Norman Solomon

Articles by this author

Just as Biden’s chances of winning the presidency would improve if he embraced Medicare for All, his prospects would also be enhanced by adopting popular positions that are especially important to racial minorities. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Friday, July 31, 2020
Why Bernie Sanders Delegates Should Keep Fighting
As a Bernie Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention beginning Aug. 17, I feel two main responsibilities. One is to help defeat Donald Trump. The other is to keep fighting hard for a progressive agenda. With the presidential election looming, those goals might seem to conflict. But...
Read more
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) addresses supporters during a campaign rally on March 8, 2020 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Sanders covered his policy agendas for immigration, women's rights, healthcare and economic inequality. (Photo by Brittany Greeson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, July 16, 2020
'Not Him... Us': On the Ultimate Meaning of the Bernie Sanders Campaign
"Eugene V. Debs is Bernie Sanders' political hero," the Washington Post reported with evident distaste while the battle for the Democratic presidential nomination was raging in early 2016. "A picture of the socialist union organizer hung in city hall when he was mayor of Burlington, Vermont. A...
Read more
For Khanna and Lee (above)—two of the most eloquent and effective members of Congress on matters of war and peace—the upcoming convention offers an opportunity to directly challenge the Democratic Party’s default embrace of what Martin Luther King Jr. called "the madness of militarism."(Photo: Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Views
Tuesday, June 30, 2020
Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee Could Defy "the Madness of Militarism" as Co-Chairs of the Democratic Convention’s Biggest Delegation
One of the few encouraging surprises in the lead-up to the 2020 Democratic National Convention is that co-chairs of California’s huge delegation will include Representatives Ro Khanna and Barbara Lee. Progressive activism made it possible—winning caucus races to elect strong Bernie Sanders...
Read more
130 Sanders delegates (including me) from congressional districts across the state—90 percent of all such Sanders delegates—have signed a statement calling for Khanna to be the delegation chair. (Photo: Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 25, 2020
Progressives Must Fight With—and In—the Democratic Party
After defying the odds and defeating corporate opponents on Tuesday, the strong progressives Jamaal Bowman and Mondaire Jones are headed to Congress from New York—and there’s no way it would be happening if they hadn’t been willing and able to put up a fight in Democratic primaries. The same was...
Read more
Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) speak during a press conference following a vote in the U.S. House on ending US military involvement in the war in Yemen, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., April 4, 2019. (Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 18, 2020
California “Berning” for Ro Khanna to Chair the State’s Delegation to Democratic National Convention
The Democratic Party is at a crossroads in California, where Bernie Sanders defeated Joe Biden in the presidential primary three months ago, winning more than half of the state’s delegates to the national convention. In recent days, over 110 Sanders delegates—just elected in “virtual caucuses”...
Read more
Police officers arrest protesters for breaking the curfew as they continued to protest demanding an end to police brutality and racial injustice over the death of George Floyd on June 4, 2020 in New York City. (Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Corporate Media Are Focusing on Race—and Dodging Class
Grassroots outrage and nationwide protests after Minneapolis cops murdered George Floyd have pushed much of U.S. corporate media into focusing on deadly police mistreatment of black people. The coverage is far from comprehensive on the subject of racism in the “criminal justice” system—we’re still...
Read more
A person wears a mask that reads "I CAN'T BREATHE" as demonstrators continue to protest the death of George Floyd following a night of rioting on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, June 04, 2020
Solidarity Includes Wearing a Mask at Protests
The nationwide outpouring of protests during the last 10 days has provided a historic moral response to the murder of George Floyd. In one city after another, people braved tear gas, pepper spray, clubs and other weaponry—as well as mass arrests —to nonviolently challenge racist police violence...
Read more
Klobuchar has risen to the top tier of Biden’s possible VP picks. Her selection would likely be disastrous. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Amy Klobuchar, Minneapolis Police and Her VP Quest
Eighteen years before Minneapolis police killed an unarmed black man named George Floyd on Monday, Minneapolis police killed an unarmed black man named Christopher Burns. Today, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar decries the killing of Floyd. Back then, Minneapolis chief prosecutor Amy Klobuchar refused to...
Read more
Demonstrators unload fake body bags from a truck in protest of the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic, in Lafayette Park near the White House, May 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. All 50 states have reopened to varying degrees more than two months after lockdown, but the moves have not been coordinated, with the Northeast and West Coast moving slower than states in the South. (Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 21, 2020
In a Class War—Like It or Not—the System Always Makes a Killing
Journalists aren’t supposed to “bury the lead.” But when death is the topic and corporate power is the culprit, the connection routinely goes unmentioned. Class war—waged methodically from the top down—is so constant and pervasive that it might seem unremarkable. The 24/7 siege to make large...
Read more
Democratic presidential hopeful Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders raises his fist as he addresses the Democratic Party's 61st Annual McIntyre-Shaheen 100 Club dinner at SNHU arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on February 8, 2020. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, May 14, 2020
The Sanders Campaign Was About "Us"—Not Bernie—Remember?
During the five weeks since Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign, many fervent supporters have entered a “WTF?” space. The realities of disappointment and distress aren’t just about dashed hopes of winning the presidential nomination. Much of the current disquiet is also due to a disconnect...
Read more