The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Political Issues

Revolutionaries and the Fight for Legal Abortion

“Punish Women”? Trump Said It, Others Are Doing ItApr 11, 2016

Abortion Clinic Terror Is HomegrownDec 7, 2015

Texas Thugs Attack Planned ParenthoodOct 26, 2015

Abortion and Women’s Rights Under AttackAug 31, 1992

Revolutionaries and the Fight for Legal AbortionMar 31, 1974

Education under Attack

Chicago Teachers Stand UpApr 11, 2016

DPS Debt: It’s a RacketJan 18, 2016

Detroit Teachers Are “Sick” and Tired!Jan 18, 2016

Corruption at the Top of the Schools from Detroit to ChicagoOct 26, 2015

Chicago Students Walk Out to Protest CutsOct 12, 2015

Student Loans: Students Bamboozled, Banks and Investors ProfitJun 8, 2015

Los Angeles Schools: A Pot of Money for Big BusinessSep 29, 2014

Chicago Schools: Filth for Children, Profit for AramarkSep 15, 2014

Stealing from Chicago’s Students to Fatten the RichSep 15, 2014

The Rape of Public Education: Corporate Takeover of Neighborhood SchoolsJan 20, 2014

Education Deformed, Not ReformedNov 25, 2013

Student Loans: A Trap Built by Wall Street and the GovernmentOct 23, 2012

Starving the Schools – to Feed the Banks and ProfitOct 1, 2012

“Reforming” Education Back to the Stone AgeSep 17, 2012

Education “Reform”: Grinding up the Public SchoolsAug 3, 2009

United States: The Public Schools: Free Enterprise’s Latest TargetJan 14, 2000

2016 Election

Shut Donald Trump Down – Yes, but How?Mar 28, 2016

Presidential Candidates Disguised as Something NewMar 14, 2016

Working to Build a Working Class Party in Michigan, 2016Mar 14, 2016

Sanders and Trump: Populism’s Blind AlleysJan 21, 2016

Trump and Sanders: Two Sides of the Same Capitalist CoinJan 4, 2016

Poisoned by Lead

Dangerous Lead: A Dangerous SystemMar 28, 2016

Flint Water Report Calls Out Criminal PoliticiansMar 28, 2016

Flint: The River Still Flows CausticFeb 15, 2016

Children Still Poisoned by Lead PaintFeb 15, 2016

Flint – the Criminals Who Caused It Won’t Fix ItFeb 1, 2016

Hidden History of the Flint Water CrisisJan 18, 2016

Missing Chapter of the Flint Water CrisisJan 18, 2016

The Flint Water DisasterJan 18, 2016

Two Parties, One Result: Political DisasterJan 18, 2016

Poisoning Children in ChicagoJan 4, 2016

Children Poisoned by Criminal DecisionOct 12, 2015

Baltimore: Lead Paint ScamAug 31, 2015

Fights against Concessions

Michigan: Retirees Protest Pension TheftFeb 15, 2016

The Working Class Needs Its Own OrganizationDec 7, 2015

20 Years Ago – Detroit Newspaper StrikeNov 9, 2015

Auto: After 33 Years, Chrysler Workers Said NO!Nov 3, 2015

Second Chrysler Contract – Reshuffling the Same Old DeckOct 26, 2015

Needed: A Fighting LeadershipOct 12, 2015

Detroit Teachers Union President Removed by BoardAug 17, 2015

Chicago Teachers: Fight or Get SmashedAug 17, 2015

Just Say NO – And Mean It!Aug 3, 2015

Restore and More! Why Not?Jul 20, 2015

“Abolish Two-Tier”Mar 30, 2015

Book Review: A Fighter All My Life, by Sam JohnsonJun 9, 2014

UAW Convention: Gary Walkowicz Speaks for the WorkersJun 9, 2014

Pete Camarata: A Militant RememberedMar 17, 2014

United States: The Attack on Carey: A “Wake-Up Call” for LaborNov 1, 1997

United States: UPS Strike: A Fight for “Good Jobs”Aug 17, 1997

