Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

Submitted by martin on 15 March, 2016 - 1:52 Author: James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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1919 - Throwing off the shackles of Empire

Submitted by Janine on 14 April, 2019 - 12:45 Author: Janine Booth
British soldiers in Egypt

After Britain and its Allies had won the war, proclaiming themselves champions of freedom and democracy, the people of its imperial possessions stepped up their democratic demand for some of that freedom for themselves.


In its largest colony, India, Britain imposed the Rowlatt Act, extending wartime powers of indefinite imprisonment without trial. It prompted anger and rebellion, against both the Act and continuing British rule.

1919: Divided by Racism

Submitted by Janine on 13 April, 2019 - 4:23 Author: Janine Booth
Leaflet: "Negroes plan to kill all whites"

While workers were angry and willing to fight, too often their anger was aimed at fellow workers of a different colour rather than at the employers and authorities responsible for their exploitation and poverty. Sometimes this occurred in the absence of socialist political leadership, but on occasion, labour movement misleadership played a poisonous role.

Socialists win 10% in Chicago election

Submitted by cathy n on 10 April, 2019 - 6:48 Author: Eduardo Tovar
chicago dsa

In the wake of the recent elections in Chicago, 10% of the 50 seat City Council will be members of Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA). In these elections, CDSA endorsed four candidates: Jeanette Taylor, Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Andre Vasquez, and Rossana Rodríguez-Sanchez.

Rebuilding socialism in the US

Submitted by AWL on 6 April, 2019 - 1:40
capitalism failed

Dan La Botz is a longstanding socialist activist, based in Brooklyn. He is a member of the socialist group Solidarity and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), and a co-editor of the independent socialist journal New Politics ( He spoke to Daniel Randall of Solidarity (the Workers’ Liberty newspaper) about prospects for the socialist left in the USA.

DR: How do you think the socialist left should orient to the Bernie Sanders campaign?

Trump, Banks, and Putin

Submitted by AWL on 3 April, 2019 - 11:48 Author: Jim Denham
Trump and Putin

When the Mueller report found no evidence of “collusion” between Trump’s team and Putin, most decent people (and not just “liberals”) were disappointed, while pointing out that Trump had not been “exonerated” (as he claimed) of obstructing justice. Yet the Morning Star (in its editorial of March 26) positively crowed with delight and echoed Trump’s own propaganda:

“After a two-year inquiry, Mueller can find no evidence of collusion between Trump’s presidential campaign team and Putin’s Russia

Dissolution from below

Submitted by AWL on 3 April, 2019 - 10:36 Author: Stephen Wood

The US socialist group ISO has now formally dissolved its organisation and stopped publishing on its website In an online vote involving 474 members and some recently resigned ex-members, almost 70% favoured proposals that involved the dissolution of the organisation.

Those who chose to vote also agreed to support “a process for continuing to investigate the 2013 sexual assault case and how a decision then was derailed, and to report the findings publicly.” It is hard to know what this will mean if no organisation continues.

Green New Deal and workers’ control

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2019 - 11:03 Author: Mike Zubrowski
Wind power

Many environmental groups and much of the environmental and Labour left has talked enthusiastically about a Green New Deal, including for example Alan Simpson (Solidarity 499) and Clive Lewis. The idea is inspired by similar proposals in the USA. But neither there nor here is there a single unified proposal.


Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2019 - 10:53

The response of the US left to Congresswoman Ilhan Omar’s recent comments about the influence in American politics of pro-Israel lobby groups have been debated by US leftists Barry Finger and David Finkel in these pages in recent weeks. I write this letter not to respond directly to either of their comments, but to bring to Solidarity readers’ notice two subsequent statements of Omar’s.

Those statements deserve attention and, I believe, praise from socialists concerned to articulate a broadly “third camp” perspective.

Muslim women, the veil and the Christchurch massacre

Submitted by AWL on 27 March, 2019 - 10:01 Author: Marieme Helie Lucas

Marieme Helie Lucas, an Algerian socialist feminist, has written this open letter: to people of good will, solidarising with victims of the Christchurch massacre; to the New Zealand Prime Minister; and to the management of Mount Royal University, Calgary, Canada.

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