert Reich. Ben Jealous. Dan Savage. Michael Moore. Joy Reid. Bernie Sanders. Tom Toles. In These Times. The Nation. The Root. Daily Kos. Rolling Stone. The New York Times.<br />"Only the privileged can afford to vote for Jill Stein” is...By Howie HawkinsFri, 04 Nov 2016 18:22:27 +0000 Chicago Teachers Union Makes Tentative Contract Agreement without a Strikehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4815http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4815Webzine ArticleAs the October 11th strike approached, Chicago teachers set up a strike headquarters and distributed picket signs while parents and their children picketed the mayor’s house. After 18 months of bargaining, and over a year since their contract expired, the Board of Education blinked just before the deadline and came up with a significantly better contract offer that is now being debated within the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Both the earlier January 2016 Board of Education proposal and the...by Robert BartlettTue, 25 Oct 2016 16:35:15 +0000 Standing Rock and Our Futurehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4801http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4801Webzine ArticleStanding Rock, the largest uprising of indigenous people that our generation has seen, is what the future looks like. Tribes who have had centuries-long divisions have entered into a space of forgiveness and love with their shared mission: saving mother planet, saving her water. The people at Standing Rock are incredibly welcoming. Seven massive kitchens serve three hot meals a day to any and everyone living at the encampment. Standing Rock is a role model of the future. These incredible...By Alison BaldreeFri, 21 Oct 2016 20:45:34 +0000 A Long Time Coming: Roots of the Milwaukee Uprisinghttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4800http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4800Webzine ArticleThe outpouring of grief and anger following the August 13 police killing during a traffic stop of Sylville Smith, a 23 year old Black man who became the latest victim of police related violence in the city of Milwaukee, can only be understood against the backdrop of systematic police violence, oppression, discrimination, and poverty. Milwaukee is the most segregated city in the country and the worst place for Black people as seen in virtually every social index from unemployment rates, multiple...from the Milwaukee Branch of SolidarityThu, 13 Oct 2016 14:38:51 +0000