Madeleine is a writer and video collaborator for Left Voice. She lives in New York.
Biden’s Populist Speech Can’t Cover Up Capitalist Crisis
Biden tried to paint a picture of a United States that has come back stronger after the pandemic. But despite his populist rhetoric and laundry list of policies, none of these measures can address the real needs of the vast majority of the working class and poor who have been exploited and oppressed for much longer than the last two years.
Madeleine FreemanFebruary 8, 2023
Biden, Congress, and the Squad Just Voted to Block a Rail Strike. Workers Should be the Ones Who Decide
The Biden administration called on Congress to undemocratically impose a contract on rail workers across the country and avert a nationwide rail strike. The deal has already passed the House with unanimous support from Democrats. This latest maneuver by a “proud pro-labor President” shows that there is no such thing: the state acts in favor of the bosses to protect their profits.
Madeleine FreemanNovember 30, 2022
A Weakened Trump Poses as an Alternative for the Working Class in Third Bid for President
Speaking at Mar-a-Lago a week after the failed “red wave” of the midterms, Trump made an appeal to all those spurned by neoliberalism and feeling the effects of inflation to rally behind his xenophobic, transphobic, and pro-capitalist agenda.
Madeleine FreemanNovember 16, 2022
The Democrats Are Cynically Using Abortion Rights to Get Out the Vote. Don’t Fall for It
This week, three weeks before the midterms, Biden proposed a cynical deal to those who want to defend abortion rights: if you get Democrats more seats in Congress, we’ll codify Roe. But restoring faith in the Democratic Party will not guarantee reproductive healthcare, fight the Far Right, or address the material needs of people feeling the effects of inflation. Working and oppressed people need their own solution.
Madeleine FreemanOctober 21, 2022
Boston Starbucks Workers Go on Strike Against Union-Busting and Bigotry
Workers at the newly unionized Starbucks store on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts are on strike indefinitely to protest the company’s union-busting and harassment, and intimidation from their manager.
Madeleine FreemanJuly 21, 2022
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 FreemanJune 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 FreemanMay 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.
Madeleine FreemanMay 5, 2022
“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 FreemanJanuary 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 FreemanJanuary 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 FreemanDecember 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 FreemanDecember 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 FreemanDecember 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 FreemanOctober 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 FreemanSeptember 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.
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.
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.
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.
Madeleine FreemanMay 7, 2021
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 FreemanApril 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 FreemanApril 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 FreemanApril 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 FreemanApril 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 FreemanApril 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 FreemanMarch 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 FreemanMarch 26, 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 FreemanFebruary 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 FreemanJanuary 19, 2021