Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Two Years after the CTU Strike: “Reform” Plague Still Spreadshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4277http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4277Lead ArticleIt has been two years since the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) struck for the first time in over 20 years and changed the discourse on education in the United States. The strike was historic in making issues of race and class central to a contract struggle and in garnering public support to defend public education.<br />The CTU strike confronted the attack on public education championed nationally by Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, and the national forces in favor of privatization, from...by Rob BartlettThu, 23 Oct 2014 18:24:55 +0000 Bolivia Elects Morales for Another 5 Years: Is Revolutionary Change Still on the Agenda?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4274http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4274Lead ArticleOn Sunday, October 12, Bolivians voted to re-elect Evo Morales Ayma, Bolivia’s incumbent president, with an overwhelming 60% of the vote. Morales has indeed gained widespread popular support through his anti-imperialist and socialist policies, with even the World Bank forced to recognise the successes of his social programmes. His government has fallen short, however, of the revolutionary promises it was first elected on. That is why it is important to ask: how far do Morales’ reforms truly...by Claire VealeMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:23:42 +0000 Ferguson October: A Participant's Reporthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4273http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4273Lead ArticleThe weekend's events began with a protest in Clayton, MO, outside the offices of county prosecutor Robert McCulloch. Clayton is the county seat for St. Louis County, where Michael Brown was killed. It is a government and financial hub characterized by the type of highrise office buildings we in the Midwest associate with downtowns.<br />Over 500 people assembled in the rain to demand an indictment against the cop who killed Michael Brown. Police and civic leaders throughout the St. Louis area were...by John ReedFri, 17 Oct 2014 21:29:48 +0000 Detroit: Your Pension and Your Life!http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4243http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4243Against the Current ArticleTHE MICHIGAN CONSTITUTION guarantees that pensions earned by government workers will not be reduced. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes nonetheless ruled that federal bankruptcy law trumps the state constitution.<br />Each Detroit city worker with a vested pension was mailed a ballot to accept negotiated cutbacks, or face massive cuts of nearly 30%. Sensing that the outcome had already been decided, the majority of the 32,000 Detroit city workers and pensioners did not bother to cast a vote on...Dianne FeeleyThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:40:05 +0000 Palestine's Unfolding Horrorhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4238http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4238Against the Current ArticleSuzi Weissman spoke with professor Hisham Ahmed, in the midst of the catastrophe in Gaza and the Israeli-Occupied West Bank, for the July 25, 2014 broadcast of her program &ldquo;Beneath the Surface&rdquo; on Pacifica radio KPFK in Los Angeles. We have abridged the interview for Against the Current. Obviously the numbers of casualties and other specifics have changed &#8212; very much for the worse &#8212; in the meantime. Thanks to Meleiza Figueroa for transcribing the discussion.<br />Suzi...an interview with Hisham AhmedThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:23:54 +0000 Resisting the New McCarthyismhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4239http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4239Against the Current ArticlePROFESSOR RABAB ABDULHADI is founder and Senior Scholar at the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED) at San Francisco State University. A longtime scholar and a lifelong activist for Palestinian freedom, her account of &ldquo;Living Under Occupation&rdquo; was published in the July-August 2012 issue of Against the Current (http://www.solidarity-us.org/pdfs/ATC%20159--Rabab.pdf).<br />After leading a January 2014 academic and labor delegation to Palestine and Jordan, Dr....an interview with Rabab AbdulhadiThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:28:27 +0000 Two Years after the CTU Strike: “Reform” Plague Still Spreadshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4277http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4277Webzine ArticleIt has been two years since the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) struck for the first time in over 20 years and changed the discourse on education in the United States. The strike was historic in making issues of race and class central to a contract struggle and in garnering public support to defend public education.<br />The CTU strike confronted the attack on public education championed nationally by Arne Duncan, Obama’s Secretary of Education, and the national forces in favor of privatization, from...by Rob BartlettThu, 23 Oct 2014 18:24:55 +0000 The People's Climate March: Looking Back at September 21sthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4276http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4276Webzine ArticleThousands of us who traveled to New York City to participate in the People’s Climate March and the activities surrounding the Sunday, September 21st action have now returned home, organizing reportbacks and thinking about how this event pushed the movement forward.<br />Some have complained—both before the march and afterwards—that it was a symbolic action without official demands and heavy corporate funding, while others objected to the fact that we even marched away from the site of the...by Dianne FeeleyWed, 22 Oct 2014 19:39:29 +0000 Free Baba Jan!http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4275http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4275Webzine ArticleBaba Jan and 11 other activists from Gilgit-Baltistan in Pakistan were sentenced to life imprisonment by an anti-terrorism court on 25th of September. Anti-Terrorism courts function as a parallel legal system that allows the party in office a way to speed up cases against its opponents. These 12 people are not terrorists!by Dianne FeeleyTue, 21 Oct 2014 18:30:11 +0000 Bolivia Elects Morales for Another 5 Years: Is Revolutionary Change Still on the Agenda?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4274http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4274Webzine ArticleOn Sunday, October 12, Bolivians voted to re-elect Evo Morales Ayma, Bolivia’s incumbent president, with an overwhelming 60% of the vote. Morales has indeed gained widespread popular support through his anti-imperialist and socialist policies, with even the World Bank forced to recognise the successes of his social programmes. His government has fallen short, however, of the revolutionary promises it was first elected on. That is why it is important to ask: how far do Morales’ reforms truly...by Claire VealeMon, 20 Oct 2014 16:23:42 +0000 Ferguson October: A Participant's Reporthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4273http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4273Webzine ArticleI participated in five events over the October 10-13 weekend: the protest in Clayton on Friday, the march on Saturday, the rally Sunday evening, and two actions on Monday. I can report what I witnessed at those events; for other events I can only report from what I heard or read.<br />I was impressed with the organizers' strategizing and flexibility. While some events were planned with an eye towards getting the maximum media exposure, others were conceived with the aim of disrupting business as...by John ReedFri, 17 Oct 2014 21:29:48 +0000 A Green Deal for New Yorkhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4272http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4272Webzine ArticleIn January 2014, when we wrote the first draft of our election campaign plan for governor and lieutenant governor of New York, we set down what we thought were four ambitious goals. But as the campaign has unfolded, it appears we aimed too low. We have revised our goals upwards.<br />Goal 1: Retain Ballot Status<br />Our first goal was to receive at least 50,000 votes, which is the threshold for securing and maintaining a ballot line for the Green Party in all upcoming New York State elections. With...by Howie HawkinsFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:47:55 +0000