Back to School in a Failing Society

August 24, 2015

School bells are ringing again as students are going back to their own daily grind behind the desks at the public schools. Cramming into over-crowded classrooms with insufficient resources, students are facing an uphill battle looking at their future. Parents

The Origins of the Police

August 20, 2015

For most of human history, daily issues of society were settled by people themselves, in their communities. There weren’t always police on every street corner with the power to stop, search, and harass people in the name of the law.

A Nation of Mass Incarceration

August 20, 2015

The US has the largest prison population in the world. With five percent of the world’s population, it has 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, half a million more than China, which has five times the population. There are about

Imagine If…

August 20, 2015

Imagine If… Today we know that the world is divided into the one percent and the 99 percent. While most people are struggling to survive, a small portion of the population is living in luxury. It doesn’t have to be

Climate Change? No! We Need a System Change!

August 20, 2015

There have been five major extinction events on earth where most of the larger plant and animal species were wiped out. The last extinction killed the dinosaurs. An asteroid crashing into earth and drastically changing the climate caused that extinction.

Racism – A Cancer of This Society

August 20, 2015

We live in a society based on divisions. The main division, which is hardly ever discussed, is the division between those who control the wealth and productive forces of society, and those who do the work. Those in control of

Women Hold Up Half the Sky…

August 20, 2015

But Don’t Have Half the Power or Half the Wealth The claim that the division between the sexes today is natural, or has always been this way, is not true. For most of human existence humans lived in small groups,

School – Education or Adaptation?

August 20, 2015

Almost everyone who is involved in education knows that it isn’t working the way it should be. School days can be spent racing from class to class with no time to think. Many just wait for the day to end.

Capitalism – A System of Constant War

August 20, 2015

We live in a world ravaged by endless war. The estimated death toll from wars in the 20th century is over 187 million, not to mention the millions of people whose lives were left in ruins in the aftermath of

What Kind of World Do We Want to Live In?

August 20, 2015

The school year is beginning. This year is another opportunity to shape the path that your life will take. But as we get ready for the hard work of the school year, we should ask ourselves: what kind of society

Our Solution Isn’t At The Ballot Box

August 8, 2015

Fox News staged the first Republican presidential debate last week. While there were differences in style among the candidates and they wanted to claim their own political territory, they all promoted pretty much the same messages. They attacked immigrants, especially

Summertime Should Be Easy!

August 3, 2015

The summer months are a time to spend with our families, visit relatives in other cities, and simply hang out and get some rest. But for workers, the family time and relaxation has to be squeezed into our schedules before

Evictions Can Be Stopped

August 1, 2015

During the depression of the 1930s as many as 35 percent of workers were unemployed. They had no unemployment insurance and quickly fell behind in their rent. But much of the time they didn’t get thrown out of their homes

What Happened to Public Housing?

August 1, 2015

In 1937, in a period when workers were fighting all over the country for jobs, wages, housing and more, the U.S. Government began a program that promised to provide affordable public housing for low-income families. But the Government never followed

The Bay Area – Too Expensive to Live

August 1, 2015

The average one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,200 – the highest in the country. Oakland and San Francisco had the highest year-to-year increase in home prices in the country – over an 11 percent increase since last year. Rents

New York: Making the Housing Crisis Worse

August 1, 2015

Rents are skyrocketing in New York City. In the last five years rents have climbed 55 percent while wages have fallen by four percent (when adjusted for inflation). In the last six months, rents have soared twelve percent, and most

Houses For Living – Not For Profit

August 1, 2015

About 3.5 million Americans sleep in shelters, transitional housing, and places not meant for living. Another 7.5 million Americans have lost their homes and are living doubled-up with family or friends. Over 580,000 people sleep on the street. Over eleven

The New Housing Crisis

August 1, 2015

The U.S. media and the politicians like to pretend that the economy has recovered and is picking up again. If you are among the less than one percent who own the banks, the corporations, the land, the wealth of this