It has been 19 years since Columbine, 6 years since Sandy Hook, 5 months since Las Vegas and 4 months since Sutherland Springs. In all that time and after all that blood, the script has not wavered an inch, when it comes to the NRA, the GOP and the mainstream Democratic Party. Can the student activists who survived the Parkland massacre spark a groundswell of change?
Socialism demands the full participation and activity of the working class, youth, poor and oppressed on a daily basis, not just academic analysis that few understand, says activist Eljeer Hawkins, who is a longtime member of Socialist Alternative. He also emphasizes that we cannot be led by pure optimism, because class struggle is full of ups and downs. The process of building the resistance is as essential as victory.
Voting machine malfunctions are a regular feature of American elections. Even as worries over cybersecurity and election interference loom, many local jurisdictions depend on aging voting equipment based on frequently obsolete and sometimes insecure technology. And the counties and states that fund elections have dragged their heels on providing the money to buy new equipment.