people of color

SOAPBOX — Make justice prevail: one Guatemalan woman’s exile saga

February 2012

I am an undocumented worker. I was trained as an accountant, a high school teacher and a psychologist, but that is another lifetime now. In 1995, I left my house and two children in Guatemala and came to the United States on a visitor’s visa with my youngest child; my husband followed in a few… Read more »

Race issues: the hushed-up heart of US politics

June 2012

A century ago, W.E.B. Du Bois wrote that “the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line.” Today, that line is still the key problem for U.S. workers, as bitter race divisions remain. Joblessness and lack of economic opportunity consistently trap communities of color into poverty. Increasingly, the same realities are… Read more »

Movie reviews: The Visitor, The Intouchables, Amreeka

October 2012

The Visitor (2007, directed by Thomas McCarthy) is a sensitive story of two young, undocumented immigrants in post 9/11 New York. It does a fine job of exposing the human cost of U.S. immigration policies. The movie unfolds as Walter, a burned out college professor finds himself unexpectedly sharing his New York apartment with Tarek… Read more »

Poor and criminalized: a feminist scholar exposes the welfare-to-prison pipeline

October 2012

Talking to Rebecca Castner, one is instantly drawn to her intensity. A Ph.D. graduate from Women Studies at the University of Washington, Castner has researched how poor mothers, in particular women of color, are criminalized by the welfare system. As a single mom who supported her family on low-wage jobs, Castner knows firsthand the trials… Read more »

FS Book Review: Searing memoir recounts courage, tragedy of Panthers

February 2013

Aaron Dixon’s memoir of the Black Panther Party shows the BPP’s exhilarating, meteoric rise, then its excruciating degeneration after the government’s bloody campaign of assassinations, frame-ups and dirty tricks. It spans the period from the party’s emergence as a nationwide mass revolutionary organization after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. to its tragic… Read more »

Freedom Socialist newspaper — Letters to the editor

February 2013

UNFAIR TO LABOR Boycott Whole Foods Just to let you know that Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity (OWLS) in Seattle has declared a boycott against Whole Foods, the Wal-Mart of organic/natural foods. Their main supplier, United Natural Food, Inc. (UNFI), has spent the last year bargaining in bad faith with their Teamster employees at its… Read more »

The role of slaves and abolitionists in securing the Emancipation Proclamation

April 2013

“In the North, the Emancipation Proclamation meant the Negro soldier, and the Negro soldier meant the end of the war.” That’s what W.E.B. Du Bois says in his incomparable book Black Reconstruction in America, 1860–1880. In this year of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, myths persist about iconic men like President Lincoln and… Read more »