A Working-Class Electoral Campaign in MichiganApr 15, 1989

Blue Cross (Detroit): A Somewhat Unusual StrikeFeb 1, 1988

The American Mineworker's StrikeJun 1, 1978

The Black Revolt in the United States

Malcolm X: A Man of the Poor Black MassesFeb 15, 2016

The Black Revolt and the End of the War Against Viet NamDec 31, 1990

The Black Movement in the Sixties: Victories and Lost OpportunitiesApr 30, 1987

A Revival of the Civil Rights Movement?Apr 30, 1987

The Black Revolt in the United States: A Hope for All HumanityDec 31, 1969

Epidemic of Death by Cop

Dearborn Cops Murder a Black WomanFeb 1, 2016

Chicago: Abuse and Cover-up Organized from On HighJan 18, 2016

Still More Murders by Chicago CopsJan 4, 2016

Cleveland Grand Jury “Shockingly” Fails to Indict CopsJan 4, 2016

Prison: Capitalism’s Answer to the Unemployment It CreatesJan 4, 2016

Ron Scott – A Fighter against Police BrutalityDec 7, 2015

Chicago’s Murdering Cops – The Rot Goes Right to the TopDec 7, 2015

Movie Review: Straight Outta ComptonAug 31, 2015

Murder in a Texas JailAug 3, 2015

Unemployment, Prison and Murder by CopAug 3, 2015

The “War on Drugs”: Capitalism’s War on the Laboring PopulationJul 25, 2015

Murdered by Police in TexasJul 20, 2015

The Watts Rebellion - 50 Years LaterJul 20, 2015

Those Who Don’t Oppose Racism Accept ItJun 22, 2015

Cleveland Cop’s Acquittal: A License to KillJun 8, 2015

Baltimore: Lies to Support Murdering CopsJun 8, 2015

Shot to Death for Failure to Pay Child SupportMay 25, 2015

SPARK Meeting in BaltimoreMay 11, 2015

Systematic Terrorism Used to Enforce JoblessnessApr 27, 2015

Inkster Police Brutal Beating and Frame-up Caught on TapeMar 30, 2015

Maryland: “We Shoot People”Mar 30, 2015

The Answer to Bloody Sunday: WattsMar 16, 2015

LAPD Releases Ezell Ford Autopsy Report … After Four MonthsJan 5, 2015

Don’t Let the Cops Intimidate ProtestJan 5, 2015

NYC: Another Grand Jury Lets a Killer Cop SkateDec 8, 2014

As Protests Spread, Politicians Defend the SystemDec 8, 2014

Ferguson: Backing Off the Blood SuckersSep 15, 2014

Ferguson, Missouri: “Typical” and MurderousSep 1, 2014

Emmett Till to Trayvon Martin: Racism Remains PervasiveOct 14, 2013

From Emmett Till to Trayvon MartinJul 22, 2013

No More Open Season on Young Black Men!Apr 2, 2012

Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

Terrorism: Fed by Imperialism’s Middle East BombingJan 21, 2016

End the Bloody U.S. War for Middle East DominationNov 9, 2015

U.S. War in Iraq Gets Worse ... and WorseJun 22, 2015

The Barbarism of Imperialism: A Breeding Ground for All Forms of BarbarismDec 31, 2014

Iraq-Syria: The Making of a CatastropheNov 4, 2014

ISIS: The Legacy of Imperialist InterventionsSep 15, 2014

Editorial: We Shouldn’t Pay the Cost for U.S. TerrorismSep 15, 2014

Afghanistan: U.S. Bogged Down in Its Longest WarJul 29, 2012

Iraq: The Unending U.S. War for OilJan 22, 2012

Iraq: The Making of a Dysfunctional Pawn in the Imperialist Regional GameOct 2, 2010

The U.S. Military Surge in Afghanistan and PakistanJan 29, 2010

Iraq: The “Forgotten” WarJan 12, 2010

The U.S. “Surge” in Afghanistan: A Deadly Poker GameNov 8, 2009

Afghanistan: A Bloody War in Defense of a Failed RegimeSep 29, 2009

Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan: From One Quagmire to AnotherJul 31, 2009

