Sarah Shaffi
‘Clear-eyed and – yes – angry’ … Bernie Sanders. Photograph: Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Nov. 17, 2022

It’s OK to Be Angry About Capitalism, out next year, will argue the world needs to ‘recognise that economic rights are human rights’

Former presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is to publish a book outlining “a vision of what would be possible if the political revolution took place”.

Sam Gindin
globe encircled by US dollars

"It is tempting to battle capitalist internationalization by countering it with a working-class internationalism. Specific acts of international solidarity are, of course, possible, and an internationalist sensibility is paramount. But we cannot act substantively on the international stage without being strong at home.

Jesse Sharkey
Ex-president Jesse Sharkey says sometimes the union's victories required taking real risks—where the outcome could have gone either way. . Photo: Joe Brusky, 2019 CTU strike.

Hi folks:

From Labor Notes comes an article from the ex-president of the Chicago Teachers Union.  It’s not the full story of that amazing union, but it is a part.  They – the union leaders – were not only the leaders of their union, but the leaders of the communities around their schools, of the anti-racist struggle, of getting food for the students, of ensuring safe transit, and so much more.  And the article is pretty good too.

In solidarity,

Larry Tallman

Peter Maass
Tear gas is deployed against pro-Trump rioters breeching the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington, D.C. Photo: Shay Horse/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Nov. 6, 2022

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan radicalized a generation of veterans, many of whom face trials for sedition and other crimes.

NATHAN BEDFORD FORREST was one of the most aggressive generals of his generation, and after his military service ended in a bitter fashion, he went home to Tennessee and found a new way to fight. A defeated general in the Confederate army, Forrest joined the Ku Klux Klan and was named its inaugural “grand wizard.”

Poppy Noor
Demonstrators rally for reproductive freedom and voting rights on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan, earlier this month. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images

Oct. 31, 2022

Campaigners feel groundswell of support for proposal to stop a 1931 abortion ban from going into effect

In the spring of this year, Julie Falbaum’s 20-year-old son walked into a frat party filled with about 50 of his peers, holding a stack of petitions. They were for a campaign to protect abortion.

“Who wants to be a dad?” he yelled. Like a park-goer throwing bread to pigeons, he chucked the forms around the room and watched as dozens of young men swarmed to sign them.

Mike Ludwig
A CSX freight train is seen in Orlando on September 14, 2022. PAUL HENNESSY / SOPA IMAGES / LIGHTROCKET

Oct. 22, 2022

A potential showdown between organized labor and Wall Street looms over the world of freight trains: An influential railroad workers group is urging fellow union members to reject a tentative labor agreement that has prevented an industry-wide strike, and to fight for public ownership of railroads. Negotiations are tense, and the unions are telling members that every vote counts.

Matthew McCreadie
Screenshot via CHCH News coverage on YouTube.

Oct. 20, 2022

The school system in the U.S. has emerged as a prominent front in the right’s never-ending culture war, and Canada’s system may be next.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the school system in the United States has increasingly been targeted by the political right in its never-ending culture war. 

Mark Gruenberg
Train - Gene J. Puskar / AP

Oct. 18, 2022

LAS VEGAS—For the first time in slightly more than 100 years Railroad Workers United, is demanding public ownership of railroad infrastructure in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Then, railroads “would be operated in the public interest,” it says.

Unlike the major media in the U.S. which tries to divorce the threat to democracy from the fight for economic justice, their call for nationalization, clearly a demand for economic democracy, is an aspect of democracy that papers like the New York Times don’t touch with a ten-foot pole.


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