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SWP’s Tom Kerry Spews Vitriol in Seattle

Summer 1977

The Spring issue of the Freedom Socialist proved so threatening to the SWP that they sprung their prime bureaucrat cum laude out of his desert retreat — and Tom Kerry himself descended on Seattle to herd the SWP faithful back to the fold. Chief weapon of the former SWP big-wig was his sewage-and-spittle brand of… Read more »

Mid East

Summer 1977

“Peace is Near!” the headlines shout, and the solution posed for the Middle East is Kissinger-style shuttle diplomacy — a delicate treachery, a peace of war. For imperialist peace is class war, and the Middle East is no exception to that law of social reality. Underlying the shooting war in the Middle East is class… Read more »

Women of all countries, unite!

Summer 1977

Paris — What was originally planned as an “internal” meeting of a handful of delegates from European women’s groups mushroomed into a major conference of 6,000 women who descended upon Vincennes University in Paris on May 28-30. Participants in the “International Meeting of Women” stepped boldly beyond their own national boundaries onto the arena of… Read more »

Right, Left and Center collide at State Women’s Conference

Summer 1977

Two thousand Mormon and other ultra-conservative Christian women unleashed a direct attack on women’s rights at the Washington State Women’s Conference in Ellensburg on July 8-10, and the only resistance they encountered came from minority women and radicals. The conference, mandated by Congress as part of a United Nations observance of International Women’s Decade, was… Read more »

Spartacist League Crazies Ride Again

Summer 1977

OK, you lucky readers, are you ready for another Night at the Opera scenario crafted by the Marx-less Brothers of the zany Spartacist League? Hang on tightly to your sanity, ’cause here we go! ACT I. Radical Women in San Francisco organize a study group for feminists. One of the participants is a low-paid and… Read more »

Financiers axe hospitals

Summer 1977

New York is not only a difficult place to live in, it is a fatal place for the poor and sick. The city managers have been running the city into bankruptcy for years and now the financiers are making up the deficit by robbing from the poor and giving to the banks. “Budget cuts” mean… Read more »

Kathy Saadat guest column

Summer 1977

Dark & White in Color TO PARAPHRASE MARK TWAIN, recent reports on the political insignificance of minority women have been greatly exaggerated. We are not unimportant, not secondary, not mere appendages to the race freedom and feminist movements — nor will we permit ourselves to be relegated to the ranks of an exotic fringe of… Read more »

Spartacist betrayal: Lavender and Red Union dumps gay liberation

Summer 1977

Los Angeles — At precisely the moment of the largest gay upsurge of protest and self-defense in history, the Red Flag Union — formerly Lavender and Red Union — has chosen to announce its cynical abandonment of the gay movement. Their June 10-12 conference, “Stonewall’ 77 — What is the Importance of Gay Liberation in… Read more »

Gay Pride, Gay Protest, Gay Rage

Summer 1977

The gay movement has exploded into the consciousness of America. Never has the world seen such a massive outpouring of gay pride, protest and rage as erupted during June, 1977 when enormous demonstrations hit the streets and furnished the media with a new sensational topic for banner headlines, exciting interviews and cautious editorials. In only… Read more »