The Left Agenda at the Maidan and After

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The Left Agenda at the Maidan and After [1]

by Kirill Buketov

On April 12, 2014, Kiev hosted a conference The Left and the Maidan, which brought together activists from anarchist, socialist and communist organisations that had been involved in the Maidan movement in late 2013–early 2014. The initiative to hold the conference came from the Left Opposition organisation («Ліва опозиція»), the Centre for Societal Studies (Центр дослідження суспільства), the Centre for Social and Labour Research (Центр соціальних і трудових досліджень), and the social critique magazine Спільне (The Commons), and was supported by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation. The conference provided an opportunity for left-wing political activists to take stock of their participation in the mass movement, analyze the mistakes they had made, and discuss possible further actions. Continue reading

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Praxis en América Latina No. 11

Praxis en América Latina: nuevo número.

revista  Praxis en América Latina – teoría/practica
No. 11    mayo 2014

http://www.praxisenamericalatina.org/indice-5-14.html

Sección especial: Escuelita Zapatista

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From the Preface to The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism

From the May-June 2014 issue of News & Letters:

From the Preface to The Philosophic Moment of Marxist-Humanism:

Integral to Dunayevskaya’s work of 1986-87 was her concentration on a crucial problem of our era—the relationship between the search for non-elitist forms of organization and the dialectics of philosophy. That relation is crucial to work out if we are to overcome the legacy of unfinished, aborted, transformed-into-opposite revolutions. In singling out these 1953 Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes as the “ground and roof” for overcoming the separation of philosophy from organization, Dunayevskaya’s June 1, 1987, presentation on Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy speaks to all those searching for pathways to overcome the division between theory and practice to uproot this racist, sexist, class-divided society.

…Each of these works represents a concretization of, and a return to, the 1953 Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes. In her Presentation on Dialectics of Organization and Philosophy, Dunayevskaya re-examined this 1953 philosophic breakthrough once more, this time in relation to the dialectics of organization and philosophy—in Marx, in post-Marx Marxism, and in Marxist- Humanism. In this presentation, which has three parts—The Philosophic Point; Dialectics of Organization; and Untrodden Paths in Organization— Dunayevskaya created a whole new philosophic category, pinpointing her 1953 Letters on Hegel’s Absolutes as the “philosophic moment” from which all Marxist-Humanist originality has sprung.

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Readers’ Views, May-June 2014

From the May-June 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Readers’ Views

LABOR AND IMMIGRATION

On April 8, about 100 people, the majority young Latinas/os, gathered in front of Los Angeles City Hall to protest the deportation of immigrants. Obama’s administration has aggressively deported 2,000,000 immigrants. We held signs reading: “Not Even One More!” and “No Separation of Family!” Separation of family members has serious adverse effects on children. One 13-year-old boy in my class lost his concentration since his dad was deported to Mexico. Reforming immigration law is necessary to protect the immigrants who do difficult jobs to make a living for their family.

Teacher, Los Angeles

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Handicap This! May-June 2014

From the May-June 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Handicap This!

by Suzanne Rose

Hungary ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2007. But under a new Constitution put into law by the current government, Hungarians under guardianship are excluded from voting unless a judge determines, based in part on an evaluation by a psychiatrist, that they have the capacity to vote. These determinations are highly subjective, arbitrary and discriminatory, since such tests are not required of all other citizens who want to vote.

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Disabled demand services from DHS/DRS

From the May-June 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Disabled demand services from DHS/DRS

Chicago—On March 17 Chicago ADAPT, along with Community Alliance and Northside Action For Justice, held an action at the offices of the Department of Human Services, which also houses the office of the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) that runs the program that pays personal assistants to take care of the disabled. We were there because of the conflicting and confusing information we were getting from the state heads of human services versus the various DRS offices throughout Illinois.

Our demands included: an end to the sometimes year-long wait some people have been experiencing for services; again allowing the distribution of time sheets; allowing personal assistants to use cell phones to call in hours; and an end to not being able to talk to a caseworker when you call or visit the offices.

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Québec election the ‘dirtiest campaign’

From the May-June 2014 issue of News & Letters:

Québec election the ‘dirtiest campaign’

The results of the Québec Election on April 7 are a disaster that may have implications for all of North America. The stakes were high, but the campaign was so bad and lacking in content that many of us joked about hoping for a spring blizzard that would give us an excuse not to leave the house and fulfill our civic duty at the polls.

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