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

The U.S. Supreme Court: Judicial Servants of the Ruling Class

March 1, 2016

Following the death of Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia, on February 13, 2016, the empty Supreme Court seat has become a political battleground between Republicans and Democrats. This has been painted as a decisive struggle for civil rights. But most

French Workers and Youth Prepare a Massive Fightback

March 1, 2016

This week in France, young people and workers are preparing a massive fight against attacks coming from the Socialist Party government of Francois Hollande. March 9th has been set in France as a day to take to the streets in

Movie Review: “Where to Invade Next?”

March 1, 2016

If you’re looking for a good laugh and want to see what the quality of life for an average person is like in other countries, see Michael Moore’s new film: “Where to Invade Next?” Slovenia, Tunisia, Finland and Portugal are

Flint – No More Sacrifices For the Rich!

February 11, 2016

The people of Flint have been poisoned for more than a year and a half by the water they have been drinking! Nearly all the children under the age of six have been poisoned by lead, which can cause serious

When The Super Bowl Comes To Town

February 2, 2016

The Super Bowl is approaching and for people living in the Bay Area, it has been difficult to ignore because it will be played in Santa Clara. Many people are excited to see the matchup of the Panthers against the

Lessons From the Civil Rights Struggle

February 1, 2016

The struggle against racism in the U.S. has involved millions of people, starting with the first person to resist slavery. Today this history is often told with the tactic of nonviolence being opposed to self-defense. The truth is that the

This is Your Brain on Football

February 1, 2016

Whether you’re a football fan or not, everyone should see the movie “Concussion,” starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin. It is a gripping story, one that is unfolding  every day in on real-life football fields. Concussion is about an epidemic

Film Review: “The Big Short”

February 1, 2016

“The Big Short” is a film about the 2008 economic crash that ultimately sent the U.S. and the global economy into a massive economic crisis, caused the eviction of millions of families from their homes, and led to the layoffs

When Trump is Your Boss

February 1, 2016

In his campaign, Donald Trump continues to try to paint himself as the outsider who attacks the elite. But the fact is, Donald Trump is one of the richest men in America, and he did not get that way by

Imagine What A Happy New Year It Would Be If…

January 16, 2016

We were not forced to choose between having time or having money. If everyone had a job – no one would have to work long hours – even 40 hours is too much. Everyone would have time to do what

Trump Recycles the Racist Divide and Conquer Message

December 11, 2015

Donald Trump sank to a new low this past week with his call to temporarily prevent all Muslims from entering the U.S. in the wake of the shootings in San Bernardino. He even referred to the shameful chapter of history

Millionaire Water Wasters

December 1, 2015

The East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) recently released a list of 1,100 names of customers who were the largest water wasters in the Bay Area, those who used more than 1,000 gallons of water per day. The majority of

Stephen Hawking is Right

December 1, 2015

Recently in an on-line question and answer forum, the famous physicist, Stephen Hawking, was asked a question about the connection between using robots and unemployment. This is what he replied: “If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend

French Imperialism – The Origin of the Terror

December 1, 2015

On the 13th of November, Paris was struck by terrorist attacks. For many people this seemed like a random act of evil. Certainly, those who carried out these attacks have nothing but cynical goals. But leaving it at that does

University of Missouri Students Fight Racism

December 1, 2015

This fall, students at college campuses and high schools organized to confront the racism they face at their schools. These protests have often been followed by little response and minimal support for Black students from school administrations at majority white

Paris Climate Talks – A Useless Ritual

December 1, 2015

From November 30 to December 11,  The United Nations 2015 Paris Climate Conference (also known as COP21) will bring together so-called world leaders from nearly 200 countries, along with scientists, environmental groups, and the heads of many corporations, some of

Terrorist Attacks in Paris – No Excuse for War

November 16, 2015

On Friday the 13th, Paris was hit with a terrorist attack claimed to have been carried out by ISIS (the Islamic State in Syria). Coordinated attacks by terrorists killed 129 people and injured 352 in the middle of Paris. It

South African Students Struggle and Win

October 31, 2015

This month the South African government announced an increase in public university student fees of six or more percent. Outraged students protested, beginning a campaign called “Fees Must Fall!” The minister of education Blade Nzimande laughed when he heard about

What Does It Look Like When The Working Class Takes Power?

