Madeleine is a writer and video collaborator for Left Voice. She lives in New York.
How Biden Funded Colombia’s Deadly Police Regime
Biden played a key role in empowering the ESMAD police force that is now being used to crush dissent in Colombia. This is all the more reason the U.S. Left must make solidarity with the Colombian working class a priority.
Madeleine FreemanMay 7, 2021
As Biden Moves Away from Neoliberalism, What Next?
Biden’s first speech before Congress as President was a whirlwind of populist promises to raise living conditions for the worst off sectors of U.S. society and defend American interests abroad. The plans and priorities he presented show that the Biden administration and its allies are betting on a departure from traditional neoliberal approaches to ensure that the United States can claw its way out of its current political, economic, and social crises and rebuild itself in its own image as the undisputed imperialist powerhouse of the world.
Madeleine FreemanApril 29, 2021
The Women of the Warrior Met Strike
The strike of UMWA mine workers at Warrior Met Coal in Alabama involves many more people than the 1,100 workers who walked off the job in early April. Next to them on the picket lines are their families and partners who are helping to organize the strike, break its isolation, and discuss next steps, following in the footsteps of women’s committees in some of the most important labor battles in U.S. history.
Madeleine FreemanApril 21, 2021
“We Deserve More”: Alabama Miners Reject Tentative Agreement, Continue Strike
Striking mine workers at Warrior Met Coal overwhelmingly voted down the tentative agreement. The strike continues!
Madeleine FreemanApril 9, 2021
“A Slap in the Face”: Striking Alabama Miners Push Back on Contract Settlement
On the sixth day of a strike of over 1,100 workers at the Warrior Met coal mines in Alabama, the union presented the rank and file with a tentative agreement from the company. The contract offers certain concessions, but does not address the central demands workers say they require before they come off the picket lines.
Madeleine FreemanApril 8, 2021
Low Pay, Long Hours, and No Holidays: Alabama Coal Miners Strike Back
Left Voice is on the ground in Alabama to report on and stand in solidarity with the more than 1,100 Warrior Met Coal Mine workers on strike
Madeleine FreemanApril 2, 2021
Here Are the Anti-Union Texts Amazon is Sending Workers
Here are text messages from Amazon to a current employee attempting to convince them to vote no on the union.
Madeleine FreemanMarch 27, 2021
Amazon Hires Off-Duty Cops to Harass Workers, the Press, and Supporters
Bessemer, Alabama’s police chief has confirmed that off-duty officers have been hired by Amazon to act as “security” for the BHM1 facility in the middle of a historic and intense union drive. Two Left Voice reporters who were recently expelled from Amazon’s premises by the cops report from the ground.
Madeleine FreemanMarch 26, 2021
“America is Back”: Biden Promises a Return to Imperialism as Usual
Biden’s first foreign policy speech has been hailed as a breath of fresh air after four years of Trump’s boorish approach, but if we look beneath Biden’s empty rhetoric, his task as president is no different than Trump’s: restoring U.S. imperialism to its former glory. Will a return to traditional neoliberal foreign policy be enough?
Madeleine FreemanFebruary 8, 2021
How Do You Like These Apples? 1,400 Hunts Point Workers Are On Strike
Some 1,400 workers at Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx --- the largest wholesale produce market in the world --- are on strike, demanding wage increases and better health benefits. Refusing to back down even in the face of police repression and threats from management, the Hunts Point strike serves as an example to the entire labor movement of how to fight the attacks of the bosses and the government officials who protect their interests.
Madeleine FreemanJanuary 19, 2021
Impeachment Is Their Fight, Not Ours
The bipartisan regime is using impeachment to move against Trump in the days after the storming of the Capitol. But that doesn’t mean they are our allies in the fight against the Right. Socialists must prepare ourselves and the entire working class to face the next four years of an administration that has the support of the bipartisan political establishment and capital behind it.
Madeleine FreemanJanuary 14, 2021
This Is What the Decline of the U.S. Empire Looks Like
The world watched yesterday as a horde of extreme-right Trump supporters stormed the joint congressional session to certify Joe Biden’s electoral win. These events portend more instability for the U.S. imperialist project, both on the national and international stages.
Madeleine FreemanJanuary 7, 2021
NYPD Violently Represses Post-election Protests for Second Night in a Row
As votes for the 2020 elections were counted for a third night across the country, protesters in New York City were met once again with violent repression by NYPD. Acting on the orders of Mayor Bill de Blasio, the police are cracking down on mobilizations to prevent a repeat of this summer's uprising.
Madeleine FreemanNovember 6, 2020
It’s Time to Abolish the Racist, Voter-Suppressing Electoral College
The right to vote may not be enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, but voter suppression is.
