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

It Is Not Their World To Destroy!

May 24, 2010

For one month now millions of gallons of oil have poured into the Gulf of Mexico. An underwater oil well being drilled by British Petroleum exploded killing eleven workers and seriously injuring 17. After the explosion BP and the US

Striking Flint

May 16, 2010

download PDF of this pamphlet Remembering the 1936-37 General Motors Sit-Down Strike Genora (Johnson) Dollinger talking to Susan Rosenthal (Reprinted with permission from Susan Rosenthal) Preface There are times in history when the forces of capital and labor are so

The Oakland General Strike (1946) – by Stan Weir

May 16, 2010

download a PDF of this pamphlet This is the story of the 1946 Oakland General Strike told by a participant – Stan Weir, a seaman at the Oakland Port, and a revolutionary working class militant. We reprint this pamphlet because

May Day – Made in the USA, Exported to the World

May 16, 2010

download illustrated PDF of this pamphlet One of the most important working-class holidays, May Day (International Workers Day), originated in the United States in the 1880s with the struggle for the eight-hour day. The expansion of capitalism in 19th century

The IWW by James Cannon

May 16, 2010

download PDF of this pamphlet The following is reprinted from:  https://www.marxists.org/archive/cannon/works/1955/iww.htmsource: Summer 1955 issue of Fourth International The IWW By James P. Cannon (1955) The Bold Design When the Founding Convention of the IWW – the Industrial Workers of the World

The Seattle General strike of 1919

May 16, 2010

download PDF of this pamphlet An Account of What Happened in Seattle and Especially in the Seattle Labor Movement, During the General Strike, February 6 to 11, 1919 Originally issued by the History Committee of the General Strike Committee, March

Mother’s Day – One Day Does Not Make It All OK

May 10, 2010

This past Sunday, more people in the U.S. usually go out to eat in restaurants than at any other time of the year. Why? Mother’s Day is when we are supposed to recognize the women in our lives, especially mothers.

Immigrant Workers Are Not to Blame For This Crisis!

May 3, 2010

A horrific anti-immigration law (SB 1070) was passed last week in Arizona. Under the new legislation, local and state police officers will have the authority to stop anyone and demand identification, without a warrant All they need to do this

May Day: Made In The USA – Exported To The World

April 26, 2010

One of the most important working class holidays, May 1 or May Day, originated in the US in the 1880s, with the struggle for the 8-hour-day. The issue of a reduced work week or shorter hours had been a demand

We Are Over Taxed!

April 19, 2010

Tax (noun) – definition 1. an amount of money levied by a government on its citizens. 2. a strain or heavy demand. This system is over-taxing us. The government is taking our money at the federal, state and local levels.

Another Mining Tragedy – Killing for Profit

April 12, 2010

The massive explosion in a mine in Montcoal, West Virginia last Monday, April 5th, killed 29 miners and left another miner in critical condition. These miners were fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons. Their deaths are a tragedy for their families

Healthcare Bill – Profit Care for the Insurance Companies!

March 29, 2010

Last week, Congress finally passed the healthcare bill it has been debating for months. People across the nation, especially those who have been without healthcare and those hard-hit by the economic crisis were hoping we would finally see a healthcare

We Must Stop These Wars of Mass Destruction!

March 22, 2010

The U.S. war on Iraq is entering its eighth year. George Bush, with the agreement of all but one elected official, launched the war on the people of Iraq March 19, 2003. Since then an estimated one million Iraqis have

Iraq and Afghanistan – Nine Years of War

March 22, 2010

In October 2001, the U.S. Government began a war on the people of Afghanistan. Within two years war was carried to the people of Iraq as well. Today there are 200,000 U.S. Troops waging war in the Middle East –

The Assault on Working People in California

March 15, 2010

All across California, an outright assault is being waged against working people. Currently, the official unemployment rate for the state is 12.5 percent. In eight counties, the unemployment rate is higher than 20 percent. An average of about ten people

March 4 – A Day of Action and Celebration

March 8, 2010

This past Thursday, there were protests all over California – in elementary schools, middle schools and high schools, in community colleges, CSUs and the UCs. Students, faculty and staff held meetings, rallies, speak outs, picket lines and teach-ins against the

Super Bowl – Super Rare Opportunities

February 8, 2010

The Super Bowl has come and gone. The New Orleans Saints defeated the Indianapolis Colts, winning their first Super Bowl ever. Over one hundred million people sat down to watch the game, spending the day relaxing with friends and family.

Howard Zinn – A People’s Historian

February 8, 2010

(August 24, 1922 – January 27, 2010) On January 27th, Howard Zinn passed away. Zinn was a great historian, but not just that. He was also a fighter and critic of the system of exploitation and war which poor and

Sacrifices For Profits Are A Dead-End Road For Us

February 1, 2010

Last week Ford announced profits of $2.7 billion in 2009. After workers made all sorts of sacrifices over the past years, they will not see a nickel of this profit. The 9000 workers who were thrown out of work last

War Takes its Toll on the Soldiers

January 25, 2010

Soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan  are returning from the wars maimed and traumatized only to find no jobs, no homes and a broken medical system. A study in 2007 found that 18 percent of the veterans who applied for

No Schools Safe From Education Cuts

January 25, 2010

Recently, the San Francisco School District announced it is facing a $113 million budget shortfall. Because of this deficit, the district is planning to make major cuts to education, on top of previous cuts of the past few years. In

Haiti – Victim of Imperialism and Natural Disaster

January 25, 2010

On January 12, a major earthquake struck Haiti. The number of people killed in the earthquake is between 50,000 and 100,000. However, the earthquake was not the beginning of Haiti’s problems. Today 70 percent of Haiti’s nine million people live

Haiti’s Disaster, Now a U.S. Made Catastrophe

January 19, 2010

Last week Haiti suffered a powerful earthquake, 7.0 in magnitude, in its capital and most densely populated regions. The impact of this earthquake on the poorest country in the Western hemisphere has been disastrous. Estimates put the number dead at

Schwarzenegger’s New Budget – Same Attacks, Same Priorities

January 11, 2010

Last Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger revealedhis plan to deal with this year’s $19.9 billion budget deficit. Schwarzenegger promises to change the state’s priorities, to spend less on prisons and more on education. But, in fact, his plan is nothing more than

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