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Freedom Socialist editorial — $15 an hour now (not eventually)

Seattle has become a beacon of hope for low-wage workers as a movement to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour picks up steam. So it was quite a blow when Socialist Alternative (SA)

Freedom Socialist editorial — Eddie Conway freed!

Black Panther Party leader Marshall “Eddie” Conway is free at last! A political prisoner actively supported by the Freedom Socialist Party and many others, Conway was framed for killing a Baltimore cop 44 years ago

The uphill fight to free Nestora Salgado

Nestora Salgado is both a naturalized U.S. citizen and an indigenous leader in her Mexican hometown of Olinalá, Guerrero. Last summer, Mexican authorities jailed her on trumped-up charges related to her role as the elected

Mexico: the right of civilian self-defense

The emergence of community police and self-defense groups (las autodefensas) in thirteen of Mexico’s states is a major political event nationally, but also internationally. It is not every day that a sector of the population

Freedom Socialist book review — Imagine Living In a Socialist USA, by Paul Street

It is progress that a book entitled Imagine Living In a Socialist USA has been published by Harper, a major mainstream publisher. The brief first section, “What’s Wrong With Capitalism?” by Paul Street outlines the

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

DROUGHT Water wastage Thanks for the article on the drought in California and the resulting, ever higher food prices in the land of plenty [Food prices, drought, and poverty, Vol. 35, No. 2]. With respect

Good news — on March 31, all federal charges against Nestora Salgado were dismissed! Needed next: get the state charges dropped. Supporters continue to campaign for her freedom. For the latest news and to get

Freedom Socialist Television Review — Cosmos: in-your-face science for a new generation

Something glorious has appeared on basic cable TV. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey has landed on Sunday nights. This documentary science show is an update of the 1980 award winning PBS series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.

Freedom Socialist soapbox — Academic sweatshop: my life as an adjunct

When I was 19 years old, a college professor changed my life. I took his Feminist Political Thought course and realized for the first time that I could be smart and capable. I decided I

Indonesia’s instability today comes from decades of deadly Western interference

By population, Indonesia is the world’s 5th largest country (the USA is 4th). Consisting of 17,500 islands and rich in mineral and agricultural resources, its ancient cultures came under European colonisation in the 17th century.

Bloodshed rises in Ukraine as both sides dig in; Perilous brinkmanship between the West and Russia

“Kiev and Moscow are both guilty. Odessa will not forgive this.” So said Alexander Lugansky, a veteran of the Soviet army, after at least 42, possibly 116 died on May 2. Most burned to death

Out of Carolina: Moral Mondays rock the South

On Feb. 8, 80,000 marchers massed in Raleigh, N.C., in the largest civil rights demonstration since the historic march for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery in 1965. The protest got little coverage in the

The epic quest for queer equality —

Important successes and improved publicity on some fronts is refreshing to the long-lived LGBT movement and its many allies. But as the roundup below shows, it’s far too soon to rest on any laurels. Internationally

Seattle’s fight for $15/hour: Leave no one behind

When the small city of SeaTac passed a $15 minimum wage initiative in November 2013, it heightened the hopes of all those fast-food strikers and other labor protesters over the last few years. Just a

Obama’s initiative for Black youth: what it is and isn’t — My Brother’s Keeper

When Barack Obama was elected in 2008 the streets were happy. Hopes lifted that maybe Americans weren’t all that racist, and that U.S. laws and policies would at long last take aggressive steps to halt

Freedom Socialist editorial — TPP environment plan is media sugar water

We would like to extend a Marxist high five to WikiLeaks for once again exposing the nastiness of the rich and powerful and their government lackeys. Earlier this year the anti-secrecy organization released the draft

Freedom Socialist editorial — Privatized sports breed bigotry

Some people find it hard to believe that racism is alive and well in the USA. But thanks to Los Angeles Clippers basketball team owner Donald Sterling, little doubt remains. Actually, any industry owned and

Freedom Socialist editorial — Will Mississippi’s last clinic be shut down?

Fetus fetishists are one step closer to shutting down the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. For decades, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and a slew of community supporters, has fought off legal and physical attacks.