Puerto Rico: Profits Over People

October 9, 2017

Conditions in Puerto Rico continue to deteriorate after the island was leveled when Hurricane Maria hit on September 20. The vast majority of its electric and telecommunications infrastructure has been destroyed while half of the island is still without drinking

We Can Learn From the Russian Revolution

October 2, 2017

October 2017 is the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, when the workers of Russia, fed up with the misery of capitalist rule, overthrew the capitalists and took power into their own hands in the most democratic revolution in world

Disasters Reveal a Bankrupt Society

September 25, 2017

The past few weeks have been overwhelming, with hurricanes ripping up entire cities and islands along with the recent devastating earthquakes in Mexico. Even though these disasters have all been acts of nature, their intensity, frequency, and impact on poor

These Are Not Natural Disasters!

September 11, 2017

Hurricane Harvey was called the most devastating hurricane ever – until Hurricane Irma. Hurricane Irma is setting records for size and devastation in the Caribbean, destroying 95% of the buildings on some islands. And now Irma has landed in Florida

Labor Day: Not Just Another Holiday

September 1, 2017

When we think of Labor Day we usually think of barbecues, picnics or maybe just the start of football season. Labor Day usually signals the end of summer and a time to be with friends, family and coworkers to enjoy

We Can Defend Ourselves

August 21, 2017

The horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia shocked people across the country when a young neo-nazi drove his car into counter-demonstrators, killing Heather Heyer and seriously injuring 19 others. This was the outcome of the mobilization to “Unite the Right”, a

A World of War = A World for Profits

August 7, 2017

We are living in a world dominated by war. For those in the middle of the wars it is a life of chaos and crisis. In the U.S. and other countries distant from the fighting, the wars have other impacts.

Trump & the Arrogance Of The 1%

July 24, 2017

People are fed up with the politicians who are running this country. Recent polls show that 58% disapprove of Trump and 81% disapprove of Congress. The figures are probably higher since most people are never polled. People are correct to

Politicians Threaten Our Health and Our Lives

July 10, 2017

The headlines have been full of discussion about the Affordable Care act known as “Obamacare”. Will the U.S. Congress led by the Republicans repeal it and replace it with something much worse for ordinary people? Will they do what Trump

The Fourth of July – Whose Revolution?

July 4, 2017

Fourth of July is this week and we are hearing all the calls to be patriotic. But what does it mean to be patriotic when every politician is either attacking us or useless to defend our interests? What does it

TrumpCare: Another Rip-Off for the Rich

May 7, 2017

The Republicans have finally succeeded in their first step to repeal the ACA (Affordable Care Act, commonly known as ObamaCare). This will mean an attack on millions of people’s access to health care. For all its problems, the ACA did

Democrats and Republicans Both Defend the Rich

April 28, 2017

With the Trump administration in the White House, many are wishing that Clinton had been elected. Now, attempting to rebuild its credibility, the Democratic Party has mobilized its forces through various social justice and environmental organizations and coalitions in order

The Only Ones Who Should Be Deported Are The 1%

April 28, 2017

Trump’s administration has made attacks on immigrants central to his presidency. Whether it is the increase in Homeland Security funding, more ICE raids, detentions and deportations or the threat to build a billion dollar border wall with Mexico or the

Trump’s Policies – Accelerating to Ecological Destruction

April 23, 2017

The world’s environment was in a dangerous state even before the election of Donald Trump. The world’s scientific community repeatedly pointed to the coming ecological catastrophe if carbon emissions were not drastically reduced, slowing the warming of the earth’s atmosphere.

The Assault on Science is Not New – Carol Dansereau

April 20, 2017

by Carol Dansereau Originally published April 20, 2017 at Counterpunch.org We should all “March For Science” this Earth Day.  But let’s get one thing straight.  The assault on science is nothing new.  It’s been going on under Democrats and Republicans

US Military Attack On Syria – Endless War?

April 9, 2017

On Thursday, April 6th, Trump ordered the U.S. military to bomb a Syrian air force base that it claimed had launched a chemical weapons attack against forces opposing the Syrian government. The chemical gas attack was horrible, killing dozens of

Trump Budget: Making the Rich Richer

March 27, 2017

The media focus on Trump rarely discusses the actual policies of his administration. We hear about every new tweet from Trump, most recently his claim that Obama wiretapped him. And if it’s not a new Trump tweet, it’s a stream

International Women’s Day – A Celebration of Struggle

March 12, 2017

Today women face discrimination, violence, and attacks on their rights in the U.S. and around the world. With the election of Trump and the Republican majority in Congress the attacks on women’s reproductive rights, healthcare and overall conditions of life

The Real Threat We Face Is From The 1%

February 13, 2017

The stream of tweets and executive orders coming out of the White House has been overwhelming. It’s like witnessing a catastrophic accident. Some turn away in horror while others try to figure out what is going on. And what is

It’s Time To Gather Our Forces!

February 13, 2017

The first weeks of the Trump administration have laid bare the hate-filled agenda they plan to carry out. This administration has already openly attacked immigrants, Muslims, women, LGBTQ people, threatened to accelerate environmental destruction, to support corporations and banks while

Women’s March: A Sign of Hope

January 30, 2017

On January 21, the Women’s March, one of the biggest demonstrations in U.S. history took place. Millions of people across the U.S. and around the world flooded the streets. People expressed anger at Trump’s policies – the attacks on women’s

No! To Trump and the Society He Represents

January 20, 2017

Trump has bragged about sexually assaulting women, claiming that he can do anything he wants. Unfortunately the attitudes that guide his self-centered approach to the world are prevalent in this society. We are right to fear that this new administration

It’s Time to Fight Their Whole System!

