USA

1994-5: ACT UP activists resist New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s AIDS policies

Account of the year long struggles to save social services and support for AIDs patients from budget cuts.

Heat-related conditions at the Allred Unit are cruel and unusual

Imprisoned writer Jason Renard Walker reports on the extreme heat conditions that come with summer in the Texas prison system, and how the administration turns a blind eye.

100 Inmates in Shakopee, Minnesota, Wear Blue to Support Demands Made by LGBTQ Prisoners

Inside Shakopee Prison on Saturday 25th June, prisoners wore blue - the only color they can wear without getting in trouble - to protest in favor of changes demanded by LGBTQ prisoners. This story was first published by the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee.

A Union at Amazon?: Organize the Class, not the Shop

An Amazon worker in the United States reflects on the strategic point of the company in the global economy and the new social composition it has created. Looking at the limits of union campaigns in a high-turnover sector with a lack of solidarity, he argues for the creation of regional Worker and Tenant Leagues based on direct action and mutual aid. This article was first published by Notes from Below.

E21-22: The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50

The Stonewall riots and Pride at 50.

Summer 2019 marks 50 years since the iconic rebellion against the police raid of the Stonewall Inn in New York City. The LGBTQ patrons and locals, many of them people of colour, and most of them working class, fought back against the police in 6 days of rioting. Then they organised, revolutionising the LGBTQ rights movement, and sparking Pride.

Interview with Anti Racist Action (Minneapolis)- Maximumrocknroll, 1989

Interview with Kieran of Anti Racist Action by Martin Sprouse and Tim Yohannan. From Maximumrocknroll #78, November 1989

Working Class Decomposition and Gig Economy Work

Driver strike Uber HQ, San Francisco 8 May 2019

On 8 May 2019 around 300 protesters, mostly Uber and Lyft drivers, blocked Market Street in San Francisco in front of Uber's international headquarters as part of a global strike by drivers timed to coincide with Uber's IPO. This brief analysis attempts to situate these struggles against working class decomposition, with its roots in neoliberal deregulation, and the rise of so-called "gig economy" work.