Screenwriters’ Victory

Malik Miah

Posted September 27, 2023

THE WRITERS GUILD of America (WGA) on Tuesday, September 26 disclosed the details of the tentative deal it secured with the major Hollywood studios and streaming companies to end the strike that has lasted for nearly five months.

A seven-page summary document was distributed to the WGA’s 11,500 film and TV writer members. It includes….

Teachers Organize to Defend antiracism Curriculum

Interview with Jesse Hagopian

Posted September 25, 2023

Jesse Hagopian teaches at Garfield High School in Seattle and is a scholar and writer. After publication of his book, More Than a Score: The New Uprising Against High-Stakes Testing, not coincidentally the students at Garfield High were the first of many high school students to boycott those tests. Today three-quarters of colleges are “test optional.” Jesse recently edited the book Teaching for Black Lives, contributing some chapters and adding curriculum notes for the entire book….

The UAW Strike Expands

Dianne Feeley

Posted September 23, 2023

Friday, September 22 — As the UAW strike enters the second week, President Shawn Fain pointed to the enthusiastic picket lines at the three plants that are on strike. Strikers at plants within an hour of each other — Stellantis’ Jeep plant in Toledo, Ohio, and at Ford’s Michigan Assembly in Metro Detroit — organized caravans to each other’s plants to express their solidarity.

Fain also noted the solidarity messages from around the world, with Italian Stellantis workers striking…

Degrowth: A Remarkable Renaissance

Alan Thornett

Posted September 21, 2023

There has been an upsurge of interest in degrowth –a long-discussed strategic alternative to climate chaos and not just from the radical left. It is experiencing a renaissance at the moment, driven by the relentless rise in global temperatures and the resulting climate chaos.

It was the theme of a three-day….

The first 24 hours of the UAW strike

Posted September 20, 2023

by Wendy Thompson

Just two hours before the old contract ran out, UAW president Shawn Fain revealed which of the Big Three plants would be struck, one from each company.  Like other aspects of contract talks, this was a departure from the norm of concentrating on getting an agreement from one corporation before moving on to the others. But in the months leading up to the September 14h midnight deadline, the UAW pointed to how each of the Big Three have disregard for their work force.

The first…

Climate March Demands Biden and Democrats Put a Stop to Fossil Fuels

Dan La Botz

Posted September 19, 2023

Tens of thousands marched through the streets of New York City on Sunday, Sept. 17 hoping to pressure the world’s governments to stop climate change. Many carried signs demanding that President Joe Biden take action to stop the use of fossil fuels, and young voters said that if he doesn’t, he can’t count on their votes.

Estimated at 50,000 to 75,000, the march was diverse in every way, with people of all races, ages, and from all walks of life. There were contingents from community groups, from…

Media Reports Miss Systemic Problem

Dianne Feeley

Posted September 18, 2023

Many media accounts of the UAW contract demands emphasize a wage increase of 40% to match those of the Detroit Three’s CEO’s 2022 benefits. Another demand is to restore the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that was stolen from workers who were expected to contribute to the companies during the 2008-09 financial bailout of GM and Chrysler — as if they had somehow been responsible FOR company decisions. (Ford didn’t seek the bailout but demanded the same sacrifices on the part of its workers.)…

Electric vehicle factories are overwhelmingly nonunion. The UAW strike could change that.

Dianne Feeley

Posted September 15, 2023

A key conflict in the United Auto Workers strike, which could begin at midnight tonight, is over the electric vehicle industry. The vast majority of EV plants are low-wage and nonunion despite being publicly subsidized — and the UAW is trying to fix that.

In the year since President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in August 2022, its incentives and tax credits for electric vehicles (EV) have accelerated the United States’ burgeoning swath of battery plants. The EV industry…

Thirty Years of Oslo

Mouin Rabbani

Posted September 12, 2023

[On 13 September 1993 Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization Yasir Arafat signed the Oslo Accords at a White House ceremony officiated by United States President Bill Clinton. To mark the thirtieth anniversary of this agreement, and take stock of developments during the intervening decades and their implications….

Gary Tyler Is Free!

Dianne Feeley

Posted September 12, 2023

In October 1974 a white mob in Destrehan, Louisiana, enraged over school integration, attacked a bus of Black students. When shots rang out and two white students were shot, police focused on finding the shooter on the bus. Despite the bus driver’s statement that the shooting didn’t come from the bus, police targeted 15-year-old Gary Tyler. Taken off the bus by the police, he was threatened and beaten. After one of the students died, he was arrested for the murder of 13-year-old Timothy Weber….

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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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