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Right wing Democrats aim to gut social program budget — Will Biden capitulate?

Photo: Joe Biden with Sen. Joe Manchin. Credit — @Sen_JoeManchin Right-wing Democrats in Congress remain determined to kill some of the most important measures included in the Biden administration’s social program budget as the self-imposed deadline of October 31st to reach an agreement approach…

BDS Vermont: historic resolution introduced after Ben & Jerry’s divestment

Vermonters for Justice in Palestine is a grassroots organization that has waged a boycott over the past decade of Vermont-based company Ben & Jerry’s for their business ventures in Israel. Ben & Jerry’s painted themselves as a “beacon of social justice” while selling their ice cream in the o…

Detroit activists say NO to capitalist World Economic Forum

“Who’s Detroit’s top corporate thief?” and “Biggest money leech in Michigan named” should have been the [accurate] headlines. Instead, when Forbes announced its list of the 400 wealthiest people in the United States on October 5, the news in Michigan was rife with stories touting the sta…

Chicago protest of ex-mayor’s bid for ambassadorship 7 years after Laquan McDonald murder

“How many shots?” “16 shots!” “How many shots?” “16 shots!”A chorus of voices reverberated at Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on October 20, breathing new life into the memory of Laquan McDonald’s murder on its seventh anniversary. Each year, a crowd gathers to remember his death…

Socialist barred from NYC major debate asks: ‘What are they afraid of?’

Rojas answers debate questions in the street. Liberation photo: Joyce Chediac. Cathy Rojas, the socialists candidate for New York City mayor,  drew a crowd on Oct. 20 as she stood outside the studio where New York City’s mayoral debates were being held and answered the questions presented to main…

Lenin on Imperialism (Part 2): The Era of Global Class War

This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Today’s episode is the second in a multi-part series on Lenin’s theory of imper…

Secrets of the Ultra-Rich Exposed: Global Network of Tax Havens Cater to the Capitalists

This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On today’s episode Brian and Prof. Richard Wolff discuss the Pandora Papers — t…

Colin Powell (1937-2021): U.S. imperialism’s top salesman for slaughter

Aftermath of the 1991 “Highway of Death” massacre carried out while Powell was the top officer in the U.S. military. Credit — samer (Flickr) Colin Powell, former Secretary of State under the George W. Bush administration and key promoter of the Iraq war, passed away Monday at the age of 84 due…

Detroiters to vote on reparations: Make the banks pay!

Voters in Detroit, a majority-Black city, will have the opportunity November 2 to join a growing number of cities across the United States in pursuing reparations for racism against the African American population. The Detroit resolution, spearheaded by Detroit City Councilmembers Mary Sheffield and…

India Walton’s campaign for mayor of Buffalo stands up to harassment & intimidation

India Walton, a proud socialist, shocked the political establishment when she won the Democratic primary for mayor of Buffalo in June over 4-term Mayor Byron Brown. Her campaign for mayor generated much enthusiasm among Buffalo’s workers, but the ruling ruling elite were horrified.  Suddenly they…

Why U.S. Capitalism is a Form of Organized Crime

This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. On today’s “In the News” roundtable, Brian Becker, Esther Iverem, Nicole Rous…

Harlem, NY: Socialist candidates join forces

On Oct. 16, socialist City Council candidate Kristin Richardson Jordan and socialist Mayoral candidate Cathy Rojas came together for a joint “meet and greet” in Harlem. They and their teams fanned out, listened to residents describe their issues and needs, and talked about their programs which i…

Fascist ambush becomes ‘sectarian violence’ in U.S. media – Lebanon crisis deepens

On Oct. 14, snipers from the fascist “Lebanese Forces” carried out a deadly assault on a peaceful mass rally as it was gathering in Beirut. The rally was called to demand the removal of Judge Tarek Bitar who is presiding over the investigation into an August 2020 explosion in the Beirut port. Th…

“Til All The Flowers Bloom”: New issue of Breaking the Chains magazine now available!

