Solidarity Solidarity RSS feed en The State of Reproductive Rights in 2015 ArticleAfter the passage of so many restrictions on abortion procedures and increasing attacks on contraceptive information, the right seems to feel wind in its sails and various spokespeople—including the former Lieut. Governor of Texas, David Dewhurst, an oil and gas businessman—have called for the overturning of Roe v. Wade. The House of Representatives plans to vote on the 20-week abortion ban on the 2015 anniversary of Roe v. Wade. This ban is similar to one passed in Arizona that a Dianne FeeleyThu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:01 +0000 March to Freedom, 1963 and Beyond ArticleThere were many small and large victories. This was the beginning of desegregation. There were civil rights bills, a tremendous expansion of the African-American middle class, the massive entry of women into the labor force, and the end of the war in Vietnam. Radical Black youth begin to talk to one another across borders of race and class. But over the 50 years since we've seen that the struggle for justice has many layers, some that we addressed in the 1960s and some that we did not.<br /> Charles SimmonsMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:24:36 +0000 The Politics of Mass Incarceration ArticleAgainst the Current: Mass incarceration has suddenly gotten quite a lot of attention in the media and in the political mainstream. Why has it become a high profile issue all of a sudden?<br />James Kilgore: Lots of things have happened. The first, and most important, is that people in the critically impacted communities have started to fight back. We’ve had a lot of mobilization around the War on Drugs, some of it sparked by the wonderful book by Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow. She has interview with James KilgoreFri, 02 Jan 2015 20:35:33 +0000 The Politics of Mass Incarceration the Current ArticleJAMES KILGORE IS is a longtime activist, writer and researcher. He currently lives in Urbana, Illinois, where has been involved in local movements to pass a Ban the Box initiative (taking questions about criminal background off employment applications) and opposing the building of a new county jail. He spent six and a half years in prison (2002-09) for his participation in political violence in the 1970s. He has published three novels, all of which were drafted while he was incarcerated. interview with James KilgoreThu, 18 Dec 2014 21:27:03 +0000 We Are All Ayotzinapa the Current Article&ldquo;THEY TOOK THEM alive and we want them back alive&rdquo; demanded the families of 43 students kidnapped from Ayotzinapa in the Mexican state of Guerrero. The cry was taken up everywhere, even though many believed they must by now be dead.<br />At this writing on December 5, students, labor unionists and community groups had taken over the Sonora State Legislature, while teachers blocked the Highway of the Sun that links Mexico City to the resort city of Acapulco with the Christmas holiday...Dan La BotzThu, 18 Dec 2014 21:23:56 +0000 Reckoning with Apocalypse the Current ArticleReckoning Day:<br />Race, Place, and the Atom Bomb in Postwar America<br />By Jacqueline Foertsch<br />Nashville: Vanderbilt University Press, 2013, 251 pages, $24.95 paper.<br />THE ANTIWAR MOVEMENT has become noticeably more diverse since the Iraq War, and many communities cry out &ldquo;no justice, no peace&rdquo; as they respond to incidents of police violence against people of color. Yet there is still a dearth of scholarship that examines the links between racial equality and peace issues, broadly defined.<br />In...Robbie LiebermanFri, 19 Dec 2014 21:14:47 +0000 The State of Reproductive Rights in 2015 ArticleIn recognition of the 42nd anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, we present this article summarizing the history of U.S. policy around reproductive rights from 1973 to present, with a special focus on new developments from the past couple of years.<br />Some Background<br />The 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that overturned laws outlawing abortion came as a result of a women’s movement that demonstrated, testified, and in some cases organized an underground railroad to Dianne FeeleyThu, 22 Jan 2015 00:01:01 +0000 Frank Fried (1927-2015) ArticleFrank Fried, one of the most remarkable revolutionary socialists in the United States during the second half of the 29th century, passed away on January 13, 2015 in Alameda, California at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, the novelist Alice Patrick QuinnTue, 20 Jan 2015 22:40:15 +0000 March to Freedom, 1963 and Beyond ArticleI remember Detroit's 1963 Walk to Freedom with Martin Luther King, Jr. I was part of a youth organization, UHURU (meaning "freedom" in Swahili). We had taken this name because throughout the 1950s UHURU had been the battle cry of the people of Kenya struggling against British colonialism.<br />I had just returned from serving in the U.S. Air Force, where I had experienced the brutal, barbaric and inhumane treatment of African Americans in Mississippi and Georgia. I had begun to oppose the U.S. war Charles SimmonsMon, 19 Jan 2015 15:24:36 +0000 Shaping 20th Century America ArticleStating that "the world must be made safe for democracy," president Woodrow Wilson asked Congress for a declaration of war against Germany on April 2, 1917. The United States formally entered World War I four days later. To some extent by that time, all of U.S. society had come to experience the effects and impacts of what already was a global conflagration, underway since August 1914. Among those directly and profoundly affected by the &ldquo;Great War&rdquo; from its start were millions Allen RuffWed, 14 Jan 2015 22:04:44 +0000 A History of the Two-Party System: Part 2 ArticleReconstruction of the two-party system became essential to the general Reconstruction after the Civil War, establishing some features that remain clear today. As such, the arrangement of the parties became an essential aspect of the betrayals associated with the Reconstruction of the post-war Mark LauseMon, 12 Jan 2015 18:18:40 +0000 As Mexican President Peña Nieto Visits White House, Protestors Demand His Resignation ArticlePresident Barack Obama received Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto in the White House on January 6 where the two men reportedly talked principally about economic affairs, security issues related to the international drug cartels, and immigration issues. But in front of the White House some 200 Mexican Americans demanded Peña Nieto’s resignation for his handling of the killings and kidnappings that occurred in Iguala, Mexico, in September.<br />The protestors who had come to the White House Dan La BotzFri, 09 Jan 2015 20:23:55 +0000