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Online meeting: War in Ukraine

March 28 @ 2 PM Pacific Time Online meeting: War in Ukraine News and Letters Committees invites you to a zoom meeting on: The bravery of Ukrainians echoed in Russia, where protesters in over 50 cities denounced the war, knowing that they risked arrest, blacklisting, even torture and death, which Putin’s regime has often dealt to dissidents. At the…

Readers’ Views: March-April 2022, Part One

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters PUTIN’S BRUTAL WAR ON UKRAINE  The editorial “No to Putin’s planned war in Ukraine” (Jan.-Feb. 2022 N&L) shows that rebellion at home, from workers, generates fear in state rulers, East and West. But the mainstream media talk only of Biden, Putin and Russia’s war machinery. The eastern Ukrainian…

Readers’ Views: March-April 2022, Part Two

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters ABSOLUTE IDEA AND SELF-LIBERATION The 1961 letter by Raya Dunayevskaya to Spence (“Absolute Idea and self-liberation,” Jan.-Feb. 2022 N&L) pointed out that we must never counterpose society to the individual. But capitalism does, as we see in people separating their supposed “individual right”…

Discussion Article: Towards a dynamic unity of struggle

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters From Indigenous peoples defending their territory from megacorporations, to demonstrations against violence against women and LGBTQI+ people, to artists and small groups of thinker-activists posing solutions to overcome this madness—we are all part of the fluid, multi-diverse resistance against capital…

Queer Notes: March-April 2022

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters by Elise Students are rising up to protest injustice: Armed with petitions, Queer students and their supporters marched to the office of George Magoha, Kenya’s Secretary of Education. Magoha suggested that LGBTQ+ students be banned from boarding school, a common type of education in Kenya, where homosexuality…

Russia’s revolutionary International Women’s Day in 1917

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters Revisit a high point of International Women’s Day, 105 years after working women in Russia began the Revolution that brought down the Tsar. From Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution by Raya Dunayevskaya: To order click the book. In the continuing imperialist…

For revolutionary women’s history explore the Archives of Raya Dunayevskaya

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters To order a copy, click on the image. As an activist with the Women’s Liberation Movement from its beginnings, Raya Dunayevskaya contributed an essay on “The Women’s Liberation Movement as Reason and as Revolutionary Force” to the anthology Notes on Women’s Liberation in 1970, and a special…

Convoy misrepresents Canadians

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters When the Canadian government finally decided to put an end to the “Freedom Truckers” convoys, it was hard not to notice how gently those individuals were treated. This contrasts sharply with the brutal treatment of First Nations/Indigenous people who have been trying to protect their land and their…

Beijing sham Olympic opening ceremony

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters China, as host of the 2022 Winter Olympics, presented a touching opening ceremony which nevertheless achieved the state goals of shoring up international support and prescribing conformity as a virtue for its internal population. The major theme song, whose melody partly resembled that of a 1994 Christmas…

Voices From the Inside Out: Penn. prison abuses the mentally ill

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters “Trapped, Isolated” – Art: Roger “Rab” Moore, G-02296, HDSP Z-168, P.O. Box 3030, Susanville CA 96127 Waynesburg, Pa.—I’m a prisoner in the state of Pennsylvania and am currently housed in a Diversionary Treatment Unit, or DTU. It’s a form of solitary confinement for prisoners deemed…

Authoritarian attacks on teachers

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters You might think teachers have had enough to contend with, switching between virtual and in-person teaching, dealing with face masks and reaching the minds of students miles across town. (See “Teachers fight for health” Jan,-Feb. 2022 N&L.) But now 17 state legislatures are pushing bills requiring…

Starbucks workers fight to unionize

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters by Buddy Bell Starbucks workers around the country are filing to start unions. As of Feb. 21, the movement had spread to 103 stores, and three union elections had been finalized with two Buffalo, N.Y. stores going union. WORKERS TREATED AS DISPOSABLE Baristas Jaz Brisack and Casey Moore work at a Buffalo…