Afghanistan: Seven Years into a Worsening QuagmireJan 30, 2009

U.S. War: Surging from Iraq into Afghanistan and PakistanOct 15, 2008

The U.S. “Surge”: Dividing Iraq in Order to RuleNov 1, 2007

Viet Nam or Iraq: It’s Still a Rich Man’s War, but a Poor Man or Woman’s ArmyApr 23, 2007

Iraq: The U.S. Changes Course to a Bloodier WarJan 21, 2007

Afghanistan: A Hidden War That Is Turning into Another QuagmireJul 6, 2006

Afghanistan: The Hidden U.S. War Reasserts ItselfJul 25, 2005

Iraq: A Sham Election Stained With the Blood of FallujaJan 20, 2005

Iraq War Debate: Generals & Spies vs. the “Neo-Cons”Nov 19, 2003

Iraq: From an Imperialist Occupation to a Bloody QuagmireSep 13, 2003

Iraq War: Into the QuicksandJul 25, 2003

United States: The War Against Iraq Is a War of ThievesApr 20, 2003

United States: AFL-CIO Supports the Bosses’ Wars — against Iraq and at HomeApr 20, 2003

Iraq: Behind the Dictatorship of Saddam Hussein Stood the Dictatorship of ImperialismApr 19, 2003

Iraq: Bush’s Warmongering Now Leads to WarJan 27, 2003

United States: Stop the U.S. War on IraqOct 11, 2002

Economy

China: Economic Slowdown and the Collapse in Raw Material PricesJan 21, 2016

U.S.: An Increasingly Parasitic Capitalist ClassNov 3, 2015

Greece: The Creditors’s SavageryJul 20, 2015

Greece: Reformism’s Dead EndJul 20, 2015

The Capitalist Economy: Heading toward the Next Financial CrisisJun 22, 2014

U.S.: The Social and Political Situation, 2014Apr 1, 2014

The Economic Situation: The Long Crisis of the Capitalist EconomyOct 23, 2013

Economic Recovery or Collapse: Raise the Banner of the Class Struggle of the ProletariatSep 30, 2013

Goldman’s Price-Fixing Metal Merry-Go-RoundAug 19, 2013

Economy: A Discussion about the Current Stage of the CrisisApr 9, 2013

The Crisis of the Capitalist EconomyNov 30, 2012

The Capitalist Economic Crisis: Looking Toward 2012Nov 7, 2011

The Economic Crisis: 2011 EditionSep 23, 2011

World Economy: Capitalism AdriftJun 24, 2010

Global Crisis: Renewed Speculation Targets Currencies and Public DebtFeb 25, 2010

The Global Crisis of the Capitalist EconomyFeb 2, 2010

Eastern European States: Sliding Deeper into CrisisApr 29, 2009

World Economy: Confronting the Crisis of the Capitalist EconomyNov 13, 2008

Capitalist Economy: Heading Toward a Generalized CrisisOct 9, 2008

Financial Crisis: The Credit Crisis Hits HomeApr 11, 2008

Financial Crisis: The Stock Market Rout: The Latest Development of the Financial CrisisFeb 19, 2008

United States: The Subprime EconomyOct 31, 2007

World Economy: From the Housing Crisis to the Financial CrisisOct 1, 2007

The Economic Meltdown: “Corporate Crime” and Speculation — Built-in Components of CapitalismSep 8, 2002

Natural Disasters, Global Warming, and the Destruction of the Environment ... for Profit

California Drought: Obama BailoutSep 28, 2015

Water in California: More Valuable than GoldNov 19, 2014

California: The Democrats’ Big Gift to Big OilSep 16, 2013

Los Angeles Fracking Boom: Enormous Dangers and RisksMar 19, 2012

Bechtel’s Solar Energy Damages the EnvironmentNov 22, 2010

Earthquake in Haiti: A Natural Disaster against the Backdrop of a Social DisasterFeb 27, 2010

California: Big Fires, Big BusinessSep 28, 2009

Global Warming: Politics and ProfitJul 25, 2007

Hurricane Katrina: A Natural Force Turned into a Human Catastrophe by a System Based on ProfitSep 19, 2005

Water Privatization Leads to ... Big Rate IncreasesNov 17, 2003

Two Workers’ Revolutions

Revolutionary Fighter Leon Trotsky Was Assassinated 75 Years AgoAug 31, 2015

Lenin Died Ninety Years Ago: His Ideas and His Struggle Are Relevant TodayFeb 17, 2014

