Katrina survivors make their way out of flooded buildings

Still being left behind in the new New Orleans

Ten years after they were trapped by Katrina, Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky reflect on what has and hasn't changed in New Orleans.

The Oakland cops' killing spree

The recent deaths of several Black men at the hands of Oakland police is more evidence of entrenched racism and brutality.

What BLM means for labor

Unions need to mobilize for anti-racist activism because the Black freedom struggle can have a huge political impact.

Why did Ramarley have to die?

Activists gathered in New York City to demand federal prosecution of the police officer who killed Ramarley Graham.

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The History of Black America

Read Socialist Worker's series on the history of the African American struggle in the U.S., from slavery through Jim Crow, civil rights and Black Power, up to the present day.


The original "Katrina moment"

The manmade disaster that followed after Katrina ripped the mask off U.S. society, revealing the depths of racism, poverty and inequality.

Heroes and sheroes of Katrina

SW contributors Larry Bradshaw and Lorrie Beth Slonsky were trapped in New Orleans by Katrina--their story, first told here, shocked the world.

The struggle for New Orleans

In a 2005 interview, left-wing author Mike Davis described the consequences, natural and man-made, of the Katrina catastrophe.

What we saw after Katrina

Socialist Worker reporters traveled to the Gulf Coast to talk to local residents and activists in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Invasion of the profiteers

Journalist Jeremy Scahill exposed how Homeland Security hired mercenaries from Blackwater to patrol New Orleans.

The money behind the throne

The White House

The media obsessions with campaign strategy and gaffes and voting blocs ignore the main predictor of who wins elections: money, and lots of it.

Surrendering in the drug war?

What does it mean when Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton and even Newt Gingrich begin to call for reduced prison sentences?

Homelessness is the real crime

You might think an encounter with police is the last thing homeless people need--but that's what they face, more and more, in cities everywhere.

Persecuting a political prisoner

The U.S. Army's campaign to silence whistleblower Chelsea Manning goes on, but so does her supporters' calls for justice.

Black solidarity with Palestine

More than 1,000 Black activists, scholars and organizations have released a statement of solidarity with Palestine.

A warning to witch hunters

The University of Illinois's attempts to silence fired Palestinian professor Steven Salaita have unraveled further.

We can't walk away

A union activist at New York's JFK Airport talks about how SEIU 32BJ won the victory in the fight to organize subcontracted airport workers.

Grad employees call for justice

A conference of the Coalition of Graduate Employee Unions took up a range of issues, from racism to the neoliberal university.

The AFT's rush to endorse

The American Federation of Teachers angered members with its earliest-ever presidential endorsement of Hillary Clinton.

Monster in the Mission slayed

Plans for constructing a 10-story complex of luxury rentals and condos in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District have collapsed.

We want justice for Cierra

Activists are rallying to the defense of Cierra Finkley, who is facing years in prison for defending herself from a violent partner.

Lucha antirracista y elecciones

Los altercados entre activistas de Black Lives Matter y candidatos han arrojado luz sobre la política del movimiento y los desafíos que enfrenta.

An anti-Memorandum alliance

Protesters fill Syntagma Square during a general strike against further austerity

SYRIZA's Left Platform announces that it will help form a new alliance to run in early elections forced by Alexis Tsipras.

The left challenge to Tsipras

A Greek socialist explains why SYRIZA's left has broken from the party to form Popular Unity, a radical alternative for the elections to come.

What comes next in Greece?

The left in Greece is coming together in defiance after parliament gave final approval to Alexis Tsipras' new Memorandum.

Begging to be let in

A refugee crisis of immense proportions is taking place in Europe, with political leaders resisting calls to open the borders.

Not the same old Labour

Jeremy Corbyn's campaign to be leader of the Labour Party has the potential to pose socialist arguments to a wider audience.

The left gains in Argentina

An alliance of the far left in Argentina won nearly 750,000 votes, qualifying as one of six parties on the October presidential ballot.

Crackdown on Oaxaca teachers

Mexico's government has dismantled the Oaxaca State Institute of Public Education in an attempt to bust a militant teachers' union.

The label Podemos can't escape

A majority of people in Spain still consider Podemos to be "far left," despite all the efforts of party leaders to shift to the right.

After two years of barbarism

Since the Syrian regime's poison gas attack two years ago this week, the inhabitants of eastern Ghouta have had no relief.

A revolutionary party builder

John Percy never waivered from his commitment to building the revolutionary left in Australia and around the world.

The party and Black liberation

A 1931 Communist Party rally in New York City's Madison Square Garden

The Communist Party was the first socialist group in the U.S. to make the fight against racial oppression central to its program.

Tearing down the walls

The Stonewall Rebellion provides us with lessons for rebuilding a movement that can win sexual liberation for everyone.

Katrina and political athletes

When the levees of New Orleans broke, the crushing conformity surrounding the political lives of athletes broke with them.

Segregationists in the North

David Simon's Show Me a Hero tells the story of how white residents in Yonkers, New York, resisted desegregation in the 1980s.

Intro to NLRB union-busting

The NLRB decision to deny Northwestern football players the right to organize was as cockamamie as it was craven.

Hero of the Western Wobblies

An engaging biography of Frank Little aims to recover the IWW leader's mighty struggles as lessons for left-wingers today.

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