Category Archives: Our Strategy, Theory, and Vision

Chokwe: Reflections on a Fallen Warrior

It is surreal. Instead of welcoming the impending celebration of Chokwe Lumumba’s first year in office as mayor of Jackson, we are struggling to put his son into the mayor’s vacated seat. Chokwe Antar Lumumba was hastily drafted to run … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Presente!

Fast Food Workers: Giving Juice to a Revived Living Wage Movement

On the morning of December 5th, 15 fast food workers and 30 supporters gathered outside the McDonald’s on Highland in Memphis, Tennessee. After some picket-line discussion of tactics and their risks, one worker, Reese, said “I didn’t come here to … Continue reading

Posted in Labor, Oppressed Nationalities

Bridging the Chasm between Environmental and Economic Justice: A Conversation with Bill Fletcher and Bill Gallegos

Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said about the choice between a clean environment and good jobs, “You can have both, or you have neither.”A rift exists between those good trade unionists who fight for decent jobs and a just economy, and … Continue reading

Posted in Ecological Crisis, Labor

Overcoming ‘Overburden’: The Climate Crisis and a Unified Left Agenda

The following remarks were delivered on September 1, 2013 at the founding convention of UNIFOR, a new mega union created by the Canadian Autoworkers and the Canadian Energy and Paper Workers Union. It was previously published on Common Dreams. I’m so very … Continue reading

Posted in Ecological Crisis

“Remember, Struggle and Be Transformed by the Struggle!” — Reflecting on the Passing of Nelson Mandela

Claire Tran asked Cameron Barron, Mary Jo Connelly, Jamala Rogers, Peter Hardie, and Montague Simmons to share their reflections after the death of Nelson Mandela. They talked about his life and the influence and lessons from the anti-apartheid movement. I first learned of Nelson Mandela. . … Continue reading

Posted in International Solidarity, Presente!

Victory Is Possible Against All Odds – Nelson Mandela Presente!

The death of Nelson Mandela, though hardly unexpected, is reverberating through the world, and especially the global left. For revolutionary socialists, this is a moment to reflect on the accomplishments and on the shortcomings of the movement whose main public … Continue reading

Posted in International Solidarity, Presente!

44 years after Fred Hampton’s murder, the struggle continues

On December 4, 1969, Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was murdered in cold blood by the Chicago Police Department in conspiracy with the FBI. Although many years have gone by since then, the people’s love for this great revolutionary has … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Poetry, Police & Prisons

Help the people and communities affected by typhoon Yolanda

Disasters like the deadly typhoon which has devastated the Philippines can be daunting for folk hundreds or thousands of miles away. What can we do? One thing is to contribute right now to relief efforts in these critical days. But … Continue reading

Posted in International Solidarity

“Uh-Oh, Instead of Defeating Us They Made Us Defiant”

Since April North Carolina has made national and international news with a remarkable social movement that has gathered thousands to protest, with nearly 1,000 arrests for civil disobedience. The Forward Together Movement, led by the North Carolina NAACP, showed up at the … Continue reading

Posted in Electoral Strategy, Oppressed Nationalities

“Keep Your Dirty Lights On”

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Posted in Ecological Crisis