Solidarity http://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en What’s Left in Africa? Reflections on the Failure of Left, Working Class Movements to Take Root in Most of Africahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363Lead ArticleThe early 1950s witnessed an extraordinary sweep of popular mobilisations across the African continent inspired by aspirations for emancipatory freedom: an end to the colonial yoke. Nationalist parties convinced people that the path to freedom was through political independence. Since then, many of the gains of independence, which cost the blood and lives of millions in Africa, have been reversed with the privatisation of the commons and public utilities, as well as by dispossessions of land, by...by Firoze ManjiSun, 01 Mar 2015 07:58:29 +0000 On the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination: Malcolm X in Life and Legacyhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364Lead ArticleMalcolm X was a unique person. His transition from Malcolm Little to the internationally renowned Malcolm X--with the development in his final years of uncompromising opposition to all forms of national/international oppression, exploitation, and discrimination--is truly exceptional.<br />Malcolm X.<br />Malcolm was never a criminal. Instead I see the anti-social behavior of his early life as being the result of his victimization by the most criminal, inhumane, hypocritical, ruling class and society that...by Kwame SomburuSat, 21 Feb 2015 14:34:03 +0000 Electoral Action Conference Will Bring Together Leaders Building Alternatives to the Two-Party Systemhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361Lead ArticleActivists and candidates from around the country will come together on May 2-3 in Chicago to share their experiences and to launch a network for future cooperation at the Future of Left/Independent Electoral Action Conference.<br />Left to right: Brian Jones, Kshama Sawant, and Howie Hawkins. Sawant and Hawkins have endorsed the conference.<br />The past few years have seen a significant uptick in independent political initiatives on the left, from election campaigns to new local electoral and social...by Robert C.Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:15:48 +0000 Fifty Shades of Pulphttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4384http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4384Against the Current ArticleAmerican Pulp:<br />How Paperbacks Brought Modernism to Main Street<br />By Paula Rabinowitz<br />Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2014, 390 pages, $29.95 hardback.<br />PAULA RABINOWITZ&rsquo;S EXQUISITE and startling new book about the &ldquo;golden age&rdquo; of U.S. pulp publishing, from the late 1930s to the early 1960s, is rightly confident in the originality of its enterprise. Gorgeously illustrated, American Pulp audaciously sets in motion at least a half-dozen crisscrossing storylines to create a new...Alan WaldMon, 23 Feb 2015 21:00:05 +0000 Marx and the Family Revisitedhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4383http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4383Against the Current ArticleMarxism and the Oppression of Women<br />Toward a Unitary Theory<br />By Lise Vogel<br />New introduction by Susan Ferguson and David McNally<br />Boston: Brill, 2013, Original Publication Rutgers University Press, 1983, Haymarket paperback 2014. $28 paperback.<br />THE RE-ISSUING OF Marxism and the Oppression of Women: Toward a Unitary Theory, 30 years after its initial publication, is a chance for socialist feminists to review the legacy of the Marxist tradition in theorizing the secondary status of women....Dianne FeeleyMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:58:08 +0000 Feminism, Marxism: Marriage or Divorce?http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4382http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4382Against the Current ArticleDangerous Liaisons:<br />The marriages and divorces of Marxism and Feminism<br />By Cinzia Arruzza<br />Translated by Marie Lagatta and Dave Kelly<br />Wales, UK: Merlin Books, 2013; also notebook 55 of the International Institute for Research and Education (www.iire.org), 156 pages paperback.<br />CINZIA ARRUZZA&rsquo;S DANGEROUS Liaisons is an ambitious attempt to give a brief history of the interrelation between the 18th to 20th century women&rsquo;s, labor and left anti-capitalist movements in the UK and Europe, and...Ann FergusonMon, 23 Feb 2015 20:53:36 +0000 “Something That Might Be Called Neocon:" Hillary Clinton & Corporate Feminismhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4389http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4389Webzine ArticleAssuming Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, much of her popular support will be based on her image as an advocate of women’s rights. During her 2008 candidacy, the National Organization of Women (NOW) endorsed Clinton based on her “long history of support for women’s empowerment.” A group of 250 academics and activists calling themselves “Feminists for Clinton” praised her “powerful, inspiring advocacy of the human rights of women” and her “enormous contributions” as...by Kevin Young and Diana C. Sierra BecerraTue, 03 Mar 2015 22:09:49 +0000 What’s Left in Africa? Reflections on the Failure of Left, Working Class Movements to Take Root in Most of Africahttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4363Webzine ArticleThe early 1950s witnessed an extraordinary sweep of popular mobilisations across the African continent inspired by aspirations for emancipatory freedom: an end to the colonial yoke. Nationalist parties convinced people that the path to freedom was through political independence. Since then, many of the gains of independence, which cost the blood and lives of millions in Africa, have been reversed with the privatisation of the commons and public utilities, as well as by dispossessions of land, by...by Firoze ManjiSun, 01 Mar 2015 07:58:29 +0000 Statement of the Revolutionary Workers' Party-Mindanao/Revolutionary Peoples’ Army (RPM-M/RPA) on the GPH-MILF Peace Process and the Mamasapano Incidenthttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4387http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4387Webzine ArticleThe Mamasapano bloody incident last January 25, 2015 is a clear manifestation of the fragility and complexity of the peace process and security situation in Mindanao.by the Revolutionary Worker’s Party-Mindanao/Revolutionary Peoples’ Army (RPM-M/RPA)Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:46:13 +0000 The Enduring Relevance of Malcolm X: A Personal Reflectionhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4359http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4359Webzine ArticleMy first exposure to radical politics of any kind was through watching documentary footage of Malcolm X speak. Often I would watch this with my father and other family from Barbados, who had a long and deep involvement in the development of the Barbados Labor Party. I clearly remember observing the faces of my father, aunt, and uncles as they watched Malcolm speak. Their eyes were glued, faces frozen in a tense way. They did not necessarily agree with every single thing he said, but they had a...by Paul PrescodSun, 22 Feb 2015 11:23:27 +0000 On the 50th Anniversary of the Assassination: Malcolm X in Life and Legacyhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4364Webzine ArticleMalcolm X was a unique person. His transition from Malcolm Little to the internationally renowned Malcolm X--with the development in his final years of uncompromising opposition to all forms of national/international oppression, exploitation, and discrimination--is truly exceptional.by Kwame SomburuSat, 21 Feb 2015 14:34:03 +0000 Electoral Action Conference Will Bring Together Leaders Building Alternatives to the Two-Party Systemhttp://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361http://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/4361Webzine ArticleActivists and candidates from around the country will come together on May 2-3 in Chicago to share their experiences and to launch a network for future cooperation at the Future of Left/Independent Electoral Action Conference.<br />The past few years have seen a significant uptick in independent political initiatives on the left, from election campaigns to new local electoral and social movement formations, to referenda campaigns. Kshama Sawant’s November 2014 election to the Seattle City Council...by Robert C.Tue, 17 Feb 2015 20:15:48 +0000