Solidarity https://solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Labor's Legitimacy Crisis Under Trumphttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058Lead ArticleAs nativist right-wing populism surges across the Global North amidst the exhaustion of social democracy and “Third Way” liberalism, the United States finds itself at the forefront. Elsewhere, right populist parties have led in the polls, as with the Front National in France and the PVV in the Netherlands, or played key roles in seismic political events, as with UKIP and Brexit. But so far, only in the US has the right populist wave captured a major political party and ridden it to power....by Barry EidlinSun, 16 Jul 2017 17:24:47 +0000 One-Half Cheer for Trump on the Climate?https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027Lead ArticleOn a fateful Thursday, June 1, Donald Trump announced that “The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better – well, less bad -- of the existing options.<br />Photo: Francois Mori/AP<br />To be absolutely clear, we are not adopting a stance of “the worse the better.” Not at all. What socialists and all environmentalists actually...From the Editors of Against the CurrentThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 Theresa May’s Katrina: Grenfell Tower and the Election Outcome that Wasn't Supposed to Happenhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018Lead ArticleJust six days after the election, a 24-story council high-rise went up in flames. Grenfell Tower housed 600 mostly poor tenants, many of whom were people of color.<br />The outside cladding that had recently been installed by a string of private (corner-cutting) contractors was not fireproof and became the conduit that turned the entire building into an inferno within 30 minutes.<br />Located in Kensington, one of the richest boroughs in Britain, the poor neighborhood in its midst instantly became the...by Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:46:32 +0000 USAID in El Salvador: The Politics of Preventionhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5026https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5026Against the Current ArticleTHE U.S. AGENCY for International Development (USAID) frames its work in El Salvador in the sterile, technocratic language of neoliberalism. The Agency is devoted to fostering &ldquo;prosperity, security and good governance&rdquo; in the small Central American nation. Notions of non-partisanship and apolitical, post-ideological action are key to this discourse.(1)<br />&ldquo;When I see the concern and the actions of Salvadorans from all sectors of society, who regardless of their political...Hilary GoodfriendWed, 21 Jun 2017 20:30:07 +0000 The World Through African Eyeshttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5036https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5036Against the Current ArticleSecuring the Base:<br />Making Africa Visible in the Globe<br />By Ngugi wa Thiong&rsquo;o<br />Seagull Books, 2015, distributed by University of Chicago Press, 130 pages, $25 cloth.<br />THE ESSAYS IN Securing the Base are united by a concern for the place of Africa in the world today. The iconic Kenyan writer and former political prisoner Ngugi wa Thiong&rsquo;o maintains that any discussion of the continent must take into account the depths from which Africa has emerged.<br />From the struggle against the odds posed...Anne Namatsi LutomiaThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:26:11 +0000 Confederate Monuments Downhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5023https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5023Against the Current ArticleINTOLERANCE. RACIAL INTOLERANCE. At age 21, Dylann Roof had plenty of it. The symbolic expression of his hatred was the flag of the former Confederate States of America, CSA.<br />Roof acted out his hatred one night in June, 2015. He killed nine African-Americans worshiping at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. His action set off a swift reaction.<br />Governor Nikki Haley, a Republican, demanded that the Confederate flag flying on the Capitol grounds in Columbia, the state capital, be...Derrick MorrisonWed, 21 Jun 2017 19:18:19 +0000 Labor's Legitimacy Crisis Under Trumphttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058Webzine ArticleAs nativist right-wing populism surges across the Global North amidst the exhaustion of social democracy and “Third Way” liberalism, the United States finds itself at the forefront. Elsewhere, right populist parties have led in the polls, as with the Front National in France and the PVV in the Netherlands, or played key roles in seismic political events, as with UKIP and Brexit. But so far, only in the US has the right populist wave captured a major political party and ridden it to power....by Barry EidlinSun, 16 Jul 2017 17:24:47 +0000 One-Half Cheer for Trump on the Climate?https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027Webzine ArticleOn a fateful Thursday, June 1, Donald Trump announced that “The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better – well, less bad -- of the existing options.From the Editors of Against the CurrentThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 Theresa May’s Katrina: Grenfell Tower and the Election Outcome that Wasn't Supposed to Happenhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018Webzine ArticleWe live in a north London street which, despite its impressive 19th century architecture, is peopled mainly by “council tenants” (public housing residents). This is largely due to the left-of-center politics of the local council (government), which bought up large areas of such housing in the 1970s, limiting “development” and gentrification, and preserving much of the working class population. Perhaps as a result Labour MP Emily Thornberry, a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, was...by Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:46:32 +0000 Portland’s MAX Murders, the Alt-Right, and the Left’s Responsehttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013Webzine ArticlePortland, Oregon became national news, following the May 26 murders on the MAX (the city’s light rail system). The killer, Jeremy Christian, slashed the necks of three white men (one survived) who tried to end his threatening tirade against two black teenage girls, one wearing a hijab.<br />Impromptu Memorial at the MAX station<br />Shortly after he boarded the train, Christian, who was shirtless and drinking from a wine bag, began spewing racist and Islamophobic slurs. The two young women moved from...Johanna BrennerFri, 09 Jun 2017 08:22:23 +0000 Science for the People with the EZLNhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4994https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4994Webzine ArticleLike many previous revolutionary movements, the Zapatistas in Mexico have their share of conventions, encounters, protests and the like. It is not unusual to celebrate the contribution of the arts to revolutionary fervor. Yet something different, and to us unique, happened this past December 25-January 4.<br />Following a conference on the role of art in the revolution last year, they held a large conference on the role of science in the construction of a new society. Called ConCiencias (literally...by John Vandermeer and Ivette PerfectoFri, 26 May 2017 15:12:26 +0000 Justice for Miriam Rodriguezhttps://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992https://solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992Webzine ArticleSolidarity activists are raising their voices against the assassination on May 10 of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights activist in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas well known for holding the authorities to account after the murder of her daughter.<br />Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez<br />The following open letter calls on state and federal authorities in Mexico and the U.S. government to ensure the safety of those who stand for human rights.<br />If you would like to support...JohannaFri, 19 May 2017 05:18:46 +0000