The Fraud of Obama’s Immigration “Reform”

obamaimmigrationMillions of US immigrants, their families, co-workers, friends, and supporters had their hopes for relief from their difficult conditions built up by advance hype for President Obama’s November 20 speech on immigration policy reform. All such hopes were cruelly shattered once the outlines of his policy shift became more clear—an outline with an uncanny resemblance to GW Bush’s own proposals.

The Struggle in Ferguson Continues

ferguson-fists-raisedMore than a month after the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black youth, Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot him multiple times despite Brown having raised his arms in surrender, remains free and safely in hiding. The St. Louis region is tense in anticipation of the grand jury's ruling on whether or not to file charges against Wilson. Brown's shooting has drawn attention to the chilling fact that an average of two black men are killed by police every week in the United States. Michael Brown's killing, however, is not just another repetition of this tragic cycle. In many ways, it was "the straw that broke the camel's back," opening up a new stage in the changing consciousness of young Americans, and young blacks in particular.

The Murder of Michael Brown: Enough is Enough!

 michael brownThe shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown, followed by the breaking up of a protest march by police in riot gear and dogs, has let loose the pent-up anger and frustration of ​b​lack youth in the otherwise quiet working class St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which saw a night of looting and vandalism. These events above all show that huge pressures are building up in US society, just one scratch below the surface.

 

The Battle for Affordable Housing in the Bay Area

sanfranciscoevictionsThe San Francisco Bay Area appears to be enjoying a major economic boom. Mean economic growth is on the upswing, unemployment remains comparatively low, and mean earnings per household are also on the rise. Compared to the rest of the country, the Bay Area might seem to be a dream come true for the average worker—but in reality it has become a nightmare.

Women and the Struggle for Socialism

emancipatin-of-womenFor Marxists, the root cause of all forms of oppression consists in the division of society into classes. But oppression can take many forms. Alongside class oppression we find the oppression of one nation over another, racial oppression, and the oppression of women. Marxists must fight against oppression and discrimination in all its forms, while pointing out that only a radical transformation of society and the abolition of class slavery can create the conditions for the abolition of slavery in all its manifestations and the establishment of a truly human society based upon equality, justice and freedom.