Letters to the editor – Freedom Socialist newspaper – December 2011

December 2011

EVEN THE RAIN Key role of women It was thrilling to see a review of Even the Rain, a movie made about the water wars in Bolivia, published in the Freedom Socialist [Class struggle challenges bourgeois art-making, Vol. 32, No. 5].  As an anti-privatization activist, I completely agree that the lessons about class lines in this… Read more »

Next step for the Occupy movement: uniting labor and the dispossessed

December 2011

The first months of the Occupy Wall Street movement have been filled with growing pains — many caused by the rough chafing of plastic zip-tie handcuffs. The camps are important free-speech centers, a long overdue mass protest of the capitalist austerity program. Hopefully, the movement will be able to turn the tide against the police… Read more »

FS editorial — More states say “I do”

April 2012

In two victories for queer rights, Maryland and Washington recently joined six other states in making same-sex marriage legal. Another win was scored in February when an appeals court ruled that the anti-gay marriage Proposition 8 in California served no purpose other than to “lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians.” The… Read more »

Kick-ass feminist revival in New York City

August 2012

The past year has seen nationwide (and global) SlutWalks to end the blaming and shaming of sexual assault victims, feminist general assemblies where women are challenging sexism within the Occupy Wall Street movement, and marches to Unite Against the War on Women protesting ongoing legislative and political attacks. Feminism is in the air! Unsatisfied with… Read more »

Honduras — Entrevista con el organizador Pepe Palacios: Un orgulloso luchador gay de la resistencia habla abiertamente

junio de 2013

Pepe Palacios es miembro del Movimiento de Diversidad Sexual en Resistencia (MDR), organización lésbica, gay, bisexual y transgénero de Honduras. Forma parte del comité directivo del Frente Nacional de Resistencia Popular, amplia coalición que se opone al gobierno actual, el cual tomó el poder durante un golpe de estado respaldado por los EEUU que derrocó… Read more »

Interview with Honduran gay resistance fighter Pepe Palacios

June 2013

Pepe Palacios is a member of the Movement for Sexual Diversity in Resistance (MDR), a Honduran lesbian, gay, bi and transgender organization. He is on the steering committee of the National Front of Popular Resistance, a broad coalition that opposes the current government, which took power in the 2009 U.S.-backed coup d’état that ousted elected… Read more »

Freedom Socialist editorial: Honor gay hero Bradley Manning

June 2013

In April, former grand marshals for San Francisco Gay Pride made nominations for marshals for this year’s parade and voted, as usual. A winner was Bradley Manning, the gay soldier who leaked classified documents that proved war crimes by the U.S. government in Iraq and Afghanistan, among many other offenses. The president of the SF… Read more »

Russia’s new anti-LGBT law denounced; Government bans public protests while human rights violations increase

October 2013

The anti-gay legislation enacted in Russia on July 29 has galvanized international condemnation. And, in its wake, violations of human rights have been booted out of Russia’s closet for all to see. New amendments to federal law mandate imprisonment and hefty fines for “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors” that aims to form “misperceptions… Read more »

Manning movement builds

October 2013

The brave battle of Private Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Bradley Manning) against the U.S. military has exposed and clarified a great deal more than she probably ever imagined. It blew open the vault doors of hidden war crimes by the very non-humanitarian USA. It exposed how appallingly far the government will go to snuff… Read more »