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U.S. articles from the Freedom Socialist
August 2014
All eyes were on Seattle in June, as the city council adopted a $15/hr. minimum wage plan — the highest in the nation for a major city. Organized labor and legions of low-paid workers celebrated mightily. The victory also gave fresh fuel to a...
August 2014
I arrived in Los Angeles on May 24, several days before the start of the Freedom Socialist Party convention, to help with outreach and other preparation for our party’s most important event. I felt the electricity almost immediately, because our...
August 2014
Building on their anti-union gains in Wisconsin and other states, rightwing forces delivered a new blow to labor at the national level in the Supreme Court case Pamela Harris v. Pat Quinn, Governor of Illinois. The June ruling reclassifies home...
August 2014
Familias Unidas por la Justicia, an independent union at Sakuma Bros farm, sued for wage theft and won an $850,000 settlement. A huge victory! The farmworkers union also got family housing reinstated. These two wins have been a shot-in-the-arm to...
June 2014
When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 the streets were happy. Hopes lifted that maybe Americans weren’t all that racist, and that U.S. laws and policies would at long last take aggressive steps to halt the deep-set bigotry that defines this nation’s...
June 2014
When the small city of SeaTac passed a $15 minimum wage initiative in November 2013, it heightened the hopes of all those fast-food strikers and other labor protesters over the last few years. Just a few miles north of SeaTac, the election of...
June 2014
On Feb. 8, 80,000 marchers massed in Raleigh, N.C., in the largest civil rights demonstration since the historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The protest got little coverage in the national media, which prefers to...
April 2014
Across the globe climate change is wreaking havoc on cities and rural areas, and the people and other creatures that inhabit them. Floods, droughts, extreme storms and rising temperatures are here to stay. Those paying the highest price are the...
April 2014
Excerpted from Windy City Times, Jan. 8, 2014. The Advocate named Pope Francis (formerly Buenos Aires archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio) its “Person of the Year.” Maybe the cover was meant for an April Fool’s edition, as writer Kim Flowers...
April 2014
Back in 2008, when a lot of financial institutions were on shaky footing, JPMorgan Chase was living the good life. The bank cashed in on its stability, as the government propped it (and other banks) up with taxpayer dollars and held its hand through...