Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en United We Fight: While Organizers Build Unity in Ferguson, Media Sows Discordhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499Lead ArticleThe frequency with which the police kill young Black men makes a couple of weeks seem like the distant past, and underscores the steep hill that the pushback against police violence and repression has to climb. For four days bridging the second weekend in August, Ferguson and the rest of the St. Louis metro area were the focus of that fightback. A coalition of 40 groups organized a series of events to remember Michael Brown and 1,000 other people killed by police in the United States in the past...by John ReedThu, 27 Aug 2015 18:27:43 +0000 Moral Combat: Voting Rights and North Carolina's Moral Mondayshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482Lead ArticleBy the time I&rsquo;d registered as a driver&#39;s license-holding North Carolinian, the NC NAACP, along with likeminded civil rights groups, had made a Monday habit of storming their state capitol to demonstrate in plain view of their lawmakers. Beginning in April 2013 and enduring week after week, during rain, shine, and 100-plus-percent humidity,<br />A Moral Monday protest.thousands of people, led by the Moses-esque Barber, were descending upon Raleigh to protest the onslaught of their...by Katie O'ReillyWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:07:45 +0000 Connecting Sanders' Audience’s Aspirations to Clear Working Class Political Alternativeshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4480Lead ArticleSolidarity understands the strategic imperative of organizing a mass base for independent working class political action that unites working people, the independent social movements, and organizations of the oppressed in a battle for their common interests against capitalism and its political representatives. Unlike those on the left who continue to see the Democratic Party as a lesser evil that can be influenced from within, we regard the Democratic Party as unreformable, committed to imposing...by Traven and JoannaThu, 30 Jul 2015 01:40:45 +0000 Horizons for a New Lefthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4503http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4503Against the Current ArticleThe Next New Left:<br />A History of the Future<br />By Alan Sears<br />Halifax and Winnipeg, Canada: Fernwood Publishing, 2014, 134 pages, $19.95 paperback from Amazon.<br />BOOKS TAKING A hard look at the current state of &ldquo;the left&rdquo; are rarely upbeat, let alone inspiring. Alan Sears&rsquo; The Next New Left successfully achieves this without dreaminess or utopian speculation.<br />Sears (professor of sociology, Ryerson University and a member of Canada&rsquo;s New Socialist Group) brings many years of...Michael PrincipeThu, 27 Aug 2015 19:14:03 +0000 Rise and Fall of "Proletarian Art," Part IIhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4500http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4500Against the Current Article[The first portion of this essay appeared in our previous issue, ATC 177, and is online at www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4467.]<br />THE FORM OF visual art illustrated in New Masses and exhibited at the John Reed Club&rsquo;s art exhibitions that corresponded most closely to Mike Gold&rsquo;s literary practice, and that of the worker writers, was represented by artists such as Philip Reisman and Raphael Soyer. Not coincidentally, both were like Gold the children of Jewish immigrants, though unlike...Andrew HemingwayThu, 27 Aug 2015 19:02:29 +0000 Making It Visible to Ourselveshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4496http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4496Against the Current ArticleLAST FALL, AT a panel at the Law School entitled &ldquo;From Gaza to Ferguson,&rdquo; I started my remarks as follows:<br />&ldquo;Days after the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson on August 11, a 25-year-old mentally ill Black man by the name of Ezell Ford was killed by the Los Angeles Police Department in South Los Angeles as he walked near his house. The police claimed that as they stopped their car and attempted to speak to him, he kept walking and &ldquo;made suspicious movements,&rdquo;...Cheryl HarrisMon, 24 Aug 2015 21:42:52 +0000 United We Fight: While Organizers Build Unity in Ferguson, Media Sows Discordhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4499Webzine ArticleThe frequency with which the police kill young Black men makes a couple of weeks seem like the distant past, and underscores the steep hill that the pushback against police violence and repression has to climb. For four days bridging the second weekend in August, Ferguson and the rest of the St. Louis metro area were the focus of that fightback. A coalition of 40 groups organized a series of events to remember Michael Brown and 1,000 other people killed by police in the United States in the past...by John ReedThu, 27 Aug 2015 18:27:43 +0000 Iraq: Winds of Hopehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4485http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4485Webzine ArticleSince the end of July, and despite continued terrorist attacks by the so called Islamic State (IS) against Iraqi civilians, massive popular demonstrations have taken place in the capital Baghdad and several cities in the south of the country, mainly to denounce corruption in the country and the political bankruptcy of the ruling sectarian political parties. Demands of the protesters notably included the dissolution of parliament, the end of the domination of the clergy on the structure of the...by Joseph DaherMon, 24 Aug 2015 19:23:32 +0000 Capitalism vs. Democracy in Europehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4484http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4484Webzine ArticleLet us begin with a quote from an essay on bourgeois democracy in Russia, written in 1906, after the defeat of the first Russian revolution:<br />“It is highly ridiculous to believe that there is an elective affinity between grand capitalism today, as it is presently imported into Russia, and well established in the United States (…) and ‘democracy’ or ‘liberty’ (in all the possible meanings of the word); the real question should be : how are these things even ‘possible,” on long...by Michael LöwyTue, 11 Aug 2015 19:29:27 +0000 Thoughts for White Activists on Bernie Sanders and Black Lives Matterhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4483http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4483Webzine ArticleA year ago today, Michael Brown was murdered by a police officer in Ferguson, MO--one of a thousand or more victims of police violence in 2014. In the time since then, Black Lives Matter has grown from a hashtag and rallying cry to one of the most important social movements this country has seen in many years, a movement which has mobilized and radicalized significant new layers of young people of color, developed and promoted the leadership of young women and queer people, made a number of...by Alex GreeneMon, 10 Aug 2015 02:52:18 +0000 Moral Combat: Voting Rights and North Carolina's Moral Mondayshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4482Webzine ArticleIn June of 1964, James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner, along with more than a thousand fellow young volunteers, ventured to the deepest South&mdash;Neshoba County, Mississippi. Their goal was to mobilize voter education and registration among Mississippi&rsquo;s African American population, long besieged by bombings, murders, vandalism, and intimidation at the polls. Chaney, a twenty-one-year-old Black Mississippian, and Goodman and Schwerner, twenty- and twenty-four-year-old New...by Katie O'ReillyWed, 05 Aug 2015 17:07:45 +0000 Resolution on Greek Austerity and Class Strugglehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4481http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4481Webzine ArticleUndermining the historic anti-austerity no vote in the July 5th referendum, the Greek Parliament and its leadership have accepted what is in effect a third "Memorandum." This agreement being forced on Greece by the European Central Bank, EU, and International Monetary Fund will cut pensions, raise the regressive value added sales tax, and generally continue neoliberal austerity.by Thano P and Ted MTue, 04 Aug 2015 18:16:17 +0000