Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor, April 2014

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Antidote to immigrant bashing

Thank you for reviewing NoViolet Bulawayo’s
We Need New Names
[Vol. 35, No. 1]. I might not have come across this novel and I now plan to read it.

The far-right has made immigrants the subject of some of its most vicious and racist hate speech. After some twenty years of relentless immigrant bashing everyone needs to read about the immigrant experience written by immigrants.

It’s good to demonstrate, sit-in, shout out, and doing anything necessary for civil and basic human rights for immigrants, documented and undocumented.

But books like these are balms to our souls, antidotes to the toxic atmosphere all of us are forced to live in. Art is always good but good art gives a revolutionary the heart to fight on.

Bernadette Logue, Marmora, N.J.



I salute you with the clenched fist of unity!

The articles that are contained in your paper speak to the most poignant issues of our time. The serpent of solidarity is selfishness! How can one be empathetic if one believes that capitalism has served to him and his family a piece of the so-called American Dream?

We need a collective consciousness to emerge among the grass roots of the people. Your newspaper brings awareness that will promote a movement.

In our Unity is our Strength! Power to the People!

Alvin Jones, 881507, WSP 1313 N 13th Ave / DW-233, Walla Walla, WA 99362


Capitalism’s misogyny

When I went to college, women were afraid of rape and felt there was inadequate support [Vol. 35, No. 1, “Sexual assault on campus: students organize to break the silence and end the violence”]. It was the number one issue the women’s coalition organized around.

Congrats to the writers for their work on this issue. I’m glad they noted that the problem of sexual violence comes from “capitalism’s deep-rooted misogyny.” Right on! As a feminist, I agree that the problem isn’t men, who are often victims of violence themselves, but a system of oppression that thrives on domination and entitlement. That was the debate in my day, and it still is now.

Gina Petry, Seattle


Real solutions

Your article “Dying for universal healthcare” [Vol. 35, No. 1] hit all the right targets. Ever since I worked as an orderly in the University of Minnesota Hospital, I have realized that socialized medicine is the only system that works.

The current American system is nothing but a ripoff by insurance companies — and Obama has surrendered to that industry while pretending to improve the system. All during the discussion period for his “reform,” the very term “single payer” was off the table.

You never saw the bourgeois media (or the left press) mention of the fact that the Veterans Administration is a system of socialized medicine. Have you ever met a veteran who, despite the problems with the VA system, wanted to get rid of it? I haven’t.

David Thorstad, Lengby, Minn.

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