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Cops, class, and race: How the police protect the 1%

As communities across the nation have taken to the streets in the ongoing movement against police brutality, the question of the police and their role in society has taken on new importance. With the police killing a Black person every 28 hours, a movement is emerging the challenges the conventional idea of who they serve and who they protect. The very origins of the institution are saturated with racism and violence. From their beginning as a force to quell strikes, urban riots, and the threat of slave insurrection, the police have always existed primarily as an enforcer for the 1% and a protector of their property.

Join the International Socialist Organization for a discussion about the origins and function of the police and their relationship to racism, class, and capitalism.

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Their answer is repression and Islamophobia

IN THE aftermath of the attacks by three men on Charlie Hedbo and a Jewish market in Paris, European governments, mainstream political parties and anti-immigrant organizations have ratcheted up an atmosphere of racism and Islamophobia not seen since the French-Algerian war.

“France is at war with terrorism, jihadism and radical Islamism,” proclaimed French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

Valls quickly added that “France is not at war with a religion. France is not at war with Islam and Muslims.” But the government’s actions speak louder than pro forma qualifications–and its program can be easily summarized as a turn to repression, intervention and austerity.

Greece Elections

A new day for Greece and Europe

THE VICTORY of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, in parliamentary elections is a long-awaited breakthrough against the ruling class agenda of austerity and repression that has inflicted suffering across Europe and plunged Greece into an economic and social crisis unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s.

SYRIZA won 36.3 percent of the vote, far ahead of the center-right New Democracy party, which led the former government, in second place with 27.8 percent.

The election was a decisive repudiation of the program of spending cuts, privatization, tax increases and worse imposed on Greece by the rulers of Europe–in the form of the so-called Troika of the European Union, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund–in return for a rescue of the Greek financial system after the debt crisis struck in 2009. Since then, the Greek economy has shrunk by 25 percent–an economic collapse virtually unknown to societies not gripped by war or some other catastrophe.

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SYRIZA: A new day for Greece and Europe

THE VICTORY of Greece’s Coalition of the Radical Left, or SYRIZA, in parliamentary elections is a long-awaited breakthrough against the ruling class agenda of austerity and repression that has inflicted suffering across Europe and plunged Greece into an economic and social crisis unseen since the Great Depression of the 1930s. SYRIZA is the first party to the left of Social Democracy to head a government in Europe since the second World War. How were they able to unite leftists of different stripes and overturn an entrenched two-party system? What does this mean for the rest of Europe? What do radicals  ...more

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The rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement

The inspiring resistance in the streets of Ferguson has gone national since last August. In a document written for discussion–and finished before the shootings of two NYPD officers produced a right-wing backlash–Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor explains the background for this upsurge and analyzes the movement that has taken new shape over the last months of the year. Here, we print excerpts from that document, edited for general publication. A MOVEMENT has erupted against police brutality and shaken U.S. society to its core. There were daily protests in the weeks after the announcements that two white police officers would not be indicted for  ...more

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Race, Class, and Capitalism

The struggle against the police murder of unarmed Black people has shone a bright light on racism in America. Many have united in mobilizations against racist policing and are asking critical questions about how racism works.

This conversation and engagement on race, class, and capitalism will put forward a radical analysis that clarifies the necessary connection between racism and capitalism and lays out strategic conclusions about anti-racist struggle and revolutionary politics.

"The town hella needs a raise"

Oakland livable wage assembly, inaugural meeting

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly builds community and power among those who seek higher wages and better work life conditions for area workers.

Our work together encompasses: (1) the concerns of precarious, contingent and care workers; (2) current campaigns to improve wages for low-wage workers; and (3) efforts by unionized workers and unions to improve wages and quality of work life. We share stories and information in an egalitarian and participatory way to build relationships and build the movement.

The Oakland Livable Wage Assembly meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday. Please join us for an inaugural meeting, January 27.

Black Liberation and Socialism

Black Liberation and Socialism, Part 2

We are continuing our three-part reading series on Black Liberation and Socialism by Ahmed Shawki, “a sharp and insightful analysis of historic movements against racism in the United States—from the separatism of Marcus Garvey, to the militancy of Malcolm X and the Black Panther Party, to the eloquence of Martin Luther King Jr. and much more—with essential lessons for today’s struggles.”

Part 2: Black Liberation and Socialism, chapters 5-7

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MLK Day march against police terror

“This is no time to engage in the luxury of cooling off or to take the tranquilizing drug of gradualism”
-Martin Luther King, Jr.

There is a state-sponsored war on Black lives in the United States and people across the country are demanding that it comes to an end. Join the Anti Police Terrorism Project for a jobs & economy march that reclaims King’s legacy of resistance!