January 18, 2017

We Should Expect the Worst A Trump Presidency is upon us. And we should expect nothing less than the worst from this administration. Trump ran a campaign of open racism and nationalism and sexism, promising attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women,

Oakland Fire – The Killer Greed of Landlords

December 6, 2016

A warehouse full of people went up in flames on Friday night in Oakland. There are 36 people confirmed dead, but others are still unaccounted for. The final count of victims of this terrible tragedy will surely rise. The worst

We Have Been Asleep For Too Long

November 21, 2016

Donald Trump is going to the White House and the administration he is forming is horrifying. Trump’s appointments began with Republican senator Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff, and Stephen Bannon, head of Breitbart News, as White House Strategist. Priebus

Their Elections Cannot Determine Our Future

November 14, 2016

Many people are in shock that a racist, anti-immigrant, anti-woman, anti-Muslim bigot who thinks global warming is a hoax and that torture is OK, will soon be the President of the U.S. Trump pretended to be an outsider – a

Their Elections And The Choices We Face

November 7, 2016

The nasty, nightmarish, reality show of the presidential elections finally ends on November 8th. This election presented the stark reality of the choices this system has to offer us. Around 60 percent of potential Democratic and Republican voters had unfavorable

An Epidemic of Violence Against Women

October 23, 2016

Over the past weeks, the public has heard audio of Trump saying some of his most disgusting comments about women. He brags about kissing women without permission, and how he likes to walk up to them and “grab them by

Working People Need Our Own Party

October 9, 2016

With elections one month away, it couldn’t be more obvious that what is being promised has nothing to do with solving any of the real problems working people face today. Donald Trump pretends he is anti-establishment and an outsider to

Standing Rock – Standing For What’s Right

September 19, 2016

For more than four months, members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota have mobilized to block the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. In the past month members of more than 200 tribes and bands from across

Sitting or Standing for What’s Right

September 4, 2016

San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, sat during the playing of the “The Star Spangled Banner” before a pre-season game. When asked why he didn’t stand, Kaepernick’s answer was straightforward: He said, “I am not going to stand up to

The Elections – The System Exposed

August 22, 2016

Every four years this system exposes itself through the presidential elections. The two major parties of the rich present their candidates with the expectation that people will fall behind one or the other. After a billion dollars was spent in

The Olympics: Another Game Run By and For the Rich

August 8, 2016

The Olympics opened in Brazil on August 5. The Olympics is portrayed as an opportunity for international cooperation and a chance for the world’s athletes to display their skills and passion. The Olympics are an opportunity for athletes from all

The Violence of This System Must Be Stopped

July 8, 2016

This week, two Black men had their lives taken from them. Police murdered Philando Castile and Alton Sterling in cold blood. These two killings are just the latest in an epidemic of police violence that has been sweeping this country.

OPD: Exposing a Corrupt Society

June 25, 2016

The sex scandal involving the Oakland Police Department has exposed the level of corruption throughout all of law enforcement. According to the East Bay Express, at least 28 police officers on multiple occasions had sex with a teenager who was

The Orlando Tragedy – Product of a Violent Society

June 13, 2016

Omar Mateen shot and killed 49 people and wounded 53 more in the Pulse dance club, a club for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgendered and queer (LGBTQ) people in Orlando, Florida. What do we know about Mateen, the 29-year-old man who

France: “They Have Billions — We Are Millions”

June 6, 2016

On June 14, hundreds of thousands of French workers went on strike and held demonstrations. This action followed three and half months of struggles and over a dozen days of strikes and demonstrations, by workers and their student allies against

Their Elections – No Real Choices For Us

May 29, 2016

Month after month we have been bombarded with the run-up to the presidential elections. When it all began, it was supposed to be business as usual. It was a done deal, run by Democratic and Republican Party insiders and pre-approved

Health Care That Can Kill You!

May 7, 2016

A new study published in the British Medical Journal identifies medical error as the third leading cause of death in the United States (with 251,000 deaths per year), only behind heart disease (with 611,000 deaths per year) and cancer (with

Racism – A Cancer of This Society

May 1, 2016

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

May Day – The Fight To Reclaim Our Lives

April 21, 2016

May 1st, International Workers’ Day, is a day to recognize the struggles of the working class. It is honored by people all over the world. Although May Day is celebrated all over the world, most workers in the United States

Climate Change? No! We Need a System Change!

April 18, 2016

For decades scientists have warned us of the dangers and the causes of climate change, but those who are in control of society, both politically and economically, refuse to respond. Year after year they hold conferences to discuss the problems

The Panama Papers: Their Whole System is Corrupt!

April 10, 2016

Last week journalists released “The Panama Papers,” the largest leak in history, containing millions of documents exposing the secret financial practices of thousands of top government officials, corporations, and the ruling elite from around the world. For over a year,

Trump’s Racist Divide and Conquer Campaign

March 20, 2016

From the very beginning of Trump’s presidential campaign he has made an appeal to white voters by attacking just about everyone else. Such strategies on the part of politicians and bosses are nothing new. What is new is the fact

Donald Trump: Overflowing With Hate

March 1, 2016

Donald Trump continues to win in the primaries in spite of his racist and violent outbursts, including calling for the killing of family members of terrorists, the open use of torture, and refusing to distance himself from the Ku Klux

No Coal Trains to Oakland!

March 1, 2016

Burning coal is one of the most polluting forms of energy production and one of the greatest contributors to global warming. What could be more insane than destroying the environment with massive coal mining operations, and then loading the coal

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