Ezra is a NYC based theatre artist and teacher.
Churches Participated in Racism and Colonialism. Expropriate and Tax Them
The Catholic Church ran re-education schools for indigenous children in Canada that were rife with abuse and death. We must fight to hold the church accountable and demand that their land be expropriated and their profits taxed.
Ezra BrainJuly 1, 2021
Five Things We Should Fight For This Pride
This Pride weekend, we remember and celebrate the Stonewall uprising led by trans women of color. Although we have won some concessions, we have so much more to fight for. We must look past all of the trappings of rainbow capitalism — which seek to distract us from the work we still have to do — and understand that our role, like that of our elders before us, is to fight for queer liberation and the end of capitalism.
Ezra BrainJune 27, 2021
Jacobin Blames Campaign Worker Organizing for Sanders’ 2020 Loss
Jacobin Magazine recently published an article blaming Bernie Sanders’ loss on his campaign staff organizing for better working conditions. This article is but the latest example of Jacobin making apologies for bourgeois candidates instead of re-examining their strategy.
Ezra BrainJune 18, 2021
Marxism, Trans Liberation, and the Social Construction of Gender
A new generation of queer activists are debating: can Marxism be a strategy for trans and queer liberation?
Ezra BrainJune 6, 2021
Biden’s Reversal on Refugees Is an Attempt to Regain Hegemony
Joe Biden has reversed his decision to set the admissions cap on refugees at 15,000, now allowing more in. This move is an attempt to pacify discontent about Biden’s betrayals on immigration.
Ezra BrainMay 5, 2021
Why Are Theater Workers Marching On Broadway?
Years of low wages, exploitation, and abuse have led theater workers to demand their unions, after having long ignored them, start protecting them. On Thursday, April 22, theater workers in New York City are marching on the national headquarters of the union to demand accountability and change.
Ezra BrainApril 21, 2021
“Spotify is the Uber of the Music Industry”: An Interview with Leftist Singer-Songwriter David Rovics
Left Voice sat down with Portland-based artist and activist David Rovics to talk about his new album, the Black Lives Matter movement, and the state of the music industry today.
Ezra BrainApril 19, 2021
Adam Toledo, Age 13, Had His Hands in the Air. A Chicago Cop Shot and Killed Him
Adam Toledo was shot by the police while complying with their orders. Then the state tried to cover it up, claiming that he was shooting at the officers. Body cam footage released on Thursday shows that to be a lie.
Ezra BrainApril 15, 2021
Peyton Ham: Another Teenager Murdered by the Police
Peyton Ham, 16, was shot twice by a cop in Maryland on Tuesday. He was shot first while standing and then a second time after he was on the ground. This is just another example of the violence inherent in the system of policing.
Ezra BrainApril 15, 2021
The New Culture Wars: Republicans Attack Trans Children to Prop Up Their Electoral Hopes
The recent spate of terrible bills attacking trans rights are part of a larger strategy of the Republicans, who are relaunching the culture wars in an attempt to win back power.
Ezra BrainApril 10, 2021
Tony Award-Winning Producer Scott Rudin Is a Monster to His Workers
One of the most powerful men in show business routinely physically attacks his staff.
Ezra BrainApril 9, 2021
1,300 Steel Workers Go on Strike for a Better Contract
Over 1,000 steel workers are on strike across five states. This is part of a recent uptick in labor struggle across the United States.
Ezra BrainApril 5, 2021
For the Right to a Trans* Childhood: Arkansas Passes Deadly Anti-Trans* Bill
Arkansas is one of many states that are trying to dangerously restrict that ability of trans* youth to access gender-affirming healthcare. This is just another step in a larger assault on trans* rights as part of the culture wars that Republicans hope will rally their base and bring them back to power.
Ezra BrainMarch 30, 2021
Police Can’t Stop Gendered Violence — They Cause It
Liberals often argue, in response to calls to defund or abolish the police, that we need more cops to protect women against sexist violence. But police are a source of sexist violence, not a solution. An officer of London's Metropolitan Police killed Sarah Everard — and others attacked people who gathered to remember her.
Ezra BrainMarch 19, 2021
Biden’s Stimulus: A Real Anti-Poverty Bill or Just Capitalism Trying to Hold On?
Joe Biden and the Democrats have passed one of the largest spending bills in history. Many are hailing this as the anti-poverty bill of our generation, but the truth is more complicated.
Ezra BrainMarch 13, 2021
The Political Theater of the Impeachment Serves the Democrats
Trump's second impeachment trial is making headlines, but even its exploration of the events of January 6 at the Capitol have little to do with working class and oppressed people. It's just part of the Democrats' strategy of buttressing the regime under the bourgeois "rule of law."
Ezra BrainFebruary 13, 2021
Philanthropy: Tool of the Capitalist System
Jeff Bezos is stepping down from Amazon to “focus on his passions,” including philanthropy --- which is little more than a way for the mega-rich to bolster their reputations as they try to obfuscate the fact that they are pillars of a system responsible for society’s ills.
Ezra BrainFebruary 6, 2021
Biden’s Inauguration Speech: Empty Platitudes and (Neoliberal) Unity
Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. In his speech, he spoke very little about politics, policy, or the actual situation facing millions of people. Instead, he spoke in vague terms about the need for “democracy” and “unity” as he began his attempt to restore faith in America’s institutions.
Ezra BrainJanuary 20, 2021
Biden’s Task: Restore U.S. Institutions and Get Back to the Business of Global Domination
Trump’s presidency has delegitimized certain institutions of the American state, both at home and abroad. Joe Biden has been given the task of restoring that legitimacy. Nothing short of U.S. global hegemony is at stake.
Ezra BrainJanuary 19, 2021
Voting Doesn’t Beat the Far Right
The far-right occupation of the U.S. Capitol Building shows us that simply voting Trump out of office wasn’t enough to destroy the far-right movement. Politicians don’t create movements --- they simply give them a political expression. We can only defeat the far-right movement through organization and class struggle.
Ezra BrainJanuary 7, 2021
The Georgia Senate Election: A Rejection of Trumpism and Misplaced Hope In the Democrats
The Democrats seem to have won both of the Senate races at stake in the Georgia run-off, giving them control of both houses of Congress. This election represents a rejection of Trump and his election-stealing antics, as well as hope that the Democrats will provide much-needed relief from the crisis.
Ezra BrainJanuary 6, 2021
Five Resolutions for the Socialist Movement in 2021
2020 was a year of upheaval, crisis, and struggle. 2021 will require the socialist movement to be strategic about how to go forward. Below, Left Voice offers five New Year's resolutions for the socialist movement in the U.S.
Ezra BrainDecember 31, 2020
Untangling “Mangrove” : Does the Film Indict The Entire System of Policing, or Undercut Its Own Radicalism?
Steve McQueen’s new film Mangrove recounts a dramatic moment in anti-racist organizing in the UK and is a very watchable and powerful film. However, the film at times fails its radical subject matter in an attempt to appeal to a liberal audience.
Ezra BrainDecember 5, 2020
Neera Tanden Is Biden’s Latest Middle Finger to the Left
Joe Biden has picked Neera Tanden, a fierce critic of Bernie Sanders and the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, to head the Office of Management and Budget. The move is just the latest sign that Biden will govern from the center-right, offering nothing to the Left.
Ezra BrainDecember 1, 2020
Trans* Liberation is Only Possible If We Overthrow Capitalism
On Transgender Day of Rememberance, let us honor the Trans* lives that have been stolen by a rotten and oppressive system. The only way to ensure true liberation is to end the oppressive system of capitalism.
Ezra BrainNovember 20, 2020