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Ezra Brain

Ezra is a NYC based theatre artist and teacher.

Ni Una Menos: Inspiration from Argentina for the Trans Rights Movement

We should take inspiration from the Ni Una Menos movement in Latin America, which fought against femicides and laid the groundwork for the successful struggle for abortion rights. They chart the way forward in our struggle for trans rights and for bodily autonomy for all.

Ezra Brain

June 3, 2022

The NRA Exists to Keep Weapons Profits Booming and Guns in the Hands of the State and Right Wing

The NRA is holding its annual convention just days after the Uvalde school shooting. The group exists to protect gun industry profits and the state’s monopoly on violence, and keep guns in the hands of right-wingers.

Ezra Brain

May 27, 2022

The Uvalde Massacre Is the Product of a Heinous System

Another deadly school shooting has claimed the lives of innocent school children and education workers. The small town of Uvalde, Texas, was the scene of the latest example of tragic barbarity as at least 18 elementary schoolers and two adults were murdered by an 18 year-old gunman who also died at the scene.

Ezra Brain

May 24, 2022

In the Latest Primaries, the Battle within the Parties Continues

Tuesday's primaries delivered wins to Trump endorsed candidates and some progressives, signaling that the fight for the parties is far from over.

Ezra Brain

May 18, 2022

Florida Teacher Fired for Speaking about Sexuality

A teacher in Florida was fired under the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. We must build a fighting labor movement to defend her, as well as all other teachers and students targeted by the onslaught of anti-LGTBQ+ bills.

Ezra Brain

May 13, 2022

Democrats Campaign for Anti-Choice Congressman while Abortion Rights Are at Risk

As the Supreme Court prepares to overturn Roe v. Wade, leading Democrats are campaigning for anti-choice congressman Henry Cuellar. Yet again, Democrats are showing us who they are — let’s believe them and build a movement of our own.

Ezra Brain

May 13, 2022

The Supreme Court Is Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade — Now Is the Time to Mobilize

In a leaked draft of its upcoming decision, the Supreme Court appears to be prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade. It is absolutely essential that we mobilize now — in the streets, in workplaces, and in our unions — to protect the right to abortion.

Ezra Brain

May 2, 2022

Social Justice Unionism: How ‘Generation U’ Is Building Class Solidarity

Workers are increasingly seeing the connections between their own oppressed identities and their role as exploited members of the working class. Social justice will be won only through this unified force.

Ezra Brain

April 29, 2022

Queer Amazon Union Organizers Stand Up against Rainbow Capitalism

Maddie, an LDJ5 warehouse worker explained that many organizers had nicknamed the LDJ5 warehouse the LDGay5, given how many of the organizers are queer. The fight against oppression is intrinsically tied to the fight for a union for these workers.

Ezra Brain

April 27, 2022

Move to Unionize Waitress Tour Could Rewrite How the Theater Industry Operates

Actors’ Equity Association is trying to unionize a workplace for the first time in 20 years. It’s one of the most progressive developments in theater in a long time, and has the potential to rewrite the way the industry operates.

Ezra Brain

April 15, 2022

Justice for Patrick Lyoya: Black Man Murdered by Cop during Traffic Stop

A police officer shot 26-year-old Patrick Lyoya in Grand Rapids, Michigan last week. Videos released on Wednesday give us a glimpse into the latest atrocious muder of a Black man at the hands of the police. No justice, no peace.

Ezra Brain

April 13, 2022

As UK Parliament Considers Allowing Conversion Therapy for Trans People, Thousands March in Protest

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of London on Sunday to protest the Conservative Party government’s proposal to keep conversion therapy legal for trans people.

Ezra Brain

April 12, 2022

Millions in India Join General Strike against Modi Government

Millions of workers in India have taken to the streets as part of a general strike against the government of Narendra Modi.

Ezra Brain

March 28, 2022

The War in Ukraine and Sanctions on Russia Are Driving Global Hunger

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine isn’t just harming the working class of both countries — it’s causing global food shortages.

Ezra Brain

March 25, 2022

Disney Workers Walk Out To Protest Complicity in “Don’t Say Gay” Bill

Disney workers are staging walkouts to protest the company’s refusal to condemn Florida’s recently-passed anti-LGBTQ+ bill.

