Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Open Letter to the People of the United States – from Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maríahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164Lead ArticleDEAR FRIENDS:<br />By now you have surely heard about the catastrophic impact of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, as well as the slow and still inadequate response by U.S. federal agencies, such as FEMA.<br />A month after María, dozens of communities are still inaccessible by car or truck. Close to 90 percent of all homes lack electricity. Half lack running water. Many of Puerto Rico’s 3.2 million residents have difficulties obtaining drinking water. The death toll continues to rise due to lack of...Manuel Rodríguez Banchs and Rafael Bernabe Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:30:19 +0000 Dilemmas of Electoral Politics: The Working Families Party and the Greens in New York Statehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162Lead ArticleThe US Left has long struggled with the problem of doing electoral politics in a “winner-take-all” voting system and has long debated how to relate to the Democratic Party and especially to the campaigns of progressive Democratic Party candidates.<br />This strategic question is especially pressing in states, like New York, that allow “fusion” balloting. In New York State, individual candidates may be endorsed by and run as the candidate of more than one party.<br />The Working Families Party...SolidarityFri, 27 Oct 2017 19:09:39 +0000 Puerto Rico: Some Lessons of the Hurricanehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5116http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5116Lead ArticleCrises raise new, sharp problems that unveil and accentuate both the admirable and the negative aspects of the societies they affect. They also pose new tasks and offer new perspectives on already established plans. The case of Puerto Rico and the effect and response to the strike by Hurricane María is no exception.<br />We begin with the admirable: the presence of solidarity, of community, and of generosity that continues to exist in our country in spite of three decades of neoliberal practices and...Rafael BernabeThu, 05 Oct 2017 20:46:27 +0000 Resisting Capital's Disastershttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5118http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5118Against the Current ArticleAS THE CATASTROPHES pile up &#8212; natural and unnatural &#8212; each new one tends to knock the previous out of the news cycle. In the wake of Hurricane Maria&rsquo;s near-destruction of Puerto Rico, how much endless &ldquo;breaking news&rdquo; coverage is left for Florida and Houston after Irma and Harvey? By the time this issue of Against the Current reaches our readers, Puerto Rico and the devastated Caribbean islands may be mostly relegated to the archives by California wildfires and new...The EditorsTue, 17 Oct 2017 21:20:40 +0000 World War I & Afterward: Upheaval, Repression & Terrorhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5127http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5127Against the Current ArticleFOLLOWING THE APRIL 1917 U.S. entry into World War I, a massive months-long strike wave occurred as workers in those industries, booming with wartime orders demanded improved conditions and better wages that were rapidly being outstripped by war-bred price increases. In that climate of whipped-up nationalist fervor, xenophobia and racism, such worker militancy along with all antiwar &nbsp;activity was successfully cast by the state, the corporations and a compliant mainstream press as a...Allen RuffWed, 18 Oct 2017 18:30:08 +0000 Open Letter to the People of the United States from Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maríahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5163http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5163Against the Current ArticleDEAR FRIENDS:<br />By now you have surely heard about the catastrophic impact of Hurricane Mar&iacute;a in Puerto Rico, as well as the slow and still inadequate response by U.S. federal agencies, such as FEMA.<br />A month after Mar&iacute;a, dozens of communities are still inaccessible by car or truck. Close to 90 percent of all homes lack electricity. Half lack running water. Many of Puerto Rico&rsquo;s 3.2 million residents have difficulties obtaining drinking water. The death toll continues to rise... Manuel Rodríguez Banchs and Rafael BernabeFri, 27 Oct 2017 19:41:53 +0000 One Hundred Years: A Poem on the Centenary of the Russian Revolutionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5165http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5165Webzine Article1917 Petrograd Soviet Assembly<br />READ THE POEM HERE<br />Steve Bloom is a member of Solidarity.Steve BloomSun, 05 Nov 2017 18:10:47 +0000 Open Letter to the People of the United States – from Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maríahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164Webzine ArticleDEAR FRIENDS:<br />By now you have surely heard about the catastrophic impact of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, as well as the slow and still inadequate response by U.S. federal agencies, such as FEMA.<br />A month after María, dozens of communities are still inaccessible by car or truck. Close to 90 percent of all homes lack electricity. Half lack running water. Many of Puerto Rico’s 3.2 million residents have difficulties obtaining drinking water. The death toll continues to rise due to lack of...Manuel Rodríguez Banchs and Rafael Bernabe Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:30:19 +0000 Dilemmas of Electoral Politics: The Working Families Party and the Greens in New York Statehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162Webzine ArticleThe US Left has long struggled with the problem of doing electoral politics in a “winner-take-all” voting system and has long debated how to relate to the Democratic Party and especially to the campaigns of progressive Democratic Party candidates.<br />This strategic question is especially pressing in states, like New York, that allow “fusion” balloting. In New York State, individual candidates may be endorsed by and run as the candidate of more than one party.<br />The Working Families Party...JohannaFri, 27 Oct 2017 19:09:39 +0000 How to Make a Corporate Democrat Govern as a Progressive (at least some of the time): Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout, Bernie Sanders and the Working Families Partyhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5153http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5153Webzine ArticlePaul Buckowski Times Union<br />New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was first elected in 2010. Early in his tenure, and no doubt in response to that year’s Tea Party wave, he quickly distinguished himself as an aggressive and effective center-right governor.<br />Eager to make it clear that he was not a squishy liberal, New York’s new governor sought and won enormous tax cuts for the wealthy. He came into office with a promise to go after public sector unions and then cut their pensions. He embraced the...Stephanie LuceTue, 24 Oct 2017 17:59:53 +0000 Progressive Democrats Have Little Power Without an Independent Lefthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5151http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5151Webzine ArticleHowie Hawkins is the Green Party Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse NY. For information about his campaign, visit his website.<br />Stephanie Luce asks why did Cuomo shift leftward after the 2014 gubernatorial election in New York? Her answer is that progressives working inside the Democratic Party – Working Families Party, Zephyr Teachout, Bernie Sanders, Fight for $15 demos organized by Democratic Party-oriented unions – changed the political landscape and forced Cuomo to move left to recover the...Howie HawkinsTue, 24 Oct 2017 17:48:05 +0000 Puerto Rico: Some Lessons of the Hurricanehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5116http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5116Webzine Article(Normally my writing, especially when facing new situations,is the result of discussions with my comrades. But these days we are practically incommunicado. That’s why even more than in other cases, this article is entirely my responsibility. And, at the same time, I write with incomplete information, the result of the same lack of communication, and therefore everything that I write is, even more than usual, subject to future correction.)<br />Crises raise new, sharp problems that unveil and...Rafael BernabeThu, 05 Oct 2017 20:46:27 +0000