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“The U.S. action shows that the carnage taking place in Gaza is a U.S.-Israeli genocide. It is also clearer than ever th...
12/11/2023

“The U.S. action shows that the carnage taking place in Gaza is a U.S.-Israeli genocide. It is also clearer than ever that the regime it is arming and protecting is a settler-colonial one, racist to the core, and hostile to the people of the Middle East. Israeli President Isaac Herzog, told MSNBC on Nov. 30 that, “This war is a war that is not only between Israel and Hamas … It’s a war that is intended, really, truly, to save Western Civilization, to save the values of Western civilization.” Such racist tropes have been used many times to justify mass murders from the killing off of colonials peoples, to the Holocaust, to the U.S. war on Vietnam, to the K*K attacks here at home”

Standing alone against the world, on Dec. 8 the U.S. government vetoed a UN Security Council r

“Whatever initial isolation was necessary for anti-imperialists, the last month of mobilization has shown that a differe...
12/03/2023

“Whatever initial isolation was necessary for anti-imperialists, the last month of mobilization has shown that a different type of broad unity can be built — not with bourgeois liberals — but by going directly to the base, and orienting to the majority sentiments of the Global South. Viewed from a global scale, it is the liberals who are isolated, and increasingly struggling to stay relevant. Look at the supposedly “decent” “left” represented by figures like Bernie Sanders and AOC: they have never been less relevant to the actual movement of history as now, when it counts the most. Sanders has stubbornly refused to even call for a ceasefire while AOC has scarcely been better – in two month’s time she has voiced support for the Iron Dome, then called for a ceasefire, and this week voted for a slanderous House resolution that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism.”

Photo: 500,000 people gathered in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 4 for a historic march that recognized th

This Sunday, November 19th at 2:30 we will be joining friends at Five Points South to demonstrate in support of Palestin...
11/16/2023

This Sunday, November 19th at 2:30 we will be joining friends at Five Points South to demonstrate in support of Palestine, the ending of aid to Israel and the end of the occupation of Palestine!

Hope to see you all there!

The Birmingham branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation came together at Railroad Park with the Arab community a...
11/06/2023

The Birmingham branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation came together at Railroad Park with the Arab community and other local Birmingham organizations to express our continued solidarity with the Palestinian movement here at home and in Gaza. Birmingham is a historic place of struggle in the U.S. and as expressed by many of the speakers during the rally, the continued Black liberation struggle here in the U.S. is inextricably linked to the struggle in occupied Palestine. Many people in the U.S. are struggling to make ends meet, struggling to provide healthcare, education, housing and food for themselves and their loved ones, yet our “representatives” in the U.S. government have decided the most important task before them is providing more “security” for the zionist government. To that we say SHAME.

The working class of this country and the Palestinians of their country deserve to be able to live with dignity. This can only come through the establishment of socialism here in the U.S., a struggle that takes the boot-heel of the neck of the rest of the world.

People all around the world are moving in support of Palestine and we are honored to be joining in with them.

On Sunday, the Birmingham branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation will be joining again with the Arab community...
11/03/2023

On Sunday, the Birmingham branch of the Party for Socialism and Liberation will be joining again with the Arab community of Birmingham and other groups to rally in support of the people of Palestine. Since October 7th, when the Palestinian resistance in Gaza defied the odds and fought back against the Israeli regime, the entire world has continuously rallied in support of the cause of the Palestinians. It is imperative to keep this energy in the U.S. as our elected officials continue to support the mass slaughter of a captive population by the fascist Israeli regime.

We hope to see you at Railroad Park this Sunday!

10/20/2023

Are your tax dollars funding genocide in Palestine?

On average, Alabama gives nearly $33.6 million dollars every year to the Israeli military. This is our money that could be used to fund arts and culture, create more opportunities for youth, improve schools, address poverty in Birmingham, enhance or even add transit systems in Alabama counties, or fix our roads and infrastructure. Instead, our money is supporting the mass destruction and murder of the Palestinian people.

It is our duty to stand up to our governments - both local and federal - to demand that our tax dollars be used to meet peoples' needs here, not to fund apartheid!

End all U.S. aid to Israel!

