Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en 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 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 black bodies in the newshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4745http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4745Against the Current Articlechalk line coordinates prophesied<br />from anonymous data<br />black as space where<br />comet tails flash the sky before we can blink<br />reflections in a night of revolving doors<br />the science of statistics stands with a gun and club<br />between you and lottery heaven<br />but odds run heavy when it comes to<br />the nightstick chokehold<br />the taser tag team<br />the ballistics of resisting<br />misapprehensions of other....Kim D. HunterWed, 31 Aug 2016 03:30:27 +0000 War Against the Kurds Renewedhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4755http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4755Against the Current ArticleIN LATE JUNE 2015 a NATO meeting held at Turkey&rsquo;s request gave the green light to a bombing campaign against &ldquo;terrorists&rdquo; across the southern borders in Syria and Iraq. The &ldquo;terrorists&rdquo; meant not only the Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria but also the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party) in its Iraqi mountain redoubt of Qandil.<br />For show, Erdogan&rsquo;s airforce carried out a few symbolic raids against ISIS, but in reality the aerial offensive was against the Kurdish fighters...Sarah Parker and Phil HearseWed, 31 Aug 2016 20:43:26 +0000 Allen Ginsberg and the '60s Movementhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4765http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4765Against the Current ArticleThe Poetry and Politics of Allen Ginsberg<br />By Eliot Katz<br />Beatdom Books, 2016, 329 pages, $28 paperback.<br />ELIOT KATZ IS a political poet, presently resident in New Jersey, who was a student and close associate of the iconic poet Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) during the last period of Ginsberg&rsquo;s life. This newly-published book is a consideration of three interconnected questions: 1) the relationship of poetry and art to social realities, specifically to political struggles; 2) an appreciation...Steve BloomWed, 31 Aug 2016 22:56:50 +0000 Why "Lesser Evilism" Is a Loserhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4796http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4796Webzine ArticleAGAINST THE CURRENT interviewed Jill Stein, the Green Party candidate for president in 2016 following its convention at the end of July. The Green Party vice-presidential candidate is Ajamu Baraka.<br />Against the Current: How do you answer the question that the only thing that counts is beating Trump?<br />Jill Stein: That’s the question we get every election. It’s the question we get most in this election. It’s what the Democrats said in 1964 about Goldwater. “Part of the way with LBJ.”...Jill Stein interviewed by Against the CurrentMon, 19 Sep 2016 17:50:35 +0000 A Giant Flushing Soundhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4790http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4790Webzine 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 Forfeiting the Future at Wayne State and Other Public Universitieshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4772http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4772Webzine ArticleIn 2007 the Wayne State Board of Governors (BoG), at the behest of a shortsighted Administration, terminated the one department at WSU dedicated to an “open admissions” policy for working adults wishing to pursue a degree. Of the six Democrats on the BoG, four of them (including one white male union official), as well as the two Republicans, voted with the Administration, ending an internationally recognized program that began in 1973.<br />This disastrous decision not only shut off welcoming...by Fran ShorTue, 06 Sep 2016 19:34:11 +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