Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Remembering Glenn Shelton, 1952-2016http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681Lead ArticleGlenn Shelton, a retired president of Michigan Mailhandlers Local 307 who never stopped fighting for the rights of working people, and a member of Solidarity, died March 24 after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary Jackson-Shelton only weeks earlier. We mourn these losses.<br />Glenn hoped to be remembered as someone who “loved his people, his family and his friends,” and as “the type of person who showed us that we can fight what is evil in the world without...by Dianne Feeley and David FinkelTue, 17 May 2016 20:20:53 +0000 U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660Lead ArticleWe all know that there’s something different about today’s working class. One obvious difference is that today’s working class produces fewer things “you can drop on your toe,” as The Economist famously put it, and more that you can’t. What’s actually changing in capitalist production in the United States?<br />While Marx mostly spoke of industrial workers who extracted or made goods, he did not, in fact, define the proletariat by what commodities it produced. As he wrote in Capital,...by Kim MoodySun, 01 May 2016 11:49:11 +0000 What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changeshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636Lead ArticleNine years after the outbreak of the financial crisis that continues to produce damaging social effects through the austerity policies imposed on victim populations, it’s time to take another look at the commitments that were made at that time by bankers, financiers, politicians, and regulatory bodies. Those four players have failed fundamentally in the promises they made in the wake of the crisis: to moralise the banking system, separate commercial banks from investment banks, end exorbitant...from the Committee for the Abolition of Third World DebtSun, 17 Apr 2016 16:32:21 +0000 An Introduction to the Life of James Connollyhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4651http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4651Against the Current ArticleA FULL LIFE: James Connolly the Irish Rebel (PM Press, $4.95) is a powerful portrayal of the life and martyrdom of the great Irish revolutionary, with text and comic art illustration by Tom Keough, edited with an Afterword by Paul Buhle, and selections from Connolly&rsquo;s writings. Marking the 100th anniversary of the Easter Uprising in Dublin that was crushed by the British occupation but paved the path for Irish independence, it&rsquo;s a fitting tribute to a visionary of national liberation...Mon, 25 Apr 2016 22:28:44 +0000 American Literature and the First World Warhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4653http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4653Against the Current ArticleGIVEN THAT THE United States entered the First World War much later than any other major belligerent, declaring war on Germany in April, 1917 &#8212; over two and a half years after the war began &#8212; one might expect that the war had less impact here than on other countries. American literature, however, argues otherwise.<br />Not only did the war spawn an enormous literature during and after the war, it also led to a reaction against the war and the culture that supported it. This response to...Tim DaytonMon, 25 Apr 2016 23:02:14 +0000 Destroying Detroit Schoolshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4650http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4650Against the Current Articlep>THE DETROIT PUBLIC School system (DPS) has been under state control for 15 years, the last decade under the direction of a series of Emergency Managers.<br />The result has been a staggering debt, now more than half a billion dollars, with a 50% decline in the number of students served. More students attend charter schools than the public system, but as there is no oversight over charters, poorly run schools continue year after year.<br />Over the past decade 160 Detroit schools of various types have...Dianne Feeley and David FinkelMon, 25 Apr 2016 22:18:50 +0000 Remembering Glenn Shelton, 1952-2016http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4681Webzine ArticleGlenn Shelton, a retired president of Michigan Mailhandlers Local 307 who never stopped fighting for the rights of working people, and a member of Solidarity, died March 24 after a battle with cancer. He was preceded in death by his wife Rosemary Jackson-Shelton only weeks earlier. We mourn these losses.<br />“The highest office of any union presents many strong temptations for the abuse of official power,” said Barbara Harvey--who served as Local 307’s attorney from 1986 through 1998 when...by Dianne Feeley and David FinkelTue, 17 May 2016 20:20:53 +0000 Destroying Detroit Schoolshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4661http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4661Webzine ArticleThe Detroit Public School system (DPS) has been under state control for 15 years, the last decade under the direction of a series of Emergency Managers. The result has been a staggering debt, now more than half a billion dollars, with a 50% decline in the number of students served. More students attend charter schools than the public system, but as there is no oversight over charters, poorly run schools continue year after year.<br />Over the past decade 160 Detroit schools of various types have...by Dianne Feeley and David FinkelTue, 03 May 2016 15:12:51 +0000 U.S. Labor: What's New, What's Not?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4660Webzine ArticleWe all know that there’s something different about today’s working class. One obvious difference is that today’s working class produces fewer things “you can drop on your toe,” as The Economist famously put it, and more that you can’t. What’s actually changing in capitalist production in the United States?<br />While Marx mostly spoke of industrial workers who extracted or made goods, he did not, in fact, define the proletariat by what commodities it produced. As he wrote in Capital,...by Kim MoodySun, 01 May 2016 11:49:11 +0000 Disasters in Syria and Yemenhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4659http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4659Webzine ArticleAgainst the Current: What does the recently announced “cease fire” in Syria mean, and what are the chances it will hold?<br />Gilbert Achcar: Please note, first of all, that it is not officially called a cease-fire but rather a “cessation of hostilities.” The main difference is that Russia and the Syrian regime, and the US-led coalition, will continue to fire on so-called terrorist forces, supposedly meaning ISIS and the Nusra Front.<br />For Russia and the Assad regime, this can be seized as a...Gilbert Achcar interviewed by Against the CurrentFri, 29 Apr 2016 17:32:58 +0000 Demand that President Obama Free Leonard Peltier!http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4637http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4637Webzine ArticleAmerican Indian activist Leonard Peltier has been imprisoned for 40 years for a crime he did not commit. Now is the time to redouble our efforts to free him! Demand that President Obama take action to grant executive clemency!<br />Designated a political prisoner by Amnesty International, Peltier is the highest profile American Indian prisoner incarcerated in the United States. He has always maintained his innocence and has emphatically maintained that his continued persecution by the U.S. government...by TushkahommaTue, 19 Apr 2016 19:17:31 +0000 What is to be Done with the Banks? Radical Proposals for Radical Changeshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4636Webzine ArticleNine years after the outbreak of the financial crisis that continues to produce damaging social effects through the austerity policies imposed on victim populations, it’s time to take another look at the commitments that were made at that time by bankers, financiers, politicians, and regulatory bodies. Those four players have failed fundamentally in the promises they made in the wake of the crisis: to moralise the banking system, separate commercial banks from investment banks, end exorbitant...from the Committee for the Abolition of Third World DebtSun, 17 Apr 2016 16:32:21 +0000