USA

1892 New Orleans General Strike

White and black dockworkers rest on cotton bales. The general strike was success

An extract from Life in the Teamsters: The Civil Rights Movement documenting an early example of class solidarity in the segregationist southern USA.

Movie Review: VICE (2018)

A review of the movie about ex-Vice-President of the USA, Dick Cheney.

Class struggle frontiers in Hinterland

Hinterland cover

Comrade Motopu provides an overview of Phil Neel’s book and attempts to place it in the ongoing debates over the centrality of labor movements vs. surplus populations and riots vs. strikes.

Picket Line Lessons: The UTLA Teacher Strike

Assembly of teachers, parents, and students at UCLA Community School in Koreatow

Members of Black Rose/Rosa Negra – Los Angeles who were involved in community mobilization in support of the strike and as members of UTLA provide their summary and analysis. The article highlights the community-worker nature of the strikes demands, the conditions of the settlement, the pitfalls of union leadership and labor law, as well as outlining next steps in the struggle.

A Tempest in Three Teapots: Yom Kippur Balls in London, New York, and Montreal

Undated advertisement in Yiddish for a Yom Kippur ball in New York City

At the end of the 19th century a nascent tradition emerged in London, England among recent Jewish immigrants as an anti-religious celebration of Yom Kippur, the holiest day in Judaism. The event quickly spread to North America where it was taken up by other Yiddish speaking anarchists and socialists as a way of expressing their collective power in a celebratory environment and encouraging others to turn against superstition and religion.

LA Teachers Strike Over the Emptying Out of the City's Classroom

Following the six-day teachers' strike in Los Angeles, January 14-22, 2019, a look at union demands, contract results, and a union with a history of following the commands of the capitalist Democratic Party.

"The writing is on the walls": Interview with a striking LA teacher

At the time of this writing, members of United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) have been on strike for a total of six school days. The school district for which these teachers work, Los Angeles Unified, is the second largest in the United States. Salvo, a working-class paper for the greater LA area, spoke with Claire, a member of UTLA, about why teachers are striking over much more than a simple pay raise

Yiddish radicalism, Jewish religion: Controversies in the Fraye Arbeter Shtime, 1937–1945

Lilian Türk & Jesse Cohn's joint essay examining the debates over religion hosted in the Yiddish anarchist newspaper Fraye Arbeter Shtime.