Editor's note: This is a transcript of a video by Comrade Val about bougie myths about Venezuela. 1. A common misconception about Venezuela is that it is a Dictatorship under which there is no democracy. 23 elections have been held in Venezuela since 1998, which was the year when Hugo Chavez was elected president and … Continue reading Busting Bougie Myths: Common misconceptions about Venezuela
The opiates crisis in the United States has killed more than 105,000* people since 2015. That is almost double the number of US troops that were killed in Vietnam. At the height of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam years, the numbers of Americans (mostly poor young people) killed was considered an incalculable loss of life … Continue reading The Opiates Crisis kills working people while making rich people richer
By Val Reynoso Cuba is an island in the Caribbean governed by a socialist state that has made strides in numerous aspects, including but not limited to socioeconomic equality, redistribution of wealth to the masses, advocacy for the end of apartheid in South Africa, and the end of the colonial rule in Angola during the … Continue reading Women’s healthcare in Cuba vs the US
By Val Reynoso Along with the history of the development of the term, the notion of the Latin race is constructed against indigeneity as well as Blackness, which was reinforced with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo between the US and Mexico. The Mexican-American war of 1846-1848 ended with the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo on February 2nd, 1848 … Continue reading The Perpetuation of Indigenous Erasure
Vladimir Lenin in 1917 struggled with the same question we do today: Is it possible to work within the capitalist state to further socialist goals? By Alyson Escalante Getting a candidate elected takes resources. The New York chapter of the Democratic Socialist of America mobilized members to register 20,000 new voters, rallied around traditional campaign … Continue reading Against Electoralism, For Dual Power!
By Kimberly Miller Introduction Much attention is paid to both the Central Intelligence Agency’s massive fight against communism during the Cold War era and America’s destructive “War on Drugs” campaign. However, there is less attention acknowledging how these two historical phenomena intricately overlap and ended up paradoxically perpetuating one another. Utilizing lucrative international drug trafficking, … Continue reading How anti-communism fueled CIA drug trafficking
By Val Reynoso Latinx/Hispanic are terms of European origin that were then brought to the Americas through imperialist conquests and enforced on non-white populations by colonial means. The denomination Latin was created in Europe in the early 19th Century given the increase of romantic nationalism and racism which prompted Europeans to identify their countries with … Continue reading Where did ‘Latinx’ or ‘Hispanic’ come from?
Foundation of Spanish Casta System through Limpieza de Sangre By Val Reynoso Given the lack of information provided on the pan-ethnic group Latinx/Hispanic, many persons in the US do not know much on the subject and have misinformed preconceptions based primarily on ethnic stereotypes and mainstream media portrayals of said group. Being provided with a … Continue reading The Foundation of white supremacy through colonialism
By Val Reynoso In her article “For Many Latinos, Racial Identity Is More Culture Than Color,” Navarro addresses the complexities of Latinx racial and ethnic identities especially in regards to the US census. She explicates how the race classifications offered by the US census are not satisfactory to many Latin American descendants for numerous reasons; … Continue reading Beyond Black and White: Socializing Latinx and Asian Identities
By Val Reynoso After watching one of Lyndon Johnson's speeches, I was reminded of how US politicians will use their platforms for lip service and euphemisms for imperialism in defense of the status quo which majority of citizens have accepted as the truth. Johnson spoke about the Hart-Celler Immigration Act of 1965, which essentially liberalized … Continue reading How LBJ sabotaged the Dominican Republic