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40 years of socialist feminism

December 2006

The Freedom Socialist Party was founded in Seattle in 1966, during one of the most thrilling periods in U.S. history. Liberation struggles rocked the country and the world! The civil rights movement that had defied the Southern police state in the 1950s sparked a national Black freedom movement that ignited every other oppressed group —… Read more »

The Price of the Ticket: the rewards of revisiting James Baldwin

June 2007

For me and for many of my African American peers who came of age in the 1980s, Black History Month was our 28-day celebration of Black culture, Black struggle, and ever-elusive Black progress. It was the very rare occasion when the corporate-owned media made “space” for more humane images of Black folks — a space… Read more »

The radical destination of lavender liberation: A veteran activist explores the meaning of gay history from Sappho to today

June 2007

I read the news today: oh boy! The grand new Democratic majority in Congress plans to reward all its queer constituents for their loyalty with legislation to make anti-gay hate crimes a federal offense, prevent workplace discrimination, and eliminate the “Don’t ask, don’t tell” policy in the military. It’s going to happen by the end… Read more »

Permanent Revolution and Women’s Emancipation

December 2007

“Permanent Revolution and Women’s Emancipation,” excerpted below, was written by Murry Weiss in 1978 for a left regroupment conference including the Freedom Socialist Party. Subsequently expanded, it is a remarkable Marxist feminist manifesto written by one of Trotskyism’s cofounders in the U.S., a man of great heart, vision, and talents who joined FSP before his… Read more »

No to federal troops!

December 2007

Below are excerpts from Revolutionary Integration: A Marxist Analysis of African American Liberation, an update of a 1963 document by the founders of the Freedom Socialist Party. The segments below explain the distinctive position taken by the FSP against using federal troops as a supposed tool for integration. To obscure the basic dependence of the… Read more »

Revisiting Little Rock: a victory won through the courage of women and children

December 2007

The “Battle of Little Rock” 50 years ago came three years after the famous Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which mandated school integration. Yet few Southern schools had complied. The Arkansas struggle involved court cases and mobilizations of state and federal troops. But it was won by the sheer… Read more »

Annette Rubinstein, 1910-2007

February 2008

Marxist literary lion, activist and educator Annette T. Rubinstein died in June 2007 at the age of 97. The daughter of socialist immigrants living in New York City, Rubinstein experienced anti-Semitism when she was refused entry to Barnard College and later was denied academic appointments because she refused to anglicize her name. Rubinstein had an… Read more »

A lifetime commitment to left cooperation

April 2008

Following the 1956 revelations of Stalin’s crimes against the Soviet people by USSR Premier Khrushchev, many Communist Party (CP) members questioned their party’s war against Trotskyist critics of Stalinism. Clara Fraser (referred to in the articles at right by her political pseudonym, Clara Kaye) and other Seattle Socialist Workers Party (SWP) members welcomed this new… Read more »

Spelling out the ABCs of socialism

April 2008

Excerpts from the article “More Socialism for Skeptics,” in which Fraser outlines the basics of Marxist economics to an imaginary but typical questioner whom Fraser (CF) dubs the “Free Market Champion” (FMC). FMC: Modern economy is too complex to plan. CF: Stop with the mystifying and mystiquing already! With a little work, study and experience,… Read more »

Clara Fraser: Synthesizer of Marxism and feminism

April 2008

What better fate can a person carve out than participation in the emancipation of humanity?” Clara Fraser posed this question and answered it by living bravely, with commitment, relish and inimitable style. Ten years after her death, Fraser’s life still inspires. And her groundsynthesis of socialism and feminism can be clearly seen as a breakthrough… Read more »