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Uprising against Racism - Interview with Ramy Khalil about the new BLM movement

05-Jun-2020Manuel Carrillo

An uprising against racism with mass protests and rage is shaking the US. Ramy Khalil describes the events with a focus on the resistance in Seattle and an analysis of the deeper roots of racism in US capitalism. Ramy is an anti-racist activist and socialist organizer in Seattle, an elected member of the Local Council of Seattle Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and involved in building the Afro-Socialists & Socialists of Color caucus within Seattle DSA. Ramy is also a member of Reform and Revolution, a Marxist caucus of DSA. Interview by Manuel Carrillo

With All the World Not Watching: Lessons from the People’s Party

26-May-2020Nathan Elwood

Dr. Benjamin Spock, Dr. King, and Monsignor Rice of Pittsburgh march in the Solidarity Day Parade at the United Nations Building. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

This article will help to familiarize readers with one interesting chapter in the history of previous efforts to build a mass left-wing party in the US.

Tenant Organizing in the Time of COVID-19

29-Apr-2020Sean Case

The author in front of his apartment building. Photo credit: Madison Silva

In the midst of a looming recession, renters are getting organized. In Seattle, Sean Case has been organizing with his fellow tenants in their building. Their struggle has been covered by The Seattle Times and KOMO TV and attracted the support of Kshama Sawant, a city councilmember.

After Bernie: It’s Time to Start Talking About a Democratic Socialist Party

27-Apr-2020Mimi Harris, Philip Locker, and Evan Seitchik

While many recognize it would be premature to turn our backs on the battles taking place around the Democratic Party, activists are increasingly sensing that the cross-class coalition of the Democratic Party is politically unsustainable. For the left to make fundamental progress, sooner or later it will require a rupture with the capitalist-dominated Democratic Party. While we should be strategic about the timing and conditions for such a break, we must also speak clearly about this coming split and take active steps to politically prepare the ground for it.

Caribou Baristas Fight for Health and Safety

22-Apr-2020Kevin Osborn

When COVID-19 broke out in the US, Caribou Coffee stayed open, forcing its employees to choose between a paycheck and their health and safety. Caribou workers are choosing a third option—organizing.

Debate: How Can We Continue the Bernie Revolution and Build a New Political Party?

04-Apr-2020Jacob Smith and Bobby Lambertz

The likely defeat of Bernie Sanders poses a stark question: How can we continue the momentum of Bernie’s historic campaign and fight to implement his platform? Two socialist activists, Jacob Smith and Bobby Lambertz, debate the best way forward, particularly how to build a new political party.