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Immigrants found buried in mass “graves of shame” in Texas

December 2015

Seventy miles from the Mexican border in dirt-poor Brooks County, Texas, the human remains of hundreds of asylum seekers, mostly from Central America and Mexico, were uncovered in 2014 in a mass grave. Hundreds more are believed elsewhere in South Texas. Desperate people died while escaping police violence, civil war, all-powerful street gangs, and take-no-prisoners… Read more »

How Wall Street and US colonialism created Puerto Rico’s debt crisis

December 2015

Thousands of government workers protested proposed cuts to education and freezing of public union wages and hiring in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 11, 2015. Photo: Alvin Baez / Reuters Most tourists see Puerto Rico as a care-free island paradise. But while visiting in 2014, this author heard from workers what life was really… Read more »

Pope Francis, the Catholic Church, and Argentina’s “Dirty War”

December 2015

These richly-robed men rule the wealthiest entity on the planet. Photo: Allessandro Bianchi / Reuters Throughout the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, Latin America was a battleground between the haves and the have-nots. On one side were people fighting for social justice and radical change, no doubt inspired by the Cuban Revolution. On the other side… Read more »

Dirigente sindical costarricense Orlando Barrantes – Pena de prisión de 12 años en una emboscada política

diciembre de 2015

Orlando Barrantes Orlando Barrantes ha dedicado su vida a mejorar las condiciones de los pobres y de los trabajadores en Costa Rica. Durante muchos años fue el Secretario General del Consejo Nacional de Trabajadores Bananeros (CONATRAB) y actualmente es líder del Movimiento de los Trabajadores y Campesinos (MTC). Ahora se enfrenta a una larga pena… Read more »

Keep pressure up to free Nestora Salgado

December 2015

As the third year of Nestora Salgado’s unjust imprisonment begins, her supporters continue to organize in Mexico, the USA and internationally for her release. Salgado, a U.S. citizen, was jailed in Mexico in 2013 on manufactured kidnapping charges. It was a political attack on the indigenous community police of Guerrero state. She headed the Olinalá… Read more »

The criminalization of protest — Radicals and unionists persecuted in Mexico and Costa Rica

February 2016

President Peña Nieto of Mexico brags about his neoliberal policies to privatize public resources, cut social services, and force anti-union education “reforms.” His government has also been exposed for its ties to drug cartels and the killing and jailing of political activists. There’s a connection. Increasingly, Peña Nieto’s economic plans hinge on crushing all opposition… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — Feb 2016

February 2016

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY Orlando Barrantes The FSP comrades have obtained a very valuable statement of support for our Costa Rican comrade Orlando Barrantes. International workingclass solidarity is on the move. Cuauhtémoc Ruíz Ortiz, Mexico City Editor’s note: Ruíz Ortiz works with FSP and other international groups in the Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment as does the… Read more »

Mexican farmworkers take on growers and a corrupt union

February 2016

Up and down the Pacific Coast, a largely indigenous workforce does the grueling labor to grow and harvest the fruits and vegetables that land on grocery store shelves. Now their relentless struggle against poverty wages and demeaning treatment is picking up speed like a freight train. In March of 2015, tens of thousands of farmworkers… Read more »