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Intersectionality and Divergence – My Life in the LGBT and Labor Movements

Donna Cartwright
April 8, 2018

Looking back on nearly 25 years of involvement in the LGBT movement, and 45+ years in the labor movement, I am struck by the way those paths have crossed, intertwined and separated over the long term. This arc took me into unexpected territory, where queer identities, once deeply hidden and guarded, have achieved wide mainstream acceptance and support, while organized labor, once powerful and self-confident, now struggles to maintain its existence.

I went to work in my first union shop as a copy editor trainee at the Baltimore Sun in May 1969, barely a month before the Stonewall uprising that launched the queer activist movement into mainstream attention. At the time I didn’t identify as gay, but I understood that I had a gender issue; I thought even then that there was a relationship between gay/lesbian people and those who were gender nonconforming, although I would have been hard put to explain it. I know I felt a sense of satisfaction when I read about Stonewall.

However, my attention, as a convinced socialist, was largely focused on becoming a rank and file labor activist; a few months later, at the age of 22, I was a founding member of International Socialists (I.S.), a group best known for its focus on working in labor to build a radical rank-and-file movement from below...

Catalan President Puigdemont’s arrest in Germany and potential extradition to Spain evokes history of shared fascist collaboration; sparks renewed Catalan resistance

Bayla Ostrach and Ron Lare
April 7, 2018

Imagining German courts’ take on Spanish state’s position as “Death to the Renegade” Cartoon: Chappattee in Le Temps Switzerland


On March 23rd, the Spanish government announced prison sentences of up to thirty years each for thirteen democratically elected Catalan leaders, under an ongoing coup.1 Six were already in exile, others had already been in jail for months, now joined by others facing a combined bail set at the equivalent of $2.6 million U.S. (the estimated cost of the Oct. 1st, 2017 referendum on full separation from Spain). International protests were hastily organized, including in Boston and New York.

Building a Thoughtful and Collaborative Left: the Kansas City Grassroots Network

Luke Pretz
March 29, 2018

Over the last six months Solidarity members in the Kansas City area have helped to build a space for anti-capitalist organizations to meet, discuss and collaborate. The Kansas City Grassroots Network (KCGN) has had its share of false starts, yet the initiative has also organized events that no one group or collection of individuals could accomplish on their own.

Counter-demonstrators at white supremacist Act for America rally in Kansas City. Photo courtesy the author.

Most importantly KCGN has provided a space for low risk dialogue, opening a window of opportunity for regrouping and refounding the left in this city. Many challenges lie ahead: ideological and strategic differences present formidable obstacles. These obstacles are compounded by the fact that KCGN’s participant organizations still lack a shared vocabulary for discussing and understanding the issues around which they seek to collaborate. Yet my focus in this report will be on KCGN’s accomplishments, which demonstrate the fundamental strength and promise of the initiative.

As I participated in developing the KCGN two concepts were central to my thinking: regroupment, “the fusing together of the revolutionary left around a broad set of rudimentary principles” and refoundation, the incorporation into revolutionary politics of analysis and strategies developed by a new generation of radicals not necessarily grounded in traditional socialist politics. Even if these attempts at ongoing coordination and collaboration do not produce any official regroupment, they are no doubt essential in the development of a thoughtful and non-sectarian left...

Making Gaza “Uninhabitable”: A Requiem

David Finkel
March 25, 2018
GAZA. AN INQUEST INTO ITS MARTYRDOM By Norman Finkelstein (University of California Press, 2018)



Norman Finkelstein’s lifetime of scholar-activism includes a long record of skewering highly acclaimed pundits and propagandists of the “pro-Israel” and media establishments. His first target was the fraudulent “demographic study” of Mandate Palestine by Joan Peters, purporting that the Arab population were newcomers attracted by Zionist economic development. Finkelstein’s demonstration of this fakery was published in his Image and Reality of the Israel-Palestine Conflict.

He went on to take apart Daniel Jonah Goldhagen’s Hitler’s Willing Executioners (see A Nation on Trial, by Finkelstein and Ruth Bettina Bern), the pompous hypocrisy of Elie Wiesel among others in The Holocaust Industry, Alan Dershowitz (Beyond Chutzpah: On the Misuse of Anti-Semitism and the Abuse of History, a book whose publication by University of California Press Dershowitz denied attempting to suppress), and the “liberal” star Israeli journalist Ari Shavit (Old Wine, Broken Bottle: Ari Shavit’s Promised Land).

In response to these powerful indictments, Zionist organizations exerted extreme pressure on DePaul University resulting in the termination of his academic appointment there in 2007. Substantially excluded from academia since, Finkelstein has made his living as an independent scholar and lecturer....

April 8, 2018
Donna Cartwright
Looking back on nearly 25 years of involvement in the LGBT movement, and 45+ years in the labor movement, I am struck by the way those paths have crossed, intertwined and separated over the long term....
April 7, 2018
Bayla Ostrach and Ron Lare
Imagining German courts’ take on Spanish state’s position as “Death to the Renegade” Cartoon: Chappattee in Le Temps Switzerland
On March 23rd, the Spanish government announced prison...
March 29, 2018
Luke Pretz
Over the last six months Solidarity members in the Kansas City area have helped to build a space for anti-capitalist organizations to meet, discuss and collaborate. The Kansas City Grassroots Network...
March 25, 2018
David Finkel
GAZA. AN INQUEST INTO ITS MARTYRDOM By Norman Finkelstein (University of California Press, 2018)
Norman Finkelstein’s lifetime of scholar-activism includes a long record of skewering highly...

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