Posts in: indigenous struggles

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2016

October 2016

LUMMI TRIBE WINS Complex coal issue handled well I was delighted when I opened the recent mailing from Freedom Socialist and came across Lois Danks’ article [“A big win for Indian treaty rights: Lummi tribe stops North America’s largest proposed coal port,” Vol. 37, No. 4]. While I am not Lummi (I am Aleut), I… Read more »

The Standing Rock fight is for all of us

October 2016

When a security company set dogs on people challenging bulldozers in North Dakota on Sept. 3, the scalding images recalled similar violence against civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. And just as that Birmingham struggle was a defining moment, so too is the struggle for water and sovereignty by the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »

Standing Rock: Report from the front lines

December 2016

The cold is settling in but the mood of Standing Rock is warm with solidarity. On Friday, Nov. 18, the International Indigenous Youth Council led a ceremony of 500 water protectors. We called for the release of Oglala Lakota tribal member Red Fawn Fallis, wrongly charged with firing at police and attempted murder. We then… Read more »

Syria’s ruin at the hands of capital

December 2016

We live in times so poverty stricken, turbulent, repressive and violent that the majority of people can hardly breathe. That’s why they’re rising up in every corner of the world. Syria’s insurrection, a proud part of the Arab Spring in 2011, is a breathtaking example. A people who had lived four decades under a deadly… Read more »

Mexico: divisions in the indigenous rights movement in the wake of Nestora Salgado’s release

December 2016

Winning the release of imprisoned community police leader Nestora Salgado, jailed for two-and-a-half years in Mexico on trumped-up charges of kidnapping, was a thrilling victory for international working class solidarity, especially in a time of deep-seated reaction. The “Free Nestora” campaign was a complete repudiation of Trump’s brand of racist, “America First” nationalism. It involved… Read more »

México: Divisiones en el movimiento de derechos indígenas después de la liberación de Nestora Salgado

diciembre de 2016

Conseguir la liberación de la líder de la policía comunitaria, Nestora Salgado, presa durante dos años y medio en México bajo falsas acusaciones de secuestro, fue una emocionante victoria para la solidaridad de la clase obrera internacional, especialmente en una época de profunda reacción. La campaña “Liberar a Nestora” fue un completo repudio al lema… Read more »

Turkey: a police state in the making

February 2017

Turkey’s internal political divisions and its role in the turbulent Middle East remain unexplained in the mainstream media. To begin with, Prime Minister Recep Erdoğan is a right-wing politician and Muslim fundamentalist. He founded the ruling capitalist party, Justice and Development. Economic austerities imposed on Turks by neoliberal privatization policies created mounting opposition, which was… Read more »

Voices from Standing Rock: Interviews with water protectors on the front lines

February 2017

Gina Petry of Radical Women and Patrick Burns of the Freedom Socialist Party traveled to Oceti Sakowin camp in November 2016 to cook, carpenter, and interview water protectors. On December 2, veterans began arriving to protect the camp, their numbers swelling to over 2,000. Pressure grew and two days later the Obama administration temporarily halted… Read more »