Posts in: women & feminism

First female head of Australian Council of Trade Unions shakes things up

June 2017

Every trade unionist has been lectured by some union official that they can’t strike because “It’s illegal.” They must have been cheering when Sally McManus, newly elected head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), announced on national television that unions should break unjust laws. This declaration, not usually part of the lexicon of… Read more »

Life after the election – Let’s stand and fight together!

July 25, 2016

It’s been a rough few weeks. Police violence escalated in July with the deaths of at least three Black people, four Latinos, and a Latina in just one week. An outpouring of racism followed the killings of cops in Dallas and Baton Rouge, climaxing in an ugly “law and order” Republican convention. In the middle… Read more »

Time to defy sexual and political predators

October 25, 2016

The choice between an establishment feminist warmonger and a racist, woman-defiling bankruptcy expert is no choice at all. Watching Donald Trump stalk Hillary Clinton on stage during their second debate, I wondered: was he calculating to intimidate or just doing what comes naturally? His misogyny is hard-wired. I abhor Trump’s boasting about his assaults on… Read more »

Duciana Thomas, 1987–2016

December 2016

Duciana Thomas, Bay Area Radical Women (RW) member and former coordinator of the local Comrades of Color Caucus, a joint body of RW and the Freedom Socialist Party, died suddenly on Nov. 1 at the age of 29. Passionate and unwavering in her convictions, Thomas will be missed by all who knew her. Her experiences… Read more »

Who’ll watch the kids?

December 2016

As a parent, finding childcare that’s affordable, high-quality, and able to fit an unconventional work schedule can be difficult to impossible. When I had my first child, it was actually easier and more affordable for me to stay home. So many parents, especially mothers, face this reality that maternity leave and daycare got some attention… Read more »