Homeless in the Time of Covid-19

April 4, 2020

To lower the number of Covid-19 cases, people are encouraged to stay inside their house. But what do you do when you don’t even have a house to stay in?

The Digital Divide

April 4, 2020

Self-isolation thanks to the coronavirus makes everyone much more dependent on the internet. But lots of families lack reliable access

Food Deserts in a Pandemic

April 4, 2020

Residents of the Douglass Homes “affordable” housing community in Baltimore are organizing with supporters to get food during the coronavirus pandemic

GE Workers Demand Ventilator Production

April 1, 2020

On Monday, General Electric (GE) factory workers held demonstrations at two different plants, with the demand that the company use its aviation factories to produce ventilators.

How NOT to Fight a Virus

April 1, 2020

You would think that to fight the coronavirus, the government would pull together the best minds among relevant researchers and health care providers, decide what needs to get done, get industry to make the necessary supplies

Instacart Workers Protest Conditions

April 1, 2020

Instacart, a company that lets you order groceries online and have them delivered from your favorite stores, has seen a boom in business since the coronavirus has forced people to stay home.

An Abusive System

April 1, 2020

Childhelp, a national anonymous hotline to report child abuse, has reported a 23 percent increase in calls and a 263 percent increase in texts for March 2020 compared to March 2019.

Who is Essential?

March 27, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed some of the inherent shortcomings of the capitalist economic system. The recent labeling of “essential employees” during quarantine highlights the indispensability of certain jobs

Governor Cuomo – Not the Hero He Poses As

March 27, 2020

New York City is the center of the coronavirus crisis right now, and many people say they are impressed by the way N.Y.’s Democratic Party governor, Andrew Cuomo, seems to be handling the situation. Unlike Trump, he doesn’t minimize the

Seasick

March 25, 2020

For the past couple of weeks, nurses at Kaiser Hospital have been caring for patients that came from the Grand Princess cruise ship and tested positive for coronavirus. Although there was time for the hospital to prepare before the ship docked, management implemented a training scheme only after the first confirmed cases of patients with Covid-19 arrived.

U.S. Sanctions Exacerbate the Coronavirus Crisis in Iran

March 22, 2020

Someone dies of coronavirus every ten minutes in Iran, according to the country’s health ministry. In addition, 50 new people become infected every hour. Iran has the third highest level of deaths from the coronavirus, behind Italy and China. Physicians

No Bank Left Behind

March 22, 2020

We are often told that we don’t have the money in this country for what we need, whether for healthcare, education, housing or anything else. This is a lie! When the banks are in trouble, it’s called “a crisis” and

Climate Refugees: Made in the U.S.A.

March 16, 2020

Rain in the 2019-2020 season has been well below average in California, and the outlook for the rest of 2020 is for it to be drier than average, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. This would suggest that we’re

Newark: Poisoned Water and Poisoned Politics

March 16, 2020

For many years, Newark NJ has had a big problem with lead in its drinking water. Lead is hazardous and most dangerous to children. It can cause brain damage and many other serious problems. Two years ago, when Newark was

International Women’s Day and the Harvey Weinstein Conviction

March 16, 2020

International Women’s Day, March 8th, was created over a 100 years ago through the demonstrations for women’s equality, particularly by the organized struggle of working women against their exploitation and oppression. Women have fought and won many battles since. But

The Battle Against Pension Reform in France

March 16, 2020

On February 29, the French government used an executive order to pass a widely-hated reform of the pension system, which is their equivalent of social security. The government of President Macron had attempted to sell this reform as one leading

Bezos on Climate Change – Covering Up the Truth

March 16, 2020

Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and richest person on the planet, recently announced in an Instagram post that he is planning on donating $10 billion to combat climate change. “Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want

Trump and Modi – Two Rotten Peas in a Pod

March 7, 2020

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a visit from Trump on February 24 while violent anti-Muslim riots raged in Delhi. Trump congratulated Modi on what a good job he was doing in India, almost as good as Trump thinks he

Victory In Richmond Against Coal

March 1, 2020

Since 2013, the Levin Shipyard in Richmond, CA has been shipping coal, mined in Utah, as well as petroleum coke, primarily from Phillips 66 in Rodeo, to Japan and other Asian countries. Every week, roughly 200 uncovered freight trains have

Disney – When You Wish Upon a Lawsuit

March 1, 2020

Recently the Walt Disney Company went after a Berkeley elementary school for showing The Lion King at a PTA fundraising event, fining them $250 for copyright violation – more than a third of the money they had raised. This situation

Bloodshed in Gaza – No to Israeli Violence and Occupation!

March 1, 2020

A little more than a month after the Trump administration unveiled a so-called peace plan for Palestine/Israel, the Israeli army has launched attacks against the Palestinians in Gaza. Once again Israeli rockets and missiles rain down on the captive population

Canadians Show us our Collective Power!

February 19, 2020

Massive protests by indigenous Canadians and their allies have shut down many of the main railway lines across Canada – in solidarity with the resistance of the Wet’suwet’en Nation to an oil pipeline being built on their traditional land. The

The Latest in the Harvey Weinstein Case

February 19, 2020

Jury negotiations began for Harvey Weinstein’s multiple allegations of rape on Tuesday, February 18th. Though more than ninety women have come forward claiming they were sexually harassed or assaulted by the movie mogul, only two cases have been brought before

New NAFTA is a Climate Disaster: Why does Warren Vote Yes?

February 6, 2020

Elizabeth Warren’s campaign messaging proclaims that she will take climate change seriously. Her campaign website decries, “… right now, Washington refuses to lift a finger without permission from the fossil fuel industry. That’s dangerous and it’s wrong. We need a

Australia in Flames

January 26, 2020

The fires raging in Australia since December are the most recent face of the climate crisis. Still burning today, at least 30 people have been killed, thousands have fled their homes, and the air has filled with dark, choking smoke.

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

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

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: 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

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

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