Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Descent Into Butchery, Part 2: An Update on the Gaza Massacrehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4221http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4221Lead ArticleIt’s official now, as if it weren’t obvious the whole time: Israel is hitting what it aims at, including housing blocks with dozens of trapped families inside, hospitals, schools, mosques, and even places where its air-drop leaflets had told Gaza residents to shelter. These places are hit, says prime minister Netanyahu, because that’s where Hamas hides its rockets to fire into Israel.<br />Even if that’s true--which, in part at least, it probably is--it simply puts Israel and Hamas on the...by David FinkelFri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:19 +0000 Descent Into Butchery: Israel’s Latest Assault on Gazahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4215http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4215Lead ArticleThere should never have been any doubt that another Israeli assault on Gaza would occur, with the inevitable accompanying mass atrocities. That’s not necessarily because it serves anyone’s strategic interests--but simply because Israel’s brutalities in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the strangulation of Gaza by Israel, the new military-dominated regime in Egypt, and the latest collapse of the absurd “peace process” exercise would inevitably produce a triggering event one way or...by David FinkelThu, 10 Jul 2014 22:21:11 +0000 Freedom Summer, 1964: An Overviewhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4211http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4211Lead ArticleJust two weeks &nbsp;after the August 28, 1963 March on Washington, four girls aged 11-14 &#8212; Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair &#8212; died in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama.<br />Medgar Evers.<br />The year 1963 was marked by assassinations and at least 35 bombings. Among those murdered were William Moore, a white civil rights activist who was assassinated on April 20, and Medgar Evers, a NAACP leader in Mississippi, who was...by Marty OppenheimerWed, 25 Jun 2014 23:37:48 +0000 Foreclosure Is Blight!http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4196http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4196Against the Current ArticleWHILE THE MEDIA love to cover stories about the rebounding housing market, the total value of U.S. owner-occupied homes is still $3.6 trillion below what it was eight years ago. Nearly one in five homeowners hold mortgages well above the home&rsquo;s current market value (&ldquo;underwater&rdquo;), and therefore are more likely to default. (See &ldquo;Underwater America,&rdquo; Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California Berkeley report, 2014)<br />With Detroit&rsquo;s...Dianne FeeleyMon, 23 Jun 2014 20:31:02 +0000 Galileo's Revolutionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4199http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4199Against the Current ArticleTHIS YEAR MARKS the 450th anniversary of Galileo&rsquo;s birth. Modern telescopes, which make visible the far reaches of the universe and take us back in time to the moments when the universe was still small, are related by direct lineage to Galileo, who first turned the telescope heavenward and started asking questions that continue to stir us.<br />What is the relevance of Galileo today? Why remember him so prominently when so many other important scientists are not? Einstein identifies one set of...Ansar FayyazuddinMon, 23 Jun 2014 20:40:50 +0000 The Ruins of War, Then and Nowhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4194http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4194Against the Current ArticleTHE GREATNESS OF Eugene V. Debs as a socialist and antiwar leader speaks to us across the century since he issued the 1915 appeal &ldquo;Never Be A Soldier.&rdquo; Debs was agitating against U.S. entry into the &ldquo;Great War&rdquo; that has become known to history as World War I. Debs himself would be sentenced to federal prison for his antiwar politics:<br />&ldquo;War is the crimson carnival where the drunken devils are unchained and the snarling dogs are &ldquo;sicked&rdquo; upon one another by...The EditorsMon, 23 Jun 2014 20:26:59 +0000 Descent Into Butchery, Part 2: An Update on the Gaza Massacrehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4221http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4221Webzine ArticleIt’s official now, as if it weren’t obvious the whole time: Israel is hitting what it aims at, including housing blocks with dozens of trapped families inside, hospitals, schools, mosques, and even places where its air-drop leaflets had told Gaza residents to shelter. These places are hit, says prime minister Netanyahu, because that’s where Hamas hides its rockets to fire into Israel.<br />Even if that’s true--which, in part at least, it probably is--it simply puts Israel and Hamas on the...by David FinkelFri, 25 Jul 2014 18:38:19 +0000 Resisting the New McCarthyism: Rabab Abdulhadi discusses AMCHA’s smear campaign, Palestinian Resistance, and the U.S. Solidarity Movementhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4220http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4220Webzine ArticleAfter leading a January 2014 academic and labor delegation to Palestine and Jordan, Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi has come under sustained attack from the rightwing McCarthyist AMCHA Initiative, which describes itself as “a non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, educating about, and combating anti-Semitism at institutions of higher education in America.”Rabab Abdulhadi interviewed by the EditorsMon, 21 Jul 2014 19:35:42 +0000 Mobilize for NYC Environmental Actions, Sept. 19-23http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4219http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4219Webzine ArticleUN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has called a special Climate Summit at United Nations Headquarters in New York City on September 23, 2014. This meeting, which is in addition to the annual UN Climate Change Conferences within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is intended to “mobilize action and ambition on climate change”. Because this event will take place during the annual UN General Assembly meeting, Ban can expect a large number of heads of state to...by Michael GasserMon, 21 Jul 2014 15:08:48 +0000 Detroit's Crisis Deepens as Water Shutoffs Hit Thousandshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4218http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4218Webzine ArticleDetroit's humanitarian crisis, indefinitely prolonged by fiscal austerity imposed by the state and its "emergency manager," has taken another terrible turn since Spring, as the Detroit Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) has begun turning off the water to "delinquent accounts." Half of all accounts in the city are considered "delinquent" and, since March, the department has been shutting the water off to about 3,000 accounts per week.<br />Some of these delinquent accounts, though, have been...by Dianne FeeleyWed, 16 Jul 2014 19:36:55 +0000 A Renewed Strategic Perspective on Socialist Work in the Labor Movementhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4216http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4216Webzine ArticlePreamble<br />This February, the Solidarity Labor Commission held a two-day retreat at which we reflected on Solidarity’s labor work and the rank-and-file union perspective that has guided it for decades. This outline of a renewed strategic perspective is what emerged from our discussions. Although there is much here that is new, this perspective reflects our attempt to interpret the trajectory of union reform work since the 1980s and the political dynamics of the current period through the lens of...from the Labor Commission of SolidarityWed, 16 Jul 2014 19:27:52 +0000 Asylum Now for Refugee Children!http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4217http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4217Webzine ArticleThere has been a massive increase of refugees from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S., many of them unaccompanied children. So far this year the Border Patrol says that over 50,000 such children have crossed the border with Mexico, double the number for all of 2013 and five times that of 2009.<br />Those grabbed by the authorities have been subjected to widespread and systematic brutal treatment, according to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and immigrant rights...by Barry SheppardMon, 14 Jul 2014 20:01:02 +0000