Author Archives: Bill Fletcher, Jr.

Marxism, the 21st Century and Social Transformation

This article was originally published on the website: Philosophers for Change, A discussion of the future of socialism and social transformation must be grounded in two realities.  The first reality is the broader economic, environmental and state-legitimacy crises in … Continue reading

Posted in 21st Century Socialism

Wisconsin: Screw Walker, We Won—We Won A Year Ago!

The re-election of Republican politician Scott Walker–union-buster, Tea Party favorite, crook and all-around barking dog—as Governor of Wisconsin after a huge, mass-based recall campaign, has been one of the biggest political stories of this election year. It has certainly dismayed … Continue reading

Posted in Labor

On the passing of Joel Olson

Here we reprint a political rememberance of Joel Olson, a founding member of Bring the Ruckus who recently died unexpectedly. This was originally published on the website of Bring the Ruckus here. After the disbanding of Bring the Ruckus, we … Continue reading

Posted in Presente!

Occupy in a Transitional Period

Shortly before 5am on December 10, 2011, Occupy Boston was evicted from the encampment at Dewey Square, a short walk to our main busing and transit hub South Station in Downtown Boston. The raid came after Boston judge Judge Frances … Continue reading

Posted in Occupy Wall Street

Adrienne Rich, Elizabeth Catlett, & Louis Reyes Rivera, PRESENTES!

This spring we bid farewell to three creative heavyweights in the struggle for social justice. Adrienne Rich, whose fierce loyalty to poetry and politics inspired several generations of feminists. Elizabeth Catlett, one of the most prominent African-American artists of the … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Presente!

May Day: Workers’ Struggles in Focus

The Workers’ Commission of Freedom Road has recently produced two pieces in advance of the 2012 Labor Notes conference: Working People’s Assemblies: Social Justice Unionism for the 21st Century, which takes on the current crises of the labor movement, their … Continue reading

Posted in Labor

Trayvon Martin: Moving from outrage and rhetoric to a strategic plan and victory

How many people will we be: I am Amadou Diallo! I am Oscar Grant! I am Troy Davis! I am Trayvon Martin! I am fill-in-the-blank! By now, our communities should be crystal clear on the historic and lethal patterns of … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities

2, 3, Many Trayvon Martins?

One of the most striking features of the Trayvon Martin case has been the revelation of similar such lynchings taking place, whether carried out (or allegedly carried out) by law enforcement authorities or individual, non-state perpetrators of violence in the … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities

The Great Eco-Leninist Conspiracy

Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge on us. Each victory, it is true, in the first place brings about the results we expected, … Continue reading

Posted in Ecological Crisis

Occupied Beauty

Reposted with permission from Occupy Writers. View original here. (after Gerard Manley Hopkins’s “Pied Beauty”) Glory be to those who topple things— For tents of triple-color, for the canvas town; For froze-proles all in trouble, jostled crowd, that din; Enmeshed … Continue reading

Posted in Occupy Wall Street, Poetry