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BOOK EXCERPT: Estamos en la lucha: immigrant women light the fires of resistance

June 2012

While it is true that those victimized by racism and xenophobia are the ones best prepared to deliver the blows against our own oppression, no group can defeat their oppression by themselves. … Revolutionary working class leaders of color, not only immigrants, and especially Black women with their inspiring history of militancy, are essential for… Read more »

Book Review — Kamchatka: a child’s-eye view of Argentina’s “Dirty War”

August 2012

“Fear had taken root in my own house, in my drawer, carefully folded, smelling of fresh laundry, nestling among the socks.” With these simple words, author Marcelo Figueras re-creates the opening days of a military coup d’état and its effect on a family of four. Set against the terrifying backdrop of Argentina’s “Dirty War” —… Read more »

Movie reviews: The Visitor, The Intouchables, Amreeka

October 2012

The Visitor (2007, directed by Thomas McCarthy) is a sensitive story of two young, undocumented immigrants in post 9/11 New York. It does a fine job of exposing the human cost of U.S. immigration policies. The movie unfolds as Walter, a burned out college professor finds himself unexpectedly sharing his New York apartment with Tarek… Read more »

Imagine … revolution! Lennon’s political legacy

April 2013

Volumes have been written about the life and music of John Lennon. The least appreciated aspect is that his desire to make the world a better place was deeply political, and in turbulent times much like today. As Marx might have put it, through his music Lennon carried out a battle “now hidden, now open”… Read more »

Freedom Socialist review — Summoning Ghosts — The art of painter Hung Liu

October 2013

With drips and washes, color, photography and shaped canvases, shelves and artifacts, the art of Hung Liu in her spring exhibit, Summoning Ghosts, at the Oakland Museum of California, feeds the eyes. What a joy it was to be present with the China-born artist’s energy reflected in the retrospective, which will be traveling nationally. This… Read more »