Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en United We Fight: While Organizers Build Unity in Ferguson, Media Sows Discordhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499Lead ArticleThe frequency with which the police kill young Black men makes a couple of weeks seem like the distant past, and underscores the steep hill that the pushback against police violence and repression has to climb. For four days bridging the second weekend in August, Ferguson and the rest of the St. Louis metro area were the focus of that fightback. A coalition of 40 groups organized a series of events to remember Michael Brown and 1,000 other people killed by police in the United States in the past...by John ReedThu, 27 Aug 2015 18:27:43 +0000 Moral Combat: Voting Rights and North Carolina's Moral Mondayshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482Lead ArticleBy the time I&rsquo;d registered as a driver&#39;s license-holding North Carolinian, the NC NAACP, along with likeminded civil rights groups, had made a Monday habit of storming their state capitol to demonstrate in plain view of their lawmakers. Beginning in April 2013 and enduring week after week, during rain, shine, and 100-plus-percent humidity,<br />A Moral Monday protest.thousands of people, led by the Moses-esque Barber, were descending upon Raleigh to protest the onslaught of their...by Katie O'ReillyWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:07:45 +0000 Connecting Sanders' Audience’s Aspirations to Clear Working Class Political Alternativeshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480Lead ArticleSolidarity understands the strategic imperative of organizing a mass base for independent working class political action that unites working people, the independent social movements, and organizations of the oppressed in a battle for their common interests against capitalism and its political representatives. Unlike those on the left who continue to see the Democratic Party as a lesser evil that can be influenced from within, we regard the Democratic Party as unreformable, committed to imposing...by Traven and JoannaThu, 30 Jul 2015 01:40:45 +0000 Mass Incarceration for Profithttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4457http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4457Against the Current ArticleMIGUEL SAUCEDO REMEMBERS as an eight-year-old the five-hour drive to visit his older brother, incarcerated downstate at Menard Correctional Center, a high security fortress in the town of Chester, Illinois which bills itself as the &ldquo;Home of Popeye the Sailor Man.&rdquo;<br />His family loaded into a rented van for a day-long trip from their Latino neighborhood of Little Village in Chicago. Now almost 30, Miguel recalls those journeys as traumatic, the family at times pulled over and harassed by...Brian Dolinar and James KilgoreFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:30:00 +0000 The Prophet Alarmedhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4470http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4470Against the Current ArticleThe Extreme Center: A Warning<br />By Tariq Ali<br />London and New York: Verso, 2015, 200 pages, $10.17 paper (40% off).<br />A CHARISMATIC ACTIVIST, writer and speaker, British-Pakistani Marxist Tariq Ali stands out as an observant decoder of political trends and a passionate believer in the cross-pollination of ideas within the Left.<br />For half a century, Ali has been the kind of forward-looking thinker to whom reflective militants in many countries turn for assistance in ascertaining what the...Alan WaldFri, 26 Jun 2015 19:31:14 +0000 Art and Aesthetics on the Lefthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4466http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4466Against the Current ArticleANDREW HEMINGWAY IS an art historian and Professor Emeritus at University College London. His books include Artists on the Left. American Artists and the Communist Movement 1926-1956 (Yale University Press, 2002) and The Mysticism of Money: Precisionist Painting and Machine Age America (Periscope Publishing, 2013). Alan Wald&rsquo;s discussion of Artists on the Left is online at https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/267.<br />Against the Current: What drew you to the subject of U.S. artists on the...an interview with Andrew HemingwayFri, 26 Jun 2015 18:48:52 +0000 United We Fight: While Organizers Build Unity in Ferguson, Media Sows Discordhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499Webzine ArticleThe frequency with which the police kill young Black men makes a couple of weeks seem like the distant past, and underscores the steep hill that the pushback against police violence and repression has to climb. For four days bridging the second weekend in August, Ferguson and the rest of the St. Louis metro area were the focus of that fightback. A coalition of 40 groups organized a series of events to remember Michael Brown and 1,000 other people killed by police in the United States in the past...by John ReedThu, 27 Aug 2015 18:27:43 +0000 Iraq: Winds of Hopehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4485http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4485Webzine ArticleSince the end of July, and despite continued terrorist attacks by the so called Islamic State (IS) against Iraqi civilians, massive popular demonstrations have taken place in the capital Baghdad and several cities in the south of the country, mainly to denounce corruption in the country and the political bankruptcy of the ruling sectarian political parties. Demands of the protesters notably included the dissolution of parliament, the end of the domination of the clergy on the structure of the...by Joseph DaherMon, 24 Aug 2015 19:23:32 +0000 Capitalism vs. Democracy in Europehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4484http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4484Webzine ArticleLet us begin with a quote from an essay on bourgeois democracy in Russia, written in 1906, after the defeat of the first Russian revolution:<br />“It is highly ridiculous to believe that there is an elective affinity between grand capitalism today, as it is presently imported into Russia, and well established in the United States (…) and ‘democracy’ or ‘liberty’ (in all the possible meanings of the word); the real question should be : how are these things even ‘possible,” on long...by Michael LöwyTue, 11 Aug 2015 19:29:27 +0000 Thoughts for White Activists on Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matterhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4483http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4483Webzine ArticleA year ago today, Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer in Ferguson, MO--one of a thousand or more victims of police violence in 2014. In the time since then, Black Lives Matter has grown from a hashtag and rallying cry to one of the most important social movements this country has seen in many years, a movement which has mobilized and radicalized significant new layers of young people of color, developed and promoted the leadership of young women and queer people, made a number of...by Alex GreeneMon, 10 Aug 2015 02:52:18 +0000 Moral Combat: Voting Rights and North Carolina's Moral Mondayshttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482Webzine ArticleIn June of 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, along with more than a thousand fellow young volunteers, ventured to the deepest South&mdash;Neshoba County, Mississippi. Their goal was to mobilize voter education and registration among Mississippi&rsquo;s African American population, long besieged by bombings, murders, vandalism, and intimidation at the polls. Chaney, a twenty-one-year-old Black Mississippian, and Goodman and Schwerner, twenty- and twenty-four-year-old New...by Katie O'ReillyWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:07:45 +0000 Resolution on Greek Austerity and Class Strugglehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4481http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4481Webzine ArticleUndermining the historic anti-austerity no vote in the July 5th referendum, the Greek Parliament and its leadership have accepted what is in effect a third "Memorandum." This agreement being forced on Greece by the European Central Bank, EU, and International Monetary Fund will cut pensions, raise the regressive value added sales tax, and generally continue neoliberal austerity.by Thano P and Ted MTue, 04 Aug 2015 18:16:17 +0000