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Call for Collections! ASARCO Strike Solidarity

The workers at ASARCO, in Arizona and Texas, have been out on strike for close to four months. Represented by United Steelworkers local 937 and local 5613, they have been resisting an employer’s onslaught bravely, and largely by relying on their own resources, fortitude, and conviction. {…}

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Resources of Reaction: Houston’s Deferred Desegregation

That the urgent demand for reparations is conquering ground in the US (e.g. the DSA) and around the world (e.g. the Youth Climate Strike, Extinction Rebellion) suggests immense possibilities for the struggles before us. That it’s found a home in the rhetoric of politicians is both a testament to these advances as well as reason to reflect on the meaning and sources of fundamental change. Thinking backwards from reparations, the struggle for desegregation is singularly useful for exploring these questions. {…}

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School Takeovers as the “New” Redistricting

This book first came to my attention at a community meeting in Houston on December 3rd, 2019. The event’s host, the Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT), convened the gathering to organize grassroots resistance against the impending state takeover of the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Addressing a packed union hall of nearly 150 parents, teachers and staff, Domingo Morel participated in the meeting over webcam, sharing insights from his book, Takeover: Race, Education, and American Democracy. {…}

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The Endless Paternalism of the Failed Texas Liberal

Lawrence Wright can write. He can write well. God Save Texas is an elegantly crafted book with so much attention to granular details often overlooked in the memory of Texas. The book is stunning and well worth a read. But there is a problem with the book and this bears underlining because it is bound to be a recurring theme in the upcoming election cycle. {…}

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We are activists in Texas. We are revolutionary socialists in the classical Marxist tradition, endeavoring to understand our world in order to change it. While our world is far, far larger than Texas, we believe a deeper grasp of its social history, political economy and grassroots campaigns has implications for social justice everywhere. Texas is […]