Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Connecting Sanders' Audience’s Aspirations to Clear Working Class Political Alternativeshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480Lead ArticleSolidarity understands the strategic imperative of organizing a mass base for independent working class political action that unites working people, the independent social movements, and organizations of the oppressed in a battle for their common interests against capitalism and its political representatives. Unlike those on the left who continue to see the Democratic Party as a lesser evil that can be influenced from within, we regard the Democratic Party as unreformable, committed to imposing...by Traven and JoannaThu, 30 Jul 2015 01:40:45 +0000 Rainbows and Weddings: The Neoliberal and Imperialist Politics of LGBT Rightshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4477http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4477Lead ArticleJust like the neoliberalization of LGBT rights, there is a specific history of how the LGBT movement was globalized. In her address to United Nations in December 2011 on the anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Hillary Clinton came out in support of the “global LGBT community” in a speech that declared gay rights as human rights. The then Secretary of State declared it a "violation of human rights" to commit violence or discrimination against people because of their sexual...by Mehlab JameelMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:34:40 +0000 Our Movement is Globalhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4451http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4451Lead ArticleAgainst the Current: Although Black women have been central to the organizing of Black Lives Matter, it seems that the media focus on Black men and forgets the victimization that is imposed on Black women. How do you deal with this?<br />Alice Ragland: Ignoring the Black women who have been victimized is unacceptable. This is one of the many problems that make me feel as if I constantly have to choose between my race and my gender.<br />I deal with this by being vocal about the importance of including...Alice Ragland interviewed by Against the CurrentFri, 19 Jun 2015 21:07:29 +0000 Paradoxes of Politicshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4452http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4452Against the Current Article[NOTE: This editorial statement for the July-August Against the Current went to press before the Supreme Court rulings on health care and marriage equality, and Congressional approval of fast-track authorization for negotiating the Trans Pacific Partnership.]<br />WHILE THE ROSTER of Republican presidential candidates seems to expand exponentially, on the Democratic side &#8212; with one Democratic candidate awaiting either coronation or token competition &#8212; Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont,...The EditorsFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:19:44 +0000 Detroit's Foreclosure Disasterhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4459http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4459Against the Current ArticleDETROIT &#8212; WHERE 85% of the working class once owned homes &#8212; has been suffering a waterless hurricane. Predatory mortgage practices that disproportionately targeted African-American homeowners and inflated mortgages resulted in foreclosure on 25% of all residential buildings in the city between 2005 and 2011. Vacancy escalated and blight blossomed.<br />While Detroit endures the highest poverty rate of any major U.S. city, where schools have been closed and services cut to the bone,...Dianne FeeleyFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:33:31 +0000 Capital Crimes of Fashionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4474http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4474Against the Current ArticleStitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion<br />By Tansy E. Hoskins<br />Pluto Press, 2014, 264 pages, $16.99 paperback (40% off).<br />IN FEBRUARY 2013, 21-year-old Kayla Phillips &#8212; who happened to be Black &#8212; bought a bright orange leather bag costing $2,500 by Paris brand Celine. Then things went disastrously wrong.<br />The woman left the store, but the clerk notified the police. Apparently the clerk believed there was no way that a Black, working-class woman could have the means to buy such a...Sheila McClearFri, 26 Jun 2015 19:42:50 +0000 Connecting Sanders' Audience’s Aspirations to Clear Working Class Political Alternativeshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480Webzine ArticleThe following document was discussed at Solidarity's 2015 Convention last weekend and approved by a majority vote, with the addendum that our organization also has many members engaged in the Green Party and that we support their work and the Jill Stein campaign. This resolution is intended to outline an approach to the Sanders campaign and his supporters, and not as an evaluation as Sanders himself or his political views.<br />Solidarity understands the strategic imperative of organizing a mass base...by Traven and JoannaThu, 30 Jul 2015 01:40:45 +0000 Rainbows and Weddings: The Neoliberal and Imperialist Politics of LGBT Rightshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4477http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4477Webzine ArticleJust three days before the Supreme Court announced its decision to legalize same sex marriage in the U.S., President Obama ordered that an undocumented transgender woman be escorted out of the White House Pride celebration because she interrupted the President to raise her voice against the torture and deportation of LGBT people sanctioned by the state. “You are in my House…you should be ashamed of yourself,” scolded the President as gay people in the audience cheered “We love you...by Mehlab JameelMon, 06 Jul 2015 19:34:40 +0000 Our Movement is Globalhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4451http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4451Webzine ArticleAgainst the Current interviewed Alice Ragland, who has been central to organizing Black youth in Cleveland in response the police murder of Tamir Rice, the 12-year old shot to death two seconds after the police arrived at the park where Rice was playing with a toy gun. The Movement for Black Lives National Convening will be held in Cleveland July 24-26. Groups scheduled to attend include Cleveland Action, Ferguson Action, and Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, among many others.<br />Against the...Alice Ragland interviewed by Against the CurrentFri, 19 Jun 2015 21:07:29 +0000 Albert Woodfox and Gary Tyler: Unjustly Imprisoned in Louisianahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4450http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4450Webzine ArticleAs if to show the world that the state of Louisiana is a human rights dead zone, the release of Albert Woodfox after 43 years in solitary confinement--what the prison system calls “cell restriction”--was delayed while the state attorney general appeals a federal judge’s order. His release was ordered by judge James Brady,by David FinkelWed, 17 Jun 2015 20:26:57 +0000 An Alternative for SYRIZAhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4449http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4449Webzine ArticleOn January 25th of this year the Greek left party SYRIZA won the elections and formed a coalition government with a minority populist right party, ANEL, to oust the previous center-right/center-left coalition (New Democracy/PASOK) that governed Greece during the first period of the Greek crisis. New Democracy and PASOK had been alternating in power at least for the last forty years. Syriza's victory has been interpreted by a number of people on the left as a momentous change in the history of...by Achilleas and EleniWed, 10 Jun 2015 18:03:41 +0000 NAFTA's Track Record and the Trans-Pacific Partnershiphttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4448http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4448Webzine ArticleThe Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently being negotiated between the U.S. and 11 other countries is a treaty to cover regulations and investments between the countries. While it is being negotiated in secret from the peoples of the United States and the other countries, the negotiations are not being kept secret from the capitalists involved. For the U.S. side alone, some 600 corporate representatives are neck deep in the negotiations.<br />This gives the game away. The TPP will further the...by Barry SheppardFri, 05 Jun 2015 20:38:15 +0000