Socialism 2015 | Chicago | July 2-5
ISIS fighters riding in a convoy

Why did Ramadi fall?

Just as the U.S. government was claiming a supposed string of successes, ISIS fighters have conquered an important city in western Iraq.

Syndicalism and taking power

Marxists differ from syndicalists in our understanding of politics and the tasks needed to prepare for and win a revolution.

Sanders is no Eugene Debs

A Green Party leader contributes to the left debate about Bernie Sanders' campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Bill Bratton's broken excuse

The NYPD commissioner is claiming young New Yorkers oppose Broken Windows because they're spoiled by low crime rates.

Life has no dignity at Quad

A worker describes the conditions at an Oklahoma City printing plant where an employee was crushed to death.

The dilemmas facing Chavismo

The difficulties facing Venezuela's left-wing government under Nicolás Maduro extend back to the rule of Hugo Chávez.

Arrested for peaceful protest

Connecticut authorities overreacted to a small nonviolent protest at a synagogue, and now the activists need support.


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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.


Where Black lives matter less

Barack Obama's presidential library is coming to Chicago's South Side--but not a desperately needed trauma center.

Still searching for justice

A group of mothers gathered in Washington, D.C., to express their pain, sadness and anger at continuing police violence.

Justice denied in Madison

Marching against the decision not to charge a Madison police officer for killing Tony Robinson

People took to the streets in Madison, Wisconsin, after the announcement that the officer who killed an unarmed teenager wouldn't face any charges.

The limits of "ally-ship"

Two socialists examine the concept of "ally-ship"--and argue that we need to go beyond it in the anti-racist struggle.

Police and the two Baltimores

The Baltimore Uprising comes in the context of increasing economic inequality, felt disproportionately by African Americans.

GM hasn't paid for its crimes

The number of deaths linked to faulty ignition switches in GM cars is over 100--and GM still hasn't taken responsibility.

A neoliberal train wreck?

The media are focusing blame for the deadly Amtrak derailment on the engineer, but politicians set the stage for this disaster long before.

They want to outlaw solidarity

Pro-Israel politicians are pushing laws to punish institutions and corporations that boycott Israel in support of Palestinian rights.

Is ISIS winning the meme war?

U.S. officials and the mainstream media are reeling from the revelation that militant groups like ISIS...use the Internet.

Striking for school funding

Seattle teachers hit the picket line in the latest in a series of one-day strikes to demand full funding for education.

A fighting strategy wins in LA

By mobilizing the membership and threatening to strike, the UTLA leadership forced school officials to bow to the union's key demands.

Unions and social justice

Chicago teachers march with supporters during their strike to defend quality public schools

Building a strong labor movement requires broadening the struggle beyond the demands of one union or industry to embrace class-wide demands.

CTU vs. Rahm: Round two

The second contract showdown between Chicago teachers and Mayor Rahm Emanuel comes amid a harsh attack on Illinois public-sector unions.

Time to boycott Ben & Jerry's

Appealing to Ben & Jerry's "conscience" won't achieve our objective of getting the company to cut its ties to Israel.

A universe of its own

If our superheroes say something about the society we live in, what does Avengers: The Age of Ultron have to tell us?

Lamar and the BLM moment

Both musically and lyrically, Kendrick Lamar's acclaimed new album is a stunning distillation of the post-Ferguson mood.

Using the Democrats for good?

The question is whether the Sanders campaign can be used to make the left stronger--or whether the radicals will get used by the Democrats.

Building something to vote for

The "Future of Left and Independent Politics" conference provided a forum for discussing left-wing electoral challenges.

Sanders' campaign and the left

Members of the International Socialist Organization and Socialist Alternative exchange views on the Sanders campaign.

Red lines of the Greek people

The Political Secretariat of the radical left party SYRIZA puts forward the principles to guide negotiations with the lenders.

When they turn back the boats

A grotesque re-enactment of one of the great moral failures of the 20th century is playing out in the waters off Southeast Asia.

SYRIZA faces a decisive test

A leader of the left wing in SYRIZA describes the stakes as the moment of truth approaches for the Greek government.

Commemorating Nakba 2015

May 15 was the anniversary of the "Nakba"--the Arabic word used to describe the ethnic cleansing of Palestine to establish Israel.

Was Labour too left wing?

On May 7, Britain's Labour Party lost a cynical public relations war that had little to do with political ideology.

The moment of truth in Greece

Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis (right) during the Eurogroup negotiations (Day Donaldson)

With the critical turning point in Greece's crisis drawing near, the whole of SYRIZA must be asked to decide what comes next.

New world of Scottish politics

What's behind the Labour Party's crushing defeat and the Scottish National Party's big win--and what does it mean for the left?

Support Egyptian labor leaders

We stand with fired labor leaders at the Mahalla textile factory, which has been a stronghold of resistance for nearly a decade.

A perfect political storm

A four-decade-old conservative dynasty collapsed in Alberta, Canada, with the victory of the New Democratic Party.

Do Black lives matter in Israel?

Protests by Ethiopian Jews in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem bear more than a passing resemblance to the Baltimore Rebellion.

Marxism for a new generation

The Socialism 2015 conference is an important political gathering for radicals from around the country and beyond.

Don't thank me for serving

I am not proud of my so-called "service" to the flailing dinosaur of an empire that calls itself the U.S. of A.

We always had solidarity

The Black Panther Party's former minister of culture describes how the Black Power struggle inspired others to organize.

Contradictions of syndicalism

The working class can only achieve practical consciousness through the fight for leadership in every sphere of social life.

Democrats don't make change

We need elected officials who aren't going to side with police, but instead support the Black Lives Matter movement.

Sanders isn't a left alternative

Supporting the Sanders campaign will be ineffective at best for the left--and disorienting and incapacitating at worst.

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