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

Trump’s Attack on Refugees is a Crime!

November 5, 2018

At Trump’s rallies to build support for Republican candidates, he used images of men, women and children fleeing life-and-death situations to build fear and hatred. He refers to the people in the “March of the Migrant” as “criminals.” Trump claims

This System Is A Crisis For The Working Class

October 22, 2018

It has been ten years since the 2008 economic crisis – when tens of millions of workers in the U.S. lost their jobs and millions of families were kicked out of their homes. The government’s response was to give an

The Supreme Court – Not About Justice for Us

September 30, 2018

Last week the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing on allegations that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually attacked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford when they were in high school. Prior to the hearing three other women accused him of sexual

Nike: Just Do It for the Profit

September 17, 2018

Nike recently released an ad narrated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The ad has been viewed over 25 million times on YouTube. After its release, major news companies aired video footage of people burning Nike shoes, exaggerating the opposition

Global Warming Is Here – Our Future Is At Stake

September 3, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco Sept. 12-14 is another show by politicians and powerful people to pretend to find solutions for massive climate change.Global warming and Climate DisruptionGlobal Warming – Heat: This July record-breaking heat

Eugene Debs: A Socialist Example from the Past

August 21, 2018

The buildup to the November elections has begun. So far, the primary election results indicate that many people are turning towards the Democratic Party. People are rightfully fed up with Trump’s attacks on women, immigrants, the environment, and his disgusting

Nia Wilson: Victim of a Violent Society

August 5, 2018

On the night of July 22nd, 18-year-old Nia Wilson and her 26-year-old sister Lahtifa were brutally attacked as they were waiting to transfer to a train at MacArthur BART in Oakland. John Lee Cowell walked up from behind and stabbed

Immigration: U.S. Policy Is A Disgrace

July 23, 2018

The new Republican immigration policy is a disgrace. Children and infants are separated from their parents and held in detention centers. Women fleeing domestic abuse and families fleeing gang violence are not considered eligible for asylum. The Democrats acted shocked

Profits for the 1%, or a Fight for Our Future?

June 11, 2018

Scientists around the world agree we must stop drilling and using fossil fuels to make the economy run. If not we face the end of life on our planet, as we know it. Nature is proving that the scientists’ warnings

NFL Owners Won’t Dictate Our Lives!

May 28, 2018

The NFL issued a new policy in its latest attempt to stop players from engaging in protests against racial inequality and police brutality. According to the new rule, the League will fine teams if players on the field “do not

Workers Of The World Unite!

May 14, 2018

Karl Marx was born 200 years ago on May 5th, and his birthday was celebrated all over the world. Why is he still remembered? Why do politicians and journalists who defend the capitalist system continue to attack him? They are

Time To Reclaim Our Day – May Day!

April 30, 2018

May 1st or May Day, is known as International Workers Day throughout the world. Despite the U.S. ruling class’s efforts to hide our history from us, it is our holiday. That is, it’s our day to celebrate our history, our

The Attack on Syria: Total Hypocrisy!

April 16, 2018

On Friday night, the U.S. military, along with the French and British military, launched about 118 missiles into Syria. These strikes, flagrant and completely unnecessary acts of aggression, do nothing to help the people of Syria or end the years

Stop the U.S. War Machine!

April 2, 2018

The U.S. war machine is in constant motion, from troops on the ground in Syria, to aircraft carriers on maneuvers in the South China Sea. The U.S. military maintains nuclear weapons poised and ready to unleash “fire and fury”, as

The Future Is In Our Hands!

March 29, 2018

Today millions of people across this country have joined together to say “No more violence in our schools.” and “No more violence in our communities.” We are all here because students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,

There Is Hope When We Stand Up For Ourselves

March 19, 2018

In response to the brutal murders of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the whole community responded in shock and outrage. The students took the lead, saying that they were going to make sure that such a

Parkland Students – We Won’t Go Back to Normal!

