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Solidarity

A Pop-Up Community in the Face of Emergency

Terry Curtis Fox | Posted 06.21.2014 | New York
Terry Curtis Fox

For a rush hour train headed to Canal Street, the N was remarkably empty. It took a moment to react when the man jerked out of his seat and collapsed onto the N train floor. A woman started demanding that we give him space.

Music for Peace

Isha Judd | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Isha Judd

Why are so many of our songs based on loss and unrequited yearning? Is that really what moves our hearts more than joy and pleasure? More than compassion and peace?

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Reforming the Party in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.25.2014 | World
John Feffer

Hieronim Kubiak was a member of this group, which hoped to convene an extraordinary Party congress in 1980 to advance their goals. He would eventually become a member of the Politburo representing the reform wing.

America Without Unions

Jeff Faux | Posted 04.22.2014 | Politics
Jeff Faux

It is no accident that as union strength declined, the social contract in America was systematically shredded. Yes, globalization and technology have changed the economy. But as labor weakened, both politically and on the job, business interests have been able to wring the benefits from these changes and shift the costs to workers.

Organizing the Disappointed in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.17.2014 | World
John Feffer

When Poland went through its 'shock therapy' years of the early 1990s, many people lost out as a result of the economic reforms. The unemployment rate went up rapidly from under one percent in January 1990 to over 16 percent in 1994.

Portland's #SochiSign #GayPropaganda Solidarity Campaign (PHOTOS)

Logan Lynn | Posted 04.12.2014 | Gay Voices
Logan Lynn

A few days back, at our weekly QBlog editors meeting, it was clear that everyone I work with has been feeling frustrated with the lack of mainstream media coverage of the state-sanctioned torture and oppression of Russia's LGBTQ citizens, so we decided to do something about it.

Carolina on Your Mind: Why Saturday's Moral March is Everyone's Lookout

Jedediah Purdy | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jedediah Purdy

If you share the values of civic equality and common care, they tie you to people working for them everywhere. That's true in a practical way: we here in North Carolina hope to reverse the gerrymandering that gives us a massively Republican congressional delegation in an evenly split state.

Solidarity After Solidarity

John Feffer | Posted 03.31.2014 | World
John Feffer

Solidarity was not just an opposition movement. With 10 million members -- more than one quarter of the population of Poland in 1980 -- it was an unprecedented phenomenon.

Poland: The Revolution Devours Its Children

John Feffer | Posted 03.23.2014 | World
John Feffer

It might seem as though Poland had a choice in 1990 in terms of what economic reform to pursue. But journalist Jacek Zakowski argues that there really was no choice.

These 14 Unexpected Responses To Hatred Show That Humans Do Sometimes Get It Right

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

Whether based on religion, race, nationality or sexuality, overcoming the made-up rivalries society thrusts upon us takes people with strong will, esp...

Five New Year's Resolutions for Women on the Run

Christine Pelosi | Posted 03.02.2014 | Women
Christine Pelosi

As 2014 dawns, women on the run in political office and public service have multitasking ahead. How well we juggle doing it all -- home life, work life, personal space and public engagement -- may well determine the fate of our families and our nation.

Warsaw: The Collapse of Solidarity

Carl Pope | Posted 01.26.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

A narrative and diplomacy of opportunity and hope needs to replace the dismal mood that dominated Warsaw. Conscious focus on how to revitalize solidarity is global climate challenge number one.

Coming Out: Christian, Minister, Ally

Tara Woodard-Lehman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Tara Woodard-Lehman

On days like today, when I hear gut wrenching stories about those who are brutally tortured, beheaded, sliced, and maimed because they don't fit into cultural prescriptions of gender dress or behavior, I wonder what it means for me to be compassionate.

Welfare and the States

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Rabah Ghezali

For most Europeans, the violence of the debate over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as the "Obamacare") in the United Sates seemed quite puzzling.

Why These 50 Ministers Married One Gay Couple

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 11.12.2013 | Religion

Bill Gatewood and Rick Taylor only needed one minister to marry them at their longtime place of worship, Arch Street United Methodist Church. Inste...

"Internationalism between Peoples": Dessalines Brigade Wins the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance Award

Beverly Bell | Posted 12.15.2013 | Green
Beverly Bell

Interview by Beverly Bell, Other Worlds Jose Luis Patrola is a history professor, farmer, and member of the Brazilian land reform group, the Rural La...

Does Diversity Undermine Community Trust?

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.04.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

There are lots of theories about diversity and trust, but little agreement. Some believe that ethnically diverse communities foster trust, while others argue the opposite, that diversity breeds conflict.

Time to Help

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 11.24.2013 | Latino Voices
Ricardo B. Salinas

Mexicans are known for acting with great solidarity in the face of such tragedies, which often bring out the best of us in helping others.

Calling Out Celebrity Christianity & Counterfeit Justice

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 09.02.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

It's the age-old prosperity gospel bait and switch. And really, it's "We wanna be the 1 percent!" Christianity, with the cheering crowd ironically widening the economic gap between themselves and their leaders even as they strive to obtain their celebrity status.

Calling Upon Pope Francis: Renew Papal Solidarity With the Dalai Lama

Peter Dziedzic | Posted 08.28.2013 | Religion
Peter Dziedzic

Francis must take a different approach than his predecessor, and must meet openly and publicly with the Dalai Lama as a spiritual leader of the Tibetan people. Francis must not allow the whims and demands China, notorious for its abuses of religious freedom, dictate the statements and choices of the papal office.

Rhetoric -- Ours or Theirs?

John R. Burbank | Posted 07.05.2013 | Politics
John R. Burbank

"Reform" is a word we have lost and conservatives have taken over. Reform has become a code word for decreasing Social Security and Medicare benefits, for commodifying, marketizing, and privatizing public education, de-funding public higher education and insuring that no rich child is left behind.

Regretting the Region's Right Turn

John Feffer | Posted 06.30.2013 | World
John Feffer

Some of the first oppositionists to Communism came from the left, such as the Socialist Revolutionaries in the Soviet Union after the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917. Later, in Eastern Europe, the first stirrings of dissent from below also came from the left.

The Same Mistake as Solidarity

John Feffer | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
John Feffer

Poland was unique in East-Central Europe for the size, strength, and pivotal role of its labor movement, Solidarity. But that doesn't mean that worker movements were not important in other countries. In Bulgaria, Podkrepa was a key part of the opposition representing workers' voices.

Where Are the Victims?

Eileen Flanagan | Posted 12.01.2012 | Politics
Eileen Flanagan

As activists, we need to think seriously about what language we use to describe ourselves and other people who have experienced any form of violence, including the violence of having a home poisoned by a gas company or a son killed by indifference to worker safety.