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Brooklyn parents speak out against high-stakes testing overtaking the education their kids deserve

Who will test the testers?

Unprecedented numbers of New York students are opted out of state exams, creating a crisis of legitimacy for corporate education reformers.

The testing system is guilty

Atlanta educators are taking the fall for a high-stakes testing system where schools pay a high price for low scores.

Fighting for the right to play

The administrators who run New York City schools are targeting David Garcia-Rosen for demanding equity in sports funding.

Greece at the grassroots

A member of the SYRIZA Central Committee looks at the state of the working class and social movements in Greece.

A high-stakes trial in Greece

The trial of Golden Dawn, now adjourned for at least two more weeks, will have critical importance in Greece and around Europe.

The sun, the rain and the whip

A new book about the history of slavery in the U.S. explains how unfree labor made American capitalism into a global force.

He let us imagine our future

Writer and historian Eduardo Galeano could articulate both the beauty and the horror of this world like no one else.

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Breaking the spell of race

The paperback publication of Karen Fields and Barbara Fields' book Racecraft provides an essential resource for a new generation of activists.

Rise up for Rekia!

A Chicago courtroom erupted in anger at a new travesty of justice when a judge allowed the cop who killed Rekia Boyd to go free.

Putting the police in prison?

The struggle to hold police responsible for their racist violence can build confidence for people to organize for bigger changes.

Cornel West is not Mike Tyson

Michael Eric Dyson's diatribe against Cornel West is misguided--and not just because it misuses a boxing metaphor.

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Dying on Europe's doorstep

Victims of a capsized migrant boat in the Mediterranean Sea

The drowning deaths of migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are a manmade disaster caused by political leaders who scapegoat immigrants.

Chicago after the mayoral vote

Supporters of Chuy García claim his campaign for mayor against Rahm Emanuel reshaped Chicago politics--despite García's pro-austerity stance.

Poverty jobs hold us back

Last week's Fight for 15 day of action brought out thousands of low-wage workers and their supporters across the U.S.

Contours of the class struggle

A U.S. labor activist who has worked with unionists in China discusses the outlook for struggle among Chinese workers.

Snow days under socialism

The record-breaking snowfall and cold in the Northeast begs the question: What would winter look like in a different society?

The politics of the ISO

Where We Stand: The Politics of the ISO

In this extended series of articles on the politics of international socialism, Paul D'Amato, author of The Meaning of Marxism, looks in detail at the ISO's "Where We Stand" statement.

Find out about the activities of the International Socialist Organization
Marx Matters: A collection of SW articles on the Marxist tradition
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Khury Petersen- Smith writes on "Black Lives Matter: A New Movement Takes Shape" in the latest issue of the International Socialist Review. For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the website.

An epidemic of police killing

A new generation is fighting not only to hold police accountable for their crimes, but to indict an entire system built on brutality and racism.

Madison students in the streets

Students from Madison high schools staged a walkout for Tony Robinson (Corey Larson | SW)

High school students in the Wisconsin capital staged walkouts and occupied an intersection in protest against police murder.

Where's the justice for Glenn?

The Louisiana justice system destroyed Glenn Ford's life--and now that he's free, it's making sure he continues to suffer.

How the police hide the truth

The video of Walter Scott's murder in South Carolina has again exposed the lying that routinely follows police murders.

Sending a message to Shumlin

Vermont's Democratic governor has a liberal reputation, but workers and service providers are taking on his austerity agenda.

The governor of school deform

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's education bill attacks teachers' unions while handing corporate reformers a major victory.

Raising wages and hopes, too

Thousands of people will continue the Fight for 15 on April 15--which also happens to be the day that demonstrates inequality in America like no other.

Going global in Richmond?

At UC Berkeley, union workers are campaigning with community allies for a different kind of bargaining agreement.

Portland against the TPP

Hundreds of union members and movement activists in Portland, Oregon, protested the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Standing for Mauna Kea

The First Nations-led movement expresses its solidarity with a struggle to defend sacred land on the island of Hawaii.

Violencia policial es sistémica

La nueva lucha no sólo exige que los policías sean responsable por sus crímenes, sino además acusa un sistema construido sobre el racismo.

¿Un acuerdo para la paz?

Mucho ha sido dicho sobre el acuerdo nuclear entre Estados Unidos e Irán, pero ¿por qué Estados Unidos piensa que tiene derecho a dictar su voluntad?

Telling lies about the poor

Politicians claim food stamp recipients are living it up on meager benefits--and using that as an excuse to make deep cuts.

The right kind of authoritarian

An Australian socialist comes to the defense of a sadly misunderstood investment banker and political commentator.

A treaty to outlaw democracy

The Trans-Pacific Partnership would greatly expand the power of corporations over democracy and basic human needs.

Can workers change the world?

Neoliberalism has restructured the working class, but it hasn't eliminated the potential of workers to pose a revolutionary alternative to capitalism.

Slavery and the roots of racism

The American Civil War ended 150 years ago, and with it, the system of slavery that built the U.S.--and world capitalism.

The resistance to slavery

The history of slavery is also a history of resistance and of the revolutionary overthrow of an entrenched system.

The road to the Civil War

The North and South were on a collision course, but the shape and timing of the conflict depended on political questions.

Syndicalism's lessons

Radical Unionism provides a history of the syndicalist movement that is important reading for revolutionary unionists today.

A master of the written word

Eduardo Galeano reading from his last book Children of the Days (Casa de América)

The sad passing of Eduardo Galeano can't erase the magical realism and resistance that he celebrated with his pen.

We see you seeing us

An exhibition of photos in New York exposes how pervasive, creepy and intrusive the modern surveillance state has become.

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UPS hounds a driver

UPS made a point of displaying a driver's wrecked package car at the gate of the facility as a "learning symbol."

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Tarred with the same brush

The notion of renouncing white privilege in White Blindspot comes in the framework of fighting for militant working-class unity.

Privilege and the working class

Many of today's advocates of privilege politics are unaware of the theory's class roots--roots that continue to have an impact.

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