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The Student Movement for Palestine Spreading Everywhere

Yorgos Mitralias

Posted May 12, 2024

AS THE STUDENT movement in solidarity with the Palestinians and denunciation of their genocide by Israel intensifies in the United States and now spreads across the planet, there are growing indications that it is succeeding in influencing the central balance of forces while it is being recognized as a major factor in international developments….

The “Antisemitism” Smear Weaponized

The ATC editors

Posted May 9, 2024

WHILE THE HORROR of the Israeli-United States genocidal war on Gaza continues with no letup or resolution in sight, there has been only one really hopeful development: the outpouring of pro-Palestinian activism in many U.S. communities, most especially the magnificent movement on college campuses organized in encampments demanding an immediate permanent ceasefire, and divestment from….

The Humboldt College Strike of 1970: Then It Was Vietnam, Today’s Its Palestine

Dan La Botz

Posted May 5, 2024

When I read in the New York Times this morning this headline , “A Small Campus in the Redwoods Has the Nation’s Most Entrenched Protest,” about Cal Poly Humboldt’s pro-Palestine activists there, I thought back to my own involvement in a strike at the same school, then called Humboldt State College, more than fifty years ago. Today the students have shut down the campus again as we did then.

In 1970 I was a Lecturer in English Literature at Humboldt State College, a forestry school…

Sudan: From Revolution to War

Muzan Alneel interviewed by Red Pepper

Posted May 2, 2024

ON 15 APRIL 2023, violence erupted in Sudan’s capital Khartoum following weeks of growing tensions between the leader of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, and the head of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), General Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (known as Hemedti). Amidst the power struggle between the rival factions that make up the military government, hundreds of people have been killed, thousands injured and millions displaced.

Red Pepper: What is happening in…

Support the Pro-Palestinian Student Movement!

Statement by the Solidarity National Committee

Posted April 29, 2024

On April 17, students at Columbia University in New York City, supported by sympathetic faculty, set up an encampment to protest the Israeli war on Gaza, and Columbia’s connection to Israeli Universities and corporations doing business with Israel, including arms sales. In the days that followed, protests and encampments spread to other colleges and universities from New England to Michigan to Texas and California. Over four dozen unions have passed resolutions in support of the students. The response…

Teamsters for a Democratic Union: Building Rank and File Power

Johanna Brenner interviews Barry Eidlin

Posted April 25, 2024

Dan La Botz published an article in New Politics, reprinted in the Solidarity Webzine, O’Brien, the Teamsters, TDU, and the Labor Left: A Controversy , summarizing many criticisms of Teamsters for a Democratic Union (TDU) and the role it has played in the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) since the election of a reform leadership under Sean O’Brien as President. Recently, Johanna Brenner interviewed Barry Eidlin, who has been closely following events in the IBT, to get his response…

O’Brien, the Teamsters, TDU, and the Labor Left: A Controversy

Dan La Botz

Posted April 25, 2024

An important discussion is taking place among Teamster activists and others in the labor movement and on the left about the leadership of Sean O’Brien, president of the Teamsters union. It is also a conversation about the role being played by Teamsters for a Democratic Union, for decades the voice of reform in the union. The debate involves rank-and-filers who have for years been involved in the union, labor intellectuals long associated with building a more democratic and militant labor movement,…

The Coming Israeli Attack on Iran

Gilbert Achcar

Posted April 18, 2024

There is little doubt that Israel will respond to Iran’s launch of three hundred and twenty drones, cruise missiles, and ballistic missiles on its territory with a major attack on Iran, and this for several reasons. The first is that the Zionist state escalated its attack on the “Islamic Republic” deliberately, by bombing the Iranian consulate adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus. The whole world rightly saw in that attack a dangerous escalation of the low-intensity war that…

Abortion Rights After Dobbs: The State of the Struggle

Johanna Brenner

Posted April 16, 2024

It’s been two and a half years since the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturned Roe v. Wade. The dystopian landscape that many activists feared has indeed materialized with 14 states banning abortion, while seven more have severely restricted the procedure – for example, banning abortions after six weeks or 15 weeks — in ways that would have been illegal under the Roe v. Wade decision in effect from 1973-2022….

Boris Kagarlitsky, Prisoner of Conscience

Posted April 7, 2024

THE DANIEL SINGER Foundation has designated Boris Kagarlitsky as its first recipient of the “Prisoner of Conscience Award.”

Daniel Singer (1926-2000), a Jewish-Polish journalist and writer living in France, was a committed democratic socialist, and a sharp critic….

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Against the Current

The May/June 2024 AGAINST THE CURRENT (#230) features:
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  • Frantz Fanon in Perspective—Alan Wald
  • Congress Fiddles While Ukraine Burns—Howie Hawkins
  • Kashmir Today—interview with Hafsa Kanjwai
  • After Roe, the Anti-Abortion Deluge—Dianne Feeley

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Pamphlets from Solidarity

THE “SOCIALISM-FROM- BELOW” tradition views the working class as the central agent of overthrowing a system based on the market and the exploitation, alienation and unequal society it perpetuates.
Steve Downs’ writings, first in Hell on Wheels (2008) and in Socialist Strategies in Unions, a working paper (2022), outline how a variety of socialists active in the NYC transit system over two decades worked to build a rank-and-file caucus with a class struggle perspective.
Unable to resolve how to be accountable once members won office, their project ultimately failed. The pamphlet and working paper offer rich lessons for today’s socialists. You can read and download the working paper, Socialist Strategies in Unions, here.
Socialism, What It Is, Why We Need It outline capitalism‘s exploitation of both workers and the environment and sketches an alternative. You can order copies of Hell on Wheels, the working paper Socialist Strategies in Unions, and Socialism, What It is, Why We Need It here.

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