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It was right to confront the anti-choice bigots

Pro-choice activists defend a Planned Parenthood clinic in New York City
Elizabeth Schulte rounds up reports from around the country as supporters of reproductive rights made it clear they are ready to stand up to the right-wing assault. February 13, 2017

All over the country, thousands turned out at Planned Parenthood clinics to show their support for women's right to choose and to counter anti-abortion groups who called a February 11 day of action in support of the federal government defunding the women's health care provider.

Whether it was the huge crowd in Minnesota, where thousands gathered to face off against anti-abortion fanatics, or the counterprotesters in places you might not have guessed--the 200 people in Peoria, Illinois, the hundreds in Reno, Nevada, the dozens in Evansville, Indiana--the opposition to the anti-choice bigots on February 11 showed the huge support for a woman's right to choose around the country.

But not only that. The mobilizations showed people's willingness—eagerness, really—to take on the anti-abortion right.Read more

Resistance and Reaction in the Age of Trump—International Socialist Review Issue #104 is now out!

Resistance and Reaction in the Age of Trump—International Socialist Review Issue #104 is now out!

Issue #104 of the International Socialist Review is now out! The ISR is offering new subscribers a 50% discount off their normal rate. Enter discount code “DUMPTRUMP” at checkout to take advantage of this offer.

Below we are publishing the new issue’s editorial—“Resistance and reaction in the age of Trump.” Visit the ISR’s website today to subscribe and view other newly released articles.

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Resistance and Reaction in the Age of Trump

US politics in the past months has experienced, to quote the Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, “an abrupt turn in the objective situation.”

Very few of us on the left expected that the next president of the United States would be a corrupt, narcissistic billionaire swindler, an open sexist and self-confessed serial abuser, and a man the Far Right hails for his open racism and nationalist xenophobia. Donald Trump successfully positioned himself as a right-wing populist, anti-establishment candidate who would tear up free trade, deport immigrant “job-stealers,” and restore good jobs for “real” Americans.Read more

Why we need protest to stop the anti-choicers

Not Trump, Not the State—Women Must Decide Their Fate!
Opponents of a woman‘s right to choose abortion are taking aim at funding for Planned Parenthood. Lichi D'Amelio makes the case that we can't let them go unchallenged.

February 7, 2017

Anti-abortion groups have called a nationwide day of protest at Planned Parenthood clinics on February 11 to support defunding the women‘s health care provider. They intend, according to their website, “to call on Congress and President Trump to strip Planned Parenthood of all federal funding and reallocate those funds to health centers that help disadvantaged women without destroying human life through abortion.”

It should go without saying that the bigots behind this mobilization, such as the Pro-Life Action League and Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, care not one iota for women, “disadvantaged” or otherwise. They’re part of a long, right-wing tradition of harassing and shaming women entering clinics and imposing legal restrictions on abortion that make access to services increasingly non-existent for the majority of women in the U.S.

Thankfully, women around the country have instinctively responded by starting up Facebook pages encouraging people to counterprotest the bigots who will be showing up at Planned Parenthood clinics.Read more

We had to organize to keep the clinics open

Women’s March on Washington — Trump Inauguration Weekend — January 2017

The Reagan years were an era of intensified attacks on women's rights, but resistance built from the grassroots stood up to the anti-choicers, writes Elizabeth Schulte:

An anti-abortion Republican in the White House, the U.S. Supreme Court within one vote of overturning Roe v. Wade, and anti-choice zealots attacking women's clinics--in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the stakes were high for women's right to choose abortion.

And the battle was taking place in the streets of many U.S. cities, after hundreds of anti-abortion protesters descended on clinic facilities, determined to shut them down.

Randall Terry, leader of the extremist anti-choice organization Operation Rescue, claimed the crusade used the peaceful disobedience tactics of the civil rights movement in the interest of "saving unborn children."

But there was nothing "peaceful" or "civil" about their movement--or their goal of reversing women's right to abortion and making decisions about their own lives.Read more

February issue of Socialist Worker out now

The February issue of Socialist Worker is out now and available from ISO branches around the country.

The front cover features SW 's coverage of the anti-Trump resistance, beginning with "The Voices of a New Resistance" and "Trump Made America Protest Again," our coverage of the Inauguration Weekend upsurge of demonstrations.

The back page features more articles on the anti-Trump resistance, including “No Ban, No Wall! Let Them In!" and "The Uprising of the Airports," about Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim executive orders and the mass protest that...Read more

Trump made America protest again

Women’s March on Washington, January 21, 2017
They came to Washington, D.C., by the hundreds and thousands packing trains, buses, vans, and cars.

