Voting rights fight, 2022 elections, take center stage at AFL-CIO’s MLK Conference / by Mark Gruenberg

The conference is remote and open to all. You can register at https://events.zoom.us/h/2022aflciovirtualmlk WASHINGTON—Talk about having a lot on your plate: The AFL-CIO’s annual Martin Luther King conference will have big-ticket issues to discuss, namely criminal justice reform, an economy that works for all workers—including Blacks—and most of all, voting rights. That issue looms overContinue reading “Voting rights fight, 2022 elections, take center stage at AFL-CIO’s MLK Conference / by Mark Gruenberg”

King knew the fight for democracy was both national and local / by John Wojcik

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., knew the local fights were just as important as national ones in the fight for democracy. Here, he gives a young picketer a pat on the back as a group of youngsters march against segregation in their community of St. Augustine, Fla., June 10, 1964. | AP Winning big battlesContinue reading “King knew the fight for democracy was both national and local / by John Wojcik”

Socialists Believe in Workers Liberating Themselves / by Neal Meyer

Workers in a sit-down strike at a Fisher auto body plant in Flint, Michigan on January 1, 1937. (D. Sheldon / Library of Congress) In the last two months, thousands of American workers walked off the job, sometimes without official permission from their union leaderships. That’s the big story of 2021 — not just whatContinue reading “Socialists Believe in Workers Liberating Themselves / by Neal Meyer”

Anti-fascist lessons from a blacklisted Jewish Communist / by Patrick Chura

With hate crimes on the rise and democracy in crisis, the literature we study in schools has new purpose. Discussing books with young people doubles as a gesture of resistance. At this moment, the great activist writers seem greater and affect us more powerfully. But of all the readings I used in my university classesContinue reading “Anti-fascist lessons from a blacklisted Jewish Communist / by Patrick Chura”

The Long American Meltdown Led to the January 6 Insurrection / by David Sirota

The Koch Brothers and the January 6, 2021 Riot on the US Capitol (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images) The January 6 Capitol riot was the product of a decades-long attempt to destroy democracy in America — one that Democrats have never made an effort to stop by creating a government that is serious about theContinue reading “The Long American Meltdown Led to the January 6 Insurrection / by David Sirota”

Opinion: January 6th was a distorted echo of broader anger at an injust society / by Betsy Sweet

Photo: The volatile scene on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. By Valerio Pucci/Shutterstock. It’s been a year and I still think about January 6th a lot.  Not so much about who did what, when and who was behind it.  The House Committee is figuring that out and those people must beContinue reading “Opinion: January 6th was a distorted echo of broader anger at an injust society / by Betsy Sweet”

Mainers hold vigils on Jan. 6 anniversary, call for safeguards for democracy / by Dan Neumann

Demonstrators join Resist Central Maine on Wednesday outside U.S. Sen. Susan Collins’ office on Lisbon St. in Lewiston. Remembering the storming of the Capitol, on Jan. 6, 2021, the group is urging the Republican senator to support legislation protecting voting rights. Andree Kehn / Sun Journal Hundreds of Mainers held candlelight vigils around the state onContinue reading “Mainers hold vigils on Jan. 6 anniversary, call for safeguards for democracy / by Dan Neumann”

‘Amazon won’t let us leave’: Tornado creates modern Triangle Shirtwaist Factory / by C.J. Atkins

A heavily damaged Amazon fulfillment center is seen Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021, in Edwardsville, Ill. A large section of the roof of the building was ripped off and walls collapsed when a tornado moved through the area Friday night. Six workers were killed. Reportedly, Amazon would not let them leave their workplace as the stormContinue reading “‘Amazon won’t let us leave’: Tornado creates modern Triangle Shirtwaist Factory / by C.J. Atkins”

Penobscots don’t want ancestors’ scalping to be whitewashed / by David Sharp

Dawn Neptune Adams holds a copy of the Phips Proclamation of 1755, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Bangor, Maine. Adams recently co-directed a film that focuses on the proclamation, one of the dozens of government-issued bounty proclamations that directed colonial settlers to hunt, scalp and kill Indigenous people for money. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty) PORTLAND,Continue reading “Penobscots don’t want ancestors’ scalping to be whitewashed / by David Sharp”

Anti-communism, anti-Blackness, and imperialism / by Charisse Burden Stelly

Image: Bob Fitch photograph from a Stanford University exhibit of his work (Martin Luther King at Communist Training School) as the headline; The Bob Fitch Photography Archive at Stanford Transcript: Good afternoon, everybody. My name is Charisse Burden Stelly and I am a professor of Africana studies in political science and also a member ofContinue reading “Anti-communism, anti-Blackness, and imperialism / by Charisse Burden Stelly”