Yesterday the Party for Socialism and Liberation answered the call of the local Arab and Muslim community to show up, sh...
10/16/2023

Yesterday the Party for Socialism and Liberation answered the call of the local Arab and Muslim community to show up, shout and march for our collective family in Palestine. The United States media has carefully curated the news cycle to dehumanize the Palestinians, discredit their right to resistance, and paint any supporters of Palestinians and their resistance as terroristic anti-semites. We know the truth and history of this struggle and will never abandon Gaza, Palestinians or their justified resistance to fascism, colonialism, imprisonment, and humiliation!
The United States war machine funds the zionist regime and is also responsible for the death of Palestinians, the destruction of Gaza, and the constant threat of war in the region. All of this is done for their own capitalist gain. If we are to fully support the righteous goals of the Palestinians and their resistance movements it is imperative to acknowledge and work toward doing away with this system that supports zionists apartheid and begin to erect a system that is humanistic and concerned with the needs of the people and not the bombing of them for profit.

Yesterday the Party for Socialism and Liberation answered the call of the local Arab and Muslim community to show up, sh...
10/16/2023

Yesterday the Party for Socialism and Liberation answered the call of the local Arab and Muslim community to show up, shout and march for our collective family in Palestine. The United States media has carefully curated the news cycle to dehumanize the Palestinians, discredit their right to resistance, and paint any supporters of Palestinians and their resistance as terroristic anti-semites. We know the truth and history of this struggle and will never abandon Gaza, Palestinians or their justified resistance to fascism, colonialism, imprisonment, and humiliation!
The United States war machine funds the zionist regime and is also responsible for the death of Palestinians, the destruction of Gaza, and the constant threat of war in the region. All of this is done for their own capitalist gain. If we are to fully support the righteous goals of the Palestinians and their resistance movements it is imperative to acknowledge and work toward doing away with this system that supports zionists apartheid and begin to erect a system that is humanistic and concerned with the needs of the people and not the bombing of them for profit.

Read the official PSL statement here: https://www.liberationnews.org/psl-statement-free-palestine-free-all-palestinian-political-prisoners-end-all-u-s-aid-to-the-israeli-apartheid-regime/

The Arab community has called for us to come together and support Palestine amidst Israeli aggression! “Israel is curren...
10/12/2023

The Arab community has called for us to come together and support Palestine amidst Israeli aggression!

“Israel is currently carrying out a massacre of historic proportions against Gaza and all throughout Palestine, slaughtering hundreds. The bombs and missiles that are raining down on Gaza right now are paid for by U.S. tax dollars. Instead of using money to meet people’s needs, the U.S. government has shamefully extended Israel a long-term military aid agreement worth $38 billion.

The corporate media and politicians want the public to believe that Israel is simply defending itself from “terrorism.” That’s a lie. The actions of the resistance over the course of the last day is a morally and legally legitimate response to occupation. It was brought about by escalating Israeli oppression on numerous fronts.

Less than a year ago, a new, far-right government came into office in Israel. Regardless of which party is in power, the Israeli government has always imposed occupation and apartheid. But the new administration — which includes openly genocidal, fascist senior ministers who control the police and prison system — is intent on taking this to unprecedented heights.”

PSL Statement:

https://www.liberationnews.org/psl-statement-free-palestine-free-all-palestinian-political-prisoners-end-all-u-s-aid-to-the-israeli-apartheid-regime/

Just before the Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism study/discussion group last weekend we took to the streets to inform...
08/26/2023

Just before the Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism study/discussion group last weekend we took to the streets to inform people of next Saturdays International People's Assembly taking place in Atlanta Georgia. The time of the ruling class’s exploitation of the working people is near its end and it is us, the people, that have to continue working towards these needed victories. This conference highlights the importance of constructing real solutions to war, poverty, racism and the wide array of social problems that have caused much destruction and division within our communities.

Many were interested in hearing what can be done to fight the ills of our society and bring about a new formation that sees to the wellbeing of everyone. It is up to us to address these issues with the intent to uplift and safeguard the people from further exploitation from the capitalist class that seeks to squeeze out every dollar they can from those below them. They sit in their high rises and accumulate profits while we scratch our heads and think of how we will make rent or eat until the next paycheck. What if this wasn’t a regular occurrence for working people? The people we met and spoke with were interested in the question and know the solution can be found in attending this conference.

The international People’s Assembly begins on September 2nd at 9am at the Neighborhood Church(1561 McLendon Ave NE) . All who believe in the power of the people are invited!

