Author: Leonard Cortana

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.

Polarization and Crisis in Peru

Castillo’s victory marks the beginning of a new and still unpredictable period, in which the struggle between change and continuity will undoubtedly play an important role.

Profits Call the Tune

Profit is not a “gift of capital,” and does not rely on investment. Profits can be generated out of the exploitation of labor power without further investment, and indeed, that is what we can see now in the expansion of ‘fictitious capital’ at the expense of productive investment.

3,000 Volvo Workers Are on Strike Again

After rejecting a second contract offer, Volvo workers at the Mack and Volvo Truck of North America manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia are on strike again. They say that this time they are not going back until a new contract is ratified.

Working Class Tunisians Rise Up against Police Violence

Protests began in the working-class districts of Sidi Hassine and Séjoumi in Tunis, Tunisia, after a young man died in police custody and videos of police beating a minor went viral on social media. Police violence is endemic in Tunisia, and the masses suffer unemployment, poverty, and misery a decade after the fall of Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali’s regime and the beginning of the Arab Spring.

“Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die”: An Interview With the Documentary Filmmaker

Below, Elena Chavez interviews Leonard Cortana, a young, French-born filmmaker based in New York City with family roots in the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe. Most of his work focuses on Brazil and the Caribbean diaspora, especially on Afro-descendant female characters. His film Marielle’s Legacy Will Not Die focuses on Marielle Franco, a queer Black woman, feminist and member of the Socialism and Liberty Party (PSOL) who was elected to Rio de Janeiro’s city council in 2016. Soon after her election, Brazil underwent an institutional coup that ousted then President Dilma Rousseff. In March 2018, Franco was shot to death by an unknown assailant. A month later Brazil’s U.S.-trained judiciary imprisoned former President Lula da Silva. Increasing ties have emerged between Marielle’s likely killers and current President Jair Bolsonaro.