Tag Archives: United States

United States: The history of Critical Race Theory and the debate surrounding It

By Quinn Angelou-Lysaker, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Debates have broken out in workplaces and school board meetings across the country as the Republican Party fights to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT) from the classroom. This debate is only one aspect of a culture war accelerated by the George Floyd rebellion in the summer of 2020. Though ...

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Seattle: Right-wing recall defeated – how Kshama Sawant & Socialist Alternative won (again!)

By Bryan Koulouris and Calvin Priest For the fourth time, Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant has won an election, this time while facing off against a racist, right-wing recall backed by big business. This victory is a vindication for a class-struggle approach to elected office, an example of successful independent working-class politics, and it is full ...

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Striketober in the US: Workers Rediscover Their Power

By Stephen Edwards, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) After 18 months of working conditions more dangerous than any in living memory, and exhausted by the sped-up pace of work under the pandemic, workers are fighting back. Encouraged by the labor shortage that’s developed in the economic recovery, and despite a vacuum of leadership from organized labor, ...

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United States: Why is everyone quitting their job?

By Keely Mullen, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Are you thinking about quitting your job? You can’t stand one more day working under the thumb of your manager, you’re not paid nearly enough to deal with the demands of unruly customers, and there’s no room for you to grow at the company anyway. If this sounds ...

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US–Washington State carpenters take on billionaire bosses to win a decent contract

By Matt Smith, Socialist Alternative–our sister organisation in the United States Over the past week, hundreds of rank-and-file carpenters have been on strike for family-sustaining wages, fully-paid parking, and basic dignity, including protections against sexual harassment in the workplace and fully-funded benefits like pension and healthcare. They are on strike against the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a bosses ...

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Climate crisis: The implications of Hurricane Ida

By Jesse Shussett, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Imagine it’s 90 degrees outside, your wall-to-wall carpet is fully soaked in floodwater and it’s starting to mold. Your power is out so you have no air conditioning, not even a fan, and your phone has been dead for days. Everything in your fridge is rotten, but the ...

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Abortion rights slashed in Texas: Free, safe, and legal abortion now!

By Grace Fors, from Dallas, Texas and a member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Virtually overnight, abortion is banned in Texas. Every one of the already-scarce clinics in the state has halted abortion services. Neighboring states like Louisiana and Arkansas are already seeing an increase in abortion patients from Texas. Millions of women are now terrified that ...

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World economy: Where is the recovery going?

By Eric Byl, ISA International Executive There is much to say about the so-called “post-pandemic” economic rebound. The figures look impressive, but warnings are manifold. New heights in inequality between rich and poor are pouring petrol on existing social tensions and producing new ones. Spiraling food prices are provoking further social explosions. Capitalism’s disastrously slow, uneven and inefficient vaccine rollout ...

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“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” review

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Black Caucus in commemoration of Black August Harlem, New York – In the summer of 1969, two historic musical festivals took place that would have epic proportions for the course of musical history and define one of the most politically turbulent times in U.S. history. The 1960s were a ...

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Haiti: President assassinated amid a deepening crisis

By Eric Jenkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) On July 7, Haitian President Jovenal Moïse was surrounded in his home by 28 “bodyguards”/mercenaries belonging to the Miami-based “CTU security”. Several then went inside of his home and shot him more than 12 times. Immediately, the shock from many Haitian people was also the confusion of how ...

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