Jimena is an author of the collection "Mexico en Llamas" and lives and works in New York City.
Understanding the Global Context of the Ukrainian Conflict: A Response to Our Critics
The 2022 invasion of Ukraine and the massive rearmament of Europe that followed mark a new stage in a growing conflict that has become a proxy war between the imperialist states of the US and NATO on one side, and an emerging alliance between Russia and China on the other. While some on the Left see this new pole of Russia and China as a check against US imperialism, neither country is anti-imperialist, and neither has anything progressive to offer working people.
Jimena VergaraMarch 16, 2023
The Congressional Vote to Quash the Rail Strike Shows That We Need a Party of Our Own
The congressional intervention to bust a possible railroad strike with the complicity of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party was a blow to the labor movement as a whole and a wake-up call for the socialist Left in America. Indignation and denunciation are not enough. It is fundamental to break with the Democratic Party and build a party of the working class and for the working class that genuinely fights for socialism.
Jimena VergaraDecember 22, 2022
The Midterm Elections and the Fight for the Working Class
Republicans and Democrats are trying to win the working class vote on Tuesday, but neither party represents workers’ interests. Socialists must take advantage of the hunger for reform and fight for independent politics and build the party we need: a working-class party with a socialist strategy.
Jimena VergaraNovember 7, 2022
Afghanistan: Biden Eulogizes Another Humiliating Defeat for U.S. Imperialism
President Joe Biden gave a fervent speech on Monday justifying his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan to end the longest war in U.S. history. The speech was met with criticism from sectors of both capitalist parties who believe that the decision is a blow to U.S. credibility and power globally.
Jimena VergaraAugust 17, 2021
The Concept of Hegemony Goes Beyond Identity Politics and Economism
Left Voice's own Jimena Vergara sits down with Argentinian Marxist and Trotskyist Fraction member Juan Dal Maso to discuss his latest book, "Hegemony and Class Struggle: Trotsky, Gramsci, and Marxism."
Jimena VergaraAugust 14, 2021
Elections in Chile: Establishment Parties Suffer, and Revolutionaries Get 50,000 Votes
In the elections this weekend in Chile, voter turnout was low. Many people voted against the government and the political heirs of the dictatorship. Revolutionary workers had an impressive showing.
Jimena VergaraMay 18, 2021
Class Struggle in the Biden Era
Now is the time for bold working-class action, not class collaboration.
Jimena VergaraFebruary 7, 2021
Don’t Be Fooled: The Most Diverse Cabinet in History Is Pure Demagogy
Biden boasts that his new cabinet “looks like America.” However, whether the cabinet “looks like” the working class has nothing to do with their interests and politics. Make no mistake: these politicians will always put the capitalists above the workers.
Jimena VergaraJanuary 8, 2021
This Is What the Decline of the U.S. Empire Looks Like
The world watched yesterday as a horde of extreme-right Trump supporters stormed the joint congressional session to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win. These events portend more instability for the U.S. imperialist project, both on the national and international stages.
Jimena VergaraJanuary 7, 2021
Neoliberalism’s Last Stand
Biden’s election is an attempt to revive the neoliberal order — one that is doomed to fail.
Jimena VergaraDecember 6, 2020
A New World Imagined: Working Class Organization after the Elections
The following talk was given at the Left Voice online event: "Fighting the Next Oppressor: Socialist Strategy Post Elections" on November 14. If you are interested in collaborating with Left Voice, sign up here.
Jimena VergaraNovember 17, 2020
Elections Amid Imperialist Decline
Whoever becomes president must manage an unprecedented situation amid increasing discontent with the regime.
Jimena VergaraNovember 1, 2020
France’s New Anticapitalist Party: Some Lessons for Revolutionaries
The history of the New Anticapitalist Party in France, which coincides with a decade-long period of intense class struggle in the country, is instructive for revolutionaries in the United States seeking a path forward to building an independent working-class party that will fight for socialism. So too are the nature of the current crisis of the NPA and the crisis of leadership that Leon Trotsky wrote about in 1938.
Jimena VergaraSeptember 20, 2020
The United States in the Global Crisis: Perspectives for Revolutionary Struggle
Below we reproduce Left Voice editorial board member Jimena Vergara's speech from the Latin American and United States Conference which was called by the organizations of the Left Front in Argentina this July. More than 50 organizations from across Latin America and the United States participated. Vergara’s intervention was part of a panel on the global and U.S. situation.
Jimena VergaraAugust 6, 2020
Police Abolition, Self Defense, and Self Organization
Now that the movement has put the very existence of the police on the table, socialists everywhere must begin to think about the forms of self organization needed to further develop and strengthen the struggle in order to eventually build a broader confrontation with capital and the state.
