As the U.S. sinks further and further into economic decline, with 23 million people unemployed or underemployed and one report after another detailing the everyday sense of dread the average working class family faces with a declining standard of living, cuts to education and vital services for those most in need, the tightly controlled spectacle [...]
Social resistance to the status quo is a powerful inspiration to artists and musicians, at least those who aren’t sycophantic hanger-ons of the elite. The prolonged labor fightback in the 1930s, the civil rights struggle, and the protests against the war in Vietnam led to a plethora of popular protest music throughout these struggles.
Adam Richmond On Monday, July 11, 2011, approximately 250 people flooded the San Francisco Civic Center Station of Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to protest the killing of Charles Hill. Hill, aged 45, a long time alcoholic and intoxicated at the time of being shot by an unnamed BART Transit cop. The cop reported that [...]
On Sunday, February 13, 2011 over 175 people attended a San Francisco Bay Area fundraising event for the Leon Trotsky Museum,located in the Coyoacan area of Mexico City, and was sponsored by Bay Area Supporters of International Friends of the Leon Trotsky Museum.This fundraiser was the first public speaking event by Esteban Volkov, Trotsky’s [...]
Brewing Crisis in the South Atlantic: Oil Exploration in the Malvinas Islands Ignites an Old Dispute
Adam Richmond For Argentineans the long simmering territorial dispute between Britain and Argentina is coming to a head, as a British oil rig travels to what analysts say is a 60 billion barrel reserve of high-grade oil located in a 200 square mile zone surrounding the Malvinas (Falkland) Islands. This would make it one of [...]
Adam Richmond We call for a massive demonstration in Sacramento to demand that the California Governor, Legislature and Supreme Court overturn Proposition 8. Based on media reports the case to overturn Proposition 8 will be heard by the Supreme Court in late March. Also toward this end, on March 25, a group of individuals organized [...]
Adam Richmond Mark Vorpahl contributed to this article. Ex-slave and Abolitionist Fredrick Douglas famously observed that power cedes nothing without struggle. The history of civil rights movements in this country also demonstrate that even the most fundamental democratic gains are temporary at best without vigilant struggle that can potentially challenge the power of the rulers [...]
Prop. 8 is an attack orchestrated by phony “Protect Marriage” organizations. This attack on this new social advance serves as a distraction from the devastating effects that the recession and the long occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan are having in the U.S. These backward political groups instead try to focus people’s attention on the “destruction” gays and lesbians are supposedly foisting on society. Most working people are under tremendous pressure.