Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Ferguson Responds to Lack of Indictmenthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311Lead ArticleOn Monday night, November 24, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made an announcement that surprised no one although it disappointed many. A grand jury had declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown.<br />Within days of the August 9 shooting, McCulloch's refusal to bring charges against Wilson and his effort to hide behind a grand jury had met with widespread criticism and disdain. Jeryl Christmas, a former...by John ReedWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:25 +0000 Mass Incarceration and the Lefthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310Lead ArticleFinally, even if at least three decades too late, America&rsquo;s politicians are beginning to take notice of the fact that we have become the country on the planet locking up more people than any other.<br />It would be nice to think that these elected officials are now discussing our historically unprecedented rates of incarceration because there has been some sort of moral awakening, some new degree of discomfort if not outright dismay that the United States now has more than seven million people,...by Heather Ann ThompsonMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:54:18 +0000 The Trials of Rasmea Odehhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309Lead ArticleRasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American, associate director of the Arab American Action Network and organizer of the acclaimed Arab Women’s Committee in Chicago, was convicted in Detroit on November 10 of “unlawful procurement of naturalization” at the time she became a U.S. citizen in 2004. Her imprisonment immediately afterward has been the most shocking part of the case, as explained below.<br />The verdict itself, announced after only two hours of jury deliberation, looked...by David FinkelMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:48:24 +0000 AIDS Then and Now: A Blood-Drenched Battlefieldhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4296http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4296Against the Current ArticleHold Tight Gently:<br />Michael Callen, Essex Hemphill, and the Battlefield of AIDS<br />By Martin Duberman<br />New York: The New Press, 2014, 368 pages, $27.95 hardcover.<br />FOR HALF A century, historian Martin Duberman has been chronicling Black and LGBT lives and struggles from a radical left perspective. Several of his books, notably his masterful biography of Paul Robeson,(1) have linked anti-racism and sexuality in unexpected and illuminating ways.<br />Now Duberman has brought his skill as a storyteller and...Peter DruckerMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:23:09 +0000 Claudia Morcum, Civil Rights Righterhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4300http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4300Against the Current ArticleRETIRED JUDGE CLAUDIA Morcom died August 21 at her Detroit home, following a battle with recurring brain cancer. She was revered in Detroit as a pioneer not only in the African-American freedom struggle, but also for women in the legal profession.<br />We were privileged to interview Judge Morcom earlier this year for our 50th anniversary commemoration of the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer. A young attorney at the time,...Dianne Feeley & David FinkelMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:32:50 +0000 Mahienour al-Masry: Icon of a Revolutionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4286http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4286Against the Current ArticleIN 2011, TAHRIR SQUARE was a space where Egyptian women found empowerment to reject the two models that previously limited their social role. In the Tahrir sit-in, women rejected the pseudo-liberation that invites women to only fight for their individual and personal freedoms, and opted to demand that they become active members of a society that continues to be based on exploitation and injustice, where freedom can only mean the freedom to be exploited, to exploit others and to consume to the...Noha RadwanMon, 27 Oct 2014 18:59:31 +0000 Ferguson Responds to Lack of Indictmenthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311Webzine ArticleOn Monday night, November 24, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made an announcement that surprised no one although it disappointed many. A grand jury had declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown.<br />Robert McCulloch giving a press release about the grand jury's findings. AP Photo.<br />Within days of the August 9 shooting, McCulloch's refusal to bring charges against Wilson and his effort to hide behind a grand jury...by John ReedWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:25 +0000 Mass Incarceration and the Lefthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310Webzine ArticleFinally, even if at least three decades too late, America&rsquo;s politicians are beginning to take notice of the fact that we have become the country on the planet locking up more people than any other.<br />It would be nice to think that these elected officials are now discussing our historically unprecedented rates of incarceration because there has been some sort of moral awakening, some new degree of discomfort if not outright dismay that the United States now has more than seven million people,...by Heather Ann ThompsonMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:54:18 +0000 The Trials of Rasmea Odehhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309Webzine ArticleRasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American, associate director of the Arab American Action Network and organizer of the acclaimed Arab Women’s Committee in Chicago, was convicted in Detroit on November 10 of “unlawful procurement of naturalization” at the time she became a U.S. citizen in 2004. Her imprisonment immediately afterward has been the most shocking part of the case, as explained below.<br />The verdict itself, announced after only two hours of jury deliberation, looked...by David FinkelMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:48:24 +0000 Labor's Fighting Heritage: The 180th Anniversary of the Lyonnais Silk Weavers Revolt and 80th Anniversary of the US General Textile Strikehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4308http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4308Webzine ArticleThe young Karl Marx admired and drew inspiration from their tenacious struggle.1 French belle époque poet and cabaret entertainer Aristide Bruant (subject of a well-known poster by Toulouse Lautrec) immortalized them in his “C’est nous les canuts”, a song which has long been a staple of working class and left wing political gatherings in France.2 These were the weavers of the industrial city of Lyon, known in French as canuts (“can-oos”) in their masculine version, and canuttes...by Keith MannSun, 23 Nov 2014 18:27:09 +0000 Statement of Endorsement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctionshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4307http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4307Webzine ArticleAt their July meeting, the Joint Council of UAW 2865, the UC Student-Workers' Union, voted to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and to call for a full membership vote to be held on this issue. The statement below was passed by the Joint Council at their October meeting in order to clarify why they view BDS as a labor movement issue.<br />This September, a coalition of organizations in Gaza issued a renewed call for trade unions and other organizations throughout the world to...from the Joint Council of UAW Local 2865Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:12:51 +0000 The Spread of Brazil's "Favelas"http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4305http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4305Webzine ArticleFavelas (slums) come together quickly due to the dire lack of housing in Brazil, mainly in large cities. Because of the housing deficit, thousands of extremely poor families in Brazil occupy empty or abandoned buildings or land plots.<br />With the growth of real estate speculation, there have been many fires in very old slums, home to thousands of people. Such fires are capitalist crimes. It is widely known that large companies from the construction industry want to use those areas to build...by Wilma Olmo CorrêaWed, 19 Nov 2014 17:18:21 +0000