Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Our Planet, Our Lives!http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4946http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4946Lead ArticleTrump promises to intensify the production of coal, fracking, and oil through cutting health and safety regulations and dramatically downsizing the Environmental Protection Agency. Construction union officials and some unemployed miners were delighted with these promises. Yet these are the very same people who suffer debilitating health injuries from their work!<br />Continuing to measure “progress” by the expansion of commodity production and industrial agriculture will lead civilization to a...from Solidarity's Ecosocialist Working GroupTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:15:36 +0000 Trump's New and Used Middle East Warhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4941http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4941Lead ArticleLast night, supposedly in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, President Trump ordered a missile attack on a Syrian air base, the first U.S. military strike directly against the regime (though hardly the first U.S. intervention in the war). As socialists and internationalists, we oppose both imperialist intervention and the atrocities of the Syrian government.<br />Imperialism creates problems that it cannot solve, and absolves itself of responsibility for the consequences....from the National Committee of SolidarityFri, 07 Apr 2017 19:31:30 +0000 Against Trump and Peña: Unity from Below and without Bordershttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4896http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4896Lead ArticleAfter the dramatic increase in fuel, electricity, and water prices throughout the country and a month of uninterrupted, massive protests across the country that have deepened the crisis of legitimacy--which is increasingly a political crisis--of Mexico’s oligarchic regime, we are now beginning to see the first steps of the new, extreme right, xenophobic, macho, racist, and anti-Mexican administration in the White House. This can only bring further complications, contradictions, and...from the Revolutionary Workers’ Party (PRT)Fri, 10 Feb 2017 20:46:26 +0000 The Ohio Vote in Novemberhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4898http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4898Against the Current ArticleKim Moody&rsquo;s article &ldquo;Who Put Trump in the White House?&rdquo; appeared in our previous issue, ATC 186 (online at www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4859). We are publishing here a segment on the vote in four Ohio counties. It bears out the analysis that working-class votes in 2016 declined more than they swung to Trump &#8212; which space didn&rsquo;t permit us to include in that issue. The author&rsquo;s conclusion there bears repeating: the Democratic Party&rsquo;s neoliberalism...Kim MoodyFri, 17 Feb 2017 20:53:19 +0000 Birth of a New Movementhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4904http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4904Against the Current ArticleI CAME BACK from the Women&rsquo;s March in D.C. exhausted but thrilled, convinced that we are seeing the birth of a new women&rsquo;s movement. Hearing about all the other Women&rsquo;s Marches around the world only confirmed that impression. The size, the inclusiveness, the defiant but good-humored spirit and the progressive politics make me very optimistic. Although there will be challenges, as I will discuss, this is one ground for optimism in our current very discouraging political climate...Nancy HolmstromMon, 20 Feb 2017 21:12:27 +0000 Erwin Baur (1915-2016)http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4914http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4914Against the Current ArticleERWIN BAUR, RADICAL trade unionist and founding member of the Socialist Workers Party (SWP), died on November 30 in Alameda, California at the age of 101. Unlike many veteran unionists of the 1930s generation, Baur made a youthful contract with revolutionary socialism that he never broke.<br />In the 1940s, he was part of a crucial layer of dissident local leaders in the UAW who for a time sustained the combative traditions of the union in the face of hostile UAW officials and the larger political...Charles WilliamsMon, 20 Feb 2017 23:07:18 +0000 Our Planet, Our Lives!http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4946http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4946Webzine ArticleA Systematic Crisis<br />With Trump's barrage of absurd “alternative facts,” his administration attempts to cover up the scientific analysis that points to a systemic ecological crisis. In order to avoid a major catastrophe we must drastically reduce the use of carbon as an energy source, transitioning to sustainable energy within twenty years. There is no technical fix or more efficient use of coal, gas, oil, or nuclear power that will do the job.<br />Carbon as an energy source is linked to other...from Solidarity's Ecosocialist Working GroupTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:15:36 +0000 Trump's New and Used Middle East Warhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4941http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4941Webzine ArticleLast night, supposedly in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime, President Trump ordered a missile attack on a Syrian air base, the first U.S. military strike directly against the regime (though hardly the first U.S. intervention in the war). As socialists and internationalists, we oppose both imperialist intervention and the atrocities of the Syrian government.<br />All the external powers intervening in the Syrian catastrophe--the United States, Russia, Iran, Turkey--have told...from the National Committee of SolidarityFri, 07 Apr 2017 19:31:30 +0000 Trump's Military Adventurism Under Way in Syriahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4940http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4940Webzine ArticleThe Assad government’s April 4 chemical weapon attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun, which killed more than 100 people, once again demonstrated the barbarism of that regime, responsible for countless deaths, sadistic torture and the destruction of much of the country. But it is unlikely that compassion for the victims of another brutal Assad attack was in the forefront of Donald Trump’s mind when he ordered the cruise missile attack on the Syrian airbase near Homs.<br />As was...by Phil HearseFri, 07 Apr 2017 16:49:06 +0000 Chuck Berry's Promised Landhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4939http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4939Webzine ArticleThe reverberations from the death of Chuck Berry are starting to subside. The news naturally had the greatest impact on people of my generation, Boomers, for whom he is an inextricable part of the soundtrack of our lives, while many young ‘uns are wondering what the big deal is.<br />Plenty of critics and pundits are ready to fill them in, of course. And unsurprisingly, their memorial articles tend toward what my friend Yolanda M Carrington calls "Berry-as-colorblind-god tributes from mass media."...by Dennis O'NeilMon, 27 Mar 2017 14:09:54 +0000 A Partial Peace in Colombiahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4934http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4934Webzine ArticleIn November 2016 the Colombian Congress approved a peace deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrillas, potentially ending a 50-year armed conflict that has killed at least 220,000 people--82 percent civilians--and displaced almost seven million. The accord includes mechanisms for disarmament and reintegration of guerrilla fighters, lenient sentencing for those who confess to committing acts of violence, and an allotment of ten congressional seats...by Kevin YoungTue, 14 Mar 2017 16:33:47 +0000 Remembering Seymour Kramer (1946-2017)http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4903http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4903Webzine ArticleSeymour Kramer, a founding member of Solidarity and longtime labor union activist in the San Francisco Bay area, died of complications of diabetes in Berkeley, California, on January 20, 2017 at the age of 70.by Patrick M. QuinnMon, 20 Feb 2017 18:01:29 +0000