Southern trees bear strange fruit, / Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. Using these lyrics from a poem by Abel Meeropol, immortalized in Billie Holliday’s song about lynching, author Patrick Phillips opens his tale of terror, theft and racial apartheid in one Georgia county, USA. Following a brutal assault on a white… Read more »
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Activists and organizers from every social justice movement were stunned by the election of right-wing billionaire businessman Donald Trump. Angry demonstrations tens of thousands strong filled streets in cities and towns across the country and the world. In December the Freedom Socialist Party sponsored forums in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and… Read more »
After last year’s hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, it’s refreshing to see two fine films about African American working people. Loving’s true story shows a brave couple persevering with their 9-year Supreme Court case that finally struck down laws against inter-racial marriage in 1967. Fences, by playwright August Wilson, delves into the strengths and tensions of a Black… Read more »
“Intersectionality” is a term that has been coming up a lot in political movements and in the news, especially in regard to the Women’s March on Washington in January. It means examining how the intermingling of all forms of discrimination that people experience — based on race, gender, sexual orientation, nationality and more — affect… Read more »
“I guess if I’d had any sense I’d a been a little scared, but what was the point of being scared? The only thing they could do to me was kill me, and it seemed like they’ve been trying to do that ever since I could remember.” That was the ringing voice of Fannie Lou… Read more »
The demonising of Muslims is reminiscent of the 1950s McCarthy era.
Excerpts from “Revolutionary Integration” — Black leadership: prerequisite for everyone’s liberation
A controversial theory for radical change that opposes Black Nationalism and relies on Black leadership for U.S. revolution.
In their endless campaign to reverse the gains of women, LGBTQ folks, workers, and people of color, right-wing politicians have now turned their attention to the bathroom.
Shame on the principal of Spring Valley High School, South Carolina, and shame on every school district that gives a gun-carrying police officer the authority to “discipline“ young people while in school. One need only see the video footage to know that school security officer Ben Fields, known as “Officer Slam,” launched a vicious assault… Read more »
On July 13th, 2015, 28-year-old Sandra Bland was found hanging in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. This was a few days after Bland was arrested for merely failing to use a car turn signal. Brian Encinia, who arrested Bland, was captured on two videos aggressively slamming Bland down on the ground. He expressed… Read more »