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Madeleine Freeman

Madeleine is a writer and video collaborator for Left Voice. She lives in New York.

Coalition of Leftists, Activists, and Unions Bring 20,000 Out for Abortion Rights in NYC

Organized by a coalition of socialist organizations, unions, and reproductive rights and housing groups, tens of thousands of people took their rage to the streets against the overturning of the constitutional right to an abortion.

Madeleine Freeman

June 25, 2022

Make It Law! For Free, Safe, and Legal Abortion, on Demand and without Apology

In defending against the overturn of Roe v. Wade, we must also push for a national law that makes abortion access free, safe, and accessible to all. This will only be won through a movement organized in our workplaces, schools, and in the streets.

Madeleine Freeman

May 16, 2022

March for Abortion Rights: In New York, We Sang Our Rage Together

On May 3 in New York, hundreds of people moved from rage to action and took the streets for abortion rights, marching from Foley Square to Washington Square Park.

“I Am A Man”: MLK and the Memphis Sanitation Strike

Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated in Memphis, TN. He was there supporting striking sanitation workers.

Madeleine Freeman

January 17, 2022

Buffalo Starbucks Workers Strike over Unsafe Working Conditions

Workers at the recently-unionized Starbucks store in Buffalo, New York walked off the job last week, citing concerns over safety measures and staffing shortages. Against the backdrop of a ripple of Starbucks unionization drives in stores across the country and surging coronavirus cases, the Buffalo baristas’ collective action shows a path forward for workers to return to work on their own terms.

Madeleine Freeman

January 10, 2022

Build Back Better Is Dead, Like All of Biden’s Promises

Build Back Better is dead at the hands of coal baron Joe Manchin. But this isn't just about Manchin — it's a about a Democratic Party that doesn't fight for working-class and oppressed people, and an undemocratic system that blocks even the smallest reforms.

Madeleine Freeman

December 22, 2021

Going to Work Shouldn’t Be a Death Sentence. Workers Have the Right to Safe Workplaces

Going to work should not be a death sentence. For workers at Amazon and a candle factory in Mayfield, Kentucky, going to work was a death sentence. Workers must fight for the right to a safe workplace.

Madeleine Freeman

December 15, 2021

Biden Isn’t Just Reinstating “Remain in Mexico,” He’s Expanding It

Last week, the Biden administration announced that it was formally reimplementing the program after a decision by the Supreme Court. The new policy, negotiated with the Mexican government, will include new sectors of migrants in the program and expand to new cities along the border, putting thousands of migrants’ lives at risk. The decision shows that Biden is not just continuing but expanding Trump’s immigration policy.

Madeleine Freeman

December 10, 2021

Hundreds of Thousands of Workers Are Quitting Their Jobs. But a “General Strike” Is Something Much More Powerful

In a recent opinion piece, former U.S. labor secretary Robert Reich argues that the September jobs report shows evidence of an “unofficial national general strike.” But that is a contradiction in terms.

Madeleine Freeman

October 16, 2021

The Climate Strike Is Back! Hundreds of Thousands in the Street Around the Globe

Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the Global Climate Strike, the biggest international climate action since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. They are demanding sweeping action to combat climate change, going beyond the tepid reforms of “green capitalism” which place profits over people.

Madeleine Freeman

September 25, 2021

Anti-Imperialism Is Inseparable from Anti-Capitalism: A Socialist Feminist Perspective

With the narrative of justifying imperialist intervention in the name of women’s rights called into question by 20 years of disastrous U.S. occupation in Afghanistan, the space is open for rethinking what it means to take up the fight for women’s emancipation with a staunchly anti-imperialist perspective.

Madeleine Freeman

September 11, 2021

Feminist Struggle Is at the Heart of Class Struggle in Afghanistan

Contrary to the claims of bourgeois historians, demands for social reforms in Afghanistan — particularly in the realm of women’s rights — predate both the U.S. and Soviet occupations.

Madeleine Freeman

September 11, 2021

Liberal Feminism Is an Imperialist Project

U.S. imperialism is responsible for the conditions facing women in Afghanistan today and others like them all across the world. Liberal feminism, with its reliance on the imperialist capitalist state, will never liberate the working class and poor women.

Madeleine Freeman

September 11, 2021

The Revolutionary Press in the Biden Era

Many socialists are wondering where we go from here — what role can a revolutionary publication play?

Madeleine Freeman

May 20, 2021

How Biden Funded Colombia’s Deadly Police Regime

Biden played a key role in empowering the ESMAD police force that is now being used to crush dissent in Colombia. This is all the more reason the U.S. Left must make solidarity with the Colombian working class a priority.

