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U.S. articles from the Freedom Socialist
February 2015
The whole world watched as long-suppressed Black grievances came to a head after Darren Wilson, the cop who killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., went unindicted. But police violence is far from the only abuse that Blacks...
February 2015
Let’s be upfront: These measures won’t eradicate police violence, which will only end when the system that needs it to protect private property and hold down workers and the oppressed ends. But they would make an enormous difference to the survival...
December 2014
Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those...
December 2014
In his 1951 poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” More than half a century later, with hedge fund honchos and real estate moguls calling the shots, the pursuit of profit is turning Harlem’s unfinished dream of Black...
December 2014
A music and math aficionado, lover of nature and computers, and committed environmentalist, Len Stephan passed away in September, a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Regina, Canada on October 12, 1936 to...
December 2014
One year ago last November, in Washington State, the Boeing Co. told 30,000 members of the International Association of Machinists: Stick ’em up! Your pensions or your jobs! CEO’s threatened to move new work out of state unless IAM members gave up...
December 2014
The U.S. government has waged a “War on Terror” since 9/11. Actually it’s a war on dissent — one that includes systematically trying to silence, intimidate and criminalize those who speak out for Palestinian rights. The latest target is Rasmea Odeh...
December 2014
Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is pushing a proposal called “Stepping Forward” that could kick many low-income tenants out of their homes. The plan would raise rent for households with at least one “work-able” adult: anyone between 24-61 who does...
December 2014
In the November 2014 election season, voter participation hit a record low. This is more than just a mid-term slump. Voters are increasingly alienated from the two major parties. Only slightly more than a third of eligible voters participated...
October 2014
As the cost of living in California climbs upward at a racer’s pace, alliances of progressives, socialists and trade unionists have launched intense campaigns to raise the minimum wage in cities across the state. San Francisco and Oakland have...