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Tristan Taylor

What Is the Michigan Working Class Party?

The midterm elections happen amidst an atmosphere of polarization and politicalization, where the crisis of neoliberalism is growing acute, yet lesser evilism politics remain. For those on the Left, workers and the oppressed sick of the betrayals and disappointments with the two party system, a third political party calling itself the Working Class Party is seeking to be that alternative in Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois.

Tristan Taylor

November 8, 2022

Democrats and Republicans Amp Up Copaganda Ahead of Midterms

Republicans campaign on being “tough on crime” and portray the Democrats as “soft on crime.” But both parties are pro-police, and have amped up their copaganda ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

Tristan Taylor

November 8, 2022

Former Police Officer to Stand Trial for Patrick Lyoya’s Murder

Christopher Schurr will go to trial for fatally shooting Patrick Lyoya in the back of the head during a traffic stop in April in Michigan. To truly win justice, we need to continue to organize against the police and the system they uphold.

Tristan Taylor

October 31, 2022

With LA City Council in Crisis, What’s Next for the Movement?

The Los Angeles City Council continues to be in a political crisis following the leaked racist remarks of its members. How should the Left, the working class, and oppressed of LA respond?

Tristan Taylor

October 19, 2022

Reproductive Rights are on the Ballot in Michigan

As socialists and radicals campaign to pass a ballot initiative to protect reproductive rights in Michigan, they must find a way to make that effort independent from the cynical electoral aspirations of Democrats.

Tristan Taylor

October 9, 2022

Michigan Court of Appeals Gives County Prosecutors Right to Enforce Abortion Ban

Today a Michigan Court ruled that prosecutors in counties across the state have the authority to enforce a 1931 law that prohibits almost all forms of abortion.

Tristan Taylor

August 1, 2022

Cop Who Murdered Patrick Lyoya Charged with Second-Degree Murder

In a victory for the movement in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the county prosecutor announced second-degree murder charges against Christopher Schurr, the cop who shot Patrick Lyoya in the head.

Tristan Taylor

June 11, 2022

BLM Activists in Grand Rapids Face Felony Charges, Arrested Day before Anniversary of George Floyd’s Murder

BLM activists leading the struggle for Justice for Patrick Lyoya were arrested on their way to City Commissioners meeting, and four Black leaders are charged with felony charges. We need every social justice organization, union, and other community and progressive organizations to show their solidarity.

Tristan Taylor

May 29, 2022

What’s Next for the Abortion Rights Movement in Michigan?

Participants in the struggle for abortion rights write about the political conditions and challenges that face the movement in Michigan, and what the movement needs to tackle in order to move forward.

Tristan Taylor

May 13, 2022

Activists Expose Racist Detroit Police Practices: Cops Arresting Thousands of Black Motorists on Bogus Concealed Weapons Charges

A Detroit coalition of social justice organizations and public defender NGOs has exposed a police policy that has resulted in thousands of arrests and felony charges against people who’ve committed no crimes and pose no threat to anyone.

Tristan Taylor

January 31, 2022

Shut Down Guantanamo Bay

Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the opening of Guantanamo Bay Prison. Its continued operation shows that the “War on Terror” has not ended.

Tristan Taylor

January 12, 2022

Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Are Found Guilty. What Does This Mean for the Movement?

Ahmaud Arbery’s killers have been found guilty. The guilty verdict in the Ahmaud Arbery murder trial is welcome news, but we should be tired of the see-saw of injustice, and fight to abolish the racist, capitalist system as a whole.

Tristan Taylor

November 25, 2021

“A Fifty-Year Project of Theft”: Detroit Stands Up to the World Economic Forum

Detroit-based coalition People Against Corporate Theft will hold a public speak-out on October 25 against the World Economic Forum’s plans to set up a “Global Center for Urban Transformation” in the city. Here, we republish their statement.

Tristan Taylor

October 19, 2021

Detroit Pharmacy Technicians are Unionizing

The Teamsters are organizing pharmacy technicians at a Detroit-area company as unionization efforts expand in the United States.

Tristan Taylor

October 9, 2021

“They Have the Money. We Have the Truth and the Numbers”: Hundreds March for Abortion Rights in Detroit

Last weekend, 400 people in Detroit, Michigan protested the recent anti-abortion legislation passed in Texas. To defend abortion rights, we can’t rely on Democrats — we need to march in the streets with the power of the working class, unions, and oppressed.

Tristan Taylor

October 8, 2021

Michigan Marches Unite Palestine Solidarity and BLM, Pointing the Way Forward

The mass mobilizations across the globe for Palestine and against the racist violence of the Israeli state show the depth of this important struggle for self-determination. They also shown the growing political maturity of protesters, expressing solidarity between the BLM movement and the fight for Palestinian liberation against U.S. imperialism.

Tristan Taylor

May 22, 2021

The Police Stood By as the Far Right Invaded the Capitol. The Working Class Must Stop Them

This afternoon, thousands of Trump supporters from across the country stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an effort to stop the certification of the Electoral College vote. The action began with a rally at which Trump himself encouraged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol. Protesters confronted police, broke through barricades, and stormed the […]

Tristan Taylor

January 6, 2021

Local BLM Chapters Blast National Leadership

BLM chapters across the country are demanding more democracy and transparency from the Black Lives Matter Global Network.

Tristan Taylor

December 18, 2020

Detroit Police Put BLM Leader in a Chokehold, Call It a “Two-Hand Restraint”

The Detroit Police put protest leader Nakia Wallace in a chokehold. They are now calling it a “two-hand restraint.” This whitewashing is part of a broader attack on the movement in Detroit. 

Tristan Taylor

December 7, 2020

Detroit Activists Threatened with Intimidating Texts

Two dozen Detroit activists received threatening text messages last night and this morning. The movement against racism will not be intimidated by such tactics. Left Voice stands with the activists against intimidation and repression.

Tristan Taylor

November 29, 2020

Marches, Assemblies, and a Public Tribunal: How Detroit Activists Are Building Power

On June 20, Detroit protesters staged a Public Tribunal Against Police Brutality. This was only the latest action in a series of growing militant activity in the Motor City. What powers the movement? Daily assemblies and marches.

Tristan Taylor

June 25, 2020

“Success Isn’t Guaranteed, but Defeat is if we Don’t Do Anything.” Interview With Socialists Stopping Evictions in Detroit

Detroit was hit hard by COVID-19. But mass displacement and racist austerity measures have been a scourge in the city for decades. Left Voice sat down with Detroit revolutionary socialist Tristan Taylor to discuss evictions, and how to fight them.

Tristan Taylor

April 16, 2020