Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Building Power through Electoral Efforts: Approaches to Independent Political Actionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4444http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4444Lead ArticleThis article is based on a talk given by the author at the recent Future of Left/Independent Politics Electoral Action conference in Chicago, May 2-4, 2015.<br />Those of us who want to see progressive social change in America view electoral activity not as end by itself, but as an important tool. Electoral activities serve three purposes:<br />Mike Parker with posters from Richmond Progressive Alliance.<br />Effecting change through the government or state. While we understand that government is not truly...by Mike ParkerThu, 21 May 2015 20:58:15 +0000 No Justice for Tony Robinson: An Update from Madisonhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4439http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4439Lead ArticleOn Tuesday, May 12th, Dane County District Attorney<br />Ismael Ozanne announced that the state would not prosecute Matt Kenny,<br />the white Madison police officer who shot and killed 19-year old Tony<br />Robinson on March 6th. Speaking at a packed press conference, the<br />prosecutor stated that Kenny had executed “the lawful use of deadly force”<br />and would not face criminal charges for firing seven close-range rounds<br />into the unarmed African-American youth. Narrating the chain of events that led to what...by Allen RuffFri, 15 May 2015 21:06:28 +0000 A History of the Two-Party System: Part 4 (The Present)http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4438http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4438Lead ArticleAs evidence for its validity or usefulness faded, “progressive” institutions, organizations, and ideologues have clung tenaciously to their one great dogma, rooted in the faith that the two-party system remains an eternal, ultimately unchallengeable reality. As with the most reactionary commentators, self-described “progressives“ projected their own failures on those who declined to make them. This dogma asserts that it is more damaging to progressive interest to challenge the two-party...by Mark LauseWed, 13 May 2015 20:58:42 +0000 The Two-Party System, Part IVhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4423http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4423Against the Current ArticleTHE POWER STRUCTURE in the West and its institutional translators hailed the implosion of the USSR and its allies as the ultimate vindication of capitalism &#8212; as though the failure of one thing proves anything about another. Some even resurrected assertions about the end of ideology and the end of history.<br />As after 1945, the loss of its primary enemy forced an economy and society geared for war to find new enemies. The 1980s launched an international &ldquo;war on drugs,&rdquo; and 20 years...Mark A. LauseMon, 27 Apr 2015 20:16:49 +0000 El Salvador Feminists Fight for Justicehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4415http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4415Against the Current ArticleGUADALUPE, PREGNANT AT the age of 18 in El Salvador as the result of a rape, suffered obstetrical complications before she gave birth in the home where she worked as a domestic employee. The fetus did not survive. After hours of hemorrhaging, her employer took her to the public hospital.<br />There, medical personnel accused her of abortion, illegal under all circumstances in El Salvador, and turned her over to police. Prosecutors upgraded the charges to aggravated homicide, and the judge sent her to...Kathy BougherMon, 27 Apr 2015 19:51:03 +0000 The Crisis of World Laborhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4424http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4424Against the Current ArticleBOTH THE SIZE and composition of the world working class have changed dramatically over the past four decades. But these massive shifts are not reflected in the strength of workers&rsquo; organizations.<br />In what was traditionally called the global South, capital accumulation has resulted in the fast growth of the number of wage-earners in industry, building, services, and transport. A recent International Labor Organization (ILO) study revealed that in the period 1980-2005, the labor force in the...Marcel van der LindenMon, 27 Apr 2015 20:25:32 +0000 Building Power through Electoral Efforts: Approaches to Independent Political Actionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4444http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4444Webzine ArticleThis article is based on a talk given by the author at the recent Future of Left/Independent Politics Electoral Action conference in Chicago, May 2-4, 2015.<br />Those of us who want to see progressive social change in America view electoral activity not as end by itself, but as an important tool. Electoral activities serve three purposes:<br />Effecting change through the government or state. While we understand that government is not truly independent of the strong social forces in our society, it is...by Mike ParkerThu, 21 May 2015 20:58:15 +0000 No Justice for Tony Robinson: An Update from Madisonhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4439http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4439Webzine ArticleOn Tuesday, May 12th, Dane County District Attorney<br />Ismael Ozanne announced that the state would not prosecute Matt Kenny,<br />the white Madison police officer who shot and killed 19-year old Tony<br />Robinson on March 6th. Speaking at a packed press conference, the<br />prosecutor stated that Kenny had executed “the lawful use of deadly force”<br />and would not face criminal charges for firing seven close-range rounds<br />into the unarmed African-American youth. Narrating the chain of events that led to what...by Allen RuffFri, 15 May 2015 21:06:28 +0000 A History of the Two-Party System: Part 4 (The Present)http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4438http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4438Webzine ArticleThe power structure in the West and its institutional translators hailed the implosion of the USSR and its allies as the ultimate vindication of capitalism, as though the failure of one thing proves anything about another. Some even resurrected assertions about the end of ideology and the end of history.<br />As after 1945, the loss of its primary enemy forced an economy and society geared for war to find new enemies. The 1980s launched an international “war on drugs,” and 20 years later, the...by Mark LauseWed, 13 May 2015 20:58:42 +0000 A History of the Two-Party System: Part 3 (1930s through 1980s)http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4437http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4437Webzine ArticleAmericans who are predisposed to “progressive” ideas regularly praise the merits of pragmatism and flexibility, while denouncing “rigidity and dogmatism.” Most often they do this to disparage the idea of doing anything other than voting Democratic. From their perspective, flexibility and pragmatism means seeing the election of Democrats as the way to foster a more just, rational, and peaceful world. In reality, offering only one course against all possible alternatives is practically the...by Mark LauseWed, 06 May 2015 16:39:26 +0000 Left and Independent Political Action Conference: Unprecedented Cooperationhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4432http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4432Webzine ArticleSome 200 political activists from a variety of independent political organizations, as well as individual activists, carried out rich discussion and amicable debate about how to collaborate in the work of building a large political alternative to the left of the Democratic Party. Participating in the Future of the Left/Independent Politics Conference in an unprecedented spirit of cooperation, national, state, and local candidates and activists, as well as elected officials from the Green Party,...by Dan La BotzTue, 05 May 2015 20:11:26 +0000 All Night, All Day, We Will Fight for Freddie Gray! In Solidarity with Baltimorehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4431http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4431Webzine ArticleSixteen days after the arrest of Freddie Gray, Baltimore police and government officials have no word for their city on why he died. No statement, no explanation, no insight as to how this young man emerged from police custody with his voice box crushed and 80% of his spinal cord severed. Outrage at this injustice and the pattern of racist violence it represents has sparked ongoing demonstrations, a drive to organize and unite against police brutality, and a politicization unprecedented in the...from the Political Committee of SolidarityWed, 29 Apr 2015 15:28:35 +0000