Editorials are published as the front side of our workplace newsletters

Covid-19: A Capitalist Pandemic

April 4, 2020

The Trump administration’s criminal failure to act and to coordinate a response to the coronavirus pandemic has created a healthcare disaster. Early on, when information was coming from China, Trump said that the virus was not a threat and it

The Coronavirus Pandemic: It’s Up to Us

March 30, 2020

This is the text of a second presentation given at our Online Townhall on March 28, 2020: “The Coronavirus Pandemic: Their System Can’t Protect Us.” (link to first presentation at the townhall) (link to the discussion portion of the townhall)

A Viral Threat Turned into a Global Disaster

March 16, 2020

Two months ago, on January 15th, the second death from a virus was reported in Wuhan, China. Since then Wuhan and the coronavirus (COVID-19) have become household terms. More than 156,000 cases of infection have been identified and 5,819 deaths

March 2020 (Monthly)

March 10, 2020

Download entire issue as PDF (11×17) Bezos on Climate Change – Covering Up the Truth Climate Refugees: Made in the U.S.A. The Battle Against Pension Reform in France Celebrate the Baltimore Uprising of 2015! Keep fighting racism! International Women’s Day

The Coronavirus Exposes a Sick System

March 9, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to over one hundred countries, infecting more than 110,000 people and killing 3,825 people so far. There have been 554 confirmed cases and 22 deaths in the U.S. Scientists from around the world are warning

Elections 2020: Who Will Decide Our Future?

February 23, 2020

Many people are looking at the primary election on March 3, Super Tuesday, as a way to change the situation in this country. They want to get rid of Trump – given who he is, what he has done, and

Housing is a Human Right!

February 9, 2020

Five Oakland women took over a vacant house in November so they and their children could sleep with a roof over their heads. The owner of the house, a southern Californian company named Wedgewood, invests in housing in 18 states.

Super Bowl: Bringing People Together

February 3, 2020

A feeling of excitement was in the air for some of us in the Bay Area as the 49ers tried to win their sixth Super Bowl titles against the Chiefs, and their first since 1995. While the 49ers played well for

MLK Day: The Struggle Continues

January 20, 2020

On January 20 working people around the country will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The holiday remains a symbol for one of the most profound struggles in the history of the U.S. – the struggle of the Black

No to US War on Iran!

January 11, 2020

The U.S. drone strike on January 3 that assassinated Iran’s top military general, Qassim Suleimani, along with five other commanders of the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, has led us to the brink of war. Iran launched a careful response –

All together: General strike shuts down France

December 9, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, hundreds of thousands of workers in France went on strike against the proposal of French president Emmanuel Macron to raise the age of retirement and carry out cuts to workers’ pensions. Strikers included workers in the

The World in Upheaval!

December 2, 2019

Workers, students and other exploited and oppressed people are fighting back against those who rule them all over the world.  People have taken over the streets, gone on strike, or done whatever it takes to say “NO!” to their victimization

DACA: The Supreme Court Will Not Decide Our Fate!

November 18, 2019

The Supreme Court began hearing arguments to determine whether the Trump administration can end the program known as DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), which provides protection from deportation for about 700,000 people, often called Dreamers. The Trump administration tried

California Fires: Profiting from Destruction

November 4, 2019

Last week, California was on fire. Again! Of the state’s 58 counties, 43 were under a “Red Flag” warning, which means a severe danger of wildfires. At one point 12 separate wildfires were raging across the state, which have burned

Who are the Kurds? Why is Turkey Trying to Kill Them?

November 2, 2019

Following Trump’s order for the U.S. military to withdraw from Kurdish territory, attention has been focused on the Kurds in Northern Syria. To understand what’s at stake, and what’s behind Turkey’s attacks, it’s important to understand the history of the

Revolt from Below: From Chile to Lebanon

October 28, 2019

Sometimes people take matters into their own hands and make history. When they do, anything is possible. In the last weeks, revolts have erupted across the globe, with some of the biggest protests ongoing in Lebanon and Chile. The divisions

PG&E: Our Lives vs. Their Profits

October 20, 2019

Over two million people in Central and Northern California recently had their power abruptly shut off by the utility company Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E). Most residents had less than 48 hours notice that their power would be shut off

Stop the Murderous Assault on the Kurdish People!

October 14, 2019

After a phone call with Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, President Trump ordered U.S. troops stationed in Northern Syria to withdraw. This small detachment of U.S. troops had been collaborating with  and provided some cover for the Syrian Democratic Forces

Impeach The Whole System!

October 6, 2019

The media is full of talk about impeaching President Trump. Why? Trump held up promised military aid to Ukraine. Then, in a recorded phone conversation, he asked the Ukrainian president for a “favor” – to investigate and give him damaging

1949: When China Shook the World

September 29, 2019

“China has stood up!” Those were the words of Mao Tse-Tung, leader of one of the greatest popular revolutions in history – the Chinese Revolution of 1949. October 1st marks the 70th anniversary of the revolution when China fought against

Everything to Lose – A World to Win

September 22, 2019

On September 20 an estimated four to five million people in 185 countries, mostly young people, took the streets in protest against fossil fuels, pipelines, and the banks and politicians that fund them. Parts of the world are on fire

Hong Kong: A People’s Storm Over Asia

September 8, 2019

Since March, Hong Kong has been rocked by mass demonstrations. The protesters opposed a bill that would allow people in Hong Kong to be sent to mainland China for trial. Hong Kongers feared that the Chinese government would use the

Labor Day 2019 – We Have Something to Celebrate!