For more information on the International People’s Assembly: https://ipa-aip.org/

This past weekend the Party For Socialism and Liberation hosted a study/discussion at Desert Island Supply Company on Cl...
08/22/2023

This past weekend the Party For Socialism and Liberation hosted a study/discussion at Desert Island Supply Company on Climate Solutions Beyond Capitalism, a PSL publication that delves into the many strategies we could use to combat the ever growing change in climate we are facing today if we had a system of government that puts the people before profits.
The climate crisis is drastically unfolding around us. With wildfires raging in Hawaii and Canada, the oceans temperature rising and heatwaves raging across many parts of the world it is time to seek out real solutions to these problems that will crush people of the working class who have no means of safe escape from these disasters brought on by capitalist greed for profits. This publication lays out plans to replenish our land, water and air, to bring back the needed biodiversity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere and combat the rising temperatures.
The Party for Socialism and Liberation stands firmly in the fight against the capitalist railroading that has brought about this drastic change in temperature that absolutely no species on this planet can adequately adapt to. We would like to thank and show appreciation to everyone that was able to attend and even to those that stopped by to say hello. Hope to see more of you in the future!

To learn more about the Party for Socialism and Liberation: https://www.liberationschool.org/program-of-the-party-for-socialism-and-liberation/

To join: https://pslweb.org/join/

To purchase a copy of Climate solutions: https://store.pslweb.org/Climate-Solutions-Beyond-Capitalism_p_69.html (or message us to buy a copy!)

Also, donate to Desert Island Supply Companies after school programs: https://desert-island-supply-co.networkforgood.com/projects/200870-first-draft-fund

Is Moore V. Harper on your radar? It should be. 👀 Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the North Carolina...
12/08/2022

Is Moore V. Harper on your radar? It should be. 👀 Yesterday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the North Carolina redistricting case Moore V. Harper. The outcome, expected to be delivered in June, could expand racist gerrymandering and put election outcomes in the hands of right-wing state legislatures.

Read a firsthand account of Cuba’s socialist local elections in the neighborhood of La Corbata, Havana ⤴️
12/03/2022

Read a firsthand account of Cuba’s socialist local elections in the neighborhood of La Corbata, Havana ⤴️

11/10/2022
The Supreme Court is determined to destroy decades of social progress on all fronts, regardless of what the people of th...
11/02/2022

The Supreme Court is determined to destroy decades of social progress on all fronts, regardless of what the people of the United States want. Without a doubt, a people's movement is needed to confront this offensive.

Why are the midterms so close? Despite the media narrative, the populace is not turning right.A confluence of events and...
10/30/2022

Why are the midterms so close? Despite the media narrative, the populace is not turning right.

A confluence of events and long-term trends have created this opening for the right wing, and the Democrats have played a major role.

An enormous amount of time and money is spent trying to convince us that China is our enemy. We should not be fooled.Rea...
10/27/2022

An enormous amount of time and money is spent trying to convince us that China is our enemy. We should not be fooled.

Read about what really happened at the Communist Party of China's 20th Party Congress ⤴️

The people of Haiti are intensifying their struggle rejecting imperialist intervention. Many thousands demonstrated Mond...
10/20/2022

The people of Haiti are intensifying their struggle rejecting imperialist intervention. Many thousands demonstrated Monday in Port-au-Prince, attempting to march on the U.S. embassy. They faced fierce repression from police loyal to the illegitimate government of de-facto Prime Minister Ariel Henry.

In these next critical days and weeks, international solidarity with the people of Haiti is crucial as they continue their centuries-long struggle for freedom and independence.

10/06/2022

On September 27th, Hurricane Ian made landfall on Cuba as a Category 3 storm. Over 50,000 were evacuated, the island los...
10/02/2022

On September 27th, Hurricane Ian made landfall on Cuba as a Category 3 storm. Over 50,000 were evacuated, the island lost power, and over 50,000 homes were destroyed. Now the efforts to rebuild are in full force, but the U.S. embargo and sanctions regime are preventing aid from arriving.

This Sunday the New York Times will carry an ad with an urgent appeal to President Biden asking him to temporarily waive US sanctions so Cuba can directly purchase construction materials for rebuilding. We also demand that Cuba be removed from the State Sponsors of Terrorism List that make banks in both the United States and abroad reluctant to process any transactions, including humanitarian donations. We have placed this ad to put pressure on Biden and to raise awareness of the sanctions regime that are collectively punishing the people of Cuba at their time of greatest need.

DONATE and help us fundraise to urgently send roofing material and other construction supplies to the Cuban people. ➡️ letcubalive.info

We are calling on allies in movements across the United States to help with this campaign to Let Cuba Rebuild. We are both collecting donations to help with rebuilding efforts, and asking others to sign onto and share this letter demanding that Biden at least suspend the sanctions to allow building materials to be purchased.

It is unconscionable at this critical hour to maintain the blockade and engage in collective punishment against an entire people. The people of Cuba are human beings and our neighbors. They have all the same desires as the millions in Florida who are today surveying the damage to their homes, and anxious to rebuild. Just imagine if those millions were cut off from purchasing construction materials or receiving aid; no one would stand for it, and we can’t stand for this either.

