Posts in: women & feminism

Poor and criminalized: a feminist scholar exposes the welfare-to-prison pipeline

October 2012

Talking to Rebecca Castner, one is instantly drawn to her intensity. A Ph.D. graduate from Women Studies at the University of Washington, Castner has researched how poor mothers, in particular women of color, are criminalized by the welfare system. As a single mom who supported her family on low-wage jobs, Castner knows firsthand the trials… Read more »

Freedom Socialist opinion: Pakistan — Of drones and little girls

December 2012

The world was filled with revulsion when a Taliban shooter tried to assassinate 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai last Oct. 9 in Pakistan. How cowardly to shoot up a rickety school bus filled with girls determined to get an education! Outraged Pakistanis took to the streets with signs and shouts of “Shame on you, Taliban!” Soon after,… Read more »

Social Security: high stakes for women

April 2013

Conservatives howl that Social Security is bankrupting the country. And in his State of the Union Address, President Obama called for “reforms,” code for cuts. But as wages and benefits steadily fall and pensions become a thing of the past, no one is talking about who needs this program the most. More working people than… Read more »

Dateline Australia: 30 years of revolutionary feminism Down Under

April 2013

The Freedom Socialist Party (FSP) in Australia is 30 years old! Our first event, “A new era for socialist feminism in Australia,” took place at the Plumbers Union on 24 March 1983. I outlined the party’s history and program for a crowd of mostly socialists, teacher unionists, and gay liberationists. That month voters kicked out… Read more »

Let’s build a movement for quality, publicly funded childcare!

June 2013

Stephanie, a mother of four, stays at home with her children because the cost of childcare far exceeds any income she can earn from a job. Diane is a single working mother; she cannot afford to pay the full cost of preschool for her four-year-old daughter. She qualifies for state-subsidized care, but has had to… Read more »

Mothers honored with action in Seattle

June 2013

In Seattle over 200 people celebrate Mother’s Day with balloons, facepaint and a message. Rally demands included publicly funded childcare for poor and working families, expanded social services, ending the deportation of immigrants, stopping domestic violence and freeing abuse survivor Marissa Alexander.

The living ideas of Clara Fraser, the original socialist feminist

June 2013

Introduction: The following selections, compiled by Adrienne Weller, pay tribute to the groundbreaking politics of Clara Fraser on the 15th anniversary of her death. The excerpts are from Fraser’s Revolution, She Wrote, which includes many of her witty and profound columns from the Freedom Socialist (find one here). The book also contains her earliest writings… Read more »

Clara Fraser: A small biography for a very large life

June 2013

Clara Fraser was the Big Bang that set off modern socialist feminism, pouring new light and creative energy into the revolutionary movement. Born in 1923 to Russian immigrants, she was a working-class trailblazer until her death in 1998. She taught that women and people of color are destined to lead in creating change because they… Read more »