September 2, 2019

What is Labor Day? It’s an official U.S. holiday that supposedly celebrates working people. Politicians and union officials make speeches praising hard work. Some workers may get the day as a paid holiday, but many workers don’t, with businesses open

The Only Minority We Should Oppose is the 1%

August 18, 2019

Trump’s anti-immigrant and racist rants have been the centerpiece of his campaign rallies, tweets and press conferences. He portrays immigrants from Mexico and countries to the south as rapists, criminals and gang members. He says these immigrants are an invasion,

Nuclear War – A Threat to Our Existence

August 4, 2019

More and more people are concerned about the possible end of the world as we know it, posed by climate change. But humanity also continues to face a long-standing threat – that of nuclear war. August 6 marks the 74th

Puerto Rico – The Power is in the Streets!

July 28, 2019

In the past two weeks the people of Puerto Rico have stood together against the corrupt government that has dominated their lives. In an island of 3.2 million people, 500,000 took to the streets. Workers waged a general strike shutting

Stop the Abuse! Close the Camps!

July 15, 2019

Imagine your three-year old child being ripped from your arms and caged in a prison with other terrified children. Your kidnapped child is then sent to live with a family of total strangers for several months, or even years. They

Fight Back Against Attacks on Women’s Rights!

July 7, 2019

Women’s rights are under attack! When Trump ran for president, he promised anti-abortion activists that he would work to overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that legalized a woman’s right to have an abortion. In the first few months

Trump and Iran – Recklessly Threatening a Bloody War

June 24, 2019

Last week, tensions escalated between the U.S. and the Iranian governments, with President Trump claiming that he had been just ten minutes away from ordering a strike on Iran. The Iranian government responded by saying it would retaliate with force

Pride! Recapture the Spirit of Stonewall!

June 16, 2019

June is Pride month, we see rainbow displays in store windows and pride flags hanging from buildings and cars. The Pride Parade at the end of June transforms San Francisco into a colorful festival. Many who come to Pride don’t

NBA Finals: More Than a Game

June 3, 2019

It’s the NBA finals. The Golden State Warriors are facing the Toronto Raptors, Canada’s only NBA basketball team, a team that has never made it this far. But if the Warriors win, it will be three championships in a row,

The U.S Government – Bully of the World

May 19, 2019

In response to the supposed threat of Iran’s plans to attack U.S. forces or personnel, the U.S. military recently ordered non-emergency personnel out of Iraq and updated its military plans which now includes the possibility of sending 120,000 more troops

We Should Work To Live, Not Live To Work

May 5, 2019

While the US economy has grown nearly 60% in the last few decades—bringing in record profits for corporations—workers’ wages have remained stagnant at best. Nationally, workers earn a median income of $44,500, not much more than what we made 40

May Day Is Still Our Holiday!

April 28, 2019

Workers around the world celebrate every May Day (May 1st) as International Workers Day, not just to honor working people, but to commemorate our struggles against capitalist exploitation. This workers’ holiday began in the United States in the 1880s during

Failing Schools or a Failed System?

April 28, 2019

Almost everyone who is involved in education knows that it isn’t working the way it should be. School days can be spent racing from class to class with no time to think. Many just wait for the day to end.

Faced With a Climate Catastrophe, What Will We Do?

April 21, 2019

April 22, Earth Day, is a day to celebrate the natural world for its wonder and beauty, and the life that it provides for all living species. The activists, who created Earth Day 49 years ago, knew that if we

Tax Day – Who Works and Who Keeps the Money

April 8, 2019

April 15 is approaching and that means it is a dreadful time of year for most workers. For most of us filing a tax return is nothing but a headache, a time when we see how much money was taken

Homelessness – Putting Profits Before People

March 25, 2019

Homelessness has become so common in the U.S. that many people see it as normal. An estimated 3.5 million people will be homeless at some point during this year, about 1.35 million of whom are children. A new study found

The Fight for Education in Oakland – A Beginning

March 4, 2019

On March 3, Oakland teachers ratified a contract with the Oakland School District. Their union leaders claimed that the contract was a victory for students and teachers, with significant gains in class size, teachers’ wages, school closures and staffing levels

Oakland Teachers Strike to Defend Public Education

February 24, 2019

Oakland schools are under attack and teachers, students and parents are fighting back. The Oakland Unified School District claims that it doesn’t have enough money to provide even the most basic education for the young people of Oakland. Those who

An Attack on Education is an Attack on Us All!

February 24, 2019

Oakland schools are under attack and teachers, students and parents are fighting back. The Oakland Unified School District claims that it doesn’t have enough money to provide even the most basic education for the young people of Oakland. Those who

U.S. Government – Hands Off Venezuela

February 18, 2019

With his typical arrogant attitude, Donald Trump announced his support for Venezuelan National Assembly President Juan Guaidó, a leader of the Venezuelan opposition who has declared himself the President of Venezuela against the recently elected government of Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela

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