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Mexico: Teacher protests an amazing example of fighting spirit

December 2013

This article by the Socialist Workers Party (Partido Obrero Socialista, POS) from their journal El Socialista (September 2013) describes protests by teachers that have swept Mexico in recent months. The National Union of Education Workers (SNTE) is the official Mexican teachers’ union. The National Coordination of Education Workers (CNTE) is a militant caucus within SNTE…. Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor

December 2013

STOP DEPORTATIONS Palestinian American feminist targeted Rasmea Odeh is a 66-year-old Palestinian American woman, well known and admired for organizing literacy and domestic violence prevention programs for the Arab community in the Chicago area. On the morning of Oct. 22, 2013, Department of Homeland Security agents dragged her from her home — for “immigration fraud.”… Read more »

Sexual assault on campus: students organize to break the silence and end the violence

February 2014

Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses across the country. Roughly one in four college women will experience some form of gender violence, and about 80 percent of all assailants are acquainted with the victim. To make matters worse, many colleges and universities refuse to respond appropriately to reported attacks. In October 2012,… Read more »

Harlem community battles developers, privatization of schools and housing

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 liberation into a struggle by residents to block transformation of the neighborhood into… Read more »

Freedom Socialist book reviews: A fascinating range of titles from our contributors

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. • • • Lila, the Revolutionary, by William T. Hathaway. Nascent Books, 2014. Reviewed by Andrea Bauer Can one… Read more »

La demanda contra el sindicato de maestros de California amenaza a todo el movimiento laboral

junio de 2015

Esta primavera en el estado de Washington, miles de maestros abandonaron sus puestos de trabajo para protestar contra el desfinanciamiento de la educación pública. En Wisconsin en 2011, los maestros fueron líderes de la ocupación histórica de la capital del estado, mientras protestaban contra la campaña del Gobernador para prohibir el derecho de negociación colectiva… Read more »

“Right to work” lawsuit threatens all unions: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

June 2015

In Washington state this spring, thousands of teachers walked off their jobs to protest chronic underfunding of public education. In Wisconsin in 2011, teachers were leaders in the historic occupation of the state capitol in Madison, as they protested their governor’s push to outlaw collective bargaining rights for public workers. Given these actions and the… Read more »

Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force

June 2015

Like most adjunct professors, Mick Parsons, an instructor in Louisville, Ky., lectures at several institutions to earn a salary that works out to less than minimum wage, with no benefits. Adjuncts have short-term contracts and often must prepare for their courses without offices or even desks of their own on-site. Adjuncts are joining together to… Read more »