➡️ Sign onto the letter & donate at letcubalive.info

Hurricane Ian may be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history. Now it's heading towards Georgia and South Carolina.Whi...
09/30/2022

Hurricane Ian may be the deadliest hurricane in Florida history. Now it's heading towards Georgia and South Carolina.

While the government has issued evacuation orders, the reality of who makes it out reflects the extreme inequality of our society. We need disaster preparation and response that puts the people first, and we need emergency relief now. The only way to get that is through struggle.

When the country was consumed with protest against racist police terror, many Democrats positioned themselves as support...
09/23/2022

When the country was consumed with protest against racist police terror, many Democrats positioned themselves as supporters of the movement and its demands. But now that the rebellion's intensity has faded, they're back to their true selves.

It's been a long, hot summer of climate change. Capitalism is wreaking havoc on the globe in its drive for endless growt...
09/22/2022

It's been a long, hot summer of climate change. Capitalism is wreaking havoc on the globe in its drive for endless growth, and it's the poor and working people of the world paying the price.

While hurricanes are natural disasters, the devastation facing Puerto Rico is not simply a natural phenomenon.Over a cen...
09/20/2022

While hurricanes are natural disasters, the devastation facing Puerto Rico is not simply a natural phenomenon.

Over a century of U.S. colonial rule has left Puerto Rico devastatingly ill-prepared to weather storms like Hurricane Maria in 2017 and Hurricane Fiona today.

Such criminal inaction and incompetence cannot be allowed to continue. Most urgently, the federal government must send massive resources to provide comprehensive relief and lasting support for the victims of the storm. But ultimately what is needed is reparations and independence!

Elite politicians from both parties have spent this week shamelessly using abortion rights as a political football to se...
09/18/2022

Elite politicians from both parties have spent this week shamelessly using abortion rights as a political football to secure short-term gains without concern for the lives and futures on the line.

Abortion is a right—not a debate, not a political bargaining chip, not a talking point for raising campaign funds.

US and South Korean military forces are currently conducting the largest joint war exercises in four years in South Kore...
08/31/2022

US and South Korean military forces are currently conducting the largest joint war exercises in four years in South Korea, simulating the invasion of North Korea.

The US is the primary obstacle to peace and reunification on the Korean peninsula.

The US should immediately sign a peace treaty with North Korea, remove all foreign troops from the South, and refrain from interfering in the sovereignty of both states.

Biden is proposing a major expansion of the US police state. 37 billion ADDITIONAL dollars to “hire and train 100,000 ad...
08/31/2022

Biden is proposing a major expansion of the US police state. 37 billion ADDITIONAL dollars to “hire and train 100,000 additional police officers."

“When it comes to public safety in this nation, the answer is not defund the police, it’s FUND the police."

We say NO! We need real solutions, not stepped up police occupation!

Biden has announced actions to forgive student loan debt — but it’s not enough.All student loan debt should be canceled ...
08/25/2022

Biden has announced actions to forgive student loan debt — but it’s not enough.

All student loan debt should be canceled immediately! Biden has the power through executive order – he can't blame the Republicans or Joe Manchin for not doing more.

Education is a right—it shouldn't be treated as a source of mega profits!

“The mother of three, Fountain came to Yellowhammer two years ago from a “right to parent, family justice” background, s...
08/15/2022

“The mother of three, Fountain came to Yellowhammer two years ago from a “right to parent, family justice” background, she said. She chose to work for Yellowhammer because it embraced family justice, she explained, and “offered support around all reproductive decisions, not just abortion.”

Before Roe was overturned they funded up to 350 abortions a month in 2022. “It was hectic,” Fountain said.

“Pre-Dobbs we worked a lot with many people who didn’t know abortion was still legal, and didn’t know they had that choice. We helped them get to appointments for abortions, and we helped with childcare.””

The fight is on. Yellowhammer has no intentions of giving up in the struggle for abortion rights all reproductive rights and basic human rights.

🧯🇨🇺As Cuban firefighters along with specialists sent by the governments of Mexico, Venezuela and elsewhere battle to con...
08/10/2022

🧯🇨🇺As Cuban firefighters along with specialists sent by the governments of Mexico, Venezuela and elsewhere battle to contain the blaze, relief efforts are being hampered by the U.S. blockade. Moreover, this 60-year-long economic war has created an extremely precarious economic situation highly vulnerable to the effects of the oil storage facility fire.

