Egypt, Tunisia and Beyond: Revolution is in the Air!

February 14, 2011

First it started in Tunisia, where workers and the poor masses, after 28 days of massive protests and strikes, forced out Ben Ali, a brutal dictator of more than 23 years. Currently the revolution has not been defeated despite many

Mubarak Out! The First Steps in the Egyptian Revolution

February 14, 2011

The revolution in Egypt has won a huge victory by driving out President, Hosni Mubarak, the 30 year military dictator of that country. The people of Egypt have made the first steps in a revolution. Mass Demonstrations On Thursday, Mubarak

Egypt: Self-appointed Leaders Try to Hijack the Revolution

February 7, 2011

The revolution to overthrow the brutal regime of Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak, is entering its third week. Last Friday, in what demonstrators called a “Day of Departure,” more than a million people came out into the streets of Cairo to

Tunisia and Egypt – Protests Turning Into Revolution

January 31, 2011

The social movement in Tunisia has developed into a revolution. No longer is the mass of workers, poor and youth simply content with the ouster of the dictator of 23 years, Ben Ali – they want a government that represents

Revolution in the Middle East & North Africa

January 31, 2011

On January 15th, the people of Tunisia, through mass protests and strikes, overthrew Ben Ali, the brutal dictator of that country. He had ruled for 23 years, selling the country’s resources to foreign corporations and degrading the living conditions of

The Tunisian Workers Are The Example For Us All

January 17, 2011

On December 17, 2010 a young man of 26 years old walked to the local City Hall in protest. He was an unemployed college graduate with an engineering degree who barely made a living selling vegetables from a pushcart before

Tunisia’s Revolution – End of A Dictatorship

January 17, 2011

Struggle Against Imperial Domination Tunisia is a country at the very northern tip of North Africa. It was independent until 1869 when it was turned into a colony of the French. Tunisians became virtual slaves, working for French bosses. This

Our Resolution For The New Year

January 10, 2011

Each New Year people take stock of their lives and make resolutions hoping to change some aspect of life for the better. It may be to spend less money, to eat healthy food, to exercise more or to try and

Let’s Make Next Year OUR Year

December 20, 2010

2010 is drawing to a close. People will gather with friends and family to celebrate. For those of us who don’t have to go into work on New Years day, the first day of 2011 might even be an opportunity

Make The Holidays Ours – Not the Corporations’

December 13, 2010

In case you haven’t noticed, the Holiday season is in full swing. Everywhere we go the sights and sounds bombard us, imploring us to stay in a festive mood and buy our loved ones that certain something that will make

Wikileaks: Exposing a System Run by Criminals and Liars

December 6, 2010

Last week, the website Wikileaks began to release more than 250,000 secret US government documents to the public. The documents are a series of communications between US diplomats. The US government claims they were copied by an US Army private

Wikileaks – Government Lies, Murder and Blackmail Revealed

December 6, 2010

On November 30th, the website Wikileaks released 250,000 private communications between U.S. officials and foreign heads of state. The cables reveal the brutal attacks on civilians, torture, blackmail and lies perpetrated by the American government. These are just a few

The Economy – It’s a Robbery Not a Recovery

November 29, 2010

As the effects of this economic crisis are being shoved in the faces of workers, the ruling rich have never been richer. Last week, the third quarter profits of U.S. banks and corporations were published. Together banks and corporations earned

Black Friday- Poisoning Our Holidays

November 22, 2010

Once again the Thanksgiving holiday has arrived. People across the country will cook food and come together, relaxing in a rare moment free from work and school. Millions of people will travel to visit family, play sports, watch football and

Unemployment – Our Misery, Their Profits

November 15, 2010

If we’re not already among the millions of people unemployed right now, we all know people who are. And even if we do have a job, the bosses certainly aren’t short on giving us threats about how lucky we are

Another Cop Gets Away With Murder!

November 9, 2010

Johannes Mehserle, a white BART cop, murdered Oscar Grant, an unarmed 22-year old black man, in front of hundreds of witnesses, and now he has officially gotten away with it. Mehserle has only been sentenced to two years in jail.

US Midterm Elections: Different Parties, Same Tools

November 9, 2010

The midterm elections came and went last week without any surprises. As was expected, these elections were a reflection of a deep anger and disillusionment with Obama and the Democratic Party. Throughout the country, Democrats were voted out of offices

Elections are a Dead End for Workers

November 1, 2010

Every two and four years the elections come to town like a big circus. For months, we hear on the radio, watch on TV, or read in the paper an endless stream of advertisements and speeches promoting one candidate or

Money For War ⎯ Attacks on Our Lives

October 25, 2010

Last Friday, another 400,000 secret documents about the US war in Iraq were leaked to the public through the website Wikileaks. These documents again show us the reality of this war. Among other things, the documents show that US soldiers

France On Strike – Everyone Together!

October 25, 2010

From young to old, the French workers are fighting against the attacks of the government. The movement, in spite of intense opposition, and even police repression, continues to grow. Every week a new section of the population comes out in

France: Into the Streets All Together!

