Solidarity http://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en What’s Left in Africa? Reflections on the Failure of Left, Working Class Movements to Take Root in Most of Africahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363Lead ArticleThe early 1950s witnessed an extraordinary sweep of popular mobilisations across the African continent inspired by aspirations for emancipatory freedom: an end to the colonial yoke. Nationalist parties convinced people that the path to freedom was through political independence. Since then, many of the gains of independence, which cost the blood and lives of millions in Africa, have been reversed with the privatisation of the commons and public utilities, as well as by dispossessions of land, by...by Firoze ManjiSun, 01 Mar 2015 07:58:29 +0000 On the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination: Malcolm X in Life and Legacyhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364Lead ArticleMalcolm X was a unique person. His transition from Malcolm Little to the internationally renowned Malcolm X--with the development in his final years of uncompromising opposition to all forms of national/international oppression, exploitation, and discrimination--is truly exceptional.<br />Malcolm X.<br />Malcolm was never a criminal. Instead I see the anti-social behavior of his early life as being the result of his victimization by the most criminal, inhumane, hypocritical, ruling class and society that...by Kwame SomburuSat, 21 Feb 2015 14:34:03 +0000 Electoral Action Conference Will Bring Together Leaders Building Alternatives to the Two-Party Systemhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361Lead ArticleActivists and candidates from around the country will come together on May 2-3 in Chicago to share their experiences and to launch a network for future cooperation at the Future of Left/Independent Electoral Action Conference.<br />Left to right: Brian Jones, Kshama Sawant, and Howie Hawkins. Sawant and Hawkins have endorsed the conference.<br />The past few years have seen a significant uptick in independent political initiatives on the left, from election campaigns to new local electoral and social...by Robert C.Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:15:48 +0000 Honoring the Socialist Mary Marcyhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4379http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4379Against the Current ArticleWITH THE CENTENARY of World War I underway, it does us well to recall the remarkable socialist militant, Mary Marcy (1877-1922). Described by Eugene V. Debs as &ldquo;one of the clearest minds and greatest souls in our movement,&rdquo; Marcy provided a significant voice for the revolutionary left of American socialism in opposition to imperialism and capitalist-bred war during that turbulent era.<br />Born Mary Edna Tobias and orphaned as a young woman, she initially worked as a switchboard operator...Allen RuffMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:46:11 +0000 Fifty Shades of Pulphttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4384http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4384Against the Current ArticleAmerican Pulp:<br />How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street<br />By Paula Rabinowitz<br />Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014, 390 pages, $29.95 hardback.<br />PAULA RABINOWITZ&rsquo;S EXQUISITE and startling new book about the &ldquo;golden age&rdquo; of U.S. pulp publishing, from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, is rightly confident in the originality of its enterprise. Gorgeously illustrated, American Pulp audaciously sets in motion at least a half-dozen crisscrossing storylines to create a new...Alan WaldMon, 23 Feb 2015 21:00:05 +0000 The Two-Party System, Part 3http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4373http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4373Against the Current ArticleAMERICANS WHO ARE predisposed to &ldquo;progressive&rdquo; ideas regularly praise the merits of pragmatism and flexibility, while denouncing &ldquo;rigidity and dogmatism.&rdquo;<br />Most often they do this to disparage the idea of doing anything other than voting Democratic. From their perspective, flexibility and pragmatism means seeing the election of Democrats as the way to foster a more just, rational and peaceful world. In reality, offering only one course against all possible alternatives is...Mark A. LauseMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:34:45 +0000 What’s Left in Africa? Reflections on the Failure of Left, Working Class Movements to Take Root in Most of Africahttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363Webzine ArticleThe early 1950s witnessed an extraordinary sweep of popular mobilisations across the African continent inspired by aspirations for emancipatory freedom: an end to the colonial yoke. Nationalist parties convinced people that the path to freedom was through political independence. Since then, many of the gains of independence, which cost the blood and lives of millions in Africa, have been reversed with the privatisation of the commons and public utilities, as well as by dispossessions of land, by...by Firoze ManjiSun, 01 Mar 2015 07:58:29 +0000 Statement of the Revolutionary Workers' Party-Mindanao/Revolutionary Peoples’ Army (RPM-M/RPA) on the GPH-MILF Peace Process and the Mamasapano Incidenthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4387http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4387Webzine ArticleThe Mamasapano bloody incident last January 25, 2015 is a clear manifestation of the fragility and complexity of the peace process and security situation in Mindanao.by the Revolutionary Worker’s Party-Mindanao/Revolutionary Peoples’ Army (RPM-M/RPA)Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:46:13 +0000 The Enduring Relevance of Malcolm X: A Personal Reflectionhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4359http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4359Webzine ArticleMy first exposure to radical politics of any kind was through watching documentary footage of Malcolm X speak. Often I would watch this with my father and other family from Barbados, who had a long and deep involvement in the development of the Barbados Labor Party. I clearly remember observing the faces of my father, aunt, and uncles as they watched Malcolm speak. Their eyes were glued, faces frozen in a tense way. They did not necessarily agree with every single thing he said, but they had a...by Paul PrescodSun, 22 Feb 2015 11:23:27 +0000 On the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination: Malcolm X in Life and Legacyhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364Webzine ArticleMalcolm X was a unique person. His transition from Malcolm Little to the internationally renowned Malcolm X--with the development in his final years of uncompromising opposition to all forms of national/international oppression, exploitation, and discrimination--is truly exceptional.by Kwame SomburuSat, 21 Feb 2015 14:34:03 +0000 Electoral Action Conference Will Bring Together Leaders Building Alternatives to the Two-Party Systemhttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361Webzine ArticleActivists and candidates from around the country will come together on May 2-3 in Chicago to share their experiences and to launch a network for future cooperation at the Future of Left/Independent Electoral Action Conference.<br />The past few years have seen a significant uptick in independent political initiatives on the left, from election campaigns to new local electoral and social movement formations, to referenda campaigns. Kshama Sawant’s November 2014 election to the Seattle City Council...by Robert C.Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:15:48 +0000 Pauline Furth: Doctor, Activist, and Socialisthttp://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4362http://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4362Webzine ArticlePauline Furth, M.D., 98, beloved sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on December 26, 2014. The daughter of Russian Jewish immigrants Tanya and Samuel Frumkin, Pauline (Pima) was born on October 5, 1916, in County General Hospital in East Los Angeles, where she later did her medical internship. Pauline was a social activist in health care and the peace and civil rights movements. She was also an early advocate for women's rights.from Julie Korenstein, Marlene Furth, Leo Frumkin, and Sherry FrumkinMon, 16 Feb 2015 18:27:39 +0000