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Seattle tenants mobilize against massive rent hikes

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is pushing a proposal called “Stepping Forward” that could kick many low-income tenants out of their homes. The plan would raise rent for households with at least one “work-able” adult: anyone

Rasmea Odeh conviction part of US “war on dissent”

The U.S. government has waged a “War on Terror” since 9/11. Actually it’s a war on dissent — one that includes systematically trying to silence, intimidate and criminalize those who speak out for Palestinian rights.

The war on retirement security: How bosses and bankers are cracking your nest egg

One year ago last November, in Washington State, the Boeing Co. told 30,000 members of the International Association of Machinists: Stick ’em up! Your pensions or your jobs! CEO’s threatened to move new work out

Major victory for tenacious Navajo Nation

The Navajo Nation, the largest and most populous in the country, recently won $554 million from the U.S., the largest ever to a single Native American tribe. This will settle an eight-year lawsuit over the

Outrage at government massacre of student activists erupts throughout Mexico

There is a terrible permanence of repression in Mexico. On Oct. 2, 1968, federal police opened fire on student demonstrators in the Tlatelolco district of Mexico City. They killed an unknown number — between 300

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor

UNITED FRONT Needed today The political resolution of the FSP [“A world to win, a planet to save,” Vol. 35, No. 5] references the need for “united front” action, as well it should. No one

Len Stephan, 1936-2014

A music and math aficionado, lover of nature and computers, and committed environmentalist, Len Stephan passed away in September, a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in

Labor Weather Report — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle

November 2014 — Locked out and ticked off. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, as chair of the G20 Summit, takes the unprecedented step of excluding labor from the proceedings attended by government and financial heads

Harlem community battles developers, privatization of schools and housing

In his 1951 poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” More than half a century later, with hedge fund honchos and real estate moguls calling the shots, the pursuit of profit

FSP answers the critics: Right-wing flurry over tech job opening

In October the Freedom Socialist Party advertised to hire someone to post articles to our website, maintain the site, and design an occasional leaflet. The web content manager job was listed with pay starting at

Freedom Socialist editorial: Ferguson — power to the protesters!

As the FS goes to press, a grand jury has not yet returned its finding in the murder of Michael Brown by a policeman in Ferguson. That hasn’t stopped Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon from declaring

Freedom Socialist editorial: Midterm elections — telling it like it is

The November 2014 midterm elections conveyed messages about the U.S. electorate that are far more important than the pundits’ focus on “Republican sweeps.” The Grand Old Party may stride around trumpeting their supposed “mandate” as

Massive People’s March reflects growing movement, yet world leaders shrug

It was hailed as an historic march by some activists and chastised as merely symbolic by others. But the convergence of hundreds of thousands of people in New York City in September to protest climate

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military

The US role in the world: myth and reality

The term “American Century” comes from Henry Luce, publisher of Time, Life, Sports Illustrated, and Fortune. In 1941, Luce wrote a lengthy editorial to whip up public support for World War II. “Throughout the 17th

The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism

The barbarism of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has repulsed workers everywhere, especially in the Middle East. For every “jihadist” recruit, more fighters are taking up arms against it. Among the bravest

The “American Centuries” and what they have wrought

Shortly before the U.S. started bombing Iraq again, President Obama made a speech at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Florida to build support for the new war. He heaped praise on the leaders of