The Struggle Against Women's Oppression

struggleagainstwomensoppressionIt is often said that sexism is a phenomenon of the past—there are more women in the work force than ever before and many other gains have been made in recent decades. Yet the pay gap between men and women in the US remains around 20%, and women are still expected to carry out the majority of domestic duties such as cleaning and taking care of children.

Immigration: Immediate and Unconditional Legalization for All

may day immigration marchIn the Spring of 2006, millions of immigrant workers flooded the streets of the United States to say “enough is enough!” The boundless energy and determination to fight overflowed the “safe” limits of the traditional immigrant rights and non-profit charities. Those who participated in that marvelous movement can only compare it to the early days of a revolution. But tragically, as with so many other spontaneous explosions of the class struggle, this inspiring mass movement of the most downtrodden layer of the working class lacked the necessary leadership. Instead of generalizing the struggle, linking it up with the labor movement and the broader working class, and transforming it into an offensive against the attacks of the bosses and their government, the movement was derailed into the courts, legislatures, and the Democratic Party.

The Attack on Women's Rights

pro-choice-protestersSo-called “pro-life” opponents of a woman’s right to choose have led a fervent battle against the basic liberties of women across the globe this past year. In the United States, the Republicans and Democrats brought out their old bag of tricks and dug up various social issues calculated to rally potential voters behind their respective parties.

Motherhood in America

pregnant01In no bourgeois democratic country in the world do men and women have equal rights. In some countries they might have equality before the law, but this does not mean that they are equal when it comes to wages and social rights.

Nonetheless, you would expect from a country like the United States of America, which is the richest and most advanced capitalist country in the world, and which is the biggest so-called defender of “freedom, equality and democracy,” that the position of women and the circumstances for motherhood would be some of the best in the world.

However, this is far from being the case.

The Murder of Trayvon Martin

trayvon2We wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.

Paul Laurence Dunbar, We Wear the Mask

The first stanza of Dunbar’s poem articulates  the racial anxieties felt by black Americans in the late nineteenth century. Tragically, this poem and its sentiments are as timely now as they were in, in our supposedly“post-racial” society, issues of racial bias and profiling have sprung into the national discourse with the killing of an unarmed young man in Florida by an armed neighborhood watchman.