Why Elections Matter in the Fight for Socialism

Independent Socialist Group Executive Committee In the context of the U.S. midterm elections, what is the relevance to the fight for socialism? In an election where over $9 billion has been spent on advertising for the two corporate parties, the Republicans and Democrats, and their candidates, working people have no political party of their ownContinue reading “Why Elections Matter in the Fight for Socialism”

Why I Support Question D: Tipped Worker Responds to Local Businesses’ Lies

By Lauren Gamble (Barista and Shift Lead) This November, there was a minimum wage referendum on the ballot in Portland, Maine. It quickly became a contentious issue. The referendum, drafted by the Maine chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), seeks to both raise Portland’s minimum wage to $18 per hour and end theContinue reading “Why I Support Question D: Tipped Worker Responds to Local Businesses’ Lies”

Midterm Elections Show We Need a Workers Party

by Jeff Booth, Massachusetts, AFSCME Local 3650 (personal capacity) On November 8th there is another, we’re told, “most important election of our lifetime”. The midterm elections take place two years into Democratic Party control of the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House. The elections in November will include Congressional elections for allContinue reading “Midterm Elections Show We Need a Workers Party”

Why ISG Supports the Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment

By Josh B.  The Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment is a ballot question up for vote in the November 2022 elections. It would introduce a tax on residents of Massachusetts making more than $1 million in annual income, raising the state tax rate from 5% to 9% for every dollar earned after the first million. ThisContinue reading “Why ISG Supports the Massachusetts Fair Share Amendment”

Biden Fails on COVID & More – No Faith in Democrats, Build a Workers’ Party!

by Jeff Booth (AFSCME Local 3650, personal capacity) This article was originally published in Socialism Today, the paper of the Independent Socialist Group. Subscribe to the paper to receive each issue in print and read the articles before they’re published online! The two corporate political parties are positioning themselves for the 2022 congressional elections. TheContinue reading “Biden Fails on COVID & More – No Faith in Democrats, Build a Workers’ Party!”

Right-Wing Recall of Kshama Sawant Defeated

This week, Seattle city councilor and Socialist Alternative (SA) member Kshama Sawant narrowly defeated a right-wing recall campaign. As of Friday, 50.3% of votes counted were opposed to the recall and 49.7% were in favor. About 600 ballots remain contested due to irregularities in signatures and a recount is possible, however, it looks like aContinue reading “Right-Wing Recall of Kshama Sawant Defeated”

Trump’s Out – What Next?

Trump’s loss has been a relief to many Americans. There is mass anger at the actions of his administration from deploying the Department of Homeland Security against protestors, to massive tax cuts for the rich, to continued austerity for public services such as cutting SNAP and the Low Income Energy Home Assistance Program, alongside bailouts and tax cuts for corporations, and more. Any defeat of a right-wing figure can be seen as positive, but Biden’s election is far from a victory for the working class. Biden represents the same capitalist interests as Trump.

Biden’s “Progressive” Cabinet: An Attack on the Working Class

by Christopher Chace The Biden administration’s cabinet nominations offer a first glimpse at what the new administration is planning beyond the vague promises of press briefings, Tweets, and stump speeches. Some liberals insisted that Biden could be “pushed left” towards a progressive agenda. But looking at the history and role of the Democratic Party, weContinue reading “Biden’s “Progressive” Cabinet: An Attack on the Working Class”