Every year, almost every country in the world votes at the United Nations to condemn the blockade of Cuba as a violation of the country’s basic rights – a view shared by an increasing number of people inside the United States. The world stands against the blockade, and in this moment of crisis the Biden administration must take the only humane course of action:

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan today in a dangerous act of provocation designed to push the United S...
08/05/2022

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi landed in Taiwan today in a dangerous act of provocation designed to push the United States and China closer towards a catastrophic conflict. Her reckless decision raises the specter of all-out war between the two main world powers, and the full consequences of her actions remain to be seen.

Nancy Pelosi is the highest ranking official in Congress. She should be at home pushing through legislation to alleviate the inflation crisis, legalize abortion, protect the rights of workers, combat climate change, and more. Instead she has decided that her priority is to carry out an extreme provocation that moves further down the path towards war. All those around the world who desire peace should oppose this move.

https://www.liberationnews.org/psl-editorial-deadly-heat-wave-sweeping-europe-highlights-criminal-inaction-on-climate-cr...
07/20/2022

https://www.liberationnews.org/psl-editorial-deadly-heat-wave-sweeping-europe-highlights-criminal-inaction-on-climate-crisis/

The heat wave in Europe has sparked fires and other emergencies, leaving more than 1,100 dead in Spain and Portugal alone. London’s mayor said that the city’s fire department “is under immense pressure” as multiple blazes break out. This unfolding disaster has rightfully drawn global attention to the woefully inadequate action taken by the governments of the wealthy capitalist countries to address the climate change crisis.

While the rich have the resources to insulate themselves from the worst effects of the climate crisis, workers are left to suffer. While the capitalist class is perfectly happy to count their profits while the world burns, people are uniting to demand action. This struggle of the people is what can save the planet.

The unfolding disaster in Europe has rightfully drawn global attention to the woefully inadequate action taken by the governments of the wealthy capitalist countries to address the climate change crisis.

While the inflation crisis and attacks on basic democratic rights continue in the United States, Joe Biden is traveling ...
07/18/2022

While the inflation crisis and attacks on basic democratic rights continue in the United States, Joe Biden is traveling abroad to focus on shoring up U.S. domination over the Middle East.

Between expressing support for the apartheid state of Israel and the ultra-reactionary and theocratic Saudi regime, it is clear Biden is evidently more concerned about the fading fortunes of U.S. empire than addressing the dire problems faced by working people.

Read more at LiberationNews.org
https://www.liberationnews.org/psl-editorial-bidens-middle-east-trip-apartheid-war-and-oil/

Biden is evidently more concerned about the fading fortunes of U.S. empire than addressing the dire problems faced by working people.

What we now know as Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tr...
05/30/2022

What we now know as Memorial Day began as “Decoration Day” in the immediate aftermath of the U.S. Civil War. It was a tradition initiated by former slaves to celebrate emancipation and commemorate those who died for that cause.

These days, Memorial Day is arranged as a day “without politics”—a general patriotic celebration of all soldiers and veterans, regardless of the nature of the wars in which they participated. This is the opposite of how the day emerged, with explicitly partisan motivations, to celebrate those who fought for justice and liberation.

The concept that the population must “remember the sacrifice” of U.S. service members, without a critical reflection on the wars themselves, did not emerge by accident. It came about in the Jim Crow period as the Northern and Southern ruling classes sought to reunite the country around apolitical mourning, which required erasing the “divisive” issues of slavery and Black citizenship. These issues had been at the heart of the struggles of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Read the full article on LiberationNews.org

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About the Party for Socialism and Liberation

The Party for Socialism and Liberation believes that the only solution to the deepening crisis of capitalism is the socialist transformation of society. Driven by an insatiable appetite for ever greater profits regardless of social cost, capitalism is on a collision course with the people of the world and the planet itself. Imperialist war; deepening unemployment and poverty; deteriorating health care, housing and education; racism; discrimination and violence based on gender and sexual orientation; environmental destruction—all are inevitable products of the capitalist system itself.

For the great majority of people in the world, including tens of millions of workers in the United States, conditions of life and work are worsening. There is no prospect that this situation can or will be turned around under the existing system.

The idea that the capitalists’ grip on society and their increasingly repressive state can be abolished through any means other than a revolutionary overturn is an illusion. Equally unrealistic are reformist hopes for a “kinder, gentler” capitalism, or solutions based on economic decentralization or small group autonomy. Meeting the needs of the more than 6.5 billion people who inhabit the planet today is impossible without large-scale agriculture and industry and economic planning.

The fundamental problems confronting humanity today flow from the reality that most of the world’s productive wealth—the product of socialized labor and nature—is privately owned and controlled by a tiny minority. This minority decides what will be produced and what will not. Its decisions are based on making profits rather than meeting human needs.


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