Nike: Just Do It for the Profit

September 17, 2018

Nike recently released an ad narrated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The ad has been viewed over 25 million times on YouTube. After its release, major news companies aired video footage of people burning Nike shoes, exaggerating the opposition

Rising Up Behind Bars – National Prisoners’ Strike

September 11, 2018

On August 21, prisoners in 17 different states launched a prison strike against the brutal conditions and state violence directed primarily against the poor and minorities. Prisoners are refusing to work or eat for the 19 days of the strike.

Climate Change: Their System is Not Normal

September 11, 2018

While the summer fires blazed throughout California, burning over 600,000 acres and destroying thousands of homes, Governor Jerry Brown said: “We’re in a new normal.” It’s true that the scale of these fires is new mainly since climate change has

Lead in Our Water: Poisoning the Poor

September 11, 2018

In the spring of 2016, reports showed that schools in Newark, New Jersey had high levels of lead in their water. But besides shutting off contaminated water outlets and supplying some filters, that was it – there was no further

Film Review: Sorry to Bother You

September 11, 2018

Capitalism is a system that forces people into roles they wouldn’t otherwise choose, just to make money. Workers talk, act, and follow rules set down by the boss whose agenda is money-making overall. Writer and director Boots Riley’s Sorry to

Global Warming Is Here – Our Future Is At Stake

September 3, 2018

Gov. Jerry Brown’s Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco Sept. 12-14 is another show by politicians and powerful people to pretend to find solutions for massive climate change. Global warming and Climate Disruption Global Warming – Heat: This July

Eugene Debs: A Socialist Example from the Past

August 21, 2018

The buildup to the November elections has begun. So far, the primary election results indicate that many people are turning towards the Democratic Party. People are rightfully fed up with Trump’s attacks on women, immigrants, the environment, and his disgusting

Nia Wilson: Victim of a Violent Society

August 5, 2018

On the night of July 22nd, 18-year-old Nia Wilson and her 26-year-old sister Lahtifa were brutally attacked as they were waiting to transfer to a train at MacArthur BART in Oakland. John Lee Cowell walked up from behind and stabbed

Immigration: U.S. Policy Is A Disgrace

July 23, 2018

The new Republican immigration policy is a disgrace. Children and infants are separated from their parents and held in detention centers. Women fleeing domestic abuse and families fleeing gang violence are not considered eligible for asylum. The Democrats acted shocked

Profits for the 1%, or a Fight for Our Future?

June 11, 2018

Scientists around the world agree we must stop drilling and using fossil fuels to make the economy run. If not we face the end of life on our planet, as we know it. Nature is proving that the scientists’ warnings

NFL Owners Won’t Dictate Our Lives!

May 28, 2018

The NFL issued a new policy in its latest attempt to stop players from engaging in protests against racial inequality and police brutality. According to the new rule, the League will fine teams if players on the field “do not

Workers Of The World Unite!

May 14, 2018

Karl Marx was born 200 years ago on May 5th, and his birthday was celebrated all over the world. Why is he still remembered? Why do politicians and journalists who defend the capitalist system continue to attack him? They are

Teachers on the March – The Strikes Spread

May 8, 2018

The successful West Virginia Teachers Strike in March has inspired walkouts and demonstrations by school teachers and staff in other states, and strikes in Oklahoma and Arizona. Education workers are demanding increased funding for school programs their students need as

France: Railroad Workers Lead the Way

May 8, 2018

Tens of thousands of workers demonstrated across France on May Day protesting the policies of the government and their rightwing president, former investment banker Emanuel Macron. Since Macron’s election a year ago, his government has attacked the rights of workers,

Young People Challenge the Violence of Society

May 8, 2018

Future history books may recall 2018 as the year of the students’ uprising against violence. We have for many years endured mass murders in the U.S. by gunfire especially, but also bombings and vehicles used as weapons. But with the

Colin Kaepernick: His Silence Will not be Bought

May 8, 2018

Ever since San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, became a free agent in 2017, he hasn’t been signed by any NFL team. For months Kaepernick and his lawyer, along with many NFL players and sports journalists, have claimed that Kaepernick

Palestine: Gaza in the Crosshairs

May 8, 2018

Since March 30, Palestinians living in the Gaza strip have staged demonstrations against their treatment at the hands of Israel. Gaza is home to nearly two million people, living in a region smaller than Los Angeles. Along with the West

Time To Reclaim Our Day – May Day!

April 30, 2018

May 1st or May Day, is known as International Workers Day throughout the world. Despite the U.S. ruling class’s efforts to hide our history from us, it is our holiday. That is, it’s our day to celebrate our history, our

The Attack on Syria: Total Hypocrisy!

April 16, 2018

On Friday night, the U.S. military, along with the French and British military, launched about 118 missiles into Syria. These strikes, flagrant and completely unnecessary acts of aggression, do nothing to help the people of Syria or end the years

Stop the U.S. War Machine!