They washed over streets and through parks as a torrent of humanity flooded into the National Mall to express their rage and sadness at the new presidency of Donald Trump—but also their joy at finding one another.

Similar scenes were repeated in cities and towns across the U.S., making January 21, 2017, the largest day of protest in American history—over 3.3 million people and counting, according to an Internet attempt to gather information on all of the protests.

And there were hundreds of thousands more marching around the globe, all seven continents, even Antarctica—from Berlin to Buenos Aires to Bangkok, from London to Lisbon, and from Rome to Rabat.

After a presidential campaign that put the question of sexual assault front and center, one that most people figured would end with the inauguration of the first woman president, it was President Donald Trump who took the oath of office on January 20, to the dread and revulsion of many millions of people.

So it was only appropriate that millions upon millions of people raised their voices in a collective cry of outrage at the inauguration of a brutish, boastful sexual predator as commander in chief.Read more

Building a Socialist Left Under Trump

Socialists march against Trump in Washington, D.C, during the January 2017 Women’s March

Meeting day/time: Friday, January 27, 2017—7:30-10pm EST Meeting location: Verso Books office, 20 Jay Street, Suite 1010, Brooklyn, New York 11201

As Trump enters the White House millions of people are looking for a way to fight back against what is sure to be an all-out assault on the rights of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, and the working class as a whole. Our effectiveness in the struggle ahead requires clear strategy and tactics and a commitment to work together to cohere a strong socialist pole of attraction within the emerging movements against oppression and austerity.

Following the historic national mass mobilizations taking place during the inauguration weekend, the Democratic Socialists of America, the International Socialist Organization, and Solidarity invite you to join us for a comradely discussion and debate on the next steps for socialists in the Trump era.

RSVP on Facebook today—and please share widely!

Meeting speakers include:

Charlie Post , a longtime socialist activist and an activist in the staff union at CUNY Jen Roesch , organizer in the International Socialist Organization and frequent contributor to Socialist Worker, the International Socialist Review and Jacobin Magazine Bhaskar Sunkara , vice chair of the Democratic Socialists of America and editor of Jacobin Magazine

Our host, Verso Books, is generously providing a professional livestream of this event. You can watch it at their Facebook page at 7:30pm EST on Friday. We will accommodate as many people onsite as possible (with doors opening at 7pm) and are working to find a local bar with projection capability that can be an overflow space.

Sponsored by: the Democratic Socialists of America, the International Socialist Organization, and Solidarity Hosted by: Verso BooksRead more

January issue of Socialist Worker out now

January 2017 front page

The January issue of Socialist Worker is out now and available from ISO branches around the country.

The front cover features SW 's anti-inauguration coverage, and in the center of the paper, there's a two-sided pullout poster, with "Solidarity Trumps Hate" on one side and a graphic look inside the brain of Donald Trump on the other. The posters are perfect for windows, or putting up on your dorm room door or workplace cubicle wall or anywhere else you want to show your contempt for Trump.

Our anti-inauguration coverage features an editorial on what’s...Read more

How the water protectors won at Standing Rock

Celebrating DAPL victory in Standing Rock, December 4, 2016

The thousands of water protectors and their supporters camping by the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation scored a major victory on Sunday, December 4, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it wouldn't grant a permit to builders of the planned Dakota Access Pipeline to drill under the Missouri River.

The announcement, a significant milestone in the effort to compel the government to recognize Native sovereignty over tribal lands, came one day before a deadline given to protesters to clear out of the camps they had constructed to oppose construction of the pipeline. Throughout the previous week, thousands of people had arrived to protect the camp from any attempt by law enforcement to uproot it.

Questions remain about what will happen next. The Army Corps has said it will consider an alternative route, and President-elect Donald Trump favors completion of the pipeline project. But for now, the pipeline is stopped, giving protesters time to continue their organizing efforts.

Here, we publish eyewitness accounts by contributors to SocialistWorker.org from New York City—Leia Petty, Edna Bonhomme, Emily Brooks, Sumaya Awad and Dorian Bon—who traveled to North Dakota for this weekend to show solidarity with the #NoDAPL struggle.Read more

December issue of Socialist Worker out now

December 2016 front page

The December issue of Socialist Worker is out now and available from ISO branches around the country.

The front cover features SW 's coverage of the outcome of the 2016 election, featuring articles on: “The hate won’t go unchallenged,” an ISO statement on “The election of Trump and the struggle ahead,” “Now’s the time for socialist organization,” an interview with Lance Selfa on “Who’s to blame for Trump’s victory?” “How did this vile sexist win?” and more.

The back page on “We’ll make campuses safe for immigrants” describes organizing for sanctuary...Read more

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