Posts in: U.S.

Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force

June 2015

Like most adjunct professors, Mick Parsons, an instructor in Louisville, Ky., lectures at several institutions to earn a salary that works out to less than minimum wage, with no benefits. Adjuncts have short-term contracts and often must prepare for their courses without offices or even desks of their own on-site. Adjuncts are joining together to… Read more »

The unstoppable fight for $15: Low-wage workers won’t take no for an answer

June 2015

From the early scattered strikes against Burger King and McDonald’s, the movement for $15 an hour has blossomed, logging many small but growing victories in cities and states across the U.S. Equally thrilling, it is inspiring legions of workers trapped in poverty to demand even more. In April, strikes and actions targeted 236 cities across… Read more »

Norma Abdulah, 1921–2015

August 2015

A passionate fighter for race, gender and economic equality, Norma Abdulah was born in Harlem to a Trinidadian family. Her education about racism in the U.S. started early when her father, a professional in his homeland, was told not to apply for “white men’s jobs.” But no matter how tight the budget, Norma was always… Read more »

The Charleston killings: indictment of a racist system

August 2015

The following was written just after the murders at Mother Emanual Church on June 17, and before the subsequent series of Black church burnings in June and early July. The Freedom Socialist Party joins millions of Americans in expressing our condolences to the families, friends and congregation of the nine killed in Charleston, South Carolina… Read more »

End the racial wealth gap — Restore affirmative action and job training

August 2015

Every day it seems, the headlines carry another story of racist violence, from police gunning down unarmed Black men to white supremacists bombing Black churches — or killing parishioners! This is only the most outward expression of the ugly and deep color line that runs through U.S. society. Less publicized, but no less destructive, is… Read more »

Organizers in Tacoma, Wash., stick to their guns for $15 an hour NOW

October 2015

On an August day, activists with 15 NOW Tacoma huddled at a Safeway grocery store before hitting the neighborhoods of this blue-collar city. Rehearsing for doorbelling, one volunteer asked, “Do you support a $15 an hour minimum wage?” Between now and November, campaigners will knock on hundreds of doors, asking this question to find support… Read more »

Can Bernie Sanders move the Democrats left? Unfortunately, the history of campaigns like his says no

October 2015

It’s easy to see why voters sick of big-business politics as usual are flocking to Bernie Sanders. A self-described democratic socialist, Sanders rails against staggering inequality and denounces the rule of banksters and CEOs. He is drawing huge enthusiastic crowds at campaign rallies and is running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton in some polls…. Read more »