The MOVE House Bombing, 35 Years Later
35 years ago, on May 13, longstanding tensions between MOVE, a black liberation group, and the Philadelphia Police Department erupted horrifically when the police dropped bombs on their homes. Eleven people were killed, including five children and the founder of the organization. Sixty-one homes were destroyed, and more than 250 citizens were left homeless.
John LeslieMay 13, 2020
The Unions Must Fight Against Right to Work!
Republicans in Congress have introduced amendments to the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act aimed at crippling the right to organize a union. Such national “Right-To-Work” legislation has long been on the wish list of the right wing and big business and is aimed at gutting the ability of the unions to finance themselves and fight back against the bosses’ agenda. The proposed legislation would target the union shop and the unions’ right to collect fees for representation.
John LeslieFebruary 2, 2017
1917: Black Troops Rebel Against Jim Crow in Houston
The year was 1917. Black Troops in Houston rebel against police violence and against Jim Crow.
John LeslieDecember 17, 2016
“Right-to-work” laws –what they are and how to fight them
High at the top of the GOP and big business wish list for the New Year is a National Right-To-Work (RTW) law aimed at gutting the ability of the unions to finance themselves and fight back against the bosses’ agenda. What is RTW and how can we fight it?
John LeslieDecember 15, 2016
Israel, Palestine, Anti-Semitism and the US Left
Once the flagship of US Trotskyism, the US Socialist Workers Party is reduced to a rubber life raft of derailed sectarianism. The SWP was for decades a proponent of the liberation of the Palestinian people, but in recent years has changed to a position that can only be called a tragic adaptation to Zionism.
John LeslieSeptember 13, 2016
After Dallas: Continue the Struggle for Justice!
Black people in the U.S. are under attack. There is a clear pattern of police violence against the Black community, including extrajudicial murders which go unpunished by a racist criminal justice system. The Black Lives Matter movement is fighting back and not giving in to pressure from cops and politicians.
John LeslieJuly 11, 2016
Unemployment and Poverty, Inherent Features of Capitalism
Millions of workers in the U.S. and around the world struggle to survive, often working low-wage, part-time jobs with no benefits. These victims of capitalism's drive for profits must be at the center of a working class fightback. Without a working class alternative, rightists like Trump will step in to masquerade as champions of working people.
John LeslieJuly 7, 2016