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June 2016

On March 18, Nestora Salgado stepped out of the Tepepan women’s prison into the Mexico City sunlight. She wore the olive uniform of the volunteer community police of Olinalá and was flanked by male and female members of the indigenous self-defense group. Compañeros saluted and the gathered crowd chanted. Activists from Seattle to Olinalá cheered this hard-won victory.

June 2016

MEXICO

Union leader and socialist jailed

Heriberto Magariño is an indigenous school teacher and leader of almost 14,000 educators on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in the state of Oaxaca. He is a socialist and for years a leader of the Mexican Partido Obrero Socialista.

Police arrested him on May 10 and slapped him with ten false federal charges, the most serious are robbery and murder.

June 2016

The Bernie Sanders phenomenon has sparked intense debate among socialist parties and the Left about whom to back in the 2016 elections. The professed goal is generally the same — to build a party and movement that can give voice to the working class. But the way to get there varies widely among socialist groups.

June 2016

For all unionists, the epic battle being waged by nearly 40,000 Verizon strikers is a big deal. The telecommunications behemoth is demanding obscene concessions, and is using scabs in an attempt to break the unions, the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW).

June 2016

Energy Secretary Sarah Palin? If there’s anything more dangerous than a Trump presidency it could be his advisers and cabinet appointments!

As his nomination for president nears, Donald Trump is finally mentioning energy policy. He and his advisers, not surprisingly, put the profits of fossil fuel companies far above public health. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer (R), a zealous drilling advocate from fossil-fuel rich North Dakota, is Trump’s alarming new energy adviser. He is now writing white papers on energy policy.

May 13, 2016

Freedom Socialist Party Recommendations for the June 7, 2016 California State & San Francisco Primary Election

What an astonishing election season! Voters’ disgust with declining living standards and ineffectual government has led two outside-the-Beltway candidates to prominence.

April 2016

No fewer than 11 air forces were bombing Syrians at press time — the United States, Great Britain, France, Russia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Australia, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, and United Arab Emirates. On the ground are thousands of foreign troops and jihadists (including ISIS) and special-force mercenaries from reportedly 90 countries. They provide countless weapons and militias, tyrannize towns and neighborhoods, and kill at will.

April 2016

Odeh, a Palestinian and community organizer, won a partial victory against the U.S. government’s attempt to deport her. In late February, the Sixth Court of Appeals ruled that testimony from an expert witness on the torture Odeh endured in Israeli prisons should have been admitted at trial. Supporters are hopeful that this ruling will lead to Odeh finally being exonerated of all charges.


April 2016

Water, water, every where, / And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, every where, / Nor any drop to drink.

April 2016

March 2016 — France: 35-hr. week at risk. Students and workers hit the streets across France to defend their 35-hour work week and laws that discourage layoffs. The nation’s left-leaning government is selling “reforms” to supposedly fix high unemployment. Clearly, the public isn’t buying.

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