Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Ferguson Responds to Lack of Indictmenthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311Lead ArticleOn Monday night, November 24, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made an announcement that surprised no one although it disappointed many. A grand jury had declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown.<br />Within days of the August 9 shooting, McCulloch's refusal to bring charges against Wilson and his effort to hide behind a grand jury had met with widespread criticism and disdain. Jeryl Christmas, a former...by John ReedWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:25 +0000 Mass Incarceration and the Lefthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310Lead ArticleFinally, even if at least three decades too late, America&rsquo;s politicians are beginning to take notice of the fact that we have become the country on the planet locking up more people than any other.<br />It would be nice to think that these elected officials are now discussing our historically unprecedented rates of incarceration because there has been some sort of moral awakening, some new degree of discomfort if not outright dismay that the United States now has more than seven million people,...by Heather Ann ThompsonMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:54:18 +0000 The Trials of Rasmea Odehhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309Lead ArticleRasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American, associate director of the Arab American Action Network and organizer of the acclaimed Arab Women’s Committee in Chicago, was convicted in Detroit on November 10 of “unlawful procurement of naturalization” at the time she became a U.S. citizen in 2004. Her imprisonment immediately afterward has been the most shocking part of the case, as explained below.<br />The verdict itself, announced after only two hours of jury deliberation, looked...by David FinkelMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:48:24 +0000 From Sykes-Picot to "Islamic State": Imperialism's Bloody Wreckagehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4288http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4288Against the Current ArticleWHEN THE JIHADIST group Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) changed its name and declared the establishment of the Caliphate, it did so with the release of a promotional video entitled &ldquo;The End of Sykes-Picot.&rdquo; This was a reference to the 1916 Sykes-Picot Agreement that marked the end of the Ottoman Empire and the establishment of two zones of influence, British and French.<br />The current civil wars in Syria and Iraq, decades of conflict between Kurds in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Syria and...Yassamine MatherMon, 27 Oct 2014 19:04:39 +0000 Mass Incarceration and the Lefthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4281http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4281Against the Current ArticleFINALLY, EVEN IF three decades too late, America&rsquo;s politicians are beginning to take notice of the fact that we have become the country on the planet locking up more people than any other.<br />It would be nice to think that these elected officials are now discussing our historically unprecedented rates of incarceration because there has been some sort of moral awakening &#8212; some new degree of discomfort if not outright dismay that the United States now has more than seven million people,...Heather Ann ThompsonFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:42:33 +0000 The Middle East's "World War"http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4278http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4278Against the Current Article&ldquo;WE SEEM TO be setting out on an uncertain mission with unclear objectives on an unknown timetable using ambiguous methods with unreliable allies.&rdquo; &nbsp;Those are the words of a supporter of president Obama and a prominent advocate of what&rsquo;s called humanitarian intervention, columnist Nicolas Kristof (New York Times, September 18).<br />Kristof is hardly the only one among Obama&rsquo;s friends who feels that way. Meanwhile, from the right wing, which wants to destroy this...The EditorsFri, 24 Oct 2014 18:34:48 +0000 Ferguson Responds to Lack of Indictmenthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4311Webzine ArticleOn Monday night, November 24, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch made an announcement that surprised no one although it disappointed many. A grand jury had declined to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the killing of 18-year-old unarmed Michael Brown.<br />Robert McCulloch giving a press release about the grand jury's findings. AP Photo.<br />Within days of the August 9 shooting, McCulloch's refusal to bring charges against Wilson and his effort to hide behind a grand jury...by John ReedWed, 26 Nov 2014 17:08:25 +0000 Mass Incarceration and the Lefthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4310Webzine ArticleFinally, even if at least three decades too late, America&rsquo;s politicians are beginning to take notice of the fact that we have become the country on the planet locking up more people than any other.<br />It would be nice to think that these elected officials are now discussing our historically unprecedented rates of incarceration because there has been some sort of moral awakening, some new degree of discomfort if not outright dismay that the United States now has more than seven million people,...by Heather Ann ThompsonMon, 24 Nov 2014 20:54:18 +0000 The Trials of Rasmea Odehhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4309Webzine ArticleRasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American, associate director of the Arab American Action Network and organizer of the acclaimed Arab Women’s Committee in Chicago, was convicted in Detroit on November 10 of “unlawful procurement of naturalization” at the time she became a U.S. citizen in 2004. Her imprisonment immediately afterward has been the most shocking part of the case, as explained below.<br />The verdict itself, announced after only two hours of jury deliberation, looked...by David FinkelMon, 24 Nov 2014 19:48:24 +0000 Labor's Fighting Heritage: The 180th Anniversary of the Lyonnais Silk Weavers Revolt and 80th Anniversary of the US General Textile Strikehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4308http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4308Webzine ArticleThe young Karl Marx admired and drew inspiration from their tenacious struggle.1 French belle époque poet and cabaret entertainer Aristide Bruant (subject of a well-known poster by Toulouse Lautrec) immortalized them in his “C’est nous les canuts”, a song which has long been a staple of working class and left wing political gatherings in France.2 These were the weavers of the industrial city of Lyon, known in French as canuts (“can-oos”) in their masculine version, and canuttes...by Keith MannSun, 23 Nov 2014 18:27:09 +0000 Statement of Endorsement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctionshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4307http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4307Webzine ArticleAt their July meeting, the Joint Council of UAW 2865, the UC Student-Workers' Union, voted to endorse the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement and to call for a full membership vote to be held on this issue. The statement below was passed by the Joint Council at their October meeting in order to clarify why they view BDS as a labor movement issue.<br />This September, a coalition of organizations in Gaza issued a renewed call for trade unions and other organizations throughout the world to...from the Joint Council of UAW Local 2865Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:12:51 +0000 The Spread of Brazil's "Favelas"http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4305http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4305Webzine ArticleFavelas (slums) come together quickly due to the dire lack of housing in Brazil, mainly in large cities. Because of the housing deficit, thousands of extremely poor families in Brazil occupy empty or abandoned buildings or land plots.<br />With the growth of real estate speculation, there have been many fires in very old slums, home to thousands of people. Such fires are capitalist crimes. It is widely known that large companies from the construction industry want to use those areas to build...by Wilma Olmo CorrêaWed, 19 Nov 2014 17:18:21 +0000