Ezra is a NYC based theatre artist and teacher.
The Rise of the Proto-Fascist Right Highlights the Crisis of the Whole System
The recent fight over Kevin McCarthy’s becoming Speaker of the House reveals how divided and polarized the Republican Party is. Out of this crisis, a proto-fascist wing of the Republican Party has emerged, strengthened and empowered after extracting concessions from the GOP establishment.
Ezra BrainJanuary 23, 2023
Chaos in the House of Representatives as Republican Right Refuses to Support the Republican Establishment
Kevin McCarthy, the establishment Republican choice for Speaker of the House, lost six consecutive votes after a portion of the Republican right refused to vote for him. This kicked off the biggest crisis in choosing a speaker of the house since 1923.
Ezra BrainJanuary 4, 2023
Class Struggle Solidarity and the Trans Movement (or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love My Class)
While writers at The New York Times staged a 24-hour walkout on Thursday, some trans people expressed skepticism about showing solidarity for workers at a publication that distributes so much transphobia. A trans socialist explains why queer solidarity with the labor movement is so important, even when workers might not yet be taking up our struggles.
Ezra BrainDecember 11, 2022
The Red Wave Crashes on the Rocks of Voter Rejection
In a contradictory result, voters have rejected the Republican hopes of a “red wave,” instead choosing to protect abortion at the state level and deliver a likely split government.
Ezra BrainNovember 9, 2022
Florida Is Poised to Ban Gender-Affirming Care for Minors — We Need a Movement for Trans Lives
In the latest assault on trans youth, the Florida Board of Medicine voted to draft a rule to ban gender affirming care for anyone under the age of 18. This heinous attack must be fought back by a mass movement.
Ezra BrainNovember 1, 2022
Polarization, Economic Crisis, and Class Struggle: The Contradictions of the Political Moment
From the resurgence of the Democratic party to the advance of the Right to the potential of Generation U, it is evident that we are in a moment of instability and heightened polarization in the midst of a burgeoning economic crisis and rising labor movement. The Left must take the opportunities presented by the current moment and turn them into advances for our movement.
Ezra BrainSeptember 18, 2022
Thatcherite Liz Truss Is Sworn in as UK Prime Minister
Amid an economic and political crisis, Conservative Liz Truss became the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on Tuesday.
Ezra BrainSeptember 7, 2022
The “Lesser Evil” Is Bankrolling the Far Right
The Democratic Party is spending tens of millions of dollars to advance far-right candidates in hopes that it will improve the Democrats’ midterm chances. This strategy shows, yet again, that the Democrats will not help us fight the advance of the Far Right.
Ezra BrainSeptember 1, 2022
Historically Low Approval Ratings of Institutions Show the U.S. Regime in Crisis
Two new polls show a massive loss of faith in institutions across the U.S. This loss of faith underlines the depth of crisis in the U.S. regime.
Ezra BrainJuly 11, 2022
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 BrainJune 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 BrainMay 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 BrainMay 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 BrainMay 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 BrainMay 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 BrainMay 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 BrainMay 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 BrainApril 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 BrainApril 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 BrainApril 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 BrainApril 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 BrainApril 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 BrainMarch 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 BrainMarch 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 BrainMarch 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 BrainMarch 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 BrainFebruary 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 BrainFebruary 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 BrainFebruary 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 BrainJanuary 31, 2022