In Mexico, over 30,000 people over the age of 60 are working long unpaid shifts as bag packers in supermarkets. These unpaid laborers are up to 89 years old. They have no work contract and receive no benefits. These workers frequently have to perform other duties such as cleaning and stocking, for no pay or tips. And although they aren't being physically or violently forced to do this work, they don't really have a lot of choice.
Feminist, professor, and writer Silvia Federici on the theoretical underpinnings and tactical strategy of the Wages for Housework campaign, how it challenged other movements on the Left, and the importance of making demands that give us more terrain from which to struggle. “Reflecting on the unpaid labor of women was like a window onto the nature of capitalism,” Silvia Federici explained. “I saw that devaluing the reproduction of human life was a central pillar of capitalism, one of the main engines of the accumulation process. So not only was it an entry point to change the situation of women, but also to understand capitalism in a different way.”
Political violence, including death threats, and assassinations, has been normalized in Durban, South Africa. Organizing on this terrain takes real courage. Abahlali baseMjondolo are not wrong to lament that, almost a quarter of century after the end of apartheid, "the price for land is paid in blood."
New research offers clues to stop the spread of organized hate groups in the U.S.
A new progressive internationalism must be tailored to meet this century’s challenges.
Real-estate interests have long wielded an outsized influence over national housing policy—to the detriment of African Americans.