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….

Feminist Movements in Pakistan: Challenges and Struggles

Asma Aamir

Posted March 29, 2024

I WOULD LIKE to talk about Pakistan, a country that has no secular State. It is officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, run by the federal and provincial governments, following the Constitution of 1973. The Judiciary system is divided into civil courts, criminal courts and the Sharia court, which examine the laws of the country in compliance with the Islamic law and rights….

The New McCarthyism: A Personal Testimony

Warren Montag

Posted March 14, 2024

I AM A tenured professor of English at Occidental College in Los Angeles, which has a long tradition of progressive activism, including around Palestine. I have served as the faculty advisor to the campus chapter of the Students for Justice in Palestine for about 12 years. There was nothing unusual about the fact that, soon after the October 7 attack by Hamas and beginning of Israel’s war on Gaza, a group of 37 faculty, of which I was one, drafted and sent a letter to faculty, students and…

Chaos Here and There

Posted March 14, 2024

AFTER NON-SUPER TUESDAY, Nikki Hayley’s presidential campaign, and Colorado’s hail-Mary effort to bar Donald Trump from the ballot all came and went, more basic facts of the political landscape have come into sharper focus. The United States….

Frantz Fanon and the Paradox of Anticolonial Violence

Alan Wald

Posted March 12, 2024

Writers and Missionaries:
Essays on the Radical Imagination
By Adam Shatz
New York: Verso, 2023, 357 pages,
$29 hardback.

The Rebel’s Clinic:
The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon
By Adam Shatz
New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux,
2024, 451 pages, $32.00 hardback.

ARE YOU THE kind of socialist activist looking for easy answers to questions about revolutionary violence, or who hungers for uplifting political biographies…

The Significance of “Uncommitted” Vote in Michigan

Malik Miah

Posted March 6, 2024

[UPDATE: Super Tuesday primary results in Minnesota show the “Uncommitted” movement spreading, with 19% of Democratic voters choosing that option. In Massachusetts, nine percent voted “No Preference” in the Democratic primary….

The War is a Confrontation between Independent Post-Colonial Ukraine and Russian Imperialism

Kay Mann interviews Clara Sedova

Posted March 1, 2024

This article is an interview with Clara Sedova, a militant of the Russian Socialist Movement (RSM), by Kay Mann of Solidarity. The interview is from October 2023. We publish it on the second anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

KM: Can you explain the position of the RSM on the Russian invasion of Ukraine?

ES: For us, the war is a confrontation between independent post-colonial Ukraine and Russian imperialism. This is not a proxy war, and we need to analyze the situation…

Open Letter to the Israeli and U.S. Governments and Others Weaponizing the Issue of Rape

Posted February 29, 2024

ALL TOO OFTEN in the fog of war, the brutality of sexual assault and rape is lost in the public eye, and bringing these abuses to light is something for which feminists have fought for decades. Complicating this issue, however, is the fact that accusations of sexual assault have also been wielded as a tool of war – and as an (often lethal) weapon of racism and colonialism….

Stand Against Genocide and Imperialism, from Palestine to Ukraine

Ukraine Solidarity Network

Posted February 24, 2024

Statement on the Second Anniversary of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine

Two wars dominate world politics today–and the U.S. is involved in both, although in very different ways. Washington enables Israel’s genocidal onslaught on Gaza with weapons, funds and political support while providing direct military backing through airstrikes in Yemen, Syria and Iraq. In Ukraine, however, the U.S. opposes Russia’s also-genocidal attack on its culture and people, and has provided weapons, funds, and political…

The AFL-CIO Can Be Reformed, Locally and From the Bottom-Up!

Steve Early

Posted February 23, 2024

Changing the leadership, structure, or functioning of any U.S. labor  organization is no easy task. Activists and experts have long argued about whether dysfunctional unions are best reformed from the top-down, bottom up, or some mix of the two approaches.

For the past 65 years, the main locus of union democracy and reform struggles in the U.S. has been local unions, which hold leadership elections every three years and are closest to the membership. Thousands of rank-and-file workers have campaigned…

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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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