Posts in: indigenous struggles

Standing Rock Report-back – Gina Petry and Patrick Burns

December 2016

 Presentations by Freedom Socialist Party representative Patrick Burns and Seattle Radical Women Organizer Gina Petry about their November stay at Standing Rock, including video of interviews with members of the International Indigenous Youth Council and Labor for Standing Rock. If you would like to interview Gina or Patrick or invited them to speak to… Read more »

Standing Rock Unionists speak out

December 2016

While at Standing Rock, Freedom Socialist Party representative and union carpenter Patrick Burns talks with Liam Cain, member of Laborers Union Local 1271 and the Industrial Workers of the World, about labor’s role in defending Native rights and fighting the pipeline companies. To see Patrick Burns and Gina Petry’s report-back from Standing Rock, click here.

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2016

October 2016

LUMMI TRIBE WINS Complex coal issue handled well I was delighted when I opened the recent mailing from Freedom Socialist and came across Lois Danks’ article [“A big win for Indian treaty rights: Lummi tribe stops North America’s largest proposed coal port,” Vol. 37, No. 4]. While I am not Lummi (I am Aleut), I… Read more »

The Standing Rock fight is for all of us

October 2016

When a security company set dogs on people challenging bulldozers in North Dakota on Sept. 3, the scalding images recalled similar violence against civil rights protesters in Birmingham, Ala., in 1963. And just as that Birmingham struggle was a defining moment, so too is the struggle for water and sovereignty by the Standing Rock Sioux… Read more »

Standing Rock: Report from the front lines

December 2016

The cold is settling in but the mood of Standing Rock is warm with solidarity. On Friday, Nov. 18, the International Indigenous Youth Council led a ceremony of 500 water protectors. We called for the release of Oglala Lakota tribal member Red Fawn Fallis, wrongly charged with firing at police and attempted murder. We then… Read more »

Syria’s ruin at the hands of capital

December 2016

We live in times so poverty stricken, turbulent, repressive and violent that the majority of people can hardly breathe. That’s why they’re rising up in every corner of the world. Syria’s insurrection, a proud part of the Arab Spring in 2011, is a breathtaking example. A people who had lived four decades under a deadly… Read more »