Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks at a DOJ press conference alongside U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch (left) and Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson (right)

Rahm's false remedies for the epidemic of violence

The solution to Chicago's gun violence tragedy isn't more policing or tougher laws, but reversing neoliberal policies and confronting racism.

Martin Luther King Day Feature

To honor the day, we re-publish a brilliant speech from the final days of King's life.

The other America

A speech King gave three weeks before he was killed focused on issues of racism, poverty and war that are still with us today.

Other Articles of the day

It's time to free Leonard Peltier

The final push is on to get Barack Obama to free Indigenous activist Leonard Peltier after 40 years ago of unjust incarceration.

A racist in charge of our rights?

Donald Trump calls his attorney general choice Jeff Sessions a "world-class legal mind," but world-class racist is more like it.


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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.


Why solidarity can trump hate

To build a resistance to Trump, we need a spirit of united struggle among the majority of people who have a common interest in fighting together.

Who gets to take on Trump?

Meryl Streep challenged Donald Trump at the Golden Globes and sparked a debate about celebrities speaking against injustice.

Trump and the Israeli right

The recent UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlements is a parting shot by Obama's thoroughly pro-Israel administration.

Organizing to keep clinics open

Ronald Reagan's presidency in the 1980s emboldened the Religious Right, but a determined movement stood up to the attack on abortion rights.

The general sense of fear

Donald Trump's list of cabinet appointments is chock-full of CEOs, billionaires and generals--lots and lots of generals.

Obama's years of dashed hopes

President Obama on the campaign trail

Barack Obama won the White House on a promise to reorder how Washington does business--but his record proves that he had different priorities.

Islamophobia and the right

Anti-Muslim bigotry is a key ingredient in the toxic brew that is fueling a wave of right-wing nationalism in countries around the world.

Trump and tech see eye to eye

The president-elect's closed-door meeting with Democratic-supporting tech executives surprised some people, but it shouldn't have.

Left off Cuomo's tuition plan

Senator Bernie Sanders and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo take the stage together at La Guardia Community College in New York City

Plans for a scholarship to make public higher education free for some students doesn’t go far enough to provide what we deserve.

The causes of an assault

The right wing is exploiting an attack on a mentally disabled man in Chicago to advance a campaign of racist hate and repression.

How we removed the Staples

The victory against U.S. Postal Service outsourcing to Staples is an important step forward in the struggle against privatization.

Why was BDS beaten?

Opponents of Israeli apartheid were defeated in voting on resolutions by the Modern Language Association's Delegate Assembly.

La trampa trumponómica

La promesa de Trump de estimular la economía para impulsar la creación de empleos es una cubierta para aun otro obsequio para los más ricos.

Turkey turns to the iron fist

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attends meetings in Istanbul after the unsuccessful coup

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is using the pretext of last year's coup to purge one-time allies from the Turkish state and repress a range of opponents.

Recover the Pakistani activists

Famed poet Salman Haider was among several left-wing people who have disappeared this month in Pakistan.

Peña Nieto adds fuel to the fire

Protests against energy price hikes are the latest upheaval to rock the legitimacy of the Mexican government of Enrique Peña Nieto.

A glimpse of a better world

Volunteer chefs serve water protectors in the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock

"Working" to provide meals to the water protectors at Standing Rock protest camps didn't feel like work at all, and here's why.

Myth of the leaders and the led

Are people products of their society or shapers of it? Or both? The first installment of our "User's Guide to Marxism" provides some answers.

When Wallace came to town

Looking at the racist presidential campaigns of Alabama Gov. George Wallace can help us make sense of Trump's appeal today.

Hunters, birds and dogs

Today's labor radicals can learn from the socialists who helped organize the CIO and mobilize the militant upsurge of the 1930s.

Tribute to John Berger

The ways John Berger saw

The left-wing critic and author dedicated his life to illustrating how art has the potential to matter in the struggle for a better world.

Berger's unfinished business

John Berger made the questions of art seem worth grappling with as part of grappling with the questions of the world we live in.

The nature of demonstrations

Demonstrations express political ambitions before the political means necessary to realize them have been created.

Waking up from the dream

In Strangers in Their Own Land, sociologist Arlie Russell Hochschild shares what she learned from researching Tea Party backers.

Not begging their pardon

The family of boxer Jack Johnson should refuse the cynical attempts by right-wingers to pardon him for what was never a crime.

The empire falls short

Rebel fighters led by Jyn Erso (center) prepare for an attack in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Rogue One almost delivers, but ultimately, the film doesn't give its cast the satisfying story and characters they deserve.

Cynical uses of hacking claims

Why should we unquestioningly believe claims that Russia was attempting to throw the 2016 presidential election to Trump?

A defeat that they deserved

Failures of capitalist "democracy" are producing disillusion with mainstream politics and space for the far right to grow.

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