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Ezra Brain

Ezra is a NYC based theatre artist and teacher.

Protesters carry a banner that says "Johnson Must Go, He Partied While People Died."

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.

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.

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.

A white person wearing a mask, bandana, and sunglasses holds a white sign that says "NO POLITICAL PRISONERS" in large red letters

“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.

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.

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.

People await the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, outside the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 19, 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.

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.

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.

The Fix Is In: The Criminal “Justice” System Protects Kyle Rittenhouse

Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer, a terrorist, and a white supremacist. And the U.S. “justice” system is protecting him.

Election Night 2021: The Right Strikes Back

A combination of Trumpism, the absence of a left-wing movement, right-wing identity politics, and the failures, and betrayals of the Biden administration made Tuesday's elections play out well for the right-wing across the country.

Elections in Virginia: Between Trumpist Culture Wars and Clinton’s Right-Hand Man

Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe is in a dead heat with his Republican opponent ahead of Tuesday’s gubernatorial race in Virginia. The vote will be seen as a referendum on the Biden presidency and Trump's plans for a comeback.

Democrats Betray Paid Family Leave

In yet another betrayal, the Democrats have taken paid family leave out of their reconciliation bill. This is how the Democrats work: put forward progressive promises when running and then betray them once in office.

IATSE Member Halyna Hutchins’s Death Is Not Just a Tragic Accident. It’s a Labor Issue

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot yesterday by a prop gun fired by actor Alec Baldwin. Earlier that day, the film’s camera crew resigned over concerns about gun safety, among others.

Photo of Peyton Ham, a 16 year old who was murdered by police.

New Photo Confirms: Peyton Ham Was Murdered by the Police

Peyton Ham, a 16-year-old-boy, was killed by police in supposed “self-defense” earlier this year. A new photo reveals that it was murder.

IATSE Leaders Betray Workers With an Atrocious Tentative Agreement. But It’s Not Over Yet.

In a huge betrayal to workers, IATSE leadership struck a deal with the bosses to avert a strike that was set to begin on Monday. But the fight isn't over. Now, workers should vote no and prepare to strike until all their demands are met.

On the left, U.S. Senator Joe Manchin. In the middle, Joe Biden. On the right, Kyrsten Sinema.

The Center Cannot Hold: Biden’s Growing Problems in the Democratic Party

Cracks have begun to appear in Joe Biden’s control of the Democratic Party. As the right and left wings continue to fight, it seems unlikely that Biden will be able to hold it all together.

The Police, Not Trans People, Make Women Unsafe

Wayne Couzens, a London police officer, kidnapped and murdered a woman. But, rather than focusing on systemic police violence toward women, the Guardian chose to publish an op-ed blaming trans people for making women unsafe.

There’s Nothing Natural about the Disasters We’re Seeing

The U.S. was once again rocked with devastating climate disasters this week. The capitalists, state, and media want us to believe that this is natural, when, in reality, it is anything but.

Refugee Caps Are a Tool of Imperialism. Don’t Trust Imperialists to Resolve the Refugee Crisis

Hundreds of thousands of Afghans are now refugees. The global working class must demand that the imperialist nations give refuge to any refugee who requests it.

The DSA’s 2021 Convention Consolidates Its Rightward Turn

The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) recently wrapped their biannual convention, a de-politicized affair which represented the consolidation of the right-wing turn of the DSA over the past several years. This consolidation has important consequences for both the rank-and-file of the DSA and the socialist movement as a whole.

Churches Participated in Racism and Colonialism. Expropriate and Tax Them

The Catholic Church ran re-education schools for indigenous children in Canada that were rife with abuse and death. We must fight to hold the church accountable and demand that their land be expropriated and their profits taxed.

A Black person in a black crop top is holding a rainbow flag. They are in front of a parade.

Five Things We Should Fight For This Pride

This Pride weekend, we remember and celebrate the Stonewall uprising led by trans women of color. Although we have won some concessions, we have so much more to fight for. We must look past all of the trappings of rainbow capitalism — which seek to distract us from the work we still have to do — and understand that our role, like that of our elders before us, is to fight for queer liberation and the end of capitalism.

Jacobin Blames Campaign Worker Organizing for Sanders’ 2020 Loss

Jacobin Magazine recently published an article blaming Bernie Sanders’ loss on his campaign staff organizing for better working conditions. This article is but the latest example of Jacobin making apologies for bourgeois candidates instead of re-examining their strategy.

Marxism, Trans Liberation, and the Social Construction of Gender

A new generation of queer activists are debating: can Marxism be a strategy for trans and queer liberation?

The American Revolutionary Press Tradition

Throughout history, publications have been a central tool to build the socialist movement.

Biden’s Reversal on Refugees Is an Attempt to Regain Hegemony

Joe Biden has reversed his decision to set the admissions cap on refugees at 15,000, now allowing more in. This move is an attempt to pacify discontent about Biden’s betrayals on immigration.

Why Are Theater Workers Marching On Broadway?

Years of low wages, exploitation, and abuse have led theater workers to demand their unions, after having long ignored them, start protecting them. On Thursday, April 22, theater workers in New York City are marching on the national headquarters of the union to demand accountability and change.

“Spotify is the Uber of the Music Industry”: An Interview with Leftist Singer-Songwriter David Rovics

Left Voice sat down with Portland-based artist and activist David Rovics to talk about his new album, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the state of the music industry today.

Adam Toledo, Age 13, Had His Hands in the Air. A Chicago Cop Shot and Killed Him

Adam Toledo was shot by the police while complying with their orders. Then the state tried to cover it up, claiming that he was shooting at the officers. Body cam footage released on Thursday shows that to be a lie.