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Women, Work and “Directly Confronting Capitalist Power” | Interview with Sue Ferguson

While conducted weeks previously, this interview goes online amidst a pandemic, exposing and aggravating a profound crisis of social reproduction. In this installment, Seth Uzman interviews Houston-based, socialist-feminist Sue Ferguson, author of the recent book Women and Work: Feminism, Labour, and Social Reproduction, about socialist-feminism, capitalist childhoods and contemporary social struggles today. Her other recent interviews with […]

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Keeping Austin Cleared

The Green New Deal’s (GND) growing popularity presents a potential sea-change for popular movements in the US. A growing audience for a public and sustainable reorganization of everyday life offers plenty of oxygen for left-wing ideas. But because who gets what, why and how will be decisive either publicly or behind closed doors, understanding how these questions are being answered today is essential if we want to fight for meaningful change. Eliot Tretter’s Shadows of a Sunbelt City: The Environment, Racism and the Knowledge Economy in Austin is a model for future research into these problems in Texas. Bearing the reputation of an environmentally conscious, liberal stronghold, Austin today is not only among the least affordable cities in the US but also among the most racially segregated. The novel leaders and political blocs that Tretter uncovers behind Austin’s knowledge economy are ones that movements in Austin and elsewhere will have to identify and disarm, to win the GND and challenge the ruling class. {…}

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“We don’t have money; but we‘ve got people and that’s our power” – Houston Teacher

On January 8th, the Travis County District Court granted the Houston Independent School District (HISD), in a motion filed by the Houston Federation of Teachers (HFT), an injunction against the Texas Education Agency’s (TEA) state takeover of the school district. The court decision followed months of organizing and protest from teachers, staff, students and parents against the elimination of community control in a majority African American and Latino school district. Seth Uzman spoke with Ruth Kravetz, a teacher, HFT member and leader in Community Voices for Public Education about the struggle for public education in Texas and the fights that remain ahead in the city. {…}

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The Ethnic Cleansing of Texas

Before today’s concentration camp in McAllen, TX, there was the one in Crystal City during the Second World War for interred Japanese and German families. Both were established in South Texas cities on or near the U.S. Mexico border. Monica Martinez’ recent book, The Injustice Never Leaves You: Anti-Mexican Violence in Texas, is in many ways about how these cities along the Rio Grande became a magnet for state terror. The history of the Texas-Mexico border reads like the history of a death-squad. {…}

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“We are copper miners, we age faster than others” – ASARCO Striker

As the ASARCO Miners’ Strike in Texas and Arizona entered its fourth month, Snehal Shingavi spoke with Eduardo Placencio of USW Local 937 about the strike, its stakes and what lies ahead. {…}

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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 […]