Jimena VergaraJune 28, 2020
Conceived in Crisis, Uprisings Against Police Terror Rattle the Foundations of the U.S. State
On Wednesday, the mayor of Minnesota announced that Derek Chauvin --- the police officer that suffocated George Floyd --- will be charged with second degree murder, and that the other three cops who were accomplices of Chauvin will finally be arrested. This is an important victory for the movement; but these protests are unlike anything we have seen before and there is plenty of potential for continued unrest and resistance.
Jimena VergaraJune 3, 2020
Capitalism is a Virus: Value Chains, Class Struggle, and the United Front
The coronavirus has spread around the world through the circuits of capital and value chains, dividing the working class and putting millions of frontline workers at risk. Reorganizing the forces of the proletariat to respond to this threat is the only way forward.
Jimena VergaraMay 11, 2020
Las Vegas Hotels Are Empty: The Homeless Are in a “Socially Distant” Parking Lot
Multiple sources reported today that in Las Vegas, authorities have built a "shelter" for the homeless in order to respect "social distancing.” The images coming out of Nevada, however, tell an entirely different story.
Jimena VergaraMarch 30, 2020
Bernie Sanders, Cuba and a Chance for Socialists
Bernie Sanders’ measured comments about Cuba have sent the liberal and not-so-liberal media into an anti-communist tailspin. What their comments reveal is not a fear of authoritarianism but the threat that socialism poses to capitalist interests.
Jimena VergaraFebruary 28, 2020
Black Liberation and the Early Communist Movement
The struggle for Black liberation was an integral part of the US Communist Party’s practice in the years after its foundation. The party’s work was particularly influenced by the Bolshevik Party and Black radicalism in America.
Jimena VergaraFebruary 9, 2020
Chile: On the Front Lines against Neoliberalism
An Interview with Dauno Totoro of the Revolutionary Workers Party (PTR)
Jimena VergaraDecember 29, 2019
Shut Down Guantanamo!
On December 6, the New York Times published the drawings of a victim of torture from Guantanamo Bay that reveal in detail the atrocities perpetrated by U.S. soldiers there.
Jimena VergaraDecember 7, 2019
Fred Hampton Was Assassinated, His Fight for Black Liberation is Still Alive
On December 4, 1969, Chicago police fired about 100 shots into an apartment containing seven sleeping members of the Illinois’ Black Panther Party chapter. Mark Clark and Fred Hampton were killed.
Jimena VergaraDecember 4, 2019
Chile on Fire: Massive Protests Force Repeal of Fare Hikes
This Friday in Santiago, Chile, tens of thousands of high school students, accompanied by teachers and workers, turned the city upside down to protest a rise in subway ticket prices. The right-wing government of Sebastián Piñera responded by declaring a state of emergency. Less than 24 hours later, the president was forced to revoke the increase.
Jimena VergaraOctober 19, 2019
Cancel Argentina’s Debt
The current crisis in Argentina is a consequence of the austerity policies imposed on the semicolonial countries by the IMF and imperialism.
Jimena VergaraSeptember 26, 2019
A Revolutionary Perspective for Puerto Rico
The resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló marked a victory for Puerto Rico’s popular uprising. Yet the Fiscal Control Board and the colonial regime remain. How can the island throw off the yoke of U.S. imperialism? What role could a Constituent Assembly play?
Jimena VergaraAugust 3, 2019
Socialism 2019: The Two Souls of U.S. Socialism
Over the July 4 weekend, more than 1,700 people met up in Chicago for the Socialism Conference. The International Socialist Organization (ISO) had dissolved a few months previously. Many participants were pushing for reformist politics within the Democratic Party—but others want to resist the shift to the right.
Jimena VergaraJuly 23, 2019
Donald Trump, the Squad and the War Against the Most Oppressed
Donald Trump’s attacks on Ilhan Omar and the “Squad” is yet another chapter in Trump’s war against People of Color and immigrants in the United States.
Jimena VergaraJuly 19, 2019
Outpouring of Rage Hits Streets of Puerto Rico
Facing down tear gas and police, thousands of people took to the streets for three consecutive days in Puerto Rico, demanding the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rossello.
Jimena VergaraJuly 16, 2019
Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and the Criminal Alliance between Israel and the U.S.
When President Trump slanders Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, he speaks for the interests of American imperialism and its strategic alliance with Israel. Both Democrats and Republicans echo his statements.
Jimena VergaraJune 6, 2019