The Paris Commune: 140 Years Ago, Paris Workers Create the First Concrete Form of Workers’ PowerMay 1, 2011

The Russian RevolutionDec 31, 1977

The Paris Commune, 1871Dec 31, 1977

Detroit: The Destruction of a City for Corporate Profit

We Need a New Detroit for the Working Class, Not for Wall StreetAug 17, 2015

Detroit’s Population Decline: The Result of Deliberate PoliciesJul 20, 2015

Detroit Bankruptcy Sets the Pattern for Next Year’s AttacksNov 10, 2014

Hedge Fund Vultures Swoop Down on Detroit DebtAug 4, 2014

Detroit: Using Water Shutoffs to Drive People OutJul 21, 2014

The Continued Gutting of Detroit Public SchoolsJul 7, 2014

In Detroit, Even a Glass of Tap Water Costs Too MuchJul 7, 2014

Editorial: Detroit “Grand Bargain”: A Threat to All WorkersJun 9, 2014

Detroit Land GrabApr 14, 2014

Detroit: Another Explosion Waiting to HappenApr 14, 2014

The “Cram Down” on Detroit City Pensioners Moves ForwardApr 14, 2014

Pitting the DIA against Detroit RetireesJan 20, 2014

Bankruptcy Judge Approves Attack on Detroit WorkersDec 9, 2013

Editorial: Hands Off Pensions!Dec 9, 2013

If They Get Away with Destroying Detroit Pensions, Every Worker Is NextNov 11, 2013

Bus Drivers StrikeOct 28, 2013

Plundering Belle IsleOct 28, 2013

Call Detroit’s CFO What He Is: A RacistOct 14, 2013

Kwame Kilpatrick Takes the Fall for the WealthyOct 14, 2013

Bus Drivers ProtestSep 30, 2013

Editorial: Stealing Our Pensions – San Jose IS Detroit!Sep 30, 2013

Kevyn Orr Threatens Detroit Retiree Health CareSep 16, 2013

Editorial: Take Back the Wealth the Workers Produced!Sep 2, 2013

Editorial: Detroit Is Every Worker’s FutureAug 5, 2013

Detroit Bankruptcy: Tearing Up the Pension “Contract”Jul 26, 2013

Destruction of the Cities: Detroit First, You NextJan 29, 2013

The Banks Are Strangling the CitiesDec 10, 2012

Elections

United States: The Political and Social Situation, 2015Apr 14, 2015

Chicago: A Not So Usual Election ResultMar 2, 2015

Ed Hershey Speaks OutFeb 16, 2015

A Working Class Campaign in ChicagoJan 5, 2015

Michigan 2014: The Campaign for a Working Class Fight Based on a Working Class PolicyDec 9, 2014

2014 Elections: Distrustful, Dissatisfied and Fed Up!Dec 9, 2014

Eugene V. Debs: He Spoke to and for the Working ClassAug 6, 2014

U.S.: The Political and Social SituationMar 1, 2013

Occupy Wall Street: The Unions Look to It for the 2012 ElectionsJan 26, 2012

U.S. Elections 2010: Both Parties Swindle Us — Build Our Own Party!Nov 10, 2010

Elections: Behind the Shiny New Politics Lies the Same Old Political SludgeAug 1, 2008

U.S. Elections: Three Candidates, but Not One Speaks for Working PeopleApr 13, 2008

U.S.A.: Elections Reject Republican Policies, but the Democrats Don’tJan 20, 2007

United States: The 2004 Election Gave No Mandate to Continue the War and Attack Social Security!Jan 27, 2005

Unions and the Elections: Supporting the “Lesser Evil” Leaves the Working Class with No Party of Its OwnOct 15, 2004

U.S. Elections: A Referendum on the Bush Agenda — and What the Democrats Did to Implement ItOct 14, 2004

United States: “ABB”: Demonizing Bush to Justify Supporting the DemocratsApr 18, 2004

Bush and the Christian Right: Going Backward to a Future Right out of the Middle AgesJan 25, 2004

United States: Election Time and the Democrats Unpack their Antiwar Stance from MothballsOct 27, 2000

