The tragic, unnecessary death of Mercy Baguma

Mercy Baguma, an asylum seeker from Uganda, was found dead at her Govan flat on Saturday August 22. Beside her was her starving baby son, now in hospital. Mercy lost her job after her limited leave to remain expired, meaning she was no longer allowed to work. She and her son had been relying on … Continue reading The tragic, unnecessary death of Mercy Baguma

Poland: “Expect a fightback”

Above: Ana Oppenheim with mural of Rosa Luxemburg . Andrzej Duda of the radical right Law and Justice party has been re-elected as Poland’s president, defeating the liberal conservative opposition’s candidate Rafał Trzaskowski 51%-49% in the second round. Ana Oppenheim spoke to Sacha Ismail about the election and struggles in Poland. Ana is a Polish-born … Continue reading Poland: “Expect a fightback”

US Presidential election: “The result in November could draw a line under one of the most divisive, confrontational and racist presidents ever”

From Nick Lowles of Hope Not Hate (yesterday): https://www.hopenothate.org.uk/2020/07/26/100-days-and-counting/ The next 100 days in the lead-up to the US Presidential elections are going to be unpredictable and volatile, warns Nick Lowles. In exactly 100 days Americans go to the polls to choose their next President. The outcome will have huge political, economic and cultural consequences … Continue reading US Presidential election: “The result in November could draw a line under one of the most divisive, confrontational and racist presidents ever”

The Dixieland dilemma

Above: Eddie Condon conducts some of his friends The fact that "Dixie" and its precursors are dance tunes only further made light of the subject.[18] In short, "Dixie" made the case, more strongly than any previous minstrel tune had, that slaves belonged in bondage.[19] This was accomplished through the song's protagonist, who, in comic black dialect, implies that despite his … Continue reading The Dixieland dilemma

“White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered or fought or worked hard”

My Facebook friend, the jazz trumpet player Jon-Erik Kellso, sent me this: In the simplest terms: 400 years ago white people brought black people over here, against their will, enslaved them, sold them, and treated them as less than human. So for 250 YEARS, ENSLAVED PEOPLE helped to build the country. White men created its … Continue reading “White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered or fought or worked hard”

“A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”: Coatesy responds

By Andrew Coates (at Tendance Coatesy):  Cancel Culture. “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”. From Rowling to Chomsky: “The task of Marxist politics is to defend these freedoms” – Ralph Miliband. JK Rowling joins 150 public figures warning over free speech  - BBC: Some 150 writers, academics and activists – including authors JK Rowling, … Continue reading “A Letter on Justice and Open Debate”: Coatesy responds

Anti-racism and the labour movement

The following piece was written in 2001, for the Workers Liberty pamphlet 'How To Beat The Racists', which has now been republished,. Obviously, my article is now out of date in many respects (not least, the strength of the trade union movement); but even so I think it carries some worthwhile messages for today. The … Continue reading Anti-racism and the labour movement

Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

Ruth Cashman, who is standing for election to the Momentum National Co-ordinating Group (London region), discusses the future of the left. Part three of three articles. Part one, 'How I Became a Socialist' + part two, 'The irreplaceable strategy of simply keeping going'. The depth of the recession facing us means that the Tories might either force through … Continue reading Ruth Cashman: ‘We need more class-struggle socialists’

AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia

Above: the Chinese state's brutal treatment of Uyghur Muslims This article also appears on the Workers Liberty website: By Mohan Sen For all its rhetoric about working-class politics, the conservative-left and Stalinist faction in Momentum’s national coordinating group election, Momentum Renewal, has had little to say about the huge crises confronting the working class in … Continue reading AWL on Momentum Renewal and Islamophobia

‘Juneteenth’: US unions strike in solidarity with Black Lives Matter

From Free Our Unions: As protests continue in the USA and worldwide against racism and police brutality, we are beginning to see organised labour take action as part of the movement. During protests in Minneapolis and New York, members of transport workers’ unions refused to drive buses for arrestee transport. On 9 June, members of the International Longshore … Continue reading ‘Juneteenth’: US unions strike in solidarity with Black Lives Matter