Solidarity Solidarity RSS feed en Assessing the Paris COP and Building on the Outcome ArticleThe COP21 in Le Bourget Paris in December 2015 adopted an agreement on global warming and climate change, which was signed by all 195 participating countries... It is the first comprehensive agreement after 21 years of meetings and conferences conducted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 1997 Kyoto Protocol applied to just a few countries and was sabotaged by the USA and others. Copenhagen in 2009 broke up in acrimony and emissions were allowed to let rip without Alan ThornettFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:58:38 +0000 A Michigan City Poisoned: Governor’s Apology Can’t Get the Lead Out ArticleJust weeks ago, Flint’s lead-poisoned water was a local story as the state’s coverup of the disaster crumbled. Today it’s a national and international headline, and most people know the basics: how the state’s appointed “Emergency Manager” for Flint ordered the switchover from Detroit’s clean and safe water system to Flint River water. How anti-corrosive chemicals weren’t added to the heavily polluted and toxic river water, causing it to leach lead from aging pipes directly David FinkelFri, 22 Jan 2016 03:29:43 +0000 A New Political Situation in Latin America ArticleClaudio Katz: In my opinion, the so-called progressive cycle of the last decade in South America has been a process resulting from partially successful popular rebellions (Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador) that altered the relationship of forces in the region. They allowed us to take advantage of higher prices for raw materials and dollar income in a way that differed considerably from what prevailed in other periods. During this interval, neo-developmental and distributionist interview with Claudio KatzWed, 06 Jan 2016 17:56:08 +0000 Bigotry vs. Black Lives, Muslims, Immigrants the Current ArticleHISTORICALLY, THE PRIMARY targets of bigotry and domestic terrorism in the United States have been Black people, who were considered less than human and definitely not as equals to whites. Native peoples were slaughtered by the settler colonists, removed from their tribal lands and put on &ldquo;reservations.&rdquo; Native Americans to this day suffer from the original genocidal crimes of the European colonists.<br />Today&rsquo;s rightwing bigotry and quasi-populist appeals are based on an extension...Malik MiahMon, 28 Dec 2015 21:32:46 +0000 Black Women's Writing Recovered the Current ArticleTHREE DECADES AGO The New York Times Book Review observed, &ldquo;Mary Helen Washington has had a greater impact on the canon of Afro-American Literature than has any other scholar.&rdquo; The occasion was the arrival of yet another in her acclaimed quartet of editions of creative writing by African-American women.<br />Since then, Dr. Washington has only intensified her dedication to rebalance historical perspective and restore visibility through a miraculous retrieval of the radical Black past interview with Mary Helen WashingtonMon, 28 Dec 2015 21:55:30 +0000 Remembering Ahmad Rahman and Ron Scott the Current ArticleAHMAD RAHMAN, AN educator and activist who served almost 22 years in a Michigan prison and subsequently became the 2013 Michigan Council for Social Studies &ldquo;College Professor of the Year,&rdquo; died unexpectedly on September 21, 2015 at the age of 64.<br />Just two months later, on November 29 Ron Scott, a leading activist of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality and its neighborhood &ldquo;Peace Zones for Life,&rdquo; died of cancer at age 68.<br />Both had been members of the Black...David FinkelMon, 28 Dec 2015 22:03:02 +0000 Assessing the Paris COP and Building on the Outcome ArticleThe COP21 in Le Bourget Paris in December 2015 adopted an agreement on global warming and climate change, which was signed by all 195 participating countries. It will come into force in 2020 providing it is ratified by 55 of the signatories that account for at least 55% of global emissions of greenhouse gases—which is expected to happen. How should we assess the significance of the agreement, and where does it leaves the struggle against global warming today?<br />It is the first Alan ThornettFri, 05 Feb 2016 18:58:38 +0000 "Native Sports Mascots Must Go": An Interview with Amanda Blackhorse ArticleRobert Caldwell: Please tell the readers something about yourself. How did you first come to challenge racist mascots?<br />Amanda Blackhorse: My name is Amanda Blackhorse from the Diné tribe, or what is known as the Navajo Nation. I am from Big Mountain and Kayenta, Arizona on the Navajo Nation.Amanda Blackhorse interviewed by Robert CaldwellTue, 26 Jan 2016 17:59:24 +0000 Mexican Labor Year in Review (2015) Article2015 was another in a series of very bad years for Mexico. Mexican working people continued to experience the difficulties of a stagnant economy, the violence of the drug war, repression of labor and social movements, and the rule of corrupt political parties. Few workers had legitimate labor unions with which to resist employer and government policies, and fewer had the desire to engage in strikes. Yet some workers--teachers in southern Mexico, farm workers in Baja California, and Dan La BotzMon, 25 Jan 2016 20:29:05 +0000 Detroit Teachers Protest Attacks on Schools and Students ArticleThe problems in the Detroit Public Schools that have been highlighted by recent teacher sickouts are not new. The district’s reputation is built on shabby buildings, oversized classes, and frustrated teachers. The schools are under resourced and the impacts of poverty continue to shift the focus away from learning, as the immediate needs of the students have to come first. The district has been placed under state control for the last several years. A steady rotation of emergency managers Nina ChackerSat, 23 Jan 2016 18:50:07 +0000 A Michigan City Poisoned: Governor’s Apology Can’t Get the Lead Out ArticleOn the day when president Obama visited the Detroit International Auto Show, almost 90 of the 100 Detroit Public Schools were closed as teachers en masse called in sick. In fact, they’re sick of schools overrun with rodents and mold, leaking roofs, and classrooms of 45-50 students without heat or textbooks. Hundreds took the day to protest and picket outside the Cobo Center site of the auto show.<br />An hour’s drive north up I-75, in the poisoned city of Flint, the National Guard, David FinkelFri, 22 Jan 2016 03:29:43 +0000 Two Years of Podemos ArticleThis Sunday [January 17--ed.] we celebrate the anniversary of our first public act: the press conference at the Lavapiés Theater District in Madrid in which we were lucky to participate. We have built a great organization which has managed in two years of history to produce a storm of enthusiasm for change and has become a reliable electoral tool. We have helped to open a new cycle in which public life is no longer split in two and, above all, we have repoliticized society in a moment in Teresa Rodríguez and Miguel UrbánThu, 21 Jan 2016 16:29:54 +0000