Get your copy of the new issue of Breaking the Chains here! The new issue of Breaking the Chains has been released! Breaking the Chains is a one-of-its-kind feminist, socialist magazine, deeply connected to the everyday experiences of working women from generations past to today. The magazine interv…

Anchorage unites against anti-maskers and the far right

On October 12 PSL Anchorage led a coalition of eight organizations to organize a Protest Against Hate. The coalition included the Alaska Poor People’s Campaign, Stand Up Alaska, Alaska Coalition of BIPOC Educators, The Alaska Center, Black Lives Matter Alaska, CannaCo and Sol de Medianoche. The Pr…

Eyewitness report: Cuba’s scientists, medical workers advance fight vs. COVID

Photo: COVID Vaccines Coordinator Dr. Miladys Limonta Fernández speaks with Gloria La Riva After a serious rise in Cuba of illnesses and deaths from COVID-19 during the summer, there are encouraging developments with a steady recovery and downward curve in illnesses and deaths. Similar to the world…

Protesters for justice, not killer cops, taken to court after police kill Alexis Wilson in Dolton, Illinois

Alexis Wilson was killed by Dolton, Illinois, police on July 27. More than two months later, the only people facing charges related to this case in the Chicago suburbs are activists arrested for speaking out at a protest against racist police terror. Wilson was killed by Dolton police late at night…

Thomas Sankara: Leadership and action that inspires decades later

We are posting the following piece originally published by Liberation School to mark the 34th anniversary of the assassination of the revolutionary hero Thomas Sankara Thomas Isidore Noël Sankara was born December 21, 1949 in Upper Volta (today Burkina Faso), which, at the time, was a West African…

34 years after Sankara’s assassination, killers finally stand trial

October 15, 2021 marks 34 years since the assassination of beloved revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara of Burkina Faso. Just in time for this somber anniversary, the country’s government has opened a trial against 14 men involved in Sankara’s 1987 murder. This includes former president Blaise Co…

On strike: Unsafe staffing, low wages bring Mercy Hospital workers to “breaking point”

Photo: Mercy Hospital workers joined on the picket line by members of Civil Service Employees Association Local 815. Credit — CWA District 1 Roughly 2,500 healthcare workers represented by CWA Local 1133 at Buffalo’s Mercy Hospital have been on strike since October 1 after negotiations between C…

Encore workers in San Diego fight for fair union contract

On October 9, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 122, United Food and Commercial Workers 135, Unite Here, the Party for Socialism and Liberation’s San Diego branch and others gathered at the Marriott Marquis in downtown San Diego. The various organizations and community…

Montana nurses overcome union busting, win first contract

Photo: Kalispell nurses’ meeting, credit — SEIU Healthcare 1199NW Nurses at Logan Health in Kalispell, Montana were already experiencing backbreaking working conditions when they unionized with SEIU 1199NW in 2019, just before the pandemic began. Even before the surge in patients the pandemic ca…

Four deaths at Suffolk County Jail: families demand answers

Three people died this summer while incarcerated at Suffolk County House of Correction. On September 17, 47-year-old Carl “Chuck” Robouin was the fourth person to die recently while incarcerated at the jail. The jail reported that Robouin was found unresponsive in his cell and emergency medical…

Why Taiwan could Trigger A War with China

This interview is an episode of The Socialist Program with Brian Becker, a podcast providing news and views about the world for those who want to change it. You can follow the show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As the U.S. government makes a series of aggressive moves, could moves by the Taiwa…

U.S. pushes China tensions to the brink with new moves on Taiwan secession

Growing U.S. support for secessionism in Taiwan has brought relations with China to the precipice of a new crisis. The U.S. moves in the island, which is rightfully claimed by the government in Beijing as part of China’s national territory, raises the risk of a catastrophic conflict breaking out…


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