Solidarity Solidarity RSS feed en Ferguson October: A Participant's Report 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 John ReedFri, 17 Oct 2014 21:29:48 +0000 A Green Deal for New York ArticleOur campaign plan extends past the election. The post-election focus will be on building the Green Party as a mass party in New York for all progressives and socialists who agree on the need for united political action independent of the two-party system of corporate rule.<br />Our campaign organization is built around local campaign committees open to all supporters, who range from members of socialist organizations to disgruntled Democrats and Working Families Party members to Howie HawkinsFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:47:55 +0000 Ferguson's Killer Cop Is Not Arrested ArticleDarren Wilson.<br />Darren Wilson, the killer of unarmed African American teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri on August 9, continues to receive full pay and freedom. At the Ferguson police department many cops are wearing “I am Darren Wilson” bracelets to mock the chants of Black men and women who chant “I am Michael Brown” at city council meetings and on the street.<br />Cops and prosecutors assume that Wilson used “reasonable force” and only faces scrutiny because of the Malik MiahTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:24:58 +0000 Detroit: Your Pension and Your Life! 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 Death in the Eagle's Shadow the Current ArticleON SUNDAY, AUGUST 9th at approximately 1:20 in the afternoon, Israeli military forces killed Anwar Za&rsquo;aneen. They fired a missile at a water maintenance crew at work in Beit Hanoun, Gaza. Anwar, a resident of the town, had stood watching the crew as it attempted to reconnect the water supply to his home.<br />The U.S.-made Israeli drone wounded two crew members moderately, but critically wounded Anwar. An emergency medical team rushed him to Shifa hospital, the main hospital in Gaza City, where...Jennifer LoewensteinThu, 28 Aug 2014 19:20:36 +0000 Toward Energy Democracy the Current ArticleENERGY SYSTEMS ACROSS the planet are in accelerating transition towards sun and wind sourced production, driven by recognition of the catastrophic threat of climate change (caused by burning fossil fuels) and by the increasing cost advantages of renewable technologies.<br />As with many other emerging technologies with vast implications for profits and power, a great battle has erupted as to their integration into the productive system &#8212; under whose control, in whose interests? Indeed the...Bill ResnickThu, 28 Aug 2014 20:24:41 +0000 Ferguson October: A Participant's Report 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 John ReedFri, 17 Oct 2014 21:29:48 +0000 A Green Deal for New York 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. Howie HawkinsFri, 10 Oct 2014 14:47:55 +0000 Ferguson's Killer Cop Is Not Arrested Article“Nearly two times a week in the United States a white police officer kills a Black person during a seven-year period ending in 2012, according to the most recent accounts of justifiable homicide reported to the FBI.<br />“While the racial analysis is striking, the database it's based on has been long considered flawed and largely incomplete. The killings are self-reported by law enforcement and not all police departments participate, so the database undercounts the actual number of deaths… Malik MiahTue, 07 Oct 2014 17:24:58 +0000 Occupy Central: What’s Next for the Hong-Kong Democracy Movement? A Brief Observation on the Current Movement ArticleIntroduction and Update (from a statement by Left 21)<br />Boycotts of classes by university and secondary school students initiated by the Hong Kong Federation of Students and Scholars begun on September 22 in the fight for genuine universal suffrage escalated to the full-blown Occupy Movement on the evening of September 26. Attempts by the government and police to evict protestors with violence on September 28 just triggered another wave of ever-expanding autonomous occupation across Au Loong YuMon, 06 Oct 2014 16:55:33 +0000 Socialism and the Struggle for Queer Justice ArticleThe following video is from a talk given by Alan Sears at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN; the talk was sponsored by the Middle Tennessee branch of Solidarity. For more discussion of these issues, see Alan's essay "Queer in a Lean World," which has been published as a Solidarity pamphlet, and this interview with Alan by the creators of Black Sheep Podcast. Alan is also currently working on a new book on queer politics.<br />Alan Sears is a member of Toronto New Socialists and a...a talk by Alan SearsThu, 02 Oct 2014 14:09:16 +0000 Weekend of Resistance: National Call to Action in Ferguson, October 10-13 ArticleWe republish this call from the Organization for Black Struggle to encourage those who are available to respond and participate.<br />We are in a movement moment.<br />What began as a local call for Justice for Mike Brown has grown into a nationwide shout for justice. Mike Brown falls in a long line of others killed as a result of systemic racial bias and violence against black and brown communities. John Crawford, III, Ezel Ford, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo, Marilyn Banks and countless the Organization for Black StruggleTue, 30 Sep 2014 20:00:44 +0000