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Freedom Socialist book reviews: A fascinating range of titles from our contributors

Most Freedom Socialist writers are volunteers whose “day jobs” range from lawyer to social worker and restaurant server. Many are published authors of poetry, novels, professional literature, or political works — a sampling is reviewed

Freedom Socialist editorial — Net neutrality — a win, for now

Millions of activists mobilized in the latest victory for the battle to keep the Internet accessible. In February, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) upheld net neutrality — the idea that everyone on the Internet should

Freedom Socialist editorial — Four decades to close wage gap? No way!

At the rate things are going, the gender wage gap in the U.S. won’t close until 2053. And if things don’t change, the last state — Wyoming — won’t have equity until 2159. Is this

Freedom Socialist editorial — Lessons of Wisconsin

So-called right-to-work laws have made the U.S. South a bastion of low wages and working-class misery for more than 50 years. Now reactionary forces, bankrolled by big business and armed with lies, hope to extend

Freedom Socialist newspaper Letters to the Editor — April 2015

MIDDLE EAST Kurdish women I was glad to see something written in the paper about the current situation in the Middle East [The ISIS crisis, made by imperialism, Vol. 35, No. 6]. One thing that

LABOR WEATHER REPORT — A glance at how some workers and their unions are faring in the class struggle.

February 2015 — Where’s the aloha? Kaiser Permanente health workers in Hawaii strike for six days after management offers puny pay raises, tries to end guaranteed pensions for new hires, and refuses to address safe

Tesoro oil refinery workers demand right to clock out alive

The workers above are picketing their plant, the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., on Valentines Day. They are members of United Steelworkers, which launched a national strike on Feb. 1, 2015, over severe safety

West Papua gains allies in its quest for self-determination, after decades of Indonesian oppression

New Guinea — the second biggest island in the world, lies to Australia’s north. Predatory colonialism by the Netherlands, Germany, England, Australia and Indonesia has devastated the way of life for hundreds of Melanesian indigenous

Guns versus butter: Why tanks trump food stamps in the federal budget

Though hardly front-page news, the proposed federal budget for 2016 boosts funding for the Department of Defense. Obama earmarked $534 billion to these U.S. warlords. Their base budget in 2000 was around $300 billion. His

AN URGENT ALERT — Nestora Salgado is on a hunger strike and needs your help

As we go to press, brave indigenous leader and political prisoner Nestora Salgado is protesting her illegal detention with a hunger strike. For nearly two years, Salgado has been held in a Mexican prison, without

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

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.

From the archives of the Freedom Socialist — The incendiary legacy of Malcolm X: revolutionary internationalism

This article was written soon after Spike Lee’s 1992 movie Malcolm X inspired renewed interest in him. But this piece could have been written yesterday, as African Americans and their supporters protest the wanton murder

LGBTQ liberation: do recent gains mean full equality is inevitable?

Happy pride! The Supreme Court decision today (6/26) is a huge victory after the decades long battle to legalize queer marriage The article below written earlier this month by queer activist Gina Petry is more

“Right to work” lawsuit threatens all unions: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

In Washington state this spring, thousands of teachers walked off their jobs to protest chronic underfunding of public education. In Wisconsin in 2011, teachers were leaders in the historic occupation of the state capitol in

After the Netanyahu-Republican lovefest: What’s next for US relations with Israel?

Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu was elected Prime Minister of Israel for the third consecutive time on March 17. During his 9-year regime Israel’s economic situation has severely deteriorated. Israelis now suffer from massive privatization and outsourcing

Closing the gender pay gap: what will it take?

The battle for equal pay for women has gained attention recently, although it’s simmered for decades. In the 1950s, women got 60 cents for every dollar paid to men. Sixty years later, they still earn

Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force

Like most adjunct professors, Mick Parsons, an instructor in Louisville, Ky., lectures at several institutions to earn a salary that works out to less than minimum wage, with no benefits. Adjuncts have short-term contracts and

The unstoppable fight for $15: Low-wage workers won’t take no for an answer

From the early scattered strikes against Burger King and McDonald’s, the movement for $15 an hour has blossomed, logging many small but growing victories in cities and states across the U.S. Equally thrilling, it is