“Kindred”: Octavia Butler’s dark fantasy gets the graphic novel treatment

august 11 2016 Octavia Estelle Butler was an American novelist whose science fiction narratives featured strong Black women protagonists in stories that questioned the past, present, and future. She used elements of science fiction and fantasy to reflect on the realities of race, gender, and society. Butler paved the way … Continue Reading ››

Green Party “safe state” strategy is neither safe nor a strategy

august 5 2016 The Democratic and Republican party conventions are over and the presidential election has entered a new phase. The sprint is on to Election Day. Since the GOP convention, which adopted its most reactionary platform ever, alarm has grown over the threat to democracy posed by Donald Trump, his appeal … Continue Reading ››

Broad coalition wins Oakland ban on coal

june 29 2016 Under pressure from a grand people's coalition, the Oakland City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban the storage and handling of coal in Oakland, successfully blocking a developer's plan to ship coal from the port. The broad No Coal in Oakland coalition (which came together over the last … Continue Reading ››

Left strategy in 2016 (Part 2): Building real political independence

april 27 2016 This is Part 2 of an article by John Bachtell, chair of the Communist Party, on Left strategy and the 2016 elections. It is adapted from an article first published in Platypus Review #85.Part 1 can be read here. Broad unity and multi-class alliances As mentioned previously, the coming-to-power of … Continue Reading ››

A singular artist who contributed to the common good: Prince’s remarkable life

april 25 2016 Prince Rogers Nelson, gifted singer, songwriter, bandleader and pioneering recording artist, died April 21 at his Paisley Park estate and recording studios in Minnesota. As the New York Times noted in an obituary, he sold over 100 million records, won seven Grammys, and was inducted … Continue Reading ››

Left strategy in 2016 (Part 1): Grasping the key link of struggle

april 26 2016 This is Part 1 of an article by John Bachtell, chair of the Communist Party, on Left strategy and the 2016 elections. It is adapted from an article first published in Platypus Review #85Part 2 can be read here. As we have trudged along through the 2016 presidential nomination … Continue Reading ››

The Vietnam War and Agent Orange are millennials’ problem too

april 20 2016 The Vietnam war, also known as the Second Indochina War, took place in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos from November 1 1955 to April 30 1975.  If you were born in the 1980s, or later, your understanding of the Vietnam War may be relegated to your school history … Continue Reading ››

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