Freedom Socialist Party New Year’s greeting

A toast to growing international solidarity in 2023 and looking forward to more in 2024!

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To be honest, much of 2023’s events were grim, from Israel’s ongoing genocide against Palestinians, to the hottest temperatures on record, to a growing international right wing and attacks on working people.

But with the undeniable devastation created in capitalism’s wake, there is much good news to honor as well, especially the expanding solidarity in defense of people and the planet.

Massive international protests erupted against Israel’s murderous denial of the human and national rights of the Palestinian people. Rejection was swift and powerful to the Zionist state’s collective punishment against all Palestinians in response to Hamas’ killing and hostage-taking in Israel on October 7. Millions of people, representing every inhabited continent, have come out in defense of Palestine. A historic million-plus in the U.S. protested as of early December. And demonstrations are ongoing globally.

Youth continue to lead the movement for meaningful action on climate change to reduce fossil fuel emissions and protect the lives of the most vulnerable worldwide. September protests alone included tens of thousands in New York and over a million in more than 50 cities across Europe, Africa, Asia, North and South America, and Australia. These were the largest demonstrations since before the Covid pandemic.

Workers have been rising up around the globe. In the U.S., over 500,000 people had gone on strike by the end of November. Especially notable were the strikes by United Auto Workers, Hollywood writers, TV and theatrical actors, and Starbucks workers. Teachers and university workers, healthcare and hotel workers and many more led militant battles. Internationally, there were huge strikes in the U.K. and France, as well as others in Lebanon, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, the West Bank, the Philippines, Nigeria, Sweden, Romania, South Africa, Australia, Mexico, Japan and more.

In the U.S., organizing includes the ongoing struggle for reproductive justice after the rightwing-controlled Supreme Court overthrew the constitutional right to abortion. The fight against unending cop murders of Black and other people of color marches on.

In all these movements, the leadership and dynamism of youth, women, LGBTQ+ people, Blacks, Latinx and other people of color is prominent and vital. Defending these fighters for systemic change from government repression and rightwing attacks is more essential than ever.

The Freedom Socialist Party (FSP), our sister organization Radical Women and the Freedom Socialist newspaper have been in the thick of these solidarity and defense struggles, along with our comrades in the Committee for Revolutionary International Regroupment (CRIR).

The FSP in the U.S. and in Australia has strengthened innumerable solidarity demonstrations and picket lines, organized for police accountability, conducted educational meetings and study groups tackling key issues and movements, and joined in solidarity with others involved in vital struggles in our own countries and around the world.

Along with the FSP, CRIR is composed of the Partido Socialismo y Libertad of Argentina, the Movimento Revolucionário Socialista of Brazil, and the Partido Obrero Socialista of México. The committee works for international left collaboration based on shared socialist goals, solidarity, and mutual respect. CRIR has published a number of important statements including calls in defense of Palestine, support for the peoples of Afghanistan and Haiti, and backing for Ukrainians’ fight against Russian imperialism.

Radical Women, which initiated the National Mobilization for Reproductive Justice in 2021, has been in the forefront of the movement, especially urging labor unions to join the fight. It has also defended women under attack around the world, including in Afghanistan, Iran, and Palestine.

The Freedom Socialist is written by activists for activists and is full of coverage of the fights of all these movements and background on their history. The staff just implemented a new design for the physical newspaper, making it more readable and dynamic. A printed paper is particularly important to make available to low-income people and others who don’t have access to the internet. We appreciate all support from donors and readers to continue publishing this critical organizing tool six times a year.

As the year turns and we prepare to carry forward our work and meet new challenges, let us remember the valiant people who refuse to retreat from the fight for a better world. They know that together we have the power to bring this world into being, and to build the essential solidarity that will make it happen. Onward!

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