people of color

Rebellion and repression from Ferguson to Ayotzinapa

February 2015

“When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes a duty!” shouts a picket sign thrust into the sky at one of thousands of protests against the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and of Eric Garner in New York City. That same sentiment defines the Mexican eruption at the kidnapping and slaying of 43 Ayotzinapa teachers… Read more »

Roots of the Ferguson explosion — and what’s next for the movement

February 2015

The whole world watched as long-suppressed Black grievances came to a head after Darren Wilson, the cop who killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., went unindicted. But police violence is far from the only abuse that Blacks face; community control of the police is an urgent need, but only part of the… Read more »

What’s up (and down) with ballot access today

April 2015

On March 8, 2015, thousands commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Today ballot access is again under racist attack. From 2011 to 2015, almost 400 new voting restrictions have been introduced and 22 states — most… Read more »

For community control over the police! Now is the time to demand elected civilian review boards

June 2015

After every sickening murder by cops, politicians and police chiefs shake their heads sadly and create another toothless police commission. From Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, outraged protesters have lost their patience with the system. (Keep visiting for continuing reports on Baltimore.) Many of these protesters want to bring this system down. Until that… Read more »

Norma Abdulah, 1921–2015

August 2015

A passionate fighter for race, gender and economic equality, Norma Abdulah was born in Harlem to a Trinidadian family. Her education about racism in the U.S. started early when her father, a professional in his homeland, was told not to apply for “white men’s jobs.” But no matter how tight the budget, Norma was always… Read more »

The Charleston killings: indictment of a racist system

August 2015

The following was written just after the murders at Mother Emanual Church on June 17, and before the subsequent series of Black church burnings in June and early July. The Freedom Socialist Party joins millions of Americans in expressing our condolences to the families, friends and congregation of the nine killed in Charleston, South Carolina… Read more »

End the racial wealth gap — Restore affirmative action and job training

August 2015

Every day it seems, the headlines carry another story of racist violence, from police gunning down unarmed Black men to white supremacists bombing Black churches — or killing parishioners! This is only the most outward expression of the ugly and deep color line that runs through U.S. society. Less publicized, but no less destructive, is… Read more »