Features from the Freedom Socialist
June 2015
MUMIA VERY ILL Public pressure needed to save his life! (Excerpts from an email from freemumia.com.) On Saturday, May 2, Pam Africa and Abdul Jon visited Mumia Abu-Jamal at SCI Mahanoy. He was weak, stable, alert and still in the infirmary. Mumia’...
June 2015
March 2015 — Dignity in the fields. Over 50,000 mostly indigenous Mexican farm workers strike for over a week and block a freeway as they fight for legally mandated healthcare, a doubling of the $8 a day wage, and recognition of their union, which...
June 2015
Who doesn’t love the story of a rebel? The tale of the Grimké sisters is just that. Two daughters of a plantation-owning, slave-holding family, they defied their roots and society to become outspoken abolitionists and champions of women’s rights....
June 2015
Working in a call center is pure hell. I was hired by a company that manages the 24/7 call center that contracts tech support for Google, the developer of the Android operating system that runs the smart phone you may have in your pocket. Eight...
June 2015
The battle for equal pay for women has gained attention recently, although it’s simmered for decades. In the 1950s, women got 60 cents for every dollar paid to men. Sixty years later, they still earn only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men....
April 2015
New Guinea — the second biggest island in the world, lies to Australia’s north. Predatory colonialism by the Netherlands, Germany, England, Australia and Indonesia has devastated the way of life for hundreds of Melanesian indigenous nations and...
April 2015
February 2015 — Where’s the aloha? Kaiser Permanente health workers in Hawaii strike for six days after management offers puny pay raises, tries to end guaranteed pensions for new hires, and refuses to address safe staffing levels. A rally during...
April 2015
MIDDLE EAST Kurdish women I was glad to see something written in the paper about the current situation in the Middle East [The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism, Vol. 35, No. 6]. One thing that concerned me, however, was the phrase “Among the...
April 2015
Most Freedom Socialist writers are volunteers whose “day jobs” range from lawyer to social worker and restaurant server. Many are published authors of poetry, novels, professional literature, or political works — a sampling is reviewed below. • • •...
April 2015
Like so many people appalled by the cruelty of capitalism, I have sought some measure of explanation from the voluminous writings of Noam Chomsky. But despite a gripping anti-authoritarian message, and mountains of facts, Chomsky’s fundamental...