United States: Elections: Two Evils, Asking for the Workers’ ApprovalOct 27, 2000

Mexico: “War on Drugs” and Decay

Mexico: The Government and Gangs Working Hand-in-Hand to Attack the PopulationApr 11, 2015

Mexico: The Long Decay of the RegimeMar 24, 2015

Class Struggle: America’s Union Heritage

80 Years Ago: The Great Minneapolis General StrikeSep 1, 2014

United States: The Capitalists Try to Create Divisions; the Workers’ Strength Is in their UnityJan 31, 1999

1941: Victory at Ford’sJun 11, 1990

The Flint Sit Down: The Strike Which Broke the Bosses’ IntransigenceMay 31, 1986

The 1934 Minneapolis StrikeMay 31, 1984

The Unions: Creations of the Workers, Tools of the BourgeoisieJan 31, 1982

The CIO: From Militant Struggles to Class CollaborationMar 31, 1981

Health Care: Your Money or Your Life

U.S.: The Affordable Care Act: Less Healthcare for More ProfitApr 25, 2014

Health Care Reform: Serving the Corporations at the Population’s ExpenseJan 6, 2014

U.S.: Health Care for Sale – If You Have the Money to BuyOct 21, 2009

Editorial: Profit’s Death Grip on Health CareAug 17, 2009

When Wal-Mart and Union Leaders Agree, Workers Need to WorryFeb 19, 2007

United States: Managed Care: Wall Street’s Prescription for the Medical Industry’s ProfitsApr 25, 2001

United States: Board Room Health CareAug 18, 1997

Auto

Ford: The “People’s Tycoon,” Engineering Genius and Vicious ExploiterJan 21, 2014

2011 Auto Contracts: Pushing Workers Back to 1940Aug 1, 2011

To End Concessions, Prepare to FightJul 30, 2011

UAW: Bob King’s “Bold New Strategies” – Just the Same Tired Old ExcusesFeb 3, 2011

UAW: From the 2009 NO-Vote by Ford Workers, to the 2010 Convention, to the 2011 ContractsJul 31, 2010

Ford Workers Had the Best Idea: Refuse Concessions!Jan 24, 2010

Auto Concessions: A Battering Ram Aimed at the Whole Working ClassJan 22, 2009

Auto: A Bitter Example of the Bosses’ War on the Working ClassOct 20, 2008

Auto Negotiations 2007: Lies, Scare Tactics & ExtortionJul 31, 2007

Chrysler for Sale?: The Latest “Restructuring” Attack on the Whole Working ClassApr 16, 2007

France: Auto Workers Strike at Peugeot-CitroënApr 15, 2007

Auto: Demanding that the Workers Sell Out Their Parents and Their ChildrenOct 21, 2006

Auto Contracts: Result of a Company-Union Partnership against the WorkersOct 15, 2003

Oil

Arabian Peninsula: Capitalism’s Contradictions in a NutshellJan 7, 2014

Skyrocketing Oil Prices: The Planet Held Hostage by the “Majors” and the SpeculatorsOct 14, 2005

Oil: The Big Companies Plunder the WorldJul 23, 2004

Oil: The Jump in World Prices and the “Majors”Nov 4, 2000

Immigration

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: For the CapitalistsOct 21, 2013

United States: Immigration and the Forging of the American Working ClassOct 20, 2006

“Comprehensive Immigration Reform”: An Attack on the Immigrants and the Rest of the Working ClassJul 26, 2006

Revolutionaries and Trade Union Activity

United States (Historical): The Double Role of the CP in Building the CIOApr 30, 2000

United States: The Labor Party is Founded — But for What Purpose?Sep 30, 1996

The Drive for the Labor Party: The Power Was There, The Perspective Was NotMar 31, 1985

Revolutionaries and Trade Union ActivityNov 30, 1973

The Socialist Workers’ Party, the Union Bureaucracy, and the Working ClassNov 30, 1972

The Labor Party Issue in the United StatesJul 30, 1972

Viet Nam War

The Anti-War Movement of the 60’sOct 1, 1982

Founding Statement

For a Trotskyist Organization in the Working ClassDec 31, 1971