Posts in: women & feminism

Socialist feminism in Costa Rica —

October 2013

Over the weekend of August 10-11 in San José, the Revolutionary Workers Party of Costa Rica (Partido Revolucionario de las Trabajadoras y los Trabajadores, PRT) held its 22nd congress. On the first day, I attended as a representative of the Freedom Socialist Party (FSP), joining about a dozen other guests; a closed session the second… Read more »

Greek austerity and the plight of women

February 2014

On my way to Greece in September 2013, I expected to see boarded-up shops and people sleeping on sidewalks. Greece was the first country to fall victim to vicious austerity actions when the global recession hit in 2008. But I was frankly stunned at how grievously government budget cuts have pummeled Greek society, especially its… Read more »

Sexual assault on campus: students organize to break the silence and end the violence

February 2014

Sexual assault is a major issue on college campuses across the country. Roughly one in four college women will experience some form of gender violence, and about 80 percent of all assailants are acquainted with the victim. To make matters worse, many colleges and universities refuse to respond appropriately to reported attacks. In October 2012,… Read more »

ACLU sues Catholic bishops over policy denying reproductive care

February 2014

Catholic Church dogma on abortion endangers the lives and health of women. That’s the basis of a bold lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of Tamesha Means against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. It is the first such case to go after the bishops directly. Gross negligence. At… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, April 2014

April 2014

GREAT REVIEW Antidote to immigrant bashing Thank you for reviewing NoViolet Bulawayo’s We Need New Names [Vol. 35, No. 1]. I might not have come across this novel and I now plan to read it. The far-right has made immigrants the subject of some of its most vicious and racist hate speech. After some twenty… Read more »

Out of Carolina: Moral Mondays rock the South

June 2014

On Feb. 8, 80,000 marchers massed in Raleigh, N.C., in the largest civil rights demonstration since the historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The protest got little coverage in the national media, which prefers to showcase tea partiers of the Republican right. But it was the apex of a movement… Read more »