As Biden Moves Away from Neoliberalism, What Next?

Biden’s first speech before Congress as President was a whirlwind of populist promises to raise living conditions for the worst off sectors of U.S. society and defend American interests abroad. The plans and priorities he presented show that the Biden administration and its allies are betting on a departure from traditional neoliberal approaches to ensure that the United States can claw its way out of its current political, economic, and social crises and rebuild itself in its own image as the undisputed imperialist powerhouse of the world. 

Madeleine Freeman

April 29, 2021

The Women of the Warrior Met Strike

The strike of UMWA mine workers at Warrior Met Coal in Alabama involves many more people than the 1,100 workers who walked off the job in early April. Next to them on the picket lines are their families and partners who are helping to organize the strike, break its isolation, and discuss next steps, following in the footsteps of women’s committees in some of the most important labor battles in U.S. history.

Madeleine Freeman

April 21, 2021

“We Deserve More”: Alabama Miners Reject Tentative Agreement, Continue Strike

Striking mine workers at Warrior Met Coal overwhelmingly voted down the tentative agreement. The strike continues!

Madeleine Freeman

April 9, 2021

“A Slap in the Face”: Striking Alabama Miners Push Back on Contract Settlement

On the sixth day of a strike of over 1,100 workers at the Warrior Met coal mines in Alabama, the union presented the rank and file with a tentative agreement from the company. The contract offers certain concessions, but does not address the central demands workers say they require before they come off the picket lines.

Madeleine Freeman

April 8, 2021

Low Pay, Long Hours, and No Holidays: Alabama Coal Miners Strike Back

Left Voice is on the ground in Alabama to report on and stand in solidarity with the more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal Mine workers on strike

Madeleine Freeman

April 2, 2021

Here Are the Anti-Union Texts Amazon is Sending Workers

Here are text messages from Amazon to a current employee attempting to convince them to vote no on the union.

Madeleine Freeman

March 27, 2021

Amazon Hires Off-Duty Cops to Harass Workers, the Press, and Supporters

Bessemer, Alabama’s police chief has confirmed that off-duty officers have been hired by Amazon to act as “security” for the BHM1 facility in the middle of a historic and intense union drive. Two Left Voice reporters who were recently expelled from Amazon’s premises by the cops report from the ground.

Madeleine Freeman

March 26, 2021

That’s Not “How Fascism Works”

Jason Stanley’s book How Fascism Works shows the pitfalls of liberals’ approach to fascism.

Madeleine Freeman

March 7, 2021

“America is Back”: Biden Promises a Return to Imperialism as Usual

Biden’s first foreign policy speech has been hailed as a breath of fresh air after four years of Trump’s boorish approach, but if we look beneath Biden’s empty rhetoric, his task as president is no different than Trump’s: restoring U.S. imperialism to its former glory. Will a return to traditional neoliberal foreign policy be enough?

Madeleine Freeman

February 8, 2021

How Do You Like These Apples? 1,400 Hunts Point Workers Are On Strike

Some 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx --- the largest wholesale produce market in the world --- are on strike, demanding wage increases and better health benefits. Refusing to back down even in the face of police repression and threats from management, the Hunts Point strike serves as an example to the entire labor movement of how to fight the attacks of the bosses and the government officials who protect their interests.

Madeleine Freeman

January 19, 2021

Impeachment Is Their Fight, Not Ours

The bipartisan regime is using impeachment to move against Trump in the days after the storming of the Capitol. But that doesn’t mean they are our allies in the fight against the Right. Socialists must prepare ourselves and the entire working class to face the next four years of an administration that has the support of the bipartisan political establishment and capital behind it.

Madeleine Freeman

January 14, 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.

Madeleine Freeman

January 7, 2021

Militant Journalism and the Revolutionary Left

What part can a revolutionary publication play in the fight for socialism today?

Madeleine Freeman

November 6, 2020

NYPD Violently Represses Post-election Protests for Second Night in a Row

As votes for the 2020 elections were counted for a third night across the country, protesters in New York City were met once again with violent repression by NYPD. Acting on the orders of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the police are cracking down on mobilizations to prevent a repeat of this summer's uprising.

Madeleine Freeman

November 6, 2020

It’s Time to Abolish the Racist, Voter-Suppressing Electoral College

The right to vote may not be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, but voter suppression is.

Madeleine Freeman

November 3, 2020