Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en One-Half Cheer for Trump on the Climate?http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027Lead ArticleOn a fateful Thursday, June 1, Donald Trump announced that “The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better – well, less bad -- of the existing options.<br />Photo: Francois Mori/AP<br />To be absolutely clear, we are not adopting a stance of “the worse the better.” Not at all. What socialists and all environmentalists actually...From the Editors of Against the CurrentThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 Theresa May’s Katrina: Grenfell Tower and the Election Outcome that Wasn't Supposed to Happenhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018Lead ArticleJust six days after the election, a 24-story council high-rise went up in flames. Grenfell Tower housed 600 mostly poor tenants, many of whom were people of color.<br />The outside cladding that had recently been installed by a string of private (corner-cutting) contractors was not fireproof and became the conduit that turned the entire building into an inferno within 30 minutes.<br />Located in Kensington, one of the richest boroughs in Britain, the poor neighborhood in its midst instantly became the...by Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:46:32 +0000 Portland’s MAX Murders, the Alt-Right, and the Left’s Responsehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013Lead ArticlePortland, Oregon became national news, following the May 26 murders on the MAX (the city’s light rail system). The killer, Jeremy Christian, slashed the necks of three white men (one survived) who tried to end his threatening tirade against two black teenage girls, one wearing a hijab.Johanna BrennerFri, 09 Jun 2017 08:22:23 +0000 Detroit Radicals' Odysseyhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4979http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4979Against the Current ArticleIn Love and Struggle:<br />The Revolutionary Lives of James &amp; Grace Lee Boggs<br />By Stephen M. Ward<br />University of North Carolina Press, 2016, 464 pages, $39.95 hardback.<br />STEPHEN M. WARD has written what is likely to be the definitive joint biography of the Detroit-based political activists and organizers, Grace Lee Boggs (1915-2015) and James Boggs (1919-93). Ward, an associate professor at University of Michigan, and board member of the James and Grace Lee Boggs Center to Nurture Community...Bill V. MullenWed, 19 Apr 2017 23:45:45 +0000 Learn from Malcolm Xhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4967http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4967Against the Current Article&ldquo;If you&rsquo;re not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.&rdquo; &#8212;Malcolm X<br />WE LIVE IN strange times. A white, nationalist, billionaire businessman has been elected president. His 24-member cabinet is made up primarily of wealthy white men, many former Goldman Sacks executives, that Trump&rsquo;s most extreme nationalist ideologues call &ldquo;New York liberals.&rdquo; Trump has appointed...Malik MiahWed, 19 Apr 2017 21:55:46 +0000 Race and the Real Californiahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4980http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4980Against the Current ArticleThe Nature of California:<br />Race, Citizenship, and Farming since the Dust Bowl<br />By Sarah D. Wald<br />Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2016, 312 pages, $30 paperback.<br />SARAH D. WALD in The Nature of California examines how meanings of citizenship, labor and farming have been contested and represented in literature since the Great Depression of the 1930s. Although the &ldquo;ideal images&rdquo; about the farmer have changed over time, they have been closely related with claims of who deserves...Seonghee LimThu, 20 Apr 2017 00:02:35 +0000 One-Half Cheer for Trump on the Climate?http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027Webzine ArticleOn a fateful Thursday, June 1, Donald Trump announced that “The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better – well, less bad -- of the existing options.From the Editors of Against the CurrentThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 Theresa May’s Katrina: Grenfell Tower and the Election Outcome that Wasn't Supposed to Happenhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018Webzine ArticleWe live in a north London street which, despite its impressive 19th century architecture, is peopled mainly by “council tenants” (public housing residents). This is largely due to the left-of-center politics of the local council (government), which bought up large areas of such housing in the 1970s, limiting “development” and gentrification, and preserving much of the working class population. Perhaps as a result Labour MP Emily Thornberry, a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, was...by Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:46:32 +0000 Portland’s MAX Murders, the Alt-Right, and the Left’s Responsehttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013Webzine ArticlePortland, Oregon became national news, following the May 26 murders on the MAX (the city’s light rail system). The killer, Jeremy Christian, slashed the necks of three white men (one survived) who tried to end his threatening tirade against two black teenage girls, one wearing a hijab.<br />Impromptu Memorial at the MAX station<br />Shortly after he boarded the train, Christian, who was shirtless and drinking from a wine bag, began spewing racist and Islamophobic slurs. The two young women moved from...Johanna BrennerFri, 09 Jun 2017 08:22:23 +0000 Science for the People with the EZLNhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4994http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4994Webzine ArticleLike many previous revolutionary movements, the Zapatistas in Mexico have their share of conventions, encounters, protests and the like. It is not unusual to celebrate the contribution of the arts to revolutionary fervor. Yet something different, and to us unique, happened this past December 25-January 4.<br />Following a conference on the role of art in the revolution last year, they held a large conference on the role of science in the construction of a new society. Called ConCiencias (literally...by John Vandermeer and Ivette PerfectoFri, 26 May 2017 15:12:26 +0000 Justice for Miriam Rodriguezhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992Webzine ArticleSolidarity activists are raising their voices against the assassination on May 10 of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights activist in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas well known for holding the authorities to account after the murder of her daughter.<br />Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez<br />The following open letter calls on state and federal authorities in Mexico and the U.S. government to ensure the safety of those who stand for human rights.<br />If you would like to support...JohannaFri, 19 May 2017 05:18:46 +0000 "A Threat to Democracy"http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4991http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4991Webzine ArticleLet's assume that Russia is actually guilty of everything it’s accused of doing – which I’m personally guessing it probably is – to hack and interfere in the U.S. election (and others, including most recently France). At the very least, it seems clear that these charges are not ideologically motivated inventions like those infamous mythical Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction in 2003. In the present case, the reality of Russian hacking appears to be the informed judgment of journalists and...David FinkelFri, 12 May 2017 23:06:30 +0000