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Protests continued daily for weeks after the killing of Mike Brown (Eric Ruder | SW)

What makes them so afraid of Ferguson?

The heroism of Ferguson's rebels and the work of activists beyond is setting the stage for a deeper revolt against racism and oppression.

The scaremongers go to work

Missouri authorities are sending a message as the Ferguson grand jury deliberates: Find anti-racist protesters guilty of violence.

They're demonizing dissent

With a grand jury decision looming, the authorities in Missouri have declared a preemptive war on anyone who speaks out against injustice.

A Keystone test in the Senate

Obama and the Democrats are on the spot about the Keystone XL pipeline--and it's one of their own who put them there.

How Denton beat the frackers

Years of organizing set the stage for Denton, Texas, voters to approve a fracking ban--but the energy industry won't give up.

Their deal to wreck the planet

The U.S.-China agreement doesn't come close to cutting CO2 emissions on a scale necessary to stop climate change.

The spreading fight for 15

In Oregon, the demand of low-wage workers for $15 an hour is moving from a distant dream to a growing reality.

A comeback for the UTLA?

New leaders for the Los Angeles teachers' union helped oust a superintendent and are gearing up for contract showdown.

Israel tightens the noose

Weeks of violence inflicted by Israeli military forces and settler vigilantes is the reason why tensions are at the boiling point in East Jerusalem.

Time to get on board with BDS

Members of the academic student workers union at University of California campuses are voting on a crucial BDS resolution.

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Politics of privilege-checking

The practice of calling out "privilege" is widespread among young activists--but does it contribute to building stronger movements for change?

The war on giving

The arrest of a 90-year-old man in Fort Lauderdale for serving hot meals to those in need is the latest example of a wave of "homeless hate laws."

Cocaine, contras and the CIA

Kill the Messenger recounts an ugly chapter in the history of U.S. imperialism--along with the media's shameful complicity.

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Why was NUMSA expelled?

The expulsion of the metalworkers' union from the main union federation in South Africa is part of a political realignment.

Victims of DuPont in Texas

Four workers are dead after the leak of a hazardous chemical at a DuPont plant that has a history of safety violations.

The war games off Cyprus

With a growing conflict over Cyprus involving regional and international powers, the Greek left must oppose their wars.

Fighting for justice inside jails

Pressure is building on New York City officials to address the systematic abuses inside the Rikers Island jail complex.

Pushing the homeless out

The abrupt closure of Boston's largest homeless shelter has meant that hundreds of people lost their only place to stay.

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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Sean Petty writes in the latest issue of the International Socialist Review on "The Neoliberal Restructuring of Health Care in the U.S." For that and more articles on socialist theory and practice, go to the website.

The campaign doesn't end here

Howie Hawkins and Brian Jones discuss the successes of their Green Party campaign in New York state--and where the struggle goes from here.

Running for real change

A Green Party candidate for state Senate in Maine talks about what he learned by putting forward an independent alternative.

From hope to nope

Election 2014 wasn't a warm embrace of Republican policies, but a cold shoulder to the Democrats and a rejection of the narrow options for voters.

The not-so-greatest democracy

The dysfunction of the U.S. system is so severe that even mainstream commentators question whether American can be called a democracy.

Outside the Democratic Party

Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins campaigns for governor in New York

Building a genuinely independent political alternative is the only project worth our time when it comes to elections.

Fighting for Francisco

A Portland labor and immigrant rights organizer could be deported to a country where his life would be in danger.

What happened in Marysville?

Little is known about why a high school freshman opened fire on his friends--but that hasn't stopped the media speculation.

A travesty of a verdict

An icon of the Palestinian American community has been found guilty after the federal government's unjust prosecution.

Texans against the Nazis

Anti-racist activists swarmed an anti-immigrant rally organized by the largest neo-Nazi organization in the U.S.

Cuando la esperanza tranza

La elección de noviembre no fue una cálida recepción a los republicanos, sino un frío rechazo a los demócratas.

Osama bin Laden and the CIA

The roots of ISIS lie in the U.S. arming and training of brutal mujahideen fighters in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Anger boils over in Mexico

Students in Mexico City show their solidarity with the 43 disappeared students (Héctor A. Rivera | SW)

The growing unrest over the disappearance of 43 students reached a new stage with protests and student strikes across Mexico.

Scandals in Black and white

The announcement that a NASCAR star is being investigated for domestic abuse is getting a different response.

Farewell to a fighter

Darby Tillis knew and could explain the criminal justice system from the inside out, and he worked passionately to expose it.

A hell-raiser against injustice

Darby traveled all over, whenever and wherever he was needed, to confront the racist criminal justice system.

A woman of steel

Alice Peurala left an impressive legacy as a fighter for workers' rights and women's rights inside the labor movement.

What class is and isn't

It's never talked about this way in the U.S. media or political system, but for Marxists, classes are defined by their economic function.

UPS's war on worker safety

In the 1990s, UPS bought political influence to prevent laws that would challenge unsafe working conditions.

Calling their foul

The new head of the NBA Players Association is challenging suggestions that pro basketball players are pampered.

Can the law catch up?

A new book examines how grassroots struggles for gay and lesbian rights led to a fight for freedom and equality in the law.

Breaking the silence

Having an abortion is already difficult, but the loneliness, alienation and silence about it add another unbearable weight.

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