April 2, 2018

The U.S. war machine is in constant motion, from troops on the ground in Syria, to aircraft carriers on maneuvers in the South China Sea. The U.S. military maintains nuclear weapons poised and ready to unleash “fire and fury”, as

The Strike in West Virginia – An Example for us All

March 30, 2018

On Thursday, February 22, teachers in two of West Virginia’s fifty-five counties walked out. By Monday, March 1, schools shut down state-wide. Thousands of teachers and staff rallied in Charleston demanding raises and protesting increases in healthcare premiums. Eight days

Trump’s Budget Declares War at Home and Abroad

March 30, 2018

The Trump administration’s budget for 2019 is a declaration of war on poor and working people all over the world and in the U.S. The $4.4 trillion budget proposes a combination of further increases in military spending, more tax cuts

Martin Luther King Jr., April 1968 and Our Struggle Today

March 30, 2018

In early April 1968, fifty years ago this month, Martin Luther King, Jr. was in Memphis to support the sanitation workers’ strike. The workers – almost all of them African American – had been on strike since February 12, demanding

Baltimore Police: The System is Corrupt

March 30, 2018

The Gun Trace Task Force of the Baltimore City Police Department (BPD) was a special unit organized officially to get guns off the streets and prevent violence. But eight of the nine members of the Task Force were charged with

Film Review: Black Panther

March 30, 2018

Black Panther is a big budget superhero film written and directed by Ryan Coogler and actor Michael B. Jordan. Black Panther is the story of the superhero king of Wakanda, an isolated but wealthy African nation that hides its existence.

The Future Is In Our Hands!

March 29, 2018

Today millions of people across this country have joined together to say “No more violence in our schools.” and “No more violence in our communities.” We are all here because students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland,

A Society Based On Violence!

March 24, 2018

We are right to question the violence of our society, where mass shooting and brutality have become accepted as normal. The system of capitalism values human life and the planet only as resources to be exploited and profited from, creating

There Is Hope When We Stand Up For Ourselves

March 19, 2018

In response to the brutal murders of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the whole community responded in shock and outrage. The students took the lead, saying that they were going to make sure that such a

Parkland Students – We Won’t Go Back to Normal!

March 3, 2018

Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida returned to school two weeks after a 19-year old former-student gunned down 17 people there. Most of the students said they were ready to return, but promised they would not

Voting for the Democrats is a Dead End!

February 27, 2018

The first year of the Trump administration was one outrage after another. We’ve seen the deportation of immigrant workers, the assault on a woman’s right to control her body, the repeal of basic environmental protections, a tax cut for billionaires,

Supreme Court: Ready to Undermine Unions

February 27, 2018

On February 26, the U.S. Supreme Court began hearing the case Janus v. AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Workers). The case is about whether public sector unions should be able to collect money from all the workers

Baltimore Schools: Unfit for Our Children!

February 27, 2018

Public schools across Baltimore City had to close in early January because their heating systems couldn’t deal with the winter weather. Despite Maryland’s chronic underfunding of Baltimore schools according to the state’s own formula, the governor suddenly found $2.5 million

NY/NJ Transit: A Real Trainwreck!

February 27, 2018

For the past decade, transit riders in the New York-New Jersey area have become increasingly frustrated on their daily rides to and from work. Under severe cuts, transit services have declined while prices have increased across the board. For decades,

Nabi Saleh, Palestine – An Example of Defiance

February 27, 2018

On December 15, a 16 year old girl, Ahed Tamimi, confronted Israeli soldiers who stormed into Nabi Saleh, her village in Palestine. Ahed’s cousin Mohammed had been shot in the head, a nearly fatal wound. Ahed slapped one of the

The State Of Black America – A State Of Emergency

February 19, 2018

Donald Trump has boasted about a December rate of unemployment of 6.8% for Black people which then shot up to 7.7% in January. What do these numbers mean? First, there is unemployment because this society doesn’t provide enough jobs. Secondly,

Super Bowl –Wealth and Hypocrisy on Display

February 5, 2018

This past weekend was Super Bowl Sunday and many of us got together with friends and family to watch the game, if we were fortunate enough to have some time off. This was a great chance to blow off some

Who Will Defend Our Rights? Not Politicians!

January 22, 2018

Trump and the Republicans have shown their contempt for women’s basic rights. They have justified sexual attacks and violence and presided over massive cuts to women’s healthcare funding and protections to access. Last Friday they changed a regulation that allows

When Ordinary People Did Extraordinary Things

January 9, 2018

The Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s through the 1970s was one of the most significant social movements in U.S. history. It included millions of people in its ranks. It was a grass roots movement often organized locally. It was

Sexual Violence – An Abuse of Power

January 9, 2018

Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood power broker, was recently charged by a number of well-known actresses with rape and sexual assault. The rumors about Weinstein go back to 1984. This violent predator was a Hollywood celebrity and a friend of the

No Cuts To Our Schools! Chop From The Top!

December 4, 2017

The Oakland Unified School Board is threatening to cut $15.1 million from the OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) budget. If approved by the School Board, the cuts would be implemented this month. School administrations are being told that they have

Housing: A Luxury for the Rich?

November 28, 2017

Across the country, landlords and developers are seizing every opportunity to raise rents, kick out workers and the poor, and bring in families able to pay skyrocketing prices for housing. Housing is becoming a luxury that only the rich can

Holidays On Our Terms, Not The Corporations’

November 20, 2017

The holiday season is coming around. For many, it may be a chance to take some time to spend with family and friends. It’s always nice to have time to catch a breath from work. For others that work in

Sexual Violence – An Abuse of Power

November 6, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, a Hollywood power broker, was recently charged by a number of well-known actresses with rape and sexual assault. This violent predator was a Hollywood celebrity and a friend of the Clintons. The rumors about Weinstein go back to

Trump: Making the Rich Richer Again

October 31, 2017

It’s been a year since the election of Trump and it couldn’t be any clearer that this is an administration that only represents the richest of the rich. For those workers who may have thought that he would fight in

Trump’s Tax Plan: Enriching The Already Rich

October 23, 2017

Donald Trump and the GOP got closer to one of their main goals: reforming the tax system. The Senate passed a budget bill for $1.5 trillion in tax cuts. Trump says that his proposed tax plan is good for ordinary

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

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