FREEDOM SOCIALIST NEWSPAPER


October-November 2018

The case for open borders

The case for open borders

The need for people to be free to work in other countries and to organize across borders is a matter of survival for the global working class.
Amazon’s sweatshop culture

Amazon’s sweatshop culture

Interviews with Somali warehouse employees in Minnesota and reports from factories in Europe reveal brutal conditions and angry workforces.
Hoffman 2018

Lessons from a radical campaign

Steve Hoffman on his run for U.S. Senate from Washington state.
Clinic defenders take on the ultra-right

Clinic defenders take on the ultra-right

Critical lessons learned: Build a united, multi-pronged response to fascist rallies. Don’t talk to the FBI. Stand up to police abuse.
In Iran, popular revolt grows against state corruption, US sanctions, and war

In Iran, popular revolt grows against state corruption, US sanctions, and war

In solidarity with dissidents fighting Iran’s repressive theocracy!
Dividing in hopes of conquering

Dividing in hopes of conquering

The right wing, Asian Americans, and the Harvard anti-affirmative action case
The problematic legacy of a Marxist thinker: Invoking Gramsci to retreat from revolution

The problematic legacy of a Marxist thinker: Invoking Gramsci to retreat from revolution

Antonio Gramsci’s ideas are today used by some leftists to call for gradual reform and collaboration with capitalism. Trotsky’s opposing theory of Permanent Revolution defies such collaboration, and “breathes optimism and forward motion, not defeatism.”
Rachel Carson’s passionate crusade

Rachel Carson’s passionate crusade

Silent Spring: despite the best efforts of the powers-that-be, Carson's 1962 environmental critique made an impact that could never be erased.
A union carpenter’s story

A union carpenter’s story

Retiree Patrick Burns says, “I’m not bored. My feet are on the ground” fighting for union democracy and women’s rights, and against racists and fascists.
Victorian AIDS Council changes name in tribute to pioneer activists Alison Thorne and Keith Harbour

Victorian AIDS Council changes name in tribute to pioneer activists Alison Thorne and Keith Harbour

Melbourne LGBTIQ activists celebrate the radical roots and expanded commitment of their 35-year-old organization, newly renamed after two liberationists.
Partido Obrero Socialista meets in Mexico City

Partido Obrero Socialista meets in Mexico City

The POS Congress, joined by Trotskyists from Mexico, Argentina and the U.S., discussed Trump’s presidency and addressed sexual abuse within left groups.
Trump’s NAFTA publicity stunt

Trump’s NAFTA publicity stunt

While endlessly covering Trump’s false NAFTA-supplanting deal with Mexico at the end of August, the U.S. press avoided reporting on how very bad any free trade agreement is for the working class.
<i>Get Out</i> and <i>Sorry to Bother You</i> get deep about race and class

Get Out and Sorry to Bother You get deep about race and class

Two brilliant films creatively use Afro-surrealism to blast their political targets.
Red Fawn sentenced

Red Fawn sentenced

Native American water protector from Standing Rock struggle was forced to take a “non-cooperating plea agreement” and 57-month jail sentence. She couldn’t get a fair trial for the “attempted murder” charge with a lifetime penalty.
LA’s homeless in crisis as buildings sit empty

LA’s homeless in crisis as buildings sit empty

A new campaign in LA is organizing for vacant city property to be used to provide shelter for those without.
Labor Weather Report, October 2018

Labor Weather Report, October 2018

A glance at victorious fights in Missouri and Korea plus a hotel workers' strike in Chicago.
An editorial dilemma

An editorial dilemma

With the world aflame in crises, how do you pick just one or two to editorialize?
End taxpayer subsidy for Catholic Church

End taxpayer subsidy for Catholic Church

End public financial support for an institution that operates as a crime syndicate for sex trafficking.
US prisons defied by well-organized strikes

US prisons defied by well-organized strikes

Gutsy inmates crossed racial and ethnic lines to demand an end to the slave labor of prisoners, to racist overcharging and sentencing, and parole denials.
Letters to the editor, October 2018

Letters to the editor, October 2018

Readers’ opinions on Freedom Socialist articles, and information on armed community defense and Mumia Abu-Jamal’s appeal.