December 6, 2017

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Oakland strikers The Freedom Socialist Party is represented on the line by striker Moisés Montoya (center). Photo: IFPTE Local 21

Oakland city workers from SEIU 1021, IFPTE 21 and IBEW 1245 are on strike because the city refuses to negotiate acceptable contracts. The gap between the rich and the rest of Oaklanders is widening.

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December 2017

Marking 100 years since Russian workers rose to take the reins of the state, a slew of newly published histories has appeared. None achieve the crystalline portrayal of events nor the compelling analysis of why things happened as does Leon Trotsky’s History of the Russian Revolution.

December 2017

In the early 1900s, women in most of the world were relatively new to wage work and a small minority in the labor force. But their dynamism was an inspiring thing to behold.

December 2017

Monica is an enthusiastic young math major at Los Angeles City College (LACC). She is an undocumented immigrant brought here from Mexico at the age of five. She shoulders the primary care of her two younger brothers while her single mom works long hours, six days a week. At one time, they were homeless. Her name has been changed to avoid persecution.

December 2017

Over 500 angry voices shook the windows of the Bellevue, Wash., Westin Hotel on Sept. 29. The rally of workers, retirees, and activists were there to protest the right-wing Freedom Foundation, which was holding its annual fundraising gala high above the streets. As union carpenter Pedro Espinoza told the crowd, “They [Freedom Foundation] look down at us. But they don’t understand. They don’t realize that building wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the tradespeople here.”

December 2017

FIGHTING NAZIS

Keep up the pressure

Monica Hill’s article in the October-November issue of the Freedom Socialist, “Anti-Nazis Overwhelm White Supremacists,” [Vol. 38, No. 5] was right on the mark. It was wrong of Socialist Action and Socialist Alternative, and others, to hold their anti-Nazi rally eight blocks away from where the Nazis were holding their rally.

December 2017

October 2017 — Bulgarians demand raises. Over 10,000 workers hit the streets demanding a $59 per month raise for all tradespeople. Wages have fallen far below other European countries.

December 2017

When fascists come to town, liberal authorities chant, “Ignore them and they’ll go away.” But socialists and those targeted by ultra-right viciousness know it is vital to face down bigoted bullies. Treacherously, in this era of a newly-emboldened ultra-right, some socialists are withdrawing from direct counter protests. Leading the retreat is the International Socialist Organization (ISO).

December 2017

Legendary labor leader Frank Little was assassinated 100 years ago to stop him from doing what he did best – organize workers. His life was defined by an unshakable conviction that you had to fight tooth and nail for the working class.

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