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Socialists and the War in Ukraine: A Response to the Party for Socialism and Liberation

The Russian military’s invasion of Ukraine has provoked nationalist drum beats around the world. Socialists face huge pressure to side with the capitalist classes of the nations in which they reside, rather than with the global working class. Elsewhere Socialist Alternative has challenged the pressures for socialists to line up behind the U.S. and…

Minneapolis Educators Strike: Strategy Matters in the Fight Against Corporate Servants

By Luke Gitar, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers Steward & 5th Grade Teacher For three weeks in March, Minneapolis Federation of Teachers and Education Support Professionals Local 59 faced sub-zero temperatures, ice, snow, wind, and rain as they picketed and rallied in a strike against the Minneapolis Public School district administration (MPS). It…

The Role of Black Misleadership Today

Introduction Tamar Wilson, Philadelphia “When the axe came into the forest, the trees looked at its wooden handle and said ‘Oh, it’s one of us.’”  Since the historic events of the Justice for George Floyd movement, one of the core questions facing the capitalist establishment has been how to give the appearance of anti-racist progress to…

Countering Starbucks’ Union-Busting Lies

A few weeks ago, I had my first experience of a 2-on-1 union-busting meeting with my manager and district manager at the Starbucks where I work. Because of the precariousness of work in the service industry, meetings like this put workers like me on edge, and put me under pressure to go along with whatever the managers say. Unionizing could give us…

A Socialist World Is Possible: What is Socialism, and How Could We Win It?

Record inequality, crippling debt, a devastating pandemic, unfulling and unsafe jobs, discrimination and abuse, environmental and weather disasters, skyrocketing costs of living: this stark snapshot of “business as usual,” of human suffering and climate destruction under capitalism, are enough to drive any individual into overwhelming despair. The…

Building A Democratic Union From The Ground Up: Unionizing Coffee Workers Vote on Demands

By Hannah Smith, Darwin’s United Negotiating Committee (personal capacity) On Thursday, March 10th, a majority of the membership of Darwin’s United, the newly-unionized staff of four local coffee shops in Cambridge, Massachusetts, met in a small, rented ballroom to discuss, to vote, and to rally. The agenda was packed: perhaps too packed, but carefully…

Brooklyn Starbucks Workers and Socialists Join Forces to Fight Union-Busting

On March 22, at 3pm, Caesar’s Bay Starbucks in Brooklyn, NY closed down its store early to prepare for a meeting held by corporate managers that every employee was required to attend, regardless of shift schedules. These types of meetings have become more common across the country in response to the wave of union organizing among workers at Starbucks…

The State of the Squad: How AOC and House Progressives Failed to Become “Changemakers on the Inside”

In 2018, on her first day in Washington DC as the newly elected congressperson from New York City, democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez joined environmental activists as they staged a sit-in at Nancy Pelosi’s office in the Capitol Building. The message was clear: AOC was not your ordinary establishment politician.  Corbin Trent, AOC’s…

Support Russian Anti-War Protesters

A month into Russian imperialism’s bloody war on Ukraine, thousands already lie dead and millions have been displaced. Amid conflicting reports and figures which inevitably vary in wartime scenarios, the United Nations reports a death toll of over 13,000. This figure includes large numbers of Russian troops, who have encountered effective armed resistance…

As Oil and Gas Falter, We Need A Transition to Renewables

Millions of households across America that rely on a vehicle to get around are spending much more on gas this month, as Biden’s ban on the import of Russian oil worsens the global supply crunch. The average price of gas in the U.S. was over $4.25 per gallon on March 21 compared to $3.53 last month, with a current average price over $5.85 per gallon…

New Teamsters Leadership Will Face Important Tests

After decisively winning the Teamsters national leadership election last October, the OZ-Teamsters United slate took office at the Teamsters Union on Tuesday March 22. The new leadership finally evicted the conservative ‘Teamster Power’ Hoffa Jr. regime that had pushed through concessionary contracts at UPS and the bankrupting of the central states…

No Compromise on What Minneapolis Educators & Students Deserve!

