immigrant rights

Anti-immigrant laws — and opposition to them — spread across the country

October 2010

Economic crisis fuels racist scapgoating. Arizona’s legislative broadside against immigrants triggered a nationwide tsunami of similar proposals. A network of xenophobes churned out legislation and called for constitutional change — accompanied by racist stereotypes of Latino immigrants — aimed at marginalizing over 12 million working people. But, in defiance of racist apartheid, massive opposition from… Read more »

FBI target Hatem Abudayyeh defends the right to dissent

April 2011

On Sept. 24, 2010, the FBI raided the homes of anti-war and socialist activists, including that of Hatem Abudayyeh and his family. Soon after the raids the FBI subpoenaed Hatem and 22 other people in the Midwest to appear before a federal grand jury impaneled in Chicago. So far, all have invoked their Fifth Amendment… Read more »

Vermont leads the way on universal healthcare

August 2011

Thanks to grass-roots organizing, in May Vermont became the first state to create a path for a universal, publicly funded health care system. A community-labor coalition, Health Care Is A Human Right Campaign, defeated attempts to exclude undocumented workers. Next up — implementing the plan.

SOAPBOX — Border town blues: life in Nogales and Juárez

August 2011

I was born in a small town in Mexico, in the state of Jalisco, and I moved to Los Angeles in 1974. Once a month I visit Nogales, Mexico, a town in northern Mexico on the border of Arizona. My wife is living there while we wait for her visa. She has been there for… Read more »

Why I am a Radical Woman

October 2011

I am a first-generation Chicana, a mother and teacher, born and raised in South Los Angeles. I also happen to be a socialist feminist, an atheist, and a queer, whose very existence is a challenge to capitalism. Fortunately, I was raised to think critically and search for ways to transform the world. Who were my… Read more »

Oakland students choose to name building for radical poet Nellie Wong

December 2011

Oakland, Calif., home of the November 2011 Occupy movement general strike, is a 
town that strongly believes in celebrating its working class roots. So it’s no surprise that revolutionary feminist poet and activist Nellie Wong, born in Oakland’s Chinatown in 1934, was chosen to have a building named after her at Oakland High. Usually people… Read more »