Solidarity http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site Solidarity RSS feed en A Spectre is Haunting Boston Cinemahttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223Lead ArticleRaoul Peck, the Haitian-born director of Lumumba (2000) and I Am Not Your Negro (2016), has a new film. The Young Karl Marx, a period drama, recounts the life of the founder of communism between his exile from Germany in 1843 and the publication of The Communist Manifesto on the eve of the revolutions of 1848.<br />Justly described as a bromance by some reviewers, the film’s central story-line is the blossoming friendship of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. But Peck doesn’t overly romanticize...Marius PontmercyMon, 12 Feb 2018 20:29:11 +0000 2018: Whither Hong Kong?http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238Lead ArticleSince the Umbrella Movement and the ascent of Xi Jinping to presidency, the Chinese government has pursued a heightened policy of repression toward Hong Kong in levels never before seen. The newest attack on the Hong Kong people’s basic human rights and political freedom came earlier this year in January, when the city’s election committee officially stripped social progressive party Demosisto’s candidate Agnes Chow of her right to run in the 2018 Legislative Council (LegCo) election....Promise LiThu, 08 Feb 2018 19:57:20 +0000 130 thousand metalworkers in Turkey win partial victory despite government ban on strikehttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236Lead ArticleThe following report and petition first appeared on the RedMed website. Solidarity is a signatory to the Turkish Revolutionary Workers Party's petition in support of the metalworkers’ struggle.RedMed Sun, 04 Feb 2018 20:22:44 +0000 Estar Baur (1920-2017)http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5192http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5192Against the Current ArticleA LONGTIME SOCIALIST activist, Estar Baur died less than a year after her lifelong comrade and husband, Erwin. They met at a 1930s Socialist Party dance in Cleveland, where Estar was born and grew up. She quit John Adams High School, where she enjoyed playing the piano and being active in the Young Peoples Socialist League, to run off and live with him.<br />Erwin was blacklisted in the aftermath of the 1937 Little Steel strike, when the smaller steel companies crushed the union and dismissed union...Dianne FeeleyMon, 18 Dec 2017 23:08:41 +0000 Harvey's Toxic Aftermath in Houstonhttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5172http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5172Against the Current ArticleWAKING UP ON August 29, 2017, with news of failing levees and reservoirs in Houston, the city I&rsquo;ve called home for the last ten years, was emotionally trying. Even though Hurricane Harvey was on track to end its constant deluge of rain on the Houston metro area and move east, there was a consensus that Houston, with its high density of petrochemical plants, was not yet out of the woods.<br />So on that day, the very anniversary of Hurricane Katrina &#8212; another devastating hurricane whose...Jennifer WingardFri, 15 Dec 2017 21:06:08 +0000 William ("Bill") Pelzhttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5193http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5193Against the Current ArticleBILL PELZ, A well-known socialist activist and prolific scholar in the field of European and comparative Labor History, died at the age of 66 in Chicago on Sunday, December 10, 2017 following a heart attack. Bill was born into a working class family on the South Side of Chicago. After graduation from high school he became a bus driver, aspiring to make as much money as his father had as a union machinist, &ldquo;but later,&rdquo; he said, &ldquo;I lowered my expectations and became an academic...Patrick M. Quinn and Eric SchusterWed, 20 Dec 2017 19:27:02 +0000 A Spectre is Haunting Boston Cinemahttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5223Webzine ArticleRaoul Peck, the Haitian-born director of Lumumba (2000) and I Am Not Your Negro (2016), has a new film. The Young Karl Marx, a period drama, recounts the life of the founder of communism between his exile from Germany in 1843 and the publication of The Communist Manifesto on the eve of the revolutions of 1848.<br />Justly described as a bromance by some reviewers, the film’s central story-line is the blossoming friendship of Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. But Peck doesn’t overly romanticize...Marius PontmercyMon, 12 Feb 2018 20:29:11 +0000 2018: Whither Hong Kong?http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5238Webzine ArticleSince the Umbrella Movement and the ascent of Xi Jinping to presidency, the Chinese government has pursued a heightened policy of repression toward Hong Kong in levels never before seen. The newest attack on the Hong Kong people’s basic human rights and political freedom came earlier this year in January, when the city’s election committee officially stripped social progressive party Demosisto’s candidate Agnes Chow of her right to run in the 2018 Legislative Council (LegCo) election....Promise LiThu, 08 Feb 2018 19:57:20 +0000 130 thousand metalworkers in Turkey win partial victory despite government ban on strikehttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5236Webzine ArticleThe following report and petition first appeared on the RedMed website. Solidarity is a signatory to the Turkish Revolutionary Workers Party's petition in support of the metalworkers’ struggle.<br />The metalworkers’ strike in Turkey, declared by all three unions present in that industry and involving around 130 thousand workers, ended with a partial victory for the workers. The bosses’ organization agreed to roughly eight times the wage raise that it had conceded on the first round of...RedMed Sun, 04 Feb 2018 20:22:44 +0000 From Roe to Reproductive (In)Justice: Inequality, Reproductive Freedom, & Accesshttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5232http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5232Webzine ArticleEven as many mainstream liberals and feminists recently celebrated the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, which solidified the legal right to abortion - for those who can afford it - economic inequality continues to limit abortion access. Being unable to access wanted abortion deepens poverty and vulnerability to other forms of social suffering.<br />Economics of abortion access (Third Wave Foundation)<br />Beyond abortion, poverty impacts many aspects of reproductive health and agency, and is more likely to be...Nechama Sammet Moring, Ashley Houston, Bayla Ostrach Mon, 29 Jan 2018 19:59:38 +0000 The Future of the UAW in Light of Recent Corruption Scandalshttp://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5231http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5231Webzine ArticleSince this article was first written, FCA (Fiat-Chrysler) official Al Iacobelli has admitted in a plea deal that money spent on UAW officials was intended to influence UAW-FCA contract bargaining. Wider-ranging prosecutions now seem even more likely.<br />UAW members protest outsourcing. Photo: Clarence Tabb Jr./The Detroit News<br />There is some good news. On Jan. 21, UAW Local 12, FCA-Jeep, bussed several hundred workers from Toledo to Detroit to protest outsourcing of UAW drivers’ jobs in a rally...Ron LareSat, 27 Jan 2018 05:42:15 +0000 The AFL-CIO Convention: Beginning of the End or Steps toward a New Beginning?http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5229http://drupal-6.12.solidarity-us.org/site/node/5229Webzine ArticleFrom October 22nd to the 25th, the AFL CIO held its quarto-annual convention in St. Louis, Missouri. The choice of city was, if not intentionally, appropriate.<br />Within St. Louis’ history is an extended case study of the American working class’ past militancy and current predicament. The great boom of capitalist development in the mid-nineteenth century caused a migration of workers from Europe and agrarian areas of the East Coast to the growing industrial towns of the American Midwest.<br />St....Cyryl RyzakThu, 25 Jan 2018 05:21:28 +0000