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For Jill Stein and Independent Politics

from the National Committee of Solidarity
July 19, 2016

If you believe that a better choice is possible, a movement for political revolution also needs an electoral expression. In this election, the best expression at the national level of what all of us have been fighting for is the Green Party campaign of Jill Stein. Solidarity supports that campaign as a way to support the political revolution in 2016.

Looking not only toward November but also beyond, especially to Bernie Sanders’ supporters who reject the dead-end option of Hillary Clinton, we urge you to consider that you need more than a different candidate: you need a different party. Hillary Clinton, after all, did not “hijack” the Democratic Party. She represents exactly what the Democratic Party really is: Wall Street connections, militarism, and all. There was no way that Bernie Sanders was going to be the Democratic nominee.

This reality explains why Jill Stein’s support has been growing. So are local independent political organizations, campaigns and ballot initiatives. We urge a vote for Jill Stein, but more than a one-time “protest vote,” solid independent political organization is a necessity. It’s going to be a long road, and there isn’t a magic success formula for creating a working class-oriented party in the United States that can be the voice of social movements. But at this point one thing should be clear: the trap of voting for one after another “lesser evil” corporate candidate will only leave us with worse and more barren choices.

After Dallas: The Struggle Continues

from the Steering Committee of Solidarity
July 8, 2016

Last night, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas called in response to the killings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, one or more snipers shot at least a dozen police officers. As of now, five are dead, as is at least one suspect in the shooting. Before his death in a standoff with police, the suspect indicated that he was upset with police shootings and with Black Lives Matter, and that he wanted to kill white people. He said he was working alone, and has no connection to Black Lives Matter or any other organized group. Our comrades in Dallas report that protesters were just as surprised and frightened as the police when the shooting started, and at least one protester was shot.

Despite the increasingly clear lack of connection between the vigilante shooter(s) and organized protest activity, this tragedy will almost certainly lead to increased repression against Black Lives Matter and other Black political organizations in Dallas and around the country, as well as popular racist backlash. Right wing pundits are already issuing thinly veiled calls for retaliation. Likely, Dallas will become a popular excuse to call for a hiatus from protest.

We face a difficult period ahead, and now more than ever must remain vigilant and committed to struggle. We must continue to be in the streets and to demand justice. Black liberation remains central to all liberation, and Black Lives Matter as an organization and a movement needs the support of everyone committed to the fight for a better world. We urge all activists and revolutionaries to maintain or increase our engagement in this fight, and to be prepared to defend those targeted by backlash and repression.

Abortion Clinic Ruling Rolls Back TRAP Assaults

by Dianne Feeley
June 29, 2016

On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law restricting abortion by requiring clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that their doctors have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals. Although Texas argued that these laws had been passed “to protect women’s health,” five of the eight judges did not buy that transparently fraudulent story. Writing for the majority opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer wrote that “neither of these provisions offers medical benefits sufficient to justify the burdens upon access that each imposes. Each places a substantial obstacle in the path of women seeking a pre-viability abortion, each constitutes an undue burden on abortion access, and each violates the federal Constitution.”

The “undue burden” requirement of the 1992 Planned Parenthood v. Casey decision has been a door which the right blasted wide open, imposing hundreds of reactionary laws. This 1992 decision has now been modified to take medical reality into account. The 5-3 Whole Women’s Health v. Hellerstedt ruling swept aside legislation that forced the closure of nearly two dozen Texas clinics and, if upheld, would have reduced the number to around ten, all in major urban centers.

The strength of the decision is the result of serious preparation and mobilization of organizations that understood the stakes involved. Forty-five amicus briefs filed by a number of medical, legal, and women’s organizations and individuals outlined the situation women faced as 41 clinics performing abortions were whittled down to 19. These briefs discussed the particular barriers African-American women and Latinas faced, hammered home the point that the law was not medically necessary, and set reproductive rights within the larger framework of women’s health and human rights...

A Socialist Convergence in Philadelphia

by Robert Caldwell
June 11, 2016

The Bernie Sanders campaign represented a breakthrough on the U.S. left--not because the insurgency within the Democratic Party offered a new opportunity to transform the graveyard of social movements, but primarily because the campaign surfaced a growing desire of millions for a left program and opened a much larger space to talk about socialism, while also exposing the limitation of the Democratic Party.

Inside the July 25-28 Democratic National Convention (DNC), Sanders’ delegates will be up against the largest barrier they have seen thus far. But the streets of Philadelphia will be full of street protesters orienting not only toward Bernie but also to the social movements, most notably Black Lives Matter, the demand for $15/hour, and the Climate Justice movement.

Sanders supporters and the broader left will converge on Philadelphia beginning on the eve of the DNC and tens of thousands will attend a number of events, including both permitted and unpermitted marches... Because the days will be packed with marches and street actions, those wanting to build dialogue are focusing on building nightly events. “Socialist Convergence: carrying forward the political revolution” will be a four-evening series of panels and discussions after the daytime street actions in Philadelphia concurrent with the DNC. Solidarity has endorsed and is part of organizing the Convergence, which will be held nightly at the Friends Center.

July 19, 2016
from the National Committee of Solidarity
If you believe that a better choice is possible, a movement for political revolution also needs an electoral expression. In this election, the best expression at the national level of what all of us...
July 8, 2016
from the Steering Committee of Solidarity
Last night, during a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas called in response to the killings of Alton Sterling and Philandro Castile, one or more snipers shot at least a dozen police officers. As of...
June 29, 2016
by Dianne Feeley
On June 27th, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law restricting abortion by requiring clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers and that their doctors have admitting...
June 11, 2016
by Robert Caldwell
The Bernie Sanders campaign represented a breakthrough on the U.S. left--not because the insurgency within the Democratic Party offered a new opportunity to transform the graveyard of social...

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