October 19, 2010

“What the legislature has done, the streets can undo!” This was the slogan on many banners in the huge demonstrations that have swept through all of France this past week. Workers from the public and private sector, workers from small

Youth of America – Victims of a Brutal System

October 11, 2010

Young people in America are victims of a system that is denying them a future. What kind of education can a young person expect to get in a school system being slashed of funding, understaffed, and with inadequate resources? What

Workers Show Their Anger – in the U.S and Europe

October 4, 2010

On Saturday, October 2, tens of thousands of workers from all over the US., attended a rally for jobs, justice and peace in Washington D.C. The rally was organized by the big unions, civil rights, peace, social justice and ecology

The Violence of This Society and the Cops Must Stop!

October 3, 2010

Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old Black man, was murdered early in the morning on New Year’s Eve Day 2009. Johannes Mehserle, a BART cop, shot Grant in the back as he lay facedown on the BART platform. Hundreds of people witnessed

The Real Criminals Are Walking Free

September 28, 2010

Last week, eight city officials from Bell, California, including the mayor, were arrested and taken to jail on corruption charges. The officials are charged with stealing over $5.5 million from the city treasury. The accused city council members gave themselves

War At Home and Abroad – Lies Can’t Hide Reality

September 28, 2010

On August 31, the Obama administration announced that the war in Iraq is ending, and the troops are being withdrawn. Then last week, the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the recession ended in 2009. What could be more

Poverty – The Flip-Side of Profit

September 20, 2010

Last week, the U.S. Census Bureau reported a massive increase in the federal poverty rate. In 2009, the number of people living below the official poverty line rose to 44 million, the largest number since the agency began keeping track

What if Labor Had More Than a Day?

September 6, 2010

For many workers this past weekend was a rare moment to actually spend time with our friends and families. Labor Day means that we have an extra day to go camping, go fishing, have a BBQ, go to the park

Their System is a Violent Crime

August 30, 2010

With last week’s heat wave came a wave of violence and death. In San Jose, on the night of August 17, three teenagers were jumped while they were standing near their car. Two of them were stabbed. On August 19th,

Hatred is a Powerful Distraction

August 22, 2010

If you’ve paid any attention to the news lately, you could not have avoided the manufactured hysteria surrounding the construction of a Muslim community center two blocks from the site of the World Trade Center. What used to be a

Humans Have a Right to Marry Who We Please

August 8, 2010

Proposition 8 was passed in California in November, 2008. It ruled that marriage must be between a man and a woman, and thereby placed a ban on all same-sex marriages. But last Wednesday, August 4, a federal judge overturned California’s

Afghanistan: Whose Hands Are Bloody?

August 2, 2010

Last week, 75,000 secret military documents exposing the brutal reality of the US war in Afghanistan were leaked to the public. These classified documents were released through Wikileaks, a website that publishes anonymous documents exposing corporate and government corruption. The

The War At Home and Abroad

August 2, 2010

The war on the people of Afghanistan has been raging since 2001. The war on Iraq has likewise gone on since 2003. Combined these wars are the longest ground war in U.S. history. These wars have caused intense suffering for

Summertime Unemployment Blues

July 26, 2010

Summer usually brings the expectation of good times – when people can look forward to vacations, have time to spend with family and friends, time to kick back and relax. We try to use the summer to take a little

The News: Their Reality Not Ours

July 18, 2010

The news is giving us a distorted picture of reality. It is a picture which plays on fear, with a constant message behind every word – you are powerless. This couldn’t be clearer after the coverage of Johannes Mehserle’s trial

The Corporate Media: Guilty Of Lying

July 18, 2010

The distorted news coverage of the trial of Johannes Mehserle is just one example of what the corporate media does on a regular basis: present us with a distorted picture of reality that helps serve the interests of those who

It WAS Murder!

July 9, 2010

The shocking verdict in the case of Johannes Mehserle, the BART cop who killed Oscar Grant, finally came down on Thursday, July 8. The jury decided to call the killing involuntary manslaughter, claiming Mehserle unintentionally killed Oscar Grant. Involuntary manslaughter

Oscar Grant: What The Cameras Captured

July 5, 2010

Oscar Grant was just one of many young Black men shot by police officers in the US in 2008. The thing that makes his story different is that it was caught on camera and witnessed by hundreds of people. On

Oakland: A Failed System Not A Failed City

June 28, 2010

Oakland faces a budget deficit of $31 million. The city has less money from property taxes and sales taxes, and is proposing to make significant cuts to police and fire departments, schools and other city workers, and also raise fees

BP’s Gulf Disaster: Business as Usual for the Oil Industry

June 21, 2010

The British Petroleum oil leak is the biggest oil-related disaster in history. But its size is the only thing that makes this disaster unique. Disregard for the environment and human life, the corrupt relationship between government and the oil company

The BP Oil Spill: Profits First, People Last

June 14, 2010

For seven weeks, millions of gallons of oil have been flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. British Petroleum, the oil company drilling the well when it exploded, refuses to allow accurate measurements of how much oil is leaking out. Official

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