Thoughts from the Outside: The idea of freedom

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters by Faruq Martin Luther King, Jr., said in his sermon of April 3, 1968, on the eve of his assassination: “I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land.” FREEDOM, THE IRREPRESSIBLE IDEA Rev. Martin…

Editorial: Sham trucker convoys

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters The white supremacist organizers who promoted the “Freedom Convoy” to Ottawa, Canada’s national capital, beginning in January, called it a movement of the nation’s truck drivers. They predicted that as many as 50,000 truckers, nearly one-third of the drivers licensed for U.S.-Canada transport…

From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya: Challenge to all post-Marx Marxists

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters Editor’s note: Dunayevskaya presented this talk taking up new developments in her work on the book Rosa Luxemburg, Women’s Liberation, and Marx’s Philosophy of Revolution at the 1981 national gathering of News and Letters Committees. In it she projected a category from her work on the new final…

Youth in Action: March-April 2022

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters by Buddy Bell In late February and thereafter, college students around the U.S. rallied against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. At West Virginia University in Morgantown, Ukrainian graduate student Krystyna Pelchar witnessed an outpouring of support when she held an impromptu protest: “I’m happy…

Youth: Laws attack LGBTQ+

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters On Feb. 21 Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton declared that providing gender-affirming medical care to minors is child abuse under state law. Doctors, nurses and teachers who don’t report even a suspicion of such care would face criminal charges. On Feb. 24, the Florida House of Representatives passed…

World in View: Ongoing resistance to coup in Sudan

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters “Even a tank cannot stop the breaking dawn” —slogan on Khartoum wall and in protest marches More than four months after the military coup last October destroyed the transition to civil rule, dozens of resistance committees continue to launch demonstrations, marches and protest meetings, issue…

World in View: Iron fist at Olympics

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters After the Winter Olympics in Beijing ended, Swedish speedskater Nils van der Poel—who had won the 10,000-meter race in world record time—gave away his Olympic gold medal to the daughter of a political prisoner jailed in China: Gui Minhai. It is no accident that van der Poel felt compelled to wait…

World in View: Victory for #MeToo

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters For many years, people who experienced sexual harassment and assault in the workplace and in places like medical offices found to their shock that they had waived their right to sue the offenders, and had to submit to private arbitration. Buried in many click-to-agree contracts is language that requires…

World in View: What way will Xiomara Castro take Honduras?

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters The first woman president ever elected in Honduras, Xiomara Castro, has taken office after a 12-year rule by the corrupt, conservative National Party, which had engineered a coup against the presidency of her husband Mel Zelaya in 2009. That coup was planned with the tacit support of the U.S. Demonstration…

World in View: IMF loan scam

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters The International Monetary Fund, which is supposed to lend money to struggling nations in time of need, ends up just like any private capital money-grubbing bank: charging extra fees for the “privilege” of getting a large loan. The surcharge is supposed to protect the IMF from losses (the IMF has…

Woman as Reason: Sudanese women deepen fight

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters by Terry Moon Women have remained a vital part of the revolution in Sudan that began three years ago when mostly youth, women and men, took to the streets and forced Omar al-Bashir from power. Women have the most to gain because their conditions are so dire. Half of Sudanese women are illiterate, most…

Brazil: floods and inequality

From the March-April 2022 issue of News & Letters If we want to see how climate chaos and inequality are going to play out in the future, Brazil has just given us a reality check. Petrópolis, a city of little more than a quarter of a million that is close to Rio de Janeiro, was hit in February by a huge rainstorm, the heaviest in nearly a century—almost…

Putin’s brutal war in Ukraine puts the future of humanity in doubt

By Ron Kelch, March 8, 2022 On Feb. 24, in the dark of night, Russian president Vladimir Putin started a totally unprovoked invasion of Ukraine from three sides after a months-long buildup of 190,000 troops. Along with streams of troops and tanks came a barrage of land and sea-based missiles to induce “shock and awe” and submission. Instead, Putin’s…


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