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Reprint

The Mexican Question in the Southwest | Reprint with Introduction

Emma Tenayuca and Homer Brooks wrote “The Mexican Question in the Southwest” in 1938 as an attempt to theorize the experience of Mexican Americans for the Communist Party USA.  Tenayuca and Brooks had just concluded a bitter fight in San Antonio against pecan growers, in which they had organized some 12,000 pecan shellers, largely Mexican American […]

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Analysis

Preliminaries on the Dem. Party’s “Texas Question” and What Abolition’s Got to Do With It

The Democrats try again. Everyone has the story by now: Trump cleared in Texas by almost six points, Biden found new strength in the suburbs outside Austin and Houston, particularly in Fort Bend, Williamson and Hays County, but hemorrhaged votes all along the borderlands. Biden marched away with the cities: Dallas, San Antonio, El Paso, […]

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Analysis

Texas is the Laboratory of Fascism: On Vote-By-Mail Apps, the Concentration of Capital and the Texas GOP

The presidential race is actually quite tight in Texas, and this is very important. Biden is solidly in the margin of error, sometimes trailing Trump, sometimes ahead. The Texas Democratic Party is doubling down with probably their largest voter registration effort ever. The outrageous and grim possibility of another anti-choice bigot and apologist for fascism on the […]

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Interview

Resisting the Re-opening: An Interview with Two Texas Teachers

In an interview for Section 44, Snehal Shingavi spoke with Ken Zarifis, the President of Education Austin (a merged union local of both NEA and AFT), and Luke Amphlett, the Consultation Chair and Executive Committee member of the San Antonio Alliance of Teachers and Support Personnel.  Ken is a long-time activist in Texas and has been […]

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Statement

On November 4th, We Have No Choice but to Seize the Streets for Black Lives

Is the BLM Summer going to continue through the election cycle? This is the question one way or another on the minds of millions. A new Pew Research Center survey seems to point to declining support for BLM, which despite holding on to a majority, is down 12% since June.  On the minds of thousands – […]

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Interview

Behind the Scenes, Houston Art Workers Make PPE for Nurses | Interview with Barbara Dolney, IATSE-TWU Local 896

With live productions no longer safe during the pandemic, workers both in and behind the scenes of the entertainment industry are struggling. In Houston, theater unions have reported massive layoffs, approaching 100% unemployment among their memberships, with as many unmet needs in utilities, rent amnesty and social provision. Long-term problems also exist for the financial […]

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Interview

“Under Siege” | Interview with Two Dallas Kroger Workers

As part of a continuing series of interviews with frontline workers in Texas, Sans C. spoke with two anonymous Kroger workers and members of the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union, working in different stores across Dallas. Since the onset of the pandemic, organizing in this sector, Anthony Elmo of UFCW Local 1000 told […]

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Interview

The Fight for Ventilators in Dallas | Interview with GE Workers

On February 20, 2020, GE announced the intent to close this shop with the employees that keep our national electric grid running. Local IUE-CWA members are demanding GE use this facility and its highly-skilled workers to manufacture ventilators, and are calling for increased safety measures to protect them at this time. The plant has won […]

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Campaign

Paying a Tribute to Nati Luevanos’s Family | EPPC Family

Section 44 reprints and encourages readers to share and contribute towards the following local fundraiser for the family of a fallen worker at the El Paso Psychiatric Center. To donate and share, please follow the link here. You can read more about the Crisis at the El Paso Psychiatric Center here. “Today April 14, 2020 […]

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Interview

“I feel very disposable” | The Crisis at the El Paso Psychiatric Center

On April 14, 2020, an employee at the El Paso Psychiatric Center (EPPC) died from COVID-19.  That came on the heels of several other patients and employees at the center testing positive for the virus.  State-wide, more than 108 employees at state-supported living centers and state hospitals have tested positive. The El Paso Psychiatric Center, […]