The Coronavirus Exposes a Sick System

March 9, 2020

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has spread to over one hundred countries, infecting more than 110,000 people and killing 3,825 people so far. There have been 554 confirmed cases and 22 deaths in the U.S. Scientists from around the world are warning

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

Elections 2020: Who Will Decide Our Future?

February 23, 2020

Many people are looking at the primary election on March 3, Super Tuesday, as a way to change the situation in this country. They want to get rid of Trump – given who he is, what he has done, and

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

Housing is a Human Right!

February 9, 2020

Five Oakland women took over a vacant house in November so they and their children could sleep with a roof over their heads. The owner of the house, a southern Californian company named Wedgewood, invests in housing in 18 states.

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

Super Bowl: Bringing People Together

February 3, 2020

A feeling of excitement was in the air for some of us in the Bay Area as the 49ers tried to win their sixth Super Bowl titles against the Chiefs, and their first since 1995. While the 49ers played well for

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.

MLK Day: The Struggle Continues

January 20, 2020

On January 20 working people around the country will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The holiday remains a symbol for one of the most profound struggles in the history of the U.S. – the struggle of the Black

No to US War on Iran!

January 11, 2020

The U.S. drone strike on January 3 that assassinated Iran’s top military general, Qassim Suleimani, along with five other commanders of the Iran-backed militias in Iraq, has led us to the brink of war. Iran launched a careful response –

France: All Together, Against Macron and his World, Against the Power of the Rich

December 9, 2019

Translated by Speak Out Now: www.speakoutsocialists.org Translated from Convergences Révolutionnaires – Special Issue; December 2019; www.convergencesrevolutionnaires.org At the Élysée and Matignon palaces, the officials residences of the government officials, December 7-8 was “hot”: Édouard Philippe summoned his main executives in

All together: General strike shuts down France

December 9, 2019

On Thursday, December 5, hundreds of thousands of workers in France went on strike against the proposal of French president Emmanuel Macron to raise the age of retirement and carry out cuts to workers’ pensions. Strikers included workers in the

The World in Upheaval!

December 2, 2019

Workers, students and other exploited and oppressed people are fighting back against those who rule them all over the world.  People have taken over the streets, gone on strike, or done whatever it takes to say “NO!” to their victimization

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

The U.S. Border Crisis: A Crisis of the Capitalist System

September 19, 2019

download .pdf The capitalist system has created an international crisis of displaced people due to a convergence of factors. The global economic crisis is now coupled with accelerating ecological disasters and intensified military conflicts. In 2018 there were an estimated

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

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