Ezra Brain

March 22, 2022

Capitalism, Nationalism, and Copaganda: Biden’s First State of the Union

Joe Biden’s first State of the Union address reveled in nationalism, vague promises, and anti-Russian rhetoric. But, behind all the sloganeering, the speech revealed that Biden intends to stay the course on his disastrous governing strategy of empty promises that have categorically failed the working class and oppressed.

Ezra Brain

March 1, 2022

Oppression, Class Struggle, and Other Things Jacobin Doesn’t Care About

Jacobin Magazine recently released its first issue of 2022. The issue is full of defenses for the Democratic Party, but it has no articles about either class struggle or the oppressed.

Ezra Brain

February 27, 2022

8,000 Educators in Minneapolis and St. Paul Vote to Authorize Historic Strike

Educators in the twin cities just voted to authorize a strike.

Ezra Brain

February 18, 2022

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” Bill Is Another Attack on Queer Youth and All Educators

Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill would make it illegal to discuss gender and sexuality in K–12 schools. We need a unified, national movement against these right-wing attacks.

Ezra Brain

February 14, 2022

NYC Mayor Eric Adams Is Pro-Cop and Anti-Worker

One month into his tenure as mayor of New York City, Eric Adams has proved himself staunchly pro-cop and anti-worker. We need to mobilize against both him and the Democratic Party, neither of whom will provide solutions for crime or the health and social problems affecting the city.

Ezra Brain

January 31, 2022

Let Us Turn Our Anger at Biden Into Organization

Across the country, people are taking to social media to share their frustration with the Biden government. While this airing of anger is natural, it isn’t enough. We need to organize against the Biden administration.

Ezra Brain

January 23, 2022

Why “Partygate” Threatens to Bring Down UK Prime Minister

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the midst of a growing political crisis after it became clear that he and his aides violated Covid-19 regulations by having parties. These parties are a slap in the face to the working people of Britain, who were banned from seeing their families while the Prime Minister drank with his cronies.

Ezra Brain

January 16, 2022

One Year After January 6: The State of the Right and the Re-Legitimization of the State

Today politicians will commemorate the anniversary of the Storming of the Capitol as the day that democracy was saved from an attack of wild Trump supporters. But the advance of the far Right won’t be stopped by the Democrats or by putting our faith in the undemocratic institutions of the United States.

Ezra Brain

January 6, 2022

A Seemingly Targeted Attack Puts George Floyd’s Grand-Niece in the Hospital, Police Don’t Come For Hours

Arianna Delane, the four-year-old grand-niece of George Floyd, was taken to the hospital in the early hours of New Years Day following what appears to be a targeted shooting. The police took four hours to arrive on the scene.

Ezra Brain

January 5, 2022

“We’re Not All Here”: Why We Must Fight To Free Political Prisoners in 2022

As we enter 2022, many activists from BLM and other movements face years in prison. We must build a movement to demand their freedom, both to protect those specific people and to defend against state attacks on our movements in general.

Ezra Brain

January 2, 2022

Against Subtlety: ‘Don’t Look Up’ Is the Movie for Our Moment

Don’t Look Up is The Movie about what it feels like to be alive right now. It’s a masterpiece of 21st-century climate anxiety and, more importantly, class rage.

Ezra Brain

December 30, 2021

The Climate Crisis Is Here: Tornadoes Cut a Deadly Swath Across the United States

Deadly tornadoes killed at least 50 people across the United States on Friday night. This is but the latest sign of a fast-escalating climate crisis.

Ezra Brain

December 11, 2021

From the Tea Party to Kyle Rittenhouse: The Far Right’s Advances within the Republican Party

Since Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal, he's been offered three different internships with Republican members of Congress and been invited to meet with Donald Trump. This is the latest sign that the Republican Party is embracing the far Right --- a trend that was first seen in the Tea Party.

Ezra Brain

December 3, 2021

We Must Build a Mass Movement for Trans Rights

Today is Transgender Day of Remembrance. Trans rights are under attack across the United States and the world. We need to build a mass movement to protect and defend trans rights.

Ezra Brain

November 20, 2021

IATSE Members Vote No, Contract Passes Anyway

By using undemocratic voting measures, public pressure, and delaying tactics, the IATSE bureaucracy overrode the wishes of the membership to ram through a terrible contract. This is a betrayal of Halyna Hutchins, and all the IATSE members who voted to strike and who are demanding safe working conditions.

Ezra Brain

November 16, 2021