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The Demands of the Attica Uprising

The Attica Prison Uprising began on September 9, 1971 and put forward demands that are still relevant today.

Black Friday: The Massacre That Ignited a Revolution in Iran

On September 8, 1978, the U.S.-backed Shah brutally massacred up to 3,000 Iranian protesters calling for the fall of his regime. This bloodbath came to be known as “Black Friday” and was a huge catalyst for the Iranian Revolution, a process which has had enormous consequences for U.S. imperialism and the region.

Santiago Montag

September 9, 2021

Fighting for Abortion Rights: Lessons from Berlin in the 1970s

In recent decades, the feminist movement has gone through a process of NGO-ization. Supporters no longer demonstrate and smash windows — now they just click to send money.

Nathaniel Flakin

September 9, 2021

Lessons from the Bund: A Socialist, Anti-Zionist, Jewish Movement

As long as there has been Zionism, there have been anti-Zionist Jews.

Frankie Levine

August 27, 2021

Sacco and Vanzetti: Murdered by Capitalism On this Day in 1927

Two anarchists in Massachusetts were arrested and convicted of robbery and murder in a sham trial and then executed in 1927. This is their story in brief.

Scott Cooper

August 23, 2021

For a Workers’ Olympics!

The Tokyo Olympics are an opportunity for athletes to demonstrate the pinnacles of physical accomplishment and show the best and worst of sports, but the games are controlled by a shady clique of capitalists and aristocrats. What could an alternative look like? Let’s check out the old Workers’ Olympiads.

Nathaniel Flakin

July 22, 2021

Forget the Alamo (and the White Supremacist History You Learned in School)

School children in Texas are required to learn about the "Heroes of the Alamo." But that is a white supremacist myth that the so-called "Texas Revolution" was fought in defense of slavery.

Nathaniel Flakin

June 30, 2021

Sophie Scholl and Hans Berger: Why German Capitalism Celebrates Only One Nazi Resistance Fighter

Sophie Scholl, the best-known German resistance fighter against the Nazis, would have turned 100 today. The state-sponsored commemorations of her cover up a simple fact: most resistance fighters against the Nazis were socialists and communists. 

Nathaniel Flakin

May 9, 2021

The National Guard Is No Friend of Workers and the Oppressed: A Lesson from Ludlow

On this day in 1914, the National Guard slaughtered striking miners and their wives and children in Ludlow, Colorado. The National Guard has never been a friend of the working class, even if its members come from that class. No wonder unionists expelled the National Guard recently from the St. Paul Labor Center, which it was using to launch its forays into Brooklyn Center, Minnesota after the police killing of Daunte Wright.

Scott Cooper

April 20, 2021