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Madeleine Freeman

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

University of California Academic Workers Authorize Strike to Defend the Right to Protest

48,000 workers are one step closer to going on strike to demand that charges and academic sanctions be dropped for the students and faculty who protest the genocide in Palestine and UC’s financial and academic ties to Israel.

Madeleine Freeman

May 16, 2024

The Fight against Javier Milei Has Set The Stage For a Whole New Wave of Struggle

The defeat of the Omnibus Law is a key victory for the movement against Javier Milei’s austerity plan and attacks on democratic rights. It shows that the working class and oppressed have the power to fight against the advance of the Far Right in Argentina and across the world.

Madeleine Freeman

February 9, 2024

All Eyes Are on Argentina Ahead of Its January 24 National Strike

Since the night of his acceptance speech in November, far-right President Javier Milei has mounted an all-out attack on the rights and living conditions of working people in Argentina. Thousands of people across the country — organized in unions and workers’ organizations, the feminist movement, the student movement, and neighborhood organizations — are preparing to fight back. They are mounting a national strike to defeat austerity and authoritarianism.

Madeleine Freeman

January 23, 2024

NYPD Brutally Attacks Peaceful Pro-Palestine Protest in Brooklyn

NYPD arrested at least a dozen protesters in Brooklyn Saturday night at a peaceful march against Israel’s brutal attacks in Palestine.

Madeleine Freeman

October 21, 2023

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 Freeman

February 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 Freeman

November 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 Freeman

November 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 Freeman

October 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 Freeman

July 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 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