The March-April 2013 issue of News & Letters is available on the web.
News & Letters, Vol. 58, No. 2
March – April 2013
You may view this issue of News & Letters in pdf form here
Two recent events have shown the deep and seemingly intractable worldwide oppression of women and, at the same time, revealed women’s militancy and determination to change their oppressive reality. First was the vicious gang rape and murder of Jyoti Singh Pandey at the end of the year on a Delhi, India, bus. This was followed by mob sexual attacks on 25 women in Tahrir Square, Cario, Egypt, on Jan. 25 at the demonstrations and protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.
From the Writings of Raya Dunayevskaya:
Because it is our age which has forced upon the world consciousness the truth that Women’s Liberation is an Idea whose time has come, it is necessary to turn backward and forward in time as well as to look globally at this phenomenon. … [W]e must begin with 1831, both because of its relevance to today, and because of the events that happened that year–in particular the greatest slave revolt in United States history, led by Nat Turner, who held that the idea of freedom is present in every slave so tempestuously that “the same idea prompted others as well as myself to this undertaking.” It was the same year that a Black woman, Maria Stewart, became the first American-born woman, white or Black, to speak publicly.
The opening of Barack Obama’s second term made it clear that, despite all talk of ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, there is to be no end to the state of permanent war either abroad or at home.
As Congress’s latest self-imposed sequestration crisis makes clear, not all cuts are the same. A campaign slogan of California Nurses’ Association (CNA) goes: “Some Cuts Don’t Heal.”
“Hey! Obama! We don’t want your climate drama!” we chanted at the Forward on Climate rally in Chicago on Feb. 17. There were at least 20 rallies that day, with 40,000 people in Washington, D.C. Most of the 400 here were college students brought out by Chicago Youth Climate Coalition (CYCC).
The 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and of the Emancipation Proclamation in particular, has a lot of people talking about that history and race relations today. Steven Spielberg’s movie Lincoln is less the cause than the effect of this surge in popular interest. Lincoln is very moving and beautifully made, with excellent acting and shrewd writing.
On Feb. 25, around 100 people, mostly family members of prisoners organized as California Families Against Solitary Confinement (CFASC), gathered on the state capitol steps. They shared their stories before a historic second legislative hearing on California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDC) policies regarding prisoners held in the Security Housing Units (SHUs).
What is happening at City College of San Francisco (CCSF) is something even the most avid conspiracy theorist would find hard to imagine.
MORE ARTICLES … (see the pdf version)
“Woman as Reason: Left still can’t fathom Women’s Liberation”
“Past time to stop rape in South Africa”
“Women World Wide”
“Iranian girls learn bodies not sinful”
“Fight to test rape kits”
“ATU orders bus drivers back to work”
“Meatcutters stand up”
“Attacks on organizing”
“Car wash wage win”
“As Others See Us: American Civilization on Trial”
“Voices From the Inside Out: Prisoner’s ‘Thin Comfort’ dilemma”
“Escape from Camp 14”
“Britain’s rulers keep failed policy of austerity”
p. 12, World in View:
“Ex-Pope Benedict’s reactionary career”
“Arctic ice in retreat”