Palestine solidarity and the future of the DSA – on the Bowman crisis

In recent months the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) has been wracked with arguments over Palestine. DSA is formally committed to supporting the call for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel, but one of their leading supporters in the House of Representatives has publicly opposed this. The DSA leadership’s response to the ensuing arguments […]

Recast the Institution: Reports from the Goldsmiths Boycott

Artwork by Student at the MA Gender, Media & Culture course Painted in bold against the outer walls of the Margaret McMillan building at Goldsmiths, University of London, an inscription in memoriam of Mark Fisher reads, “Emancipatory politics must always destroy the appearance of a ‘natural order’, must reveal what is presented as necessary and […]

Lowering expectations: misrepresentations of McAlevey

US author and activist Jane McAlevey has become one of the most influential voices in Britain on the question of how to organise at work. Her online training events attract thousands. Many activists have been inspired and guided by her books. But sections of the union bureaucracy are now co-opting her terminology to justify inaction […]

Review | Legacy of Violence: A History of the British Empire

Colin Wilson reviews a wide-ranging account of the British Empire’s bloody history, from the author of the much-acclaimed Britain’s Gulag, which exposed the full details of the suppression of Kenya’s independence struggle in the 1950s. This article includes descriptions of torture. Workers clearing rubble on St Patrick’s Street in Cork on (or around) 14 December […]

Striking union organizers raided by Russian security forces

Russian security forces raided the apartments of independent trade unionists in Moscow on Monday night in a direct attack on the organising of gig economy workers, writes an anonymous rs21 member. This article includes descriptions of torture. Late on Monday night, Russian security forces broke down Kirill Ukraintsev’s front door and launched a full-scale raid […]

Growing strike solidarity networks in Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester has been home to an unusual number of major strikes in the last couple of years. Local activists and rs21 members Ian Allinson and Derek Fraser discuss what we can learn from these and the development of solidarity networks around them. Britain has seen an increase in strike activity as inflation has risen […]

Activists occupy the British Museum

This weekend, climate and anti-colonial activists occupied the British Museum in opposition to its oil sponsorships and refusal to return stolen artifacts. Several rs21 members who took part in the day’s action report. For many people visiting the British Museum, Saturday 23 April was meant to be a normal day viewing stolen artifacts, eating overpriced […]

The Comintern’s Twenty-One Conditions, 1920

Editor’s Note on the 21 Conditions During 1920, a wide range of socialist parties and currents were considering affiliation to the newly formed Communist International. Many of these formations were still mired, in their policies and practices, in the weaknesses of the Second International, which had collapsed at the outset of the World War in […]

Standing up for education – NEU Conference 2022 report

An unpredictable conference of the National Education Union showed an instinctive aversion to oppression and a desire to take action, but competing visions and priorities about how to deliver it. Conference delegates John Stephens and Andrew Stone report (in a personal capacity). Luigi Brindisi, Parliament Square rally in support of Girls’ Day School Trust strikers, […]

Prospects for the left after the French election

The results of the first round of the French presidential election make for grim reading. Ian Birchall looks at some of the lessons of the election, and the future prospects for the left. ‘Le Pen and Macron, the social 3rd round starts now!’ Photo by Colin Falconer The bleak situation after the first round of […]