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Peru: Not Vizcarra. Not Merino. For a New Constituent Assembly.

The Peruvian parliament recently approved the ouster of the current president, Martín Vizcarra, deepening the already existing political crisis. Here, we publish the statement released by our comrades of the Socialist Workers Current in Peru.

La Izquierda Diario Péru

November 12, 2020

California Parolees Win Right to Vote

Californians overwhelmingly voted to restore voting rights to citizens on parole, but the California prison system is still incredibly unjust.

B.C. Daurelle

November 6, 2020

Trump Wants to Steal the Election.

While the full results of the 2020 election aren’t known yet, it is clear that the race was closer than originally expected. As President Donald Trump ramps up his attempts to steal the election, it is clear that both Trump and the undemocratic nature of U.S. “democracy” are major threats to our basic right to vote.

Ezra Brain

November 4, 2020

Everyone Must Be Allowed To Vote

It’s deeply undemocratic that undocumented people and people with felony convictions are barred from voting, and that many workers are unable to vote because of insufficient time. All people should be able to vote, and Election Day must be a federal holiday so people have the time off they need to participate in elections.

K.S. Mehta

November 3, 2020

Representation Isn’t Liberation: The Case of Amy Coney Barrett

Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court has raised alarms. But the problem with "ACB" is deeper than Barrett and her right-wing politics. The problem is that unelected government officials have such despotic control over the policy that affects our lives.

Sophia Zaynor

October 29, 2020

Thousands Protest for Democratic Reforms in Thailand

Protests in Thailand, set off by the student movement, are directed at the military-backed government and powerful monarchy. These protests are part of a string of global uprisings erupting around the world as the current crisis of capitalism deepens.

Sam Carliner

October 18, 2020

Their Democracy and Ours

The "greatest democracy in the world" is in crisis. The U.S. Constitution, once treated as a kind of holy text, is now seen as it is: a document written by enslavers and large landowners to protect their privileges. Communists are often accused of being anti-democratic. But the opposite is the case: we call for a much more profound form of democracy than the United States or any capitalist country can possibly offer.

Nathaniel Flakin

October 17, 2020

Trump Is Mobilizing the Right Wing to Intimidate Voters

At the first presidential debate, Donald Trump made an explicit call to his right-wing base to “watch very carefully” at the polls --- a clear euphemism for voter intimidation. If the right-wing mobilizes on Election Day, then the working class must be prepared to protect its democratic rights.

Madeleine Freeman

October 4, 2020

Get Rid of the Senate!

The upper chamber of the U.S. Congress went on a month-long vacation as the pandemic raged. That is no coincidence: the Senate is a completely reactionary institution whose members have nothing to do with the lives of working people.

Olivia Wood

September 28, 2020