March 3, 2018

Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida returned to school two weeks after a 19-year old former-student gunned down 17 people there. Most of the students said they were ready to return, but promised they would not

The State Of Black America – A State Of Emergency

February 19, 2018

Donald Trump has boasted about a December rate of unemployment of 6.8% for Black people which then shot up to 7.7% in January. What do these numbers mean? First, there is unemployment because this society doesn’t provide enough jobs. Secondly,

Super Bowl –Wealth and Hypocrisy on Display

February 5, 2018

This past weekend was Super Bowl Sunday and many of us got together with friends and family to watch the game, if we were fortunate enough to have some time off. This was a great chance to blow off some

Who Will Defend Our Rights? Not Politicians!

January 22, 2018

Trump and the Republicans have shown their contempt for women’s basic rights. They have justified sexual attacks and violence and presided over massive cuts to women’s healthcare funding and protections to access. Last Friday they changed a regulation that allows

When Ordinary People Did Extraordinary Things

January 9, 2018

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s through the 1970s was one of the most significant social movements in U.S. history. It included millions of people in its ranks. It was a grass roots movement often organized locally. It was

Sexual Violence – An Abuse of Power

January 9, 2018

Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood power broker, was recently charged by a number of well-known actresses with rape and sexual assault. The rumors about Weinstein go back to 1984. This violent predator was a Hollywood celebrity and a friend of the

No Cuts To Our Schools! Chop From The Top!

December 4, 2017

The Oakland Unified School Board is threatening to cut $15.1 million from the OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) budget. If approved by the School Board, the cuts would be implemented this month. School administrations are being told that they have

Holidays On Our Terms, Not The Corporations’

November 20, 2017

The holiday season is coming around. For many, it may be a chance to take some time to spend with family and friends. It’s always nice to have time to catch a breath from work. For others that work in

Sexual Violence – An Abuse of Power

November 6, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood power broker, was recently charged by a number of well-known actresses with rape and sexual assault. This violent predator was a Hollywood celebrity and a friend of the Clintons. The rumors about Weinstein go back to

Trump: Making the Rich Richer Again

October 31, 2017

It’s been a year since the election of Trump and it couldn’t be any clearer that this is an administration that only represents the richest of the rich. For those workers who may have thought that he would fight in

Trump’s Tax Plan: Enriching The Already Rich

October 23, 2017

Donald Trump and the GOP got closer to one of their main goals: reforming the tax system. The Senate passed a budget bill for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. Trump says that his proposed tax plan is good for ordinary

Puerto Rico: Profits Over People

October 9, 2017

Conditions in Puerto Rico continue to deteriorate after the island was leveled when Hurricane Maria hit on September 20. The vast majority of its electric and telecommunications infrastructure has been destroyed while half of the island is still without drinking

We Can Learn From the Russian Revolution

October 2, 2017

October 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, when the workers of Russia, fed up with the misery of capitalist rule, overthrew the capitalists and took power into their own hands in the most democratic revolution in world

Disasters Reveal a Bankrupt Society

September 25, 2017

The past few weeks have been overwhelming, with hurricanes ripping up entire cities and islands along with the recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico. Even though these disasters have all been acts of nature, their intensity, frequency, and impact on poor

These Are Not Natural Disasters!

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Harvey was called the most devastating hurricane ever – until Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma is setting records for size and devastation in the Caribbean, destroying 95% of the buildings on some islands. And now Irma has landed in Florida

Labor Day: Not Just Another Holiday

September 1, 2017

When we think of Labor Day we usually think of barbecues, picnics or maybe just the start of football season. Labor Day usually signals the end of summer and a time to be with friends, family and coworkers to enjoy

We Can Defend Ourselves

August 21, 2017

The horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked people across the country when a young neo-nazi drove his car into counter-demonstrators, killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring 19 others. This was the outcome of the mobilization to “Unite the Right”, a

A World of War = A World for Profits

August 7, 2017

We are living in a world dominated by war. For those in the middle of the wars it is a life of chaos and crisis. In the U.S. and other countries distant from the fighting, the wars have other impacts.

Trump & the Arrogance Of The 1%

July 24, 2017

People are fed up with the politicians who are running this country. Recent polls show that 58% disapprove of Trump and 81% disapprove of Congress. The figures are probably higher since most people are never polled. People are correct to

Politicians Threaten Our Health and Our Lives

July 10, 2017

The headlines have been full of discussion about the Affordable Care act known as “Obamacare”. Will the U.S. Congress led by the Republicans repeal it and replace it with something much worse for ordinary people? Will they do what Trump

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