Madeleine FreemanNovember 3, 2020
The Final Debate: More of the Same With a Mute Button
Stripped of political theater, the final debate of the 2020 presidential election showed clearer than ever before that Donald Trump and Joe Biden want to present themselves as candidates of bourgeois “stability.” Though they differ in tactics, their responses showed that they share a vision of shoring up U.S. capitalist interests and revitalizing the decaying U.S. imperialist regime — and that they are more than willing to sacrifice the working class and oppressed across the world to do it.
Madeleine FreemanOctober 23, 2020
Trump Is Mobilizing the Right Wing to Intimidate Voters
At the first presidential debate, Donald Trump made an explicit call to his right-wing base to “watch very carefully” at the polls --- a clear euphemism for voter intimidation. If the right-wing mobilizes on Election Day, then the working class must be prepared to protect its democratic rights.
Madeleine FreemanOctober 4, 2020
The Fight to Kick Cops Out of Unions Is a Fight Against the Union Bureaucracy
Though there is a growing movement from rank-and-file members to disaffiliate cops from unions, the leaders of the U.S.’s largest unions defend cops’ right to organize alongside workers. Both the union bureaucracy and cop “unions” are means by which the capitalist state maintains control over working class organizations. Mobilizing the power of the working class against police terror and capitalist exploitation requires confronting these two enemies of the working class.
Madeleine FreemanSeptember 16, 2020
RNC Day 4: Donald J. Trump, the Crisis President
On the final night of the RNC, amid protests outside the White House, Trump and his parade of supporters painted him as a figure of stability in a chaotic political and economic landscape. Calling this election the “most important election in the history of our country,” Trump presented himself as the only solution to the many challenges facing the U.S. --- from coronavirus, to China, to Joe Biden and the radical left.
Madeleine FreemanAugust 28, 2020
No Games: Pro Athletes Strike for Black Lives
On August 26, in a sweeping act of solidarity with the anti-racist movement, athletes across the country walked off courts and fields, halting over a dozen professional games in basketball, baseball, and soccer. These solidarity strikes are one more expression of the widespread and growing rage against institutional racism and police terror that has driven the movement in the streets for the past three months.
Madeleine FreemanAugust 27, 2020
Tens of Thousands of Workers Participate in National ‘Strike for Black Lives’
Tens of thousands of rank and file workers participated in the Strike for Black lives on July 20. The nationwide action marked an advance in the labor movement’s participation in the nationwide uprising against the current crisis and systemic racism, but it also showed the clear limitations of union leaderships’ collaboration with politicians and their unwillingness to tap into the true power of the working class.
Madeleine FreemanJuly 22, 2020
Cops and Their Supporters Unite to Attack BLM Counter-protesters
A growing rightward reaction to BLM protests has sparked “Blue Lives Matter” protests attracting cops and right-wing supporters. Counter-protesters have been met with violence from both the NYPD and the pro-police demonstrators. These confrontations represent a re-escalation of repression by Democratic politicians to both sway public opinion against the protests and try to regain some of the legitimacy lost by the police since the movement against racism and police brutality began.
Madeleine FreemanJuly 16, 2020
An International Crisis Requires International Solutions
The pandemic and economic crisis is raging through regions ill-equipped to control the outbreak after years of neoliberalism and U.S. imperialism. Capitalist governments have proved that the only solutions they can offer will come with deep attacks on the living conditions of workers and oppressed people. As a united working class, we must counterpose our own solutions. In the U.S., that begins with the fight against imperialism.
Madeleine FreemanJune 27, 2020
Socialism is The Future. Our Generation Will Win It.
We are in the midst of widespread uprisings against racist state violence, led by a vanguard of Black youth. With more and more young people pushing forward and leading social movements, working class youth must ensure our movements don’t fall away or be co-opted by the Democratic Party. We need to create a political party of our own, one that has the youth united with the working class to take the fight directly to the capitalist system.
Madeleine FreemanJune 26, 2020
Workers Shut Down West Coast Ports in Support of Nationwide Revolts
In a historic work stoppage on Juneteenth, members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) are leading a day of action that will shut down 29 ports along the West Coast in solidarity with the movement against police terror across the country.
Madeleine FreemanJune 19, 2020
Black Lives Matter in Paris: Tens of Thousands Protest Police Brutality for Second Week
In solidarity with uprisings across the United States, protesters returned to the streets of Paris and other French cities this Saturday to demonstrate against racist police terror. Mobilizations continued throughout the day amid police protests and right-wing demonstrations.
Madeleine FreemanJune 14, 2020
Defund the Police (to Zero!)
Protesters across the U.S. are calling to defund the police. But even as this progressive slogan is being chanted in the streets, it is also already in danger of being co-opted by politicians looking to pacify the movement. How should socialists relate to this demand?
Madeleine FreemanJune 12, 2020
Where is the DSA in the Current Uprising?
With the uprising against police brutality at a decisive turning point, the largest socialist organization in the U.S. --- the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) --- can play a significant role in fueling the momentum of the movement and pushing its demands forward. But it has to make significant changes in its strategy first.
Madeleine FreemanJune 11, 2020