October 17, 2015

We are already being bombarded by constant news about the 2016 elections. We are supposed to believe that the political circus of the Democratic and Republican parties should determine our future. But, if we want to change our conditions, it

Killed By Cops

October 12, 2015

In 2015, there have been 791 people killed by the police. Of those people, 103 of them were killed in the month of August alone. The youngest was 12 years old, while the oldest was 65 years old. They include

What Future For Young People?

October 12, 2015

What kind of future is this society offering to young people today? From work to higher education, it seems like all the doors are being slammed shut. Pathways that are supposed to help you get ahead end up being dead

New Orleans – Ten Years After Hurricane Katrina

October 12, 2015

Ten years ago, Hurricane Katrina landed on the coast of Louisiana, flooding New Orleans. Even though this was a massive hurricane, the chaos that followed was man made. Who can forget the TV images of New Orleans mostly black residents,

Elections 2016: A New Opening or Business as Usual?

October 8, 2015

Two opposing voices have emerged amidst popular disgust over politics in Washington D.C. – those of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. They have both received a great deal of media attention and have generated a visible public response. It would

The Middle East – Ripped Apart by Imperialism

October 4, 2015

On September 30th, Russian bombs began falling on Syria. Russian jets targeted Islamic State bases as well as militant groups backed by the CIA to oppose the Islamic State. This makes Russia the thirteenth country to bomb Syria in the

People Make History ­– Not Politicians

October 1, 2015

Every election season we are reminded about how important it is to exercise our right to vote. We are told to hold our breaths and pick between two parties that don’t represent our interest. We are told that voting is

When Revolutionaries Stood in Elections

October 1, 2015

In the elections most people have experienced, no matter how appealing the candidates seem, something remains exactly the same – the candidates are promising to run the system in our interests. Even so-called progressives like Bernie Sanders only promise better

2016 Elections: No Choice for the Working Class

October 1, 2015

The 2016 Presidential election primaries have begun. Many working people are distrustful of both political parties and politicians in general. President Obama’s approval rating has stayed around 40 percent while the approval rate for the U.S. Congress has been below

Elections 2016: A New Opening Or Business As Usual?

September 28, 2015

Two opposing voices have emerged amidst popular disgust over politics in Washington D.C. – those of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders. They have both received a great deal of media attention and have generated a visible public response. It would

The Refugee Crisis Is Our Crisis

September 20, 2015

Since the Syrian civil war began in 2011, half the entire population of Syria – more than 11.5 million people have been forced from their homes. More than 300,000 have been killed, 150,000 in the last year. Over four million

Three Days When Labor Showed Its Power

September 3, 2015

For those of us who have jobs, Labor Day can mean a day off work to spend with family and friends or maybe overtime. Some unions may organize a barbecue. But how much does this holiday have to do with

A Recovery Only For The Rich

September 1, 2015

It has been seven years since the economic crash of 2008 – when tens of millions of workers lost their jobs and millions of families were kicked out of their homes. The government’s response to this crash is well known

Killed By Cops

September 1, 2015

In 2015, there have been 791 people killed by the police. Of those people, 103 of them were killed in the month of August alone. The youngest was 12 years old, while the oldest was 65 years old. They include

Straight Outta Compton

September 1, 2015

Straight Outta Compton is the story of the rap group NWA, which launched the careers of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the late Eazy-E. The story revolves around the group’s struggle to make their music while being manipulated by their

What Future For Young People?

September 1, 2015

What kind of future is this society offering to young people today? From work to higher education, it seems like all the doors are being slammed shut. Pathways that are supposed to help you get ahead end up being dead

Puerto Rico Debt Crisis – The Rich Make The Poor Pay

September 1, 2015

On July 7, the Puerto Rico government failed to make a 5.8 million dollar payment due on the Island’s immense 72 billion dollar debt to Wall Street banks. The governor of Puerto Rico explained that the Island’s debts were unpayable

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

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