Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Stop the Israel-United States Deadly Exchangehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5166http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5166Lead ArticleAs part of the November 8 national day of action called “Deadly Exchange,” about fifty people gathered outside the Los Angeles office of the Anti-Defamation League to protest police exchanges between the United States and Israel. The protest was organized nationally by Jewish Voice for Peace(JVP) and locally by JVP – Los Angeles, USC (University of Southern California) Students for Justice in Palestine, and Palestinian and Jews Decolonize.<br />On a short march to the local ADL office, through...Barry SaksSun, 19 Nov 2017 01:27:28 +0000 Open Letter to the People of the United States – from Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maríahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164Lead ArticleDEAR FRIENDS:<br />By now you have surely heard about the catastrophic impact of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, as well as the slow and still inadequate response by U.S. federal agencies, such as FEMA.<br />A month after María, dozens of communities are still inaccessible by car or truck. Close to 90 percent of all homes lack electricity. Half lack running water. Many of Puerto Rico’s 3.2 million residents have difficulties obtaining drinking water. The death toll continues to rise due to lack of...Manuel Rodríguez Banchs and Rafael Bernabe Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:30:19 +0000 Dilemmas of Electoral Politics: The Working Families Party and the Greens in New York Statehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162Lead ArticleThe US Left has long struggled with the problem of doing electoral politics in a “winner-take-all” voting system and has long debated how to relate to the Democratic Party and especially to the campaigns of progressive Democratic Party candidates.<br />This strategic question is especially pressing in states, like New York, that allow “fusion” balloting. In New York State, individual candidates may be endorsed by and run as the candidate of more than one party.<br />The Working Families Party...SolidarityFri, 27 Oct 2017 19:09:39 +0000 Sweden's Potato Revolutionhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5131http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5131Against the Current ArticleIT SEEMS UNEXPECTED &#8212; but the effects of the February 1917 revolution in Russia were first felt in neutral Sweden. Together with the other Nordic countries Sweden was spared from the First World War but suffered food shortages and other hardships due to the surrounding conflicts.<br />The conservative Swedish government in 1914 didn&rsquo;t organize the country&rsquo;s food supply until it was too late. Meat, fat, livestock, potatoes and other crops together with leather, clothes, shoes and...Håkan BlomqvistWed, 18 Oct 2017 21:34:14 +0000 Iran: The Impact of Octoberhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5132http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5132Against the Current ArticleTHE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION had a profound influence on the revolutionary movement in the countries neighboring the new Soviet Republic, and Iran was no exception.<br />Towards the end of the Qajar dynasty in Iran (1785 to 1925) a number of international treaties had established Iran&rsquo;s position as the subordinate partner, or the semicolony, of great powers. As far as Iran-Russia relations were concerned the Turkmanchai Treaty (signed 21 February 1828) marked peace between tsarist Russia and the...Yassamine MatherWed, 18 Oct 2017 21:41:39 +0000 The Ghosts of St. Louis Futurehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5120http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5120Against the Current ArticleTHE DECISION OF Missouri Circuit Court Judge Timothy J. Wilson in the case of Jason Stockley, a white former St. Louis police officer charged with the first-degree murder of Anthony Lamar Smith, a 24-year-old African American, was issued early on a Friday morning &#8212; a time calculated to avoid economically disruptive, start-of-the-work-week looting (it never came). But little about the case, decided on September 15, 2017, was prompt, or marked by successful foresight, or even rooted in the...William J. MaxwellTue, 17 Oct 2017 21:37:20 +0000 Stop the Israel-United States Deadly Exchangehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5166http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5166Webzine Articleprotesters march toward the LA local ADL office; photo by Barry SaksBarry SaksSun, 19 Nov 2017 01:27:28 +0000 One Hundred Years: A Poem on the Centenary of the Russian Revolutionhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5165http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5165Webzine Article1917 Petrograd Soviet Assembly<br />READ THE POEM HERE<br />Steve Bloom is a member of Solidarity.Steve BloomSun, 05 Nov 2017 18:10:47 +0000 Open Letter to the People of the United States – from Puerto Rico, a month after Hurricane Maríahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5164Webzine ArticleDEAR FRIENDS:<br />By now you have surely heard about the catastrophic impact of Hurricane María in Puerto Rico, as well as the slow and still inadequate response by U.S. federal agencies, such as FEMA.<br />A month after María, dozens of communities are still inaccessible by car or truck. Close to 90 percent of all homes lack electricity. Half lack running water. Many of Puerto Rico’s 3.2 million residents have difficulties obtaining drinking water. The death toll continues to rise due to lack of...Manuel Rodríguez Banchs and Rafael Bernabe Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:30:19 +0000 Dilemmas of Electoral Politics: The Working Families Party and the Greens in New York Statehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5162Webzine ArticleThe US Left has long struggled with the problem of doing electoral politics in a “winner-take-all” voting system and has long debated how to relate to the Democratic Party and especially to the campaigns of progressive Democratic Party candidates.<br />This strategic question is especially pressing in states, like New York, that allow “fusion” balloting. In New York State, individual candidates may be endorsed by and run as the candidate of more than one party.<br />The Working Families Party...JohannaFri, 27 Oct 2017 19:09:39 +0000 How to Make a Corporate Democrat Govern as a Progressive (at least some of the time): Andrew Cuomo, Zephyr Teachout, Bernie Sanders and the Working Families Partyhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5153http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5153Webzine ArticlePaul Buckowski Times Union<br />New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was first elected in 2010. Early in his tenure, and no doubt in response to that year’s Tea Party wave, he quickly distinguished himself as an aggressive and effective center-right governor.<br />Eager to make it clear that he was not a squishy liberal, New York’s new governor sought and won enormous tax cuts for the wealthy. He came into office with a promise to go after public sector unions and then cut their pensions. He embraced the...Stephanie LuceTue, 24 Oct 2017 17:59:53 +0000 Progressive Democrats Have Little Power Without an Independent Lefthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5151http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5151Webzine ArticleHowie Hawkins is the Green Party Candidate for Mayor of Syracuse NY. For information about his campaign, visit his website.<br />Stephanie Luce asks why did Cuomo shift leftward after the 2014 gubernatorial election in New York? Her answer is that progressives working inside the Democratic Party – Working Families Party, Zephyr Teachout, Bernie Sanders, Fight for $15 demos organized by Democratic Party-oriented unions – changed the political landscape and forced Cuomo to move left to recover the...Howie HawkinsTue, 24 Oct 2017 17:48:05 +0000