Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en Labor's Legitimacy Crisis Under Trumphttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058Lead ArticleAs nativist right-wing populism surges across the Global North amidst the exhaustion of social democracy and “Third Way” liberalism, the United States finds itself at the forefront. Elsewhere, right populist parties have led in the polls, as with the Front National in France and the PVV in the Netherlands, or played key roles in seismic political events, as with UKIP and Brexit. But so far, only in the US has the right populist wave captured a major political party and ridden it to power....by Barry EidlinSun, 16 Jul 2017 17:24:47 +0000 One-Half Cheer for Trump on the Climate?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027Lead ArticleOn a fateful Thursday, June 1, Donald Trump announced that “The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better – well, less bad -- of the existing options.<br />Photo: Francois Mori/AP<br />To be absolutely clear, we are not adopting a stance of “the worse the better.” Not at all. What socialists and all environmentalists actually...From the Editors of Against the CurrentThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 Theresa May’s Katrina: Grenfell Tower and the Election Outcome that Wasn't Supposed to Happenhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018Lead ArticleJust six days after the election, a 24-story council high-rise went up in flames. Grenfell Tower housed 600 mostly poor tenants, many of whom were people of color.<br />The outside cladding that had recently been installed by a string of private (corner-cutting) contractors was not fireproof and became the conduit that turned the entire building into an inferno within 30 minutes.<br />Located in Kensington, one of the richest boroughs in Britain, the poor neighborhood in its midst instantly became the...by Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:46:32 +0000 The World and Its Particularshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5034http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5034Against the Current ArticleThe Ways of the World<br />By David Harvey<br />Oxford University Press, 2016, 384 pages,<br />$27.95 hardcover, forthcoming paperback $19.95.<br />DAVID HARVEY&rsquo;S THE Ways of The World is an excellent collection of essays from an academic who has contributed significantly to Marxist theory and its popularization. Harvey is the acclaimed author of many works on geography, capitalism and politics, among the best-known of which is A Companion to Marx&rsquo;s Capital (Verso, 2010).<br />The Ways of the World works on...Luke PretzThu, 22 Jun 2017 19:09:46 +0000 A Tale of Two Detroitshttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5031http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5031Against the Current ArticleCOMPARING DETROIT TODAY to Motown half a century ago, we find a resource-strapped city with about two-fifths of its peak population (now estimated at around 670,000). Eighty-two percent is African American, 12% white and 6% Latino. In 1967 Blacks were 38% of the residents and made approximately three-quarters the wage of white workers; today wages have slipped to half of what a white earns.<br />Then official unemployment stood at 6.2%; now it is 8.4%. However the rate of participation in the work...Dianne FeeleyThu, 22 Jun 2017 18:45:23 +0000 Theresa May's Katrinahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5039http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5039Against the Current ArticleWE LIVE IN a north London street which, despite its impressive 19th century architecture is peopled mainly by &ldquo;council tenants&rdquo; (public housing residents). This is largely due to the left-of-center politics of the local council (government), which bought up large areas of such housing in the 1970s, limiting &ldquo;development&rdquo; and gentrification, and preserving much of the working-class population.<br />Perhaps as a result Labour MP Emily Thornberry, a strong supporter of Jeremy...Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyMon, 26 Jun 2017 00:46:20 +0000 Labor's Legitimacy Crisis Under Trumphttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5058Webzine ArticleAs nativist right-wing populism surges across the Global North amidst the exhaustion of social democracy and “Third Way” liberalism, the United States finds itself at the forefront. Elsewhere, right populist parties have led in the polls, as with the Front National in France and the PVV in the Netherlands, or played key roles in seismic political events, as with UKIP and Brexit. But so far, only in the US has the right populist wave captured a major political party and ridden it to power....by Barry EidlinSun, 16 Jul 2017 17:24:47 +0000 One-Half Cheer for Trump on the Climate?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5027Webzine ArticleOn a fateful Thursday, June 1, Donald Trump announced that “The United States will withdraw from the Paris climate accord,” setting off alarm bells and outraged protests in U.S. cities and around the world. We would suggest that under present circumstances, he chose the better – well, less bad -- of the existing options.From the Editors of Against the CurrentThu, 22 Jun 2017 16:48:46 +0000 Theresa May’s Katrina: Grenfell Tower and the Election Outcome that Wasn't Supposed to Happenhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5018Webzine ArticleWe live in a north London street which, despite its impressive 19th century architecture, is peopled mainly by “council tenants” (public housing residents). This is largely due to the left-of-center politics of the local council (government), which bought up large areas of such housing in the 1970s, limiting “development” and gentrification, and preserving much of the working class population. Perhaps as a result Labour MP Emily Thornberry, a strong supporter of Jeremy Corbyn, was...by Sheila Cohen and Kim MoodyWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:46:32 +0000 Portland’s MAX Murders, the Alt-Right, and the Left’s Responsehttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5013Webzine ArticlePortland, Oregon became national news, following the May 26 murders on the MAX (the city’s light rail system). The killer, Jeremy Christian, slashed the necks of three white men (one survived) who tried to end his threatening tirade against two black teenage girls, one wearing a hijab.<br />Impromptu Memorial at the MAX station<br />Shortly after he boarded the train, Christian, who was shirtless and drinking from a wine bag, began spewing racist and Islamophobic slurs. The two young women moved from...Johanna BrennerFri, 09 Jun 2017 08:22:23 +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