- Playing Chicken: Discovering a Diverse Working Class in Trump Country
Since the election of 2016, much has been written about rural working-class voters who helped elect Donald J. Trump to the presidency. Most of those stories have assumed that the rural working class is overwhelmingly white. But if we look at one of the most significant parts of the rural economy - the poultry industry - we get a different picture. Not only do we see more workers of color, we also see more exploitation and greater potential for resistance.
By Patrick Dixon - 24 March 2017, 12:00pm
- How Immigrants Built the American Left -- And Can Build It Again
Last Thursday’s 'Day Without Immigrants' work stoppages, which closed hundreds of restaurants, grocery stores, garages, retail shops, and other businesses, offered a taste of the capacity for militant action wielded by immigrant America. Led in many cities by Latino activists calling for a 'huelga general,' the February 16 coast-to-coast walkouts augur well for an even larger set of strikes and demonstrations, including a March 8 Day Without a Woman.
By Nelson Lichtenstein - 24 March 2017, 2:00am
- The Bullet
Women Rise Up Against Gender Violence in the Caribbean
On March 11, survivors of violence against women and their allies and supporters held marches in six Caribbean countries. Started by two Barbadian women, Ronelle King and Allyson Benn, the movement had the hashtag #LifeInLeggings. In Jamaica, one of the groups marching was the Tambourine Army, a movement of activists dedicated to eradicating sexual violence against women and girls. Some of the Tambourine Army are survivors themselves of sexual violence.
By Justin Podur interviews Joan Joy Grant Cummings - 23 March 2017, 2:00am
- Saskatchewan Speaks: Policy Recommendations for Transformational Change
In December, SaskForward began an online public consultation process that asked people across the province to answer the question, 'What ‘transformational change’ would you introduce to make Saskatchewan a happier, healthier, and more prosperous place for all?' After receiving over one hundred submissions from individuals and organizations and hosting a policy summit and discussion with over 120 participants, SaskForward releases this report which puts forward a series of policy recommendations based on the ideas and suggestions Saskatchewan people shared with us.
By SaskForward - 22 March 2017, 2:00pm
- The Bullet
Building Solidarity through Standing Up for Truth
The fate of the neoliberal Islamist project of authoritarian restoration in Turkey will be determined by an upcoming referendum on April 16 of this year. The referendum will be held under the conditions of a state of emergency in effect since the July 15 coup attempt last year. The regime's use of the putsch attempt to suppress all forms of dissent has quickly evolved into an overriding choice to make the state of emergency the permanent form of governance in Turkey. In this sense, the April 16 plebiscite on constitutional changes marks a defining stage in the politics of violent polarization and oppression under way for more than a decade.
By Caglar Dolek and Gulden Ozcan - 22 March 2017, 2:00am