Claudia Jones was born in Trinidad in1915 but migrated to Harlem in 1924. She became active in the Scottsboro struggle. She became a leader of the Comunist Party in the 1940’s, until she was indicted under the Smith Act (under which teaching Marxism was illegal) and imprisoned in 1955. She was then deported to London, where she lived and worked until her death 1965. She was buried beside of Karl Marx.
To get an idea of her importance, read her article, “An End to the Neglect of the Problems of the Negro Women” (PDF), which analyzed the situation of black women from a Marxist viewpoint, and which was her major contribution to feminist thought.
Posted in Black Liberation, Marxism-Leninism, Theory, Women's Liberation
Tagged Black Liberation, Class Struggle, Claudia Jones, Harry Haywood, Marxism, Marxism-Leninism, national question, proletarian feminism, Smith Act, theory, Trade Unions, William Z. Foster, Women's Liberation
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The following review of FRSO’s Build a Fighting Workers Movement (also here at the Marxist-Leninist) is from Fight Back! News Service:
Review: Build a Fighting Workers Movement
A review of the pamphlet Build a Fighting Workers Movement by the Labor Commission of Freedom Road Socialist Organization
By Joe Iosbaker
This past Dec. 5, 250 workers occupied the Republic Windows and Doors factory on Goose Island in Chicago. They had been told a few days earlier that the company was closing and that there would be no severance pay, or even payment of wages or sick or vacation pay owed them. Their protest, targeting their company and the Bank of America, became a national symbol of working people’s anger at the rich and powerful. “Banks got bailed out, we got sold out,” they chanted as their story was reported across the world.
Now over three months later, there has been no wave of labor action in the U.S. to follow up this spectacular beginning. Why? Aren’t millions of workers just as angry? Don’t they want to strike blows against the billionaires on Wall Street?
Posted in Books, FRSO, Labor Movement
Tagged Andy Stern, Bank of America, Class Struggle Unionism, crisis, Fight Back!, FRSO, Joe Iosbaker, militant minority, political economy, Republic Windows and Doors, SEIU, Trade Unions, UAW, William Z. Foster