Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Justice for Miriam Rodriguezhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992Lead ArticleSolidarity activists are raising their voices against the assassination on May 10 of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights activist in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas well known for holding the authorities to account after the murder of her daughter.<br />Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez<br />The following open letter calls on state and federal authorities in Mexico and the U.S. government to ensure the safety of those who stand for human rights.<br />OPEN LETTER<br />On the night of...SolidarityFri, 19 May 2017 05:18:46 +0000 "A Threat to Democracy"http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4991http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4991Lead ArticleThe media know, of course, and some are even saying up front, that Donald Trump’s shambolic firing of FBI Director James Comey is a blatant move to block the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, and the possible collusion of Trump campaign operatives. More importantly, what they’re not saying is that as “a threat to our democracy” Russian hacking ranks no higher than third on the list.<br />Protestors at White House. Yahoo News Photo Staff<br />The much bigger...David FinkelFri, 12 May 2017 23:06:30 +0000 Trump in Power: The First 100 Dayshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4935http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4935Lead ArticleAs Trump took office, the majority of Americans were anxious, worried.<br />Trump’s inaugural address did nothing to put their minds at ease. Many were shocked and frightened by his short, strident speech with its allusion to “American carnage” and its dystopian visions of an American populated by “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves...by Dan La BotzMon, 01 May 2017 02:39:56 +0000 What Kind of Opposition?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4966http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4966Against the Current ArticleDONALD TRUMP&rsquo;S WAY to &ldquo;drain the swamp&rdquo; is evident: Put the swamp creatures in the cabinet. But one example in particular, the appointment and confirmation of Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., shows as much about the opposition as it does about Trump.<br />Ross is indeed a special piece of work. As reported by the Washington Post, Ross was &ldquo;(d)ubbed the &lsquo;king of bankruptcy&rsquo; for his leveraged buyouts of battered companies in the steel, coal, textile and...The EditorsWed, 19 Apr 2017 21:50:40 +0000 Franz Kafka: In His Times and Ourshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4976http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4976Against the Current ArticleFranz Kafka:<br />Subversive Dreamer<br />By Michael L&ouml;wy<br />Translated by Inez Hedges<br />Ann Arbor, Michigan: University of Michigan Press, 2016, 156 pages, $27.95 paperback.<br />FRANZ KAFKA: SUBVERSIVE Dreamer provides bracing corrections to much fuzzy thinking about the German-speaking writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) as an anguished misfit.<br />In seven chapters as compact and elegant as they are erudite and engrossing, the French-Brazilian Marxist Michael L&ouml;wy delivers a crystalline appraisal of an...Alan WaldWed, 19 Apr 2017 23:25:57 +0000 E.P. Thompson's Socialist Humanismhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4978http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4978Against the Current ArticleE.P. Thompson and the Making of the New Left:<br />Essays &amp; Polemics<br />Edited by Cal Winslow<br />Monthly Review Press, 2014, 288 pages, $23 paper.<br />THE ENGLISH WORKING class &ldquo;did not rise like the sun at an appointed time. It was present at its own making.&rdquo; In frequently quoted lines from the preface to The Making of the English Working Class (1780-1832), E.P. Thompson endeavored to &ldquo;rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the &lsquo;obsolete&rsquo; hand-loom weaver, the...Dan JohnsonWed, 19 Apr 2017 23:39:08 +0000 Science for the People with the EZLNhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4994http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4994Webzine ArticleLike many previous revolutionary movements, the Zapatistas in Mexico have their share of conventions, encounters, protests and the like. It is not unusual to celebrate the contribution of the arts to revolutionary fervor. Yet something different, and to us unique, happened this past December 25-January 4.<br />Following a conference on the role of art in the revolution last year, they held a large conference on the role of science in the construction of a new society. Called ConCiencias (literally...by John Vandermeer and Ivette PerfectoFri, 26 May 2017 15:12:26 +0000 Justice for Miriam Rodriguezhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4992Webzine ArticleSolidarity activists are raising their voices against the assassination on May 10 of Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez, a human rights activist in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas well known for holding the authorities to account after the murder of her daughter.<br />Miriam Elizabeth Rodríguez Martínez<br />The following open letter calls on state and federal authorities in Mexico and the U.S. government to ensure the safety of those who stand for human rights.<br />If you would like to support...JohannaFri, 19 May 2017 05:18:46 +0000 "A Threat to Democracy"http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4991http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4991Webzine ArticleLET’S ASSUME THAT Russia is actually guilty of everything it’s accused of doing – which I’m personally guessing it probably is – to hack and interfere in the U.S. election (and others, including most recently France). At the very least, it seems clear that these charges are not ideologically motivated inventions like those infamous mythical Iraqi weapons-of-mass-destruction in 2003. In the present case, the reality of Russian hacking appears to be the informed judgment of journalists...David FinkelFri, 12 May 2017 23:06:30 +0000 Trump in Power: The First 100 Dayshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4935http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4935Webzine ArticleAs Trump took office, the majority of Americans were anxious, worried.<br />Trump’s inaugural address did nothing to put their minds at ease. Many were shocked and frightened by his short, strident speech with its allusion to “American carnage” and its dystopian visions of an American populated by “mothers and children trapped in poverty in our inner cities; rusted out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape of our nation; an education system flush with cash, but which leaves...by Dan La BotzMon, 01 May 2017 02:39:56 +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