March 1, 2021
We, the signatories of this letter, have to come together to demand the retraction or clarification of two recent articles that smear political movements and leaders in Ecuador. The gains of Yaku Pérez and the coalition around the Pachakutik party in the 7 February 2021 elections represent an exciting and emergent new left comprised of Indigenous organizations, eco-socialist politics, feminist and LGBTQ+ activists, anti-racist movements, and anti-extractivist causes. On 24 February 2021, these movements came together in the streets of Ecuador, to demand that every vote be counted. Silencing and discrediting Ecuadoran voices as well as new popular movements—while demanding fealty to state capitalist leaders associated with the extractivist “left” in Ecuador and across the region—must end. Ben Norton’s “How Ecuador’s US-backed, coup-supporting ‘ecosocialist’ candidate Yaku Pérez aids the right-wing,” (republished by the Monthly Review on 8 February 2021)  and Denis Rogatyuk’s “Ecuador’s Election Was a Massive Repudiation of Neoliberalism” (published in Jacobin Magazine on 18 February) do not reflect the traditions of Monthly Review—the “longest continuously published socialist magazine in the United States.” 
See the rest of the statement and the long list of signers by clicking here.
Click here for video of three of the speakers Yanis Varoufakis, Ahmed al-Babati and Cornel West. Al-Babati is a former British-Yemeni soldier who quit the military in protest of UK support for the Saudi war.
Marc Colville, the last of the Kings Bay Plowshare 7 will be sentenced on Feb. 19. They went into the Georgia Kings Bay sub based and put their onw blood on a plaque in honor of a submarine equipped with nuclear-tipped Trident missiles. In view of the anti-nuclear treaty that went into effect a petition has been started to ask that Colville be sentenced to the 15 months he's already "served". To sign it or to find out more go click here. Read this op-ed in CT Hearst newspapers to see what might be done to take away the power of a U.S. president to start a nuclear war any time just on his/her says so.
Akram Swedaan, Molly Crabapple, Marc Nelson, Adeebah Alnemar,
Wasfi Massarani, Dylan Connor, Linda Sarsour and Orlando von Einsiedel and speeches by Honorees Mayson Almisri and Dr. Zaher Sahloul (poem read by Amina Masri) Click here for video
At this point we have a 3 person board:
Robert Cuffy is a supporter of the Socialist Workers Alliance of Guyana and a member of the Democratic Socialists of America’s AfroSocialist Caucus. Robert currently works in NYC as a child protective specialist supervisor and is a member of Social Service Employees Union Local 317 within DC37. His political work centers around the revival of the West Indian radical tradition as embodied by the likes of Claudia Jones, CLR James, Andaiye and Walter Rodney.”
Stanley Heller is a retired schoolteacher. He works for Promoting Enduring Peace and the Middle East Crisis Committee (for which he hosts the weekly TV program "The Struggle".) He's written two books, "The Uprising We Need" (2017) and "Zionist Betrayal of Jews" (2019)
Yasser Munif is a Syrian activist. He is a professor of sociology at Emerson college in Boston where he teaches courses about Race and Racism, Arab and Global Revolts, Feminist Theory, Critical Globalization Studies, and Postcolonial Theory. His research examines grassroots struggles and politics from below in marginal sites. His work appeared in publications including "Rethinking Marxism," "The Journal of Asian and African Studies," and "The Journal of Palestinian Studies." His book "The Syrian Revolution: Between the Politics of Life and the Geopolitics of Death" (2020) was published by Pluto Press. He is the co-founder of "the Campaign for Global Solidarity with the Syrian Revolution" which organizes cultural events and political actions in the US to raise awareness around grassroots politics in Syria. He is also member in the Alliance of Middle Eastern and North African Socialists.