NYC has the most extensive system of racial profiling in the country; it has a large and heavily militarized police force that, in former-mayor Bloomberg's words, constitutes the "5th largest army in the world"; and, it has massive levels of segregation and poverty. Since the early 1990's, the ISO in NYC has always been active in the fights against police brutality, the death … [Read more...] about Criminal Justice
The NYC ISO is involved in a wide range of ongoing activist campaigns. For more information about specific areas of work or to find out how you can get involved, check out the campaigns below.
Forty years after the women's liberation movement, many of the gains of that movement have been rolled back and, in fact, there is a new war on women. While the mainstream women's rights organizations have done little to respond, there is a grassroots rebellion developing against these attacks and the ISO is excited to be a part of it. In NYC, we've been involved in many … [Read more...] about Women’s Liberation
The working class was famously called "the gravediggers of capitalism" by Karl Marx. The all-out attack on working class living standards, whether it's in the name of naked profit-seeking in the private sector or a "balanced" budget in the public sector, means there is always a fight going on. Initiating, participating in, and supporting struggle in the workplace is a constant … [Read more...] about Labor
Our planet is in the midst of an ecological crisis brought on by capitalism. As Marxists we understand that capitalism's inherent reliance on exploitation extends not only to people but to the earth. Its insatiable reliance on ever-expanding profits cannot be sustained on our finite planet. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the nuclear disaster at Fukushima and the Upper … [Read more...] about Environmental Justice
True to our name, the ISO has always been actively involved in international solidarity efforts. Though all of our members organize against wars and march and petition in solidarity with the revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East, the NYC district has many members regularly engaged in efforts to fight US imperialism in the Arab world. In response to the Palestinian call … [Read more...] about Middle East Solidarity
As parents, students, teachers, other education workers, and community citizens, ISO members are deeply committed to the fight to defend and improve public education. We believe that a broad movement of working people and communities must lead the fight for the struggle of schools we deserve. While education cannot, by itself, solve social problems, the teaching and learning … [Read more...] about Public Education