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Tristan Taylor

BLM Activists in Grand Rapids Face Repression and Need Solidarity

BLM leaders in Grand Rapids, Michigan are dealing with a new round of repression by the Grand Rapids Police Department. This is an attack on their struggle to get justice for Patrick Lyoya, a young Congolese refugee killed by the police two years ago.

Tristan Taylor

May 28, 2024

Wayne State Student Leaders Reject Administration’s Bad Offer and Plan to Hold Their Ground Against Repression and for Palestine

Students at Wayne State University organized a pro-Palestine encampment over the Memorial Day weekend with the main demand that the university divest from Israel. The encampment is now under imminent threat of being repressed by Detroit police.

Tristan Taylor

May 28, 2024

The Movement for Palestine Is Facing Repression. We Need a Campaign to Stop It.

In recent weeks, the movement in solidarity with Palestine has faced a new round of repression across the U.S. We need a united campaign to combat this repression, one that raises strategic debates about the movement’s next steps.

Tristan Taylor

April 17, 2024

Super Tuesday Confirms Trump, Biden Faceoff in November

As predicted, Biden and Trump won big on Super Tuesday, all but guaranteeing their nominations. However, even these primary results show a presidential campaign marked with contradictions.

Tristan Taylor

March 7, 2024

To Achieve Black Liberation, Class Independence Is Key

A united, working-class party fighting oppression is our only hope for Black liberation.

Tristan Taylor

February 29, 2024

Don’t Vote Uncommitted — Commit to Breaking with the Democrats

Tapping into deep anger with President Biden, the left wing of the Democratic Party is urging Michigan voters to vote “uncommitted” in the primary election. But this strategy funnels progressives’ energy back into the Democratic party when we need political independence from the parties supporting the genocide in Gaza.

Tristan Taylor

February 27, 2024

Six Ideas to Advance the Movement for Palestine

Nearly four months into Israel’s genocide in Gaza, what will it take for the movement to continue forward and impose its demands?

Tristan Taylor

January 28, 2024

Ohio State University Suspends Student Group for Supporting Palestine

Ohio State University joins a growing list of universities who are clamping down on the movement for Palestine. Yet the movement in Ohio is fighting back.

Tristan Taylor

January 4, 2024

The Fight for Palestinian Liberation Is a Crucial Issue for Detroit

A protest of a Detroit congressperson, who is backing the genocidal policies of the Israeli government, has raised tensions between the Black and Arab communities, threatening growing solidarity between the two oppressed groups.

Tristan Taylor

December 23, 2023

The Labor Movement Is Key for Palestinian Liberation

As part of the global movement in solidarity with Palestine and against the genocidal policies of the Israeli government, labor unions are taking action and demanding a ceasefire. This is not only a welcomed addition to the movement, but a necessary one that concretely shows the power of the working class.

Tristan Taylor

November 18, 2023

To Win, the UAW Strike Must Be Organized from Below

The strike at the Big Three has put the working class at the center of national politics. The autoworkers’ demands are bold and touch on issues of growing exploitation across the country. To win big, the strike must be organized from below.

Tristan Taylor

September 18, 2023

UAW: The Contract Fight of Their Lives 

With ambitious demands on the table and billions of dollars on the line for the Big Three, the UAW contract struggle is shaping up to be one of the most important and unprecedented labor actions in years.

Tristan Taylor

September 14, 2023

Drop the Charges, Defend the Movement, #StopCopCity 

The Left must take up a mass campaign to defend activists facing state repression that threatens the democratic and civil rights of protesters everywhere.

Tristan Taylor

September 12, 2023

“The Democratic Party has a very obvious class character”: Interview with Rhode Island DSA

Left Voice Writers Rob Belano and Tristan Taylor spoke with Rhode Island DSA co-chair Tony Unger about the chapter’s recent resolution against trying to “transform” the Democratic Party, committing itself to endorsing candidates who are independent socialist, and advocating the construction of a mass socialist party.

Tristan Taylor

July 20, 2023

The Supreme Court Must Be Abolished

The U.S. Supreme Court in a series of rulings this week showed its reactionary character, attacking the democratic rights of workers, youth, and the oppressed.

Tristan Taylor

July 2, 2023

Federal Charges of Political Activists Show the Racist and Repressive Nature of the Capitalist State

Black nationalist organizations in the United States have been the target of what is a clear, politically motivated attack by the FBI in an attempt to silence voices of dissent against the U.S. government.

Tristan Taylor

May 17, 2023

Eviction Defense in Detroit Shows the Power of Self-Organization

The recently viral videos of a physical eviction defense effort in Detroit not only shows the violent nature of evictions and the state, but the importance of developing institutions of self-organization in order to challenge the growing threat of evictions facing the working class and oppressed.

Tristan Taylor

April 8, 2023

Nigeria’s Unprecedented Election Shows Importance of Politicized Youth in Time of Crisis

Nigeria’s national election is shaped by deepening capitalist crisis, outsider candidates, and an activated youth.

Tristan Taylor

February 28, 2023

‘We Shall Not be Moved’: Maintaining and Uplifting Black Struggle during Black History Month

This Black History Month, let's raise the banner of Black liberation and the need for a revolutionary socialist strategy that, among other things, shows the inextricable link between class exploitation and racial oppression.

Tristan Taylor

February 6, 2023

Massive Looting of Public Resources at Stake in District Detroit Redevelopment Scheme

Billionaire developers in Detroit have proposed capturing almost one billion dollars in public money to fund their newest project. The deal is far from sealed, but organized community opposition will be necessary to prevent approvals from sailing through.

Tristan Taylor

February 3, 2023

First We Mourn, Then We Organize: A Letter to Weary Black Organizers Who Have Had Enough

Tyre Nichols, and all victims of police brutality, must be mourned. But we can't stop fighting or give in to despair — we have to build an independent political party that clashes with the capitalists physically, politically, and ideologically.

Tristan Taylor

January 29, 2023

Say His Name! Justice for Tyre Nichols

As the video footage of the police murder of Tyre Nichols is released today, it will be important for everyone who is against police violence to stand in solidarity and defend and join in the mobilizations demanding justice for his murder.

Tristan Taylor

January 27, 2023

Tenants and Allies across Detroit Meet to Organize for Renters’ Rights

Tenants in Detroit are getting together to create a citywide organization to help fight against housing insecurity and slumlords and for renters’ rights.

Tristan Taylor

January 11, 2023

Why the Crisis in Congress Proves the Need for the Working Class to Have its Own Party

The political impasse in the House of Representatives that has left it paralyzed shows how broken the capitalist system and its parties are. Since the working class and oppressed face the brunt of this broken system, we need to create our own organizations to fight for a revolutionary solution.

Tristan Taylor

January 5, 2023

“Farmgate” Threatens the Very Foundations of Capitalist Stability in South Africa

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces an impeachment vote Tuesday. More than a simple case of corruption, it’s a political crisis of the ruling party and of capitalist stability in the country.

Tristan Taylor

December 5, 2022

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