Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en After the Killings in Orlando: Grief, Anger and Vigilancehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4684http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4684Lead ArticleThe killings perpetrated at the Pulse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) nightclub in Orlando in the United States leave us in profound grief. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones, predominantly from the Latino community, and all the victims of hate crimes against LGBTIQ people around the world. We are participating in and initiating solidarity rallies, in many countries grieving over the biggest concentrated slaughter of LGBTIQ people since the Second...from the Bureau of the Fourth InternationalMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:01:28 +0000 A Socialist Convergence in Philadelphiahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4683http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4683Lead ArticleThe Bernie Sanders campaign represented a breakthrough on the U.S. left--not because the insurgency within the Democratic Party offered a new opportunity to transform the graveyard of social movements, but primarily because the campaign surfaced a growing desire of millions for a left program and opened a much larger space to talk about socialism, while also exposing the limitation of the Democratic Party.<br />Inside the July 25-28 Democratic National Convention (DNC), Sanders’ delegates will be...by Robert CaldwellFri, 10 Jun 2016 22:32:28 +0000 Remembering Glenn Shelton, 1952-2016http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681Lead ArticleGlenn Shelton, a retired president of Michigan Mailhandlers Local 307 who never stopped fighting for the rights of working people, and a member of Solidarity, died March 24 after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary Jackson-Shelton only weeks earlier. We mourn these losses.<br />Glenn hoped to be remembered as someone who “loved his people, his family and his friends,” and as “the type of person who showed us that we can fight what is evil in the world without...by Dianne Feeley and David FinkelTue, 17 May 2016 20:20:53 +0000 Inside/Outside the Campus Boxhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4658http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4658Against the Current ArticleThe Cutting Edge<br />By David Lansky (George Snedeker)<br />Xlibris LLC, 2014 (200 pages). This book can be ordered by phone at 1-888-795-4274; or by email at Orders@www.Xlibris.com<br />THIS SATIRICAL NOVEL brings to mind our present reality: It may be that what is happening to universities around the country is so bold in its neoliberal modeling of the corporate enterprise, and its neoconservative tendency to condemn anything remotely connected to critical thinking, that it can only be made comprehensible...Michael E. BrownMon, 25 Apr 2016 23:27:47 +0000 Russia's Intervention and Syria's Futurehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4643http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4643Against the Current Article[The following is excerpted from an extensive interview with Gilbert Achcar by Ilya Budraitskis. The text is online at http://www.criticatac.ro/lefteast/interview-gilbert-achcar-on-russian-military-operation-in-syria/.]<br />THE INITIAL OFFICIAL reason for [Russia&rsquo;s] intervention was designed for Russia to get a Western, and especially American, green light. Before Russian planes started bombing, the statements from Washington were welcoming Russia&rsquo;s contribution to the fight against...Gilbert AchcarMon, 25 Apr 2016 21:54:03 +0000 U.S. Labor -- What's New, What's Not?http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4647http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4647Against the Current ArticleWE ALL KNOW that there&rsquo;s something different about today&rsquo;s working class. One obvious difference is that today&rsquo;s working class produces fewer things &ldquo;you can drop on your toe,&rdquo; as The Economist famously put it, and more that you can&rsquo;t. What&rsquo;s actually changing in capitalist production in the United States?<br />While Marx mostly spoke of industrial workers who extracted or made goods he did not, in fact, define the proletariat by what commodities it produced....Kim MoodyMon, 25 Apr 2016 22:06:34 +0000 After Bernie—Electoral Strategy for the Left in 2016http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4709http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4709Webzine ArticleNow that Donald Trump, an overt racist, has wrapped up the Republican nomination for US President, a chorus of voices is proposing a “left strategy” which can “defeat Trump” by electing the more covert racist, Hillary Clinton, whom the Democratic Party will almost surely be nominating. See, for example, the articles by Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Bill Fletcher, and Bob Wing.<br />There are two premises which underlie this viewpoint. First, that it is better for the left (for the progressive...by various authorsFri, 24 Jun 2016 17:56:44 +0000 Stop the Repression in Mexicohttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4702http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4702Webzine ArticleSince the Mexican government passed an alleged "educational reform"--actually a reform that profoundly affects working conditions, attacks job security and the rights of unions to organise in the sector--through Congress, education workers have maintained strong resistance.<br />The government of Peña Nieto tried to break the resistance of workers in education, especially teachers, in several ways. One was to compel teachers to undergo an educational assessment, which is a punitive measure and would...from the Bureau of the Fourth InternationalWed, 22 Jun 2016 20:09:21 +0000 After the Killings in Orlando: Grief, Anger and Vigilancehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4684http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4684Webzine ArticleThe killings perpetrated at the Pulse lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) nightclub in Orlando in the United States leave us in profound grief. Our thoughts are with the victims and their loved ones, predominantly from the Latino community, and all the victims of hate crimes against LGBTIQ people around the world. We are participating in and initiating solidarity rallies, in many countries grieving over the biggest concentrated slaughter of LGBTIQ people since the Second...from the Bureau of the Fourth InternationalMon, 20 Jun 2016 18:01:28 +0000 A Socialist Convergence in Philadelphiahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4683http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4683Webzine ArticleThe Bernie Sanders campaign represented a breakthrough on the U.S. left--not because the insurgency within the Democratic Party offered a new opportunity to transform the graveyard of social movements, but primarily because the campaign surfaced a growing desire of millions for a left program and opened a much larger space to talk about socialism, while also exposing the limitation of the Democratic Party.<br />The last of the Cold War mental barriers against socialism have been breached. The youth...by Robert CaldwellFri, 10 Jun 2016 22:32:28 +0000 "This Deportation Business": The 1920s and the Presenthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4682http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4682Webzine ArticleWhile the machinery of deportation has reached an unprecedented scale in recent decades, its roots are both deep and critical for understanding its place in modern U.S. society. The massive infrastructure for removal that looms over the nation’s immigrant population has its underpinnings in the early 20th century.<br />This article will examine the growth of the deportation regime during the 1920s, and explore the enduring ramifications of early deportation practice and the renegotiation of the...Emily Pope-ObedaSat, 28 May 2016 15:53:51 +0000 Remembering Glenn Shelton, 1952-2016http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681Webzine ArticleGlenn Shelton, a retired president of Michigan Mailhandlers Local 307 who never stopped fighting for the rights of working people, and a member of Solidarity, died March 24 after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary Jackson-Shelton only weeks earlier. We mourn these losses.<br />“The highest office of any union presents many strong temptations for the abuse of official power,” said Barbara Harvey--who served as Local 307’s attorney from 1986 through 1998 when...by Dianne Feeley and David FinkelTue, 17 May 2016 20:20:53 +0000