Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Remembering Erwin Baurhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4844http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4844Lead Article¡Erwin Baur, presente!<br />Erwin receiving recognition at the 2006 Labor Notes conference.<br />Erwin--an autoworker, a Solidarity member, and a lifelong revolutionary--passed on November 30 at the age of 101. He had been involved in socialist politics since 1934, when he co-founded a socialist club at his high school, and he became a founding member of the Socialist Workers Party in 1938. Erwin is survived by his wife Estar and daughter Sonia.<br />In this interview from Against the Current, Erwin speaks...from Against the CurrentSun, 04 Dec 2016 14:28:59 +0000 Build the Left to Defeat the Righthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835Lead ArticleLike millions of people here and around the world, we woke up this morning dismayed and frightened that Donald Trump has been elected President. Whatever we each thought of the Democratic Party and of Hillary Clinton, none of us wanted to believe that so many people could bring themselves to vote for Trump.<br />Exit poll data by race and gender.<br />Simply put: there is a vacuum on the left of US politics. No serious analysis could conclude that the presidential wing of the Democratic Party represents...from the Steering Committee of SolidarityWed, 09 Nov 2016 23:04:19 +0000 Chicago Teachers Union Makes Tentative Contract Agreement without a Strikehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4815http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4815Lead ArticleAs the October 11th strike approached, Chicago teachers set up a strike headquarters and distributed picket signs while parents and their children picketed the mayor’s house. After 18 months of bargaining, and over a year since their contract expired, the Board of Education blinked just before the deadline and came up with a significantly better contract offer that is now being debated within the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). Both the earlier January 2016 Board of Education proposal and the...by Robert BartlettTue, 25 Oct 2016 16:35:15 +0000 How "Race Neutral" Policy Failedhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4865http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4865Against the Current ArticleManaging Inequality:<br />Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit<br />By Karen R. Miller<br />New York, NY: NYU Press, 2014, 331 pages, cloth, $55, paper, $28.<br />KAREN MILLER&rsquo;S MANAGING Inequality: Northern Racial Liberalism in Interwar Detroit provides a critical intervention in the literature on the origins of &ldquo;colorblind racism&rdquo; by identifying this idea as present in the contestations over race in Detroit in the years between the two World Wars.<br />Miller uses the interpretive paradigm...Prudence CumberbatchMon, 19 Dec 2016 20:30:29 +0000 "The Slave-Holding Republic"http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4864http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4864Against the Current ArticleConfronting Black Jacobins:<br />The United States, the Haitian Revolution, and the Origins of the Dominican Republic<br />By Gerald Horne<br />New York: Monthly Review Press, 2015, 424 pages, $29 paper.<br />READERS OF AGAINST the Current will no doubt have long suspected that the traditional history of the United States in no way accounts for its complexities. And for someone whose original copy of Howard Zinn&rsquo;s A People&rsquo;s History of the United States long ago fell apart, new revelations of duplicity...Jennifer JoppMon, 19 Dec 2016 20:24:08 +0000 A Better World in Birthhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4867http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4867Against the Current ArticleI READ PLENTY of articles, short and long, on all sorts of topics, but &#8212; I hesitate to mention this to ATC readers &#8212; I rarely read full length nonfiction books. But those by Michael A. Lebowitz, including his recent The Socialist Imperative: From Gotha to Now (Monthly Review Press, 2015), have been an easy exception. It is a pleasure and a relief to read theory that has such practical application to the questions socialists must address in our work to transform the world.<br />While not...Karin BakerMon, 19 Dec 2016 21:53:11 +0000 Refinery Town: A Model for Local Political Actionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4890http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4890Webzine ArticleRefinery Town: Big Oil, Big Money and the Remaking of an American City will be available from Beacon Press on January 17th, 2017.<br />Steve Early’s Refinery Town is a compelling read on multiple levels. It paints an interesting portrait of Richmond, CA (pop. 110,000), a Bay Area city that is home to a massive Chevron refinery. It also works as a journalistic deep dive into contemporary municipal politics, with a cast of reformers and establishment actors clashing over approaches to problems in a...by Ryan HaneySun, 08 Jan 2017 17:07:54 +0000 The State Is at War: An Eyewitness Report from Standing Rockhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4845http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4845Webzine ArticleRebecca Kemble is an alder (representative) on the Madison, Wisconsin Common Council. She organized the Council to pass a unanimous resolution on September 20, 2016 expressing solidarity with the indigenous resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). Rebecca and her husband travelled to deliver the petition to Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman David Archambault II. They were at Standing Rock for three days. She spoke with David Finkel from the ATC editorial board on November 23 about what...Interview with Rebecca KembleFri, 09 Dec 2016 15:05:16 +0000 Rank-and-File Versus Finance Capital: Massachusetts Stops Charter School Expansionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4843http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4843Webzine ArticleFour years ago, corporate reformers came after public education and teachers’ unions and found that the leadership of the Massachusetts Teachers Association was unwilling or unable to fight. The result was the end of seniority for teachers in Massachusetts. Emboldened by their success, corporate reformers once again came after what are widely acknowledged to be the best schools in the country and the teachers who work in them with an attempt to lift the cap on charters. This time, however, the...by Dan Clawson and John FitzgeraldFri, 09 Dec 2016 02:31:25 +0000 Remembering Erwin Baurhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4844http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4844Webzine Article¡Erwin Baur, presente!<br />Erwin receiving recognition at the 2006 Labor Notes conference.<br />Erwin--an autoworker, a Solidarity member, and a lifelong revolutionary--passed on November 30 at the age of 101. He had been involved in socialist politics since 1934, when he co-founded a socialist club at his high school, and he became a founding member of the Socialist Workers Party in 1938. Erwin is survived by his wife Estar and daughter Sonia.<br />In this interview from Against the Current, Erwin speaks...from Against the CurrentSun, 04 Dec 2016 14:28:59 +0000 Environmental Racism in Santa Cruzhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4838http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4838Webzine ArticleIn Santa Cruz, California a much-beloved community garden, tended by immigrant gardeners for 23 years, has been reduced to half its size, with the future of even the smaller plot in doubt. The fight to save the garden has galvanized progressive Santa Cruzans, many of whom seem to be in this for the long haul. Even if insignificant in the larger scheme of things, this campaign has much to teach us about how different forms of injustice converge and about how to confront the environmental racism...by Michael Gasser Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:02:30 +0000 Build the Left to Defeat the Righthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4835Webzine ArticleLike millions of people here and around the world, we woke up this morning dismayed and frightened that Donald Trump has been elected President. Whatever we each thought of the Democratic Party and of Hillary Clinton, none of us wanted to believe that a plurality of voters could bring themselves to vote for Trump. His victory is part of a global pattern of an ascendant, populist right, following in the wake of the similarly unexpected vote in favor of Brexit in the UK, and, like Brexit, it is...from the Steering Committee of SolidarityWed, 09 Nov 2016 23:04:19 +0000