Against the Current No. 199, March/April 2019

The March-April 2019 AGAINST THE CURRENT (#199) features:
  • Whose “Security” — and for What?—The Editors
  • Teacher Upsurge: Los Angeles, Chicago and Beyond—Peter Olson, Robert Bartlett
  • The Strange Career of the Second Amendment, Part II—Jennifer Jopp
  • Socialist-Feminism Today—Soma Marik, Johanna Brenner with an Angela Davis retrospective by Alice Ragland; reviews by Angela E. Hubler and Sandra Lindberg
  • California Burning, PG&E Bankrupt—Barri Boone

Against the Current, No. 193, March/April 2018

The March-April 2018 AGAINST THE CURRENT (#193) features:
  • For International Women’s Day—articles and reviews by Alice Ragland, Dianne Feeley, Mechthild Nagel, Elizabeth Burton & Sandra Lindberg
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: To the Promised Land—interview with Michael Honey
  • The New Poor People’s Campaign—Malik Miah
  • How to Win Single Payer?—Lee Stanfield
  • The Fight for Open Housing in Milwaukee—Mike McAllister
  • Dictatorship & Violence in Honduras—Vicki Cervantes
  • Morocco: Catastrophic Convergence—Jawad Moustakbal
  • After the Grenfell Tower Fire—Sheila Cohen

Solidarity Summer School 2017: Program

For a complete list of sessions and when they’ll take place, see the schedule page. The following program covers most of the scheduled sessions, but all will be described in the program booklet sent to all registered attendees.

Citizens, Environmentalists, and Labor Activists Coming Together: Oil Pipelines Converging in Illinois

by Sandra Lindberg

October 12, 2016

It isn’t nice to block the doorways,
It isn’t nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail…
Yeah, we tried negotiations
And the token picket line,
Mister Charlie didn’t see us
And he might as well be blind;
When you deal with men of ice,
You can’t deal with ways so nice,
But if that’s freedom’s price,
We don’t mind…

— “It Isn’t Nice,” by Malvina Reynolds (1965)

Tammy Brewer, The great-granddaugher of a Keokuk chief, climbed a steep and wooded hill beside the Mississippi River and then crossed a rough fence to stand on a Bakken Pipeline work site. Across from her stood a young security guard, a local hired by Dakota Access LLC at $30 an hour to keep protesters away from workers digging trenches with backhoes. “Have you ever seen a baby in a coffin?” Tammy demanded of the young guard in front of her. He stayed quiet, but she saw tears in his eyes. “Those [will be] your grandchildren. You are putting nails in their coffins. You could get a different job.”

After Bernie—Electoral Strategy for the Left in 2016

by various authors

June 24, 2016

Now that Donald Trump, an overt racist, has wrapped up the Republican nomination for US President, a chorus of voices is proposing a “left strategy” which can “defeat Trump” by electing the more covert racist, Hillary Clinton, whom the Democratic Party will almost surely be nominating. See, for example, the articles by Linda Burnham, Max Elbaum, Bill Fletcher, and Bob Wing.

There are two premises which underlie this viewpoint. First, that it is better for the left (for the progressive community, for working people and other oppressed layers, for those who favor social change) when the head of US empire pursues a less blatantly racist agenda, and when those in power are willing to make the occasional concession to the needs of the 99 percent. On this point we agree.

Second, that the way to ensure that this is the policy which will be pursued by the individual who occupies the Oval Office after January 2017 is to turn out the largest vote possible for the establishment politician (Clinton in this case) who espouses such a softer-imperial policy, thereby repudiating Donald Trump and his overtly racist agenda.

Here we disagree.

Lots of Scurrying But No Revolution in Sight

Sandra Lindberg

Why Women Will Save the Planet, 2nd Edition
By Friends of the Earth and C40 Cities
London: Zed Books, 2018, $14.95 paperback.

FRIENDS OF THE Earth, an environmental activist organization claiming two million supporters and five thousand member groups, offers its second edition of Why Women Will Save the Planet.

This edition, focused on cities, includes contributions by C40 Cities, a network of 96 cities working to address climate change. C40 Cities self-reports that it represents “650+ million people and one-quarter of the global economy.”…

"Embodied Materialism" and Ecosocialism

Sandra Lindberg

Ecofeminism as Politics:
Nature, Marx, and the Postmodern
By Ariel Salleh
Forewords by Vandana Shiva and John Clark
London: Zed Books, 2017, 2nd Edition, 400 pages, $25 paperback.

In 1997 ZED Books of London released Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx and the Postmodern. Ariel Salleh’s book initially received high praise, but then was subsumed beneath Third Wave and post-cultural feminist theories.

In 2017 with climate change having become an existential threat, Zed Books published the second edition of Salleh’s treatise, opening the volume with two forewords. The first from John Clark, emeritus professor of philosophy at Loyola University, and activist director of La Terre Institute for Community and Ecology, New Orleans, characterizes Salleh’s approach as “a major theoretical breakthrough” in ecofeminist theory. (x)…

Oil Pipelines: Converging in Illinois

Sandra Lindberg

It isn’t nice to block the doorways,
It isn’t nice to go to jail,
There are nicer ways to do it,
But the nice ways always fail…

Yeah, we tried negotiations
And the token picket line,
Mister Charlie didn’t see us
And he might as well be blind;
When you deal with men of ice,
You can’t deal with ways so nice,
But if that’s freedom’s price,
We don’t mind…
— “It Isn’t Nice,” by Malvina Reynolds (1965)

TAMMY BREWER, THE great-granddaughter of a Keokuk chief, climbed a steep and wooded hill beside the Mississippi River and then crossed a rough fence to stand on a Bakken Pipeline work site. Across from her stood a young security guard,…