Between February 4th and 9th, 2019, a group of skilled workers called the “Productive Workers’ Army” went to the flagship El Maizalcommune in Lara state with the goal of helping jumpstart production in a few key areas.
The Productive Workers’ Army is a self-organized initiative that calls its volunteer labor sessions “battles.” The helping hand they extended to El Maizal was the thirteenth battle the group has undertaken in an ongoing effort to rebuild the besieged country’s productive apparatus.Read More »
The Modi government has a choice: will it at least take a pragmatic stance on Venezuela, or does it only want to cosy up to Trump? Credit: Reuters
On January 23, at the urging of the Trump administration, a previously-obscure parliamentarian, Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president of Venezuela, challenging the government of President Nicolas Maduro, and plunging Venezuela into a deep political crisis.
Guaido is now backed by most Western and several right-wing Latin American governments, but progressive governments on the continent, including Mexico and Bolivia, have urged that Venezuelan sovereignty be respected. The world media’s coverage of this crisis has focused on Venezuela’s recent economic troubles. However, its true roots lie far deeper: Guaido’s attempted coup continues a 20-year-long effort by traditional Venezuelan elites and successive US governments to dismantle the popular movements that gained ascendancy with the election of Hugo Chavez in 1999.
Dalit women carry a portrait of Ambedkar as they block traffic during a protest in Ahmedabad. Credit: PTI/Files
What do we understand when we identify ourselves as feminist?
The Wire’s Histories of Feminisms project is an attempt to emphasise that there is no linear or one way of understanding and experiencing feminism. Through a series of articles, The Wire draws your attention to some of the different narratives and debates that, over the decades, have come to define feminism. For instance, we recall the first generation of feminists in Kerala, the first women lawyers who surmounted formidable challenges to claim their rightful place in the legal system. We shine a light on women authors who pushed the boundaries of feminism in literature, bring before you the perspectives and experiences of feminist Dalit and Muslim women. We talk about how protagonists of many radical movements and uprisings in public memory are usually male.Read More »
“We all deserve an open and functioning government so we will continue to rally, march, protest and make our voices heard until all federal workers and contractors know they can go to work, be paid fairly and treated with respect.” AFGE
WASHINGTON—Recovery from GOP President Donald Trump’s 35-day shutdown and lockout of almost one-third of the federal workforce – including people who toil for nine Cabinet departments and many smaller agencies – will be long and slow for both them and the country, affected workers predict.
“Those wondering how many zeros Amazon, which is valued at nearly $800 billion, has to pay in federal taxes might be surprised to learn that its check to the IRS will read exactly $0.00”, wrote Fortune in a story on Amazon’s payment of Federal Income Tax (“Amazon Will Pay a Whopping $0 in Federal Taxes on $11.2 Billion Profits”, Laura Stampler, updated: February 15, 2019, originally published: February 14, 2019).
Bernie Sanders twitted: You know what Amazon paid in federal income taxes last year? Zero.Read More »
Designing for bikes has become a hallmark of forward-looking modern cities worldwide. Bike-friendly city ratings abound, and advocates promote cycling as a way to reduce problems ranging from air pollution to traffic deaths.
But urban cycling investments tend to focus on the needs of wealthy riders and neglect lower-income residents and people of color. This happens even though the single biggest group of Americans who bike to work live in households that earn less than $10,000 yearly, and studies in lower-income neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Boston have found that the majority of bicyclists were non-white.Read More »