Why voting Democratic hasn’t preserved choice

Elizabeth Schulte makes the case that a woman’s right to choose abortion won’t be defended by subordinating our struggle to the needs of the Democratic Party. DONALD TRUMP gave abortion rights supporters a frightening glimpse of what an administration he commands might do when he told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews earlier this month that “[t]here has […]

From Slaveholders to Sanders: A Brief History of the Democratic Party

American socialist Bill Crane – in an article first published at RS21 – provides a brief history of the Democratic Party from its inception to the present, and asks how revolutionaries might relate to the movement behind presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. The US Democratic Party is the oldest surviving modern political party.[1] In its longer than two centuries’ […]

When Black Workers Organized Against Jim Crow

Hammer and Hoe: Alabama Communists during the Great Depression by Robin Kelley. A twenty-fifth anniversary edition of this wonderful classic work of workers’ history was published last year. Robin Kelley has magnificently brought to light the little known struggles of communist party-supporting workers and sharecroppers, the majority of whom were black, under ferocious conditions of […]

Celebrating Marriage Equality

On Friday (US Time) the Supreme Court struck down bans to same sex marriage as unconstitutional. This is a huge win for queer couples across the US. For years, campaigns have been waged back and forth to allow or deny what many (including the majority of Americans) consider a perfectly obvious right. Historically, these have […]

We have a right to be in the streets for Freddie

PROTESTERS IN Baltimore erupted in fury over the murder of Freddie Gray, who died in the hospital on April 19, days after his voice box was crushed and spine nearly severed while in police custody. Throughout the week that followed, protesters filled the streets demanding accountability and expressing anger at the killing of another unarmed […]

Call Mr Robeson

Call Mr Robeson The Moorings, 31 Glenbervie Terrace, Wellington Until 1st March. Tickets $18/$14 0800 BUY TIX www.fringe.co.nz Call Mr. Robeson is written and performed by Tayo Aluko. Through monologue and song, he brings to life the memory of a man who the American ruling class would rather we forgot. Paul Robeson, born in New […]

Old MacDonald Had A Strike: The story of striking fast food workers across the globe

In September 2012, 100 New York fast food workers went on strike. They were employed by such big franchise names as McDonalds, Burger King, KFC and others. They had two core demands: that they receive a $15 ‘Living Wage’, and; that they have a Union presence in their worksites. Despite tremendous employer intimidation, severe anti-Union […]

#BlackLivesMatter looks to the future

Danny Katch (for socialistworker.org) listens to activists around the country to see where the discussion about what’s next for the movement is headed, and what that means for the struggle. THE MURDER of Mike Brown on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, last August–as horrific as it was–is far from unique. More than 150 years after the […]

Solidarity with Mexican Students

Dear students and families of the Ayotzinapa Normal School: It is with deep sorrow that we learnt of the terrible events of September 26 this year, when three students of your school were assassinated, and 43 were kidnapped by the municipal police of Iguala and Cucula, and handed over to a criminal group. Those comrades, […]

Washington’s warring brothers

This month’s battles over the budget and the Tea Party Republicans’ fanaticism about the health care law obscure the two parties’ common commitment to austerity. The federal government officially went into shutdown mode at midnight on October 1–in another spectacular display of dysfunction in the highest offices of the “world’s greatest democracy.” Some 800,000 “non-essential” […]