Statement from Socialist Alternative MN, on the ground: As we go to print, the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) leadership is pointing towards a proposed tentative agreement with the district. Unfortunately, we think this agreement will likely fall short of what educators are fighting for. Please visit SocialistAlternative.org for updated material…

$65,000 a Minute: Big Pharma Profits Soar from Vaccine Monopolies

Moderna released its 2021 annual report which showed the pharmaceutical giant made $12.2 billion in profits last year. Pfizer similarly reported $21.9 billion in profits in the same time, while Johnson & Johnson reported $4.7 billion. While vaccines aren’t the only products these companies make, they themselves will be the first to tell you that the…

Their Courts Won’t Save Us: Women and Working People Must Lead the Fight Against Right-wing Attacks

In the lead up to a harrowing decision that will determine the fate of abortion rights in the U.S., a majority of ordinary people now disapprove of how the Supreme Court is handling its job. Historically the Court has enjoyed much higher approval ratings; but its slipping credibility joins the overall declining confidence in the government, from the…

DSA Leadership Dissolves BDS Working Group: DSA in Crisis

[unable to retrieve full-text content]Dual members of Socialist Alternative and DSA condemn the decision of the National Political Committee (NPC) to dissolve the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) and Palestine Solidarity working group. The NPC should immediately reverse this decision.  Members of the BDS working group came into sharp conflict with…

Philadelphia Rallies in Solidarity With Unionizing Coffee Workers

On Sunday, workers from Philadelphia Starbucks locations as well as local coffee chains Good Karma, Old City Coffee, and Korshak Bagels gathered for a rally to protest union-busting tactics from their bosses like captive audience meetings.  Collin Zastempowski of Korshak Bagels, a chain which has already won a union and is now fighting for their first…

Why Socialists Oppose Western Military Intervention

ISA condemns the bloody Russian invasion of Ukraine, which has already displaced millions and killed or wounded thousands, and demands the withdrawal of Russian troops immediately.  This war is part of a wider conflict which was created by both Russian and Western imperialism (NATO) only for the profit, power and prestige of their respective imperialist…

The Money is There, Don’t Back Down! Minneapolis Educators on Strike Petition Launch

Jason Hardwig, MFT Site Strike Captain & Luke Gitar, MFT Steward Around 4,000 educators organized in the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers (MFT) are entering week two in their strike to demand a base wage of $35,000 for Educational Support Professionals (ESPs), more mental health supports, smaller class sizes, and a 20% raise for teachers. Despite…

Students and Teachers Unite Against DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

The “Don’t Say Gay” bill has passed the Florida Senate, and is now on the way to Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk where he’s promised to sign it into law. The bill, scheduled to go into effect on July 1, bans any discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in the classroom from kindergarten to third grade. It also prohibits lessons in…

Putin’s War in Ukraine and the Refugee Crisis

Introduction by Eljeer Hawkins, member of Socialist Alternative’s Black Caucus Putin’s war in Ukraine and U.S./NATO’s imperial influence in the region has unleashed unconscionable consequences for Ukraine and the Russian working-class and youth. The role of revolutionary Marxism in these moments of imperial war and capitalist crisis is to center…

Victory at Coffee Tree! Pittsburgh Baristas Fight to Form a Union

Co-author James Graham is a former worker at Coffee Tree and was involved in the successful union drive at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in 2019. A Coffee Union Win to Heat Up the Movement More than 40 baristas at the local Pittsburgh coffee chain, Coffee Tree Roasters, won their union vote on February 22 after a months-long campaign. This is an…

Greg Abbott’s War on Trans Youth: Resist and Fight Back!

On February 22nd, Texas Governor Greg Abbott declared open season on transgender children and their families. Following a nonbinding legal opinion from Attorney General Ken Paxton, Abbott published an order directing the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to begin investigating families who provide gender-affirming healthcare to trans…

Lessons From the Past Ten Years of Teachers’ Strikes

With education unions in Minneapolis entering their third day on strike, workers, students and families, and activists can glean important lessons from the last decade of strikes in the education sector. Public schools and public school teachers have had to endure decades of neoliberal attacks where chronic underfunding was paired with measures aimed…

Sanders and AOC: Say ‘NO’ to War and Imperialism

In times of war, socialist politicians can come under huge pressures to side with the capitalist classes of the nations in which they reside, rather than with the interests of the global working class. This can be even more so in the context of a brutal attack, as we are seeing today with Putin’s imperialist onslaught against the people of Ukraine…

“Will It Ever End?”: The Killing of Amir Locke

Less than two years after the killing of Breonna Taylor, Minneapolis SWAT officers took the life of 22-year-old Amir Locke under chillingly similar circumstances. The officers entered early in the morning without knocking or announcing their presence, and the sudden intrusion prompted Locke to wake from his sleep and reach for his firearm. The firearm…


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