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Jimena Vergara

Jimena is an author of the collection "Mexico en Llamas" and lives and works in New York City.

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.

On the left, the front cover of Argentine Marxist Juan Dal Maso's book Hegemony and Class Struggle. On the right, Dal Maso sits at a desk wearing a black sweater, mid-speech.

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."

A crowd of people in Chile, a big red banner says "PTR."

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.

Class Struggle in the Biden Era

Now is the time for bold working-class action, not class collaboration.

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.

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.

Neoliberalism’s Last Stand

Biden’s election is an attempt to revive the neoliberal order — one that is doomed to fail.

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.

Elections Amid Imperialist Decline

Whoever becomes president must manage an unprecedented situation amid increasing discontent with the regime.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

Chile: On the Front Lines against Neoliberalism

An Interview with Dauno Totoro of the Revolutionary Workers Party (PTR)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Socialist Feminism Needs Political Representation

For those of us who consider ourselves socialist feminists, the questions on this March 8th are: Where is the women’s movement today, and what are the urgent tasks for us to take up?

The Imperialist Plot Against Venezuela

Donald Trump and the most sinister parts of the American regime are revealing that the “America First” slogan is nothing more than the rhetoric of a reloaded imperialism.

Trump, Bolsonaro and Latin American Right Support Attempted Coup in Venezuela

In a clear demonstration of imperialist interventionism, President Trump recognized right-wing opposition leader Juan Guaidó as “interim president” of Venezuela.