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What drives Latino children to El Norte?

What drives Latino children to El Norte?

From 2014, a column that recognizes the suffering of child immigrants – and the determination of those who come to the U.S. on their own — and addresses the all-important question: Why?

Northwest farm workers harvest labor victories

In northwest Washington state, a feisty self-organized union is making labor history by confronting a goliath berry corporation — and winning! Skagit Valley farm workers, mostly indigenous Triqui and Mixteco people originally from Southern Mexico,

International protests to free Nestora Salgado — Movement grows for Mexican political prisoners

To mark the one-year anniversary of Nestora Salgado’s arrest, spirited protests were held on Aug. 21 this year in Mexico, across Latin America, in Australia, and in the United States. Hundreds of people came out

Unstoppable revolt in the Middle East — Analysis: the US role and the road ahead

The insurrections of the Arab Spring still live. The revolutionary shock waves that have brought new life to ancient lands, terrifying the powers-that-be, are not spent. Bloodthirsty reaction from dictators and jihadists and foreign masters

Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor, October 2014

WOMEN WARRIORS Mary Anne Grady Flores for free speech We sat stunned in the packed courtroom on July 10 as a town justice sentenced longtime Catholic Worker activist Mary Anne Grady Flores, grandmother of three,

An Israeli-born scholar discusses war hysteria and peace activism

Raya Fidel, born and raised in Israel, is a retired professor of Information Science at the University of Washington. She was interviewed by Tamara Turner in August 2014. Tamara Turner — What is the situation

From Ferguson to Harlem — Demilitarize the cops, end police violence!

Massive militarization of police forces has intensified a racist Rambo mentality among U.S. cops, as they disproportionately kill young African American men with impunity. Among the latest victims is Michael Brown, an 18-year-old, college-bound resident

Fast-food workers strike on Sept. 4

In their biggest action since launching the fight for $15 per hour, better working conditions and union rights, fast-food workers joined by homecare unionists took to the streets in 150 cities across the country. More

Freedom Socialist editorial — Ebola: fruit of poverty and racism

On Sept. 16, President Obama finally announced increased, but still woefully inadequate, aid to West Africa to fight the devastating Ebola epidemic. It came only after the president of Liberia desperately appealed for U.S. help.

Freedom Socialist editorial — A sad day for ILWU

In August, five different locals of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) approved a heart-wrenching contract. Key was the gutting of its hiring hall — a source of union power on the docks that

Freedom Socialist editorial — Obama declares war … on civilians

President Obama reassured the nation in his special press conference on Sept. 10 that no U.S. “boots on the ground” would be used to “degrade and destroy” ISIS — just bombers. So therefore, this country
In celebration of a Native American Thanksgiving feast

In celebration of a Native American Thanksgiving feast

A time to honor and thank the First Nations

Living wage fight flourishes in California — Campaigns underway in San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Diego

As the cost of living in California climbs upward at a racer’s pace, alliances of progressives, socialists and trade unionists have launched intense campaigns to raise the minimum wage in cities across the state. San

Dateline Australia — Fight-back against austerity needs union leadership

An infamous image said it all. After drafting the largest attack on the poor in Australia’s history with a drastic budget scheme, chief finance minister (treasurer) Joe Hockey and his deputy were photographed smoking cigars

Freedom Socialist Party political resolution — Amid recession, reaction and rebellion: A world to win, a planet to save

This political resolution, written on behalf of the Freedom Socialist Party National Committee and incorporating changes by the FSP membership, was adopted at the party’s May 2014 convention. It is an inspiring call to arms

South Africa unionists break with ANC

After 20 years of squandered post-apartheid rule by the African National Congress (ANC), South African unionists are making historic decisions toward their liberation. On October 27, 2014 the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa

Should socialists align with Greens and liberals? Events in New York pose electoral questions once more

In the November 2014 election season, voter participation hit a record low. This is more than just a mid-term slump. Voters are increasingly alienated from the two major parties. Only slightly more than a third

Freedom Socialist Soapbox: 20 good things in 2014

The world sucks. It seems a dark and dangerous place. The stream of news about the evil doings by imperialists, opportunist politicians, and thugs appears to prove the point. Even Noam Chomsky recently wrote “human