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

Iraq: Protests Erupt, Government Scrambles

November 6, 2019

The population of Iraq flooded into the streets of Baghdad this October, calling for a better life; the life that was promised to them when the US invaded Iraq in 2003. This invasion was supposed to replace a dictatorship with

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

US Government Decides More Will Go Hungry

November 1, 2019

The government has cut $4 billion from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), as well as subsidized school lunch programs for 2020. Imagine living off of $25,750 for a family of four (maybe you don’t have to imagine)! This is

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

The Greatest Purveyor of Violence in the World

October 21, 2019

As Dr. King said, the US is “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world”. Today the US government maintains nearly 800 military bases in more than 70 countries. If we include troops stationed at embassies and black sites around

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

PG&E: Capitalism’s Revenge on the Customer

October 13, 2019

PG&E itself sure doesn’t trust the infrastructure it’s in charge of maintaining. It’s not surprising that they tell us we can expect more of these massive power outages in the future. This is capitalism’s revenge on the customer: PG&E gets

A Blow to the NCAA Profit Margin

October 12, 2019

The NCAA is an intercollegiate association that regulates and organizes all college sports and enjoys non-profit status by awarding scholarships to student athletes. For as long as it’s existed, the NCAA has prohibited these athletes for being compensated for their

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

Environment on the Brink

September 22, 2019

In June thousands of mussels literally cooked in their shells along Bodega Bay, just north of San Francisco. Climate catastrophe is not about some far away future. The past five years have been the world’s hottest ever recorded. This past

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

American Factory: An insight into industrial America

September 15, 2019

The new documentary on Netflix called American Factory gives a vivid picture of a story that we’re all familiar with. The auto-factory that was the economic lifeblood for Dayton, Ohio closes after the 2008 crash. This displaces about 10,000 workers

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

Black History Month—What Should We Celebrate?

February 6, 2019

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Black unemployment rate fell to 5.9 percent in November, tying a record low hit in May 2018. What do these numbers mean? First, there is unemployment because this society doesn’t provide

Social Justice at the Super Bowl?

January 27, 2019

Next weekend more than 100 million people in the U.S. are expected to watch the Super Bowl match-up between the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. In preparation, the NFL has funded the painting of dozens of

Workers Must be on the Same Side!

December 16, 2018

Last week across California, 3600 mental health clinicians and 400 support staff in the National Union of Health Care Workers (NUHW) went out on strike against Kaiser Permanente. Kaiser refuses to hire enough mental health clinicians to meet the needs

All Workers Must Stand Together!

December 11, 2018

Year after year Kaiser has continued to increase its membership and its profits. Last year Kaiser made $3.8 billion in profits. It has $29 billion in reserves. Its CEO Bernard Tyson makes $10 million per year along with 25 other

How Dare They Take Our Lives, Our Jobs and Our Homes!

December 2, 2018

The recent Camp Fire in Northern California caused 88 deaths, and hundreds are still missing and unaccounted for. It burned down over 12,000 homes and 150,000 acres of land. It destroyed a whole town and sent the equivalent of a

Wildfires Put the System on Trial – GUILTY!

November 19, 2018

The 150,000-acre Camp Fire that burned the town of Paradise to the ground was not caused by careless campers. The fire was named because its origin was at Camp Creek Road. All evidence for the cause of the fire points

A Nation of Immigrants – One Working Class

November 15, 2018

The U.S. is supposedly a nation of immigrants – people who chose to come here. The real history is quite different. Yes, the majority of people who populate the U.S. were immigrants or descended from immigrants. But there were millions

Migrant Caravan: Survival is Not a Crime

November 15, 2018

The caravan of a few thousand Central American refugees traveling to the U.S.-Mexico border is a desperate journey of survival. People are walking and sometimes riding on trucks to the border, more than 1000 miles away, to apply for asylum.

UPS Teamsters—Voting No is Not Enough!

November 15, 2018

Teamsters Union members who work for UPS recently voted to reject a proposed contract. But the top officials of the Teamsters Union said that the voters actually approved the contract. The vote was 46 percent approving and 54 percent turning

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