The following is based on a talk the author gave during a Philly Socialists educational meeting. The talk was based on the texts The Nature of Mass Demonstrations by John Berger and Liberalism, Ultraleftism or Mass Action by Peter Camejo by John Leslie I’m a long-time labor, socialist and social movement activist. I was raised in … Continue reading The Power of Mass Action
— UPDATED March 7 — A few minutes ago my dear friend and comrade Ralph Poynter called to say that his lifelong companion, Lynne Stewart, passed away. She was 77, of Irish origin, and a born fighter who unswervingly devoted herself to humanity’s cause. BY JEFF MACKLER (Reposted with permission from Socialist Action) Just … Continue reading Civil rights attorney Lynne Stewart passes away
Just over a week before Inauguration day, in an early morning party-line vote, Senate Republicans voted to take the first steps towards the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. Because the measure was attached to what is termed a “reconciliation” bill, it allows for the Senate to take a vote without the need for a … Continue reading Is Obamacare Worth Defending?
Following the anti-far-right/fascist riot at UC Berkeley, national media and President Trump exploded in a storm of criticism of the events that took place, with threats to pull UC funding and increased police repression following the successful shut down of an alt-right hate speech by Milo Yiannopoulos- a close collaborator of alt-right Steve Bannon … Continue reading A Victory against Milo’s Far-Right & Next Steps for a Mass Movement
On the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration as President, a masked antifascist punched Richard Spencer. Two weeks later, the University of California Berkeley was forced to cancel an appearance by Milo Yiannopoulos when protests caused over $100,000 of property damage. Both men are fascists, although they prefer to use the term “Alt-Right” to cover … Continue reading White Nationalism, Fascism and the Alt-Right
When Donald Trump descended the gilded escalator in Trump Tower and declared his candidacy for President in 2015, he had a single central theme: he would build a wall. This wall, along the border between the United States and Mexico, would serve to prevent undocumented immigrants from entering the US, and Mexico would pay … Continue reading Building the Wall: A Racist Psychosis
Republicans in Congress have introduced amendments to the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act today (2/1/17) aimed at crippling the right to organize a union. Such national “Right-To-Work” legislation has long been on the wish list of the right wing and big business and is aimed at gutting the ability of the unions … Continue reading GOP introduces Right-To-Work Law. The unions need to fight back now!
Can the Democratic Party be used by socialists to effect social change? The debate over what kind of party workers and oppressed people need continues. John Leslie replies to Seth Ackerman's article, A Blueprint for a New Party, in Jacobin magazine. A Discussion of Blueprints and the Party We Need John Leslie Seth Ackerman’s … Continue reading A Discussion of Blueprints and the Party We Need
Wayne DeLuca Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has made bold statements about resistance to President Trump in the early days of his administration. But when the grossly unqualified Ben Carson’s nomination to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development came before the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee, she joined the unanimous vote to … Continue reading Democrats Fold in the Face of Trump
Building trades bureaucrats met with Trump to discuss free trade and infrastructure spending. Can these labor lieutenants of capital fight for their members or will they sell us out? John Leslie On Monday (1-23), a group of Building and Construction Trades Union bureaucrats met with Trump to discuss his vision of infrastructure investment, which … Continue reading Union tops meet with Trump