To Win Justice for Jamar, Labor Must Organize and Fight for Socialism!

JusticeforJamarOn November 15, Jamar Clark, a 24-year-old black man, was handcuffed by police and murdered execution-style. There must be justice! There has been no justice for Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, or Mike Brown. Terrance Franklin didn’t get justice when he was murdered in 2013 in the same neighborhood as Jamar Clark. How can we expect any justice from a system that systematically excludes and terrorizes whole layers of the population?

Events in Indiana Expose the Ugly Face of Capitalism

 Purvi PatelIn recent weeks, Americans have been scandalized by two right-wing provocations in Indiana. First there was the case of Purvi Patel, a woman sentenced to twenty years in prison for so-called “feticide,” an invented crime defined by Indiana state law as ending a pregnancy deliberately.

Then there is the state’s new anti-LGBT bill, known politely as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which has rightly provoked widespread outrage and disgust. The bill ostensibly protects the religious rights of corporations. But even in this official format, its class nature is apparent. In reality, it is designed to give businesses the right to arbitrarily reject customers of unwanted backgrounds, especially those who identify as LGBT.

Baltimore Boils Over—How Can We End Police Brutality?

The death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland is just the latest in a string of police killings of black men to hit national headlines. But it seems that it may mark the end of a national ebb in the #BlackLivesMatter movement. As things heat up in the coming months, an important question must be asked: what is the way forward for the movement?

To End Racism and Police Brutality, End Capitalism!

racism vs capitalismThe ugly face of Obama's “hope we can believe in” has been starkly revealed. The extrajudicial killings of Michael BrownEric Garner, and 12-year-old Tamir Rice, all unarmed black males killed by white police officers, have set off an emotional firestorm of protests and outrage on a scale not seen in the US in many years. Even more than the deaths themselves, it was the refusal of two separate grand juries to indict the police who killed Brown and Garner that pushed things over the edge. In particular, the video of the murder of Garner, choked to death as he begged police to stop with cries of, “I can’t breathe!” has shocked Americans and the world.

Mass Incarceration, Mass Struggle

convictleasingAmerica is number one . . . in its prison population. In the “land of the free,” several million humans languish in cages in the name of law and order. Since its exponential growth in the past four decades, there is not another nation on this planet that comes near America’s incarceration rate. Instead of being given the help they need most, the workers and youth who are hardest hit by the poverty, unemployment, and social decay endemic to capitalism are brutalized by the police and traumatized by hellish prison conditions until they no longer become a problem to the system. Furthermore the expansion of the prison system is used as a battering ram by the bosses against any resistance from an already battered working class; it comes hand in hand with a police force of titanic proportions and a dangerously draconian set of laws.