Solidarity https://www.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en A Spectre is Haunting Boston Cinemahttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223Lead ArticleRaoul Peck, the Haitian-born director of Lumumba (2000) and I Am Not Your Negro (2016), has a new film. The Young Karl Marx, a period drama, recounts the life of the founder of communism between his exile from Germany in 1843 and the publication of The Communist Manifesto on the eve of the revolutions of 1848.<br />Justly described as a bromance by some reviewers, the film’s central story-line is the blossoming friendship of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. But Peck doesn’t overly romanticize...Marius PontmercyMon, 12 Feb 2018 20:29:11 +0000 2018: Whither Hong Kong?https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238Lead ArticleSince the Umbrella Movement and the ascent of Xi Jinping to presidency, the Chinese government has pursued a heightened policy of repression toward Hong Kong in levels never before seen. The newest attack on the Hong Kong people’s basic human rights and political freedom came earlier this year in January, when the city’s election committee officially stripped social progressive party Demosisto’s candidate Agnes Chow of her right to run in the 2018 Legislative Council (LegCo) election....Promise LiThu, 08 Feb 2018 19:57:20 +0000 130 thousand metalworkers in Turkey win partial victory despite government ban on strikehttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236Lead ArticleThe following report and petition first appeared on the RedMed website. Solidarity is a signatory to the Turkish Revolutionary Workers Party's petition in support of the metalworkers’ struggle.RedMed Sun, 04 Feb 2018 20:22:44 +0000 The #MeToo Revolutionhttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5170https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5170Against the Current ArticleTHE REVELATIONS JUST keep coming. They began at the top, as actresses charged the powerful Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, actor Kevin Spacey and comedian Louis CK of rape and various forms of sexual harassment. They soon implicated major TV network personalities, corporate executives and political figures from both capitalist parties.<br />In the past, when a woman came forward she stood alone, facing a barrage of interrogators. This time, within 24 hours of #MeToo being re-launched on Facebook,...The EditorsFri, 15 Dec 2017 21:00:54 +0000 Theorizing the Soviet Bureaucracyhttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5182https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5182Against the Current ArticleTrotsky and the Problem<br />of Soviet Bureaucracy<br />By Thomas M. Twiss<br />Haymarket, 502 pages, 2018, $36 paperback.<br />ACADEMIA HAS NEVER been very kind to Leon Trotsky. As part of its mandate to demonize the entire revolution, the totalitarian school from its inception portrayed Lenin and Trotsky as no better than Stalin.<br />What currently passes as &ldquo;scholarship&rdquo; suggests that recent standards still are not very high. Geoffrey Swain asserts that Trotsky, who was surely the foremost contemporary...Kevin MurphyMon, 18 Dec 2017 21:06:55 +0000 How the UAW Can Make It Righthttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5175https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5175Against the Current ArticleMY NAME IS Asar Amen-Ra, I am a UAW member (Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) and a Chrysler (FCA) employee with over 22 years of experience in the auto industry, as a worker, elected union representative and as an organizer.<br />Moreover, I have over 26 years' experience as a grassroots community organizer dedicated to the social, economic, and political change in this country. I was a UAW organizer in the South from 2011-2014 with assignments in...Aswar Amen-RaFri, 15 Dec 2017 21:31:00 +0000 A Spectre is Haunting Boston Cinemahttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223Webzine ArticleRaoul Peck, the Haitian-born director of Lumumba (2000) and I Am Not Your Negro (2016), has a new film. The Young Karl Marx, a period drama, recounts the life of the founder of communism between his exile from Germany in 1843 and the publication of The Communist Manifesto on the eve of the revolutions of 1848.<br />Justly described as a bromance by some reviewers, the film’s central story-line is the blossoming friendship of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. But Peck doesn’t overly romanticize...Marius PontmercyMon, 12 Feb 2018 20:29:11 +0000 2018: Whither Hong Kong?https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238Webzine ArticleSince the Umbrella Movement and the ascent of Xi Jinping to presidency, the Chinese government has pursued a heightened policy of repression toward Hong Kong in levels never before seen. The newest attack on the Hong Kong people’s basic human rights and political freedom came earlier this year in January, when the city’s election committee officially stripped social progressive party Demosisto’s candidate Agnes Chow of her right to run in the 2018 Legislative Council (LegCo) election....Promise LiThu, 08 Feb 2018 19:57:20 +0000 130 thousand metalworkers in Turkey win partial victory despite government ban on strikehttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236Webzine ArticleThe following report and petition first appeared on the RedMed website. Solidarity is a signatory to the Turkish Revolutionary Workers Party's petition in support of the metalworkers’ struggle.<br />The metalworkers’ strike in Turkey, declared by all three unions present in that industry and involving around 130 thousand workers, ended with a partial victory for the workers. The bosses’ organization agreed to roughly eight times the wage raise that it had conceded on the first round of...RedMed Sun, 04 Feb 2018 20:22:44 +0000 From Roe to Reproductive (In)Justice: Inequality, Reproductive Freedom, & Accesshttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5232https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5232Webzine ArticleEven as many mainstream liberals and feminists recently celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which solidified the legal right to abortion - for those who can afford it - economic inequality continues to limit abortion access. Being unable to access wanted abortion deepens poverty and vulnerability to other forms of social suffering.<br />Economics of abortion access (Third Wave Foundation)<br />Beyond abortion, poverty impacts many aspects of reproductive health and agency, and is more likely to be...Nechama Sammet Moring, Ashley Houston, Bayla Ostrach Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:59:38 +0000 The Future of the UAW in Light of Recent Corruption Scandalshttps://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5231https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5231Webzine ArticleSince this article was first written, FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) official Al Iacobelli has admitted in a plea deal that money spent on UAW officials was intended to influence UAW-FCA contract bargaining. Wider-ranging prosecutions now seem even more likely.<br />UAW members protest outsourcing. Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr./The Detroit News<br />There is some good news. On Jan. 21, UAW Local 12, FCA-Jeep, bussed several hundred workers from Toledo to Detroit to protest outsourcing of UAW drivers’ jobs in a rally...Ron LareSat, 27 Jan 2018 05:42:15 +0000 The AFL-CIO Convention: Beginning of the End or Steps toward a New Beginning?https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5229https://www.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5229Webzine ArticleFrom October 22nd to the 25th, the AFL CIO held its quarto-annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The choice of city was, if not intentionally, appropriate.<br />Within St. Louis’ history is an extended case study of the American working class’ past militancy and current predicament. The great boom of capitalist development in the mid-nineteenth century caused a migration of workers from Europe and agrarian areas of the East Coast to the growing industrial towns of the American Midwest.<br />St....Cyryl RyzakThu, 25 Jan 2018 05:21:28 +0000