Purvi Patel: Sentenced to 20 Years for a Miscarriage

April 1, 2015

Purvi Patel, a 33 year-old woman from Indiana has been sentenced to twenty years for nothing more than having a miscarriage of an unwanted pregnancy and seeking medical attention. The facts of the case don’t even make sense. Patel was

California’s Drought: Water For Profit

March 23, 2015

For months we’ve been hearing about how severe California’s drought is. Governor Jerry Brown has made several warnings that drastic measures might have to be taken if the drought continues. And usually the overall message is clear: individuals need to

Fannie Lou Hamer: A Leader in the Freedom Struggle

March 13, 2015

In the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, many of the most important leaders were women. One of those leaders who stands out in history is Fannie Lou Hamer, born into a family of poor black sharecroppers in rural Mississippi

From Selma to Ferguson

March 8, 2015

This past weekend people poured into Selma, Alabama to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous civil rights march. The original march was met with a furious and brutal response by Alabama police. Among those beaten was John Lewis, an

Wounded Knee – An Inspiration 42 Years On

March 1, 2015

On February 27, 1973 a struggle broke out on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in North Dakota. Native peoples gathered to protest their corrupt local government officials who used their authority for their own profit. To protest the corruption, people

Citizenfour: A Film Everyone Should See

March 1, 2015

During this year’s Academy Awards, there were a few moments when real world events forced there way through the thick wall of self-obsessed stardom that typically surrounds Hollywood. One of these moments came when filmmaker Laura Poitras won the award

ISIS – Another Excuse for Endless War

March 1, 2015

On February 11th, President Obama gave a speech demanding that Congress take action by waging a wider war – once again, against terrorism. This time the target is the so-called terrorist group ISIS, the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq.

Afghan Women – Occupation is Not Liberation

March 1, 2015

The U.S. and NATO invaded and occupied Afghanistan in October 2001. One excuse given for this invasion was that women in Afghanistan needed to be liberated. In fact, U.S. foreign policy towards Afghanistan has never had anything to do with

An Injury To One Is An Injury To All

February 22, 2015

For nearly a month workers at refineries across the country have been on strike. This week the number on strike rose to 14 refineries, out of a total of 63, involving 5200 workers out of 30,000. This strike has followed

When Ordinary People Did Extraordinary Things

February 8, 2015

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

Super Bowl Sunday – Who Will Win

January 26, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday is a day we get to spend with family and friends whether we like football or not. For some, the Super Bowl is the only football game they’ll watch all year. For others, it is the game

Who Will Decide What Happens In 2015?

January 12, 2015

This past year was a big success for the one percent. Their profits are higher than in decades. Their proportion of the wealth is higher than it was in the 1920s, considered the best period for capitalism. Their tentacles are

The First Steps To Build A Movement?

December 15, 2014

This past Saturday, there were rallies and marches, involving tens of thousands of people in big cites and small towns all over this country. The people who gathered were diverse in age, race, ethnicity and gender, though certainly the majority

This Murderous System Has To Be Stopped!

December 14, 2014

In the last weeks, two murderers were freed and the go-ahead was given to cops across the U.S. to continue to carry out their murderous activity. For some the belief in the fairness of this system was shattered. First came

Indicted! – This Murderous System Must Go!

December 7, 2014

This system we live under, the system of capitalism, has indicted itself again. In the last two weeks it has freed two murderers and given the go-ahead to cops across the country to carry out their murderous activity.  For some

“NO!” To State Sanctioned Murder!

November 30, 2014

Last week the grand jury finally ruled in the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson. No indictment was issued against policeman Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown. In other words, a white cop was legally justified in killing an

Black Thursday or Black Friday?

November 16, 2014

The Thanksgiving holidays are coming. Some of us will be lucky enough to come together with our families and loved ones and relax in a rare moment free from work. How often do we get a day off to eat

Ebola: Our Health vs Their Wealth

November 3, 2014

The current Ebola outbreak is the largest in history. So far there have been over 5000 official deaths but Doctors Without Borders, one of the main organizations on the ground in West Africa, reported that the outbreak is more likely

Film Review – Pride

November 1, 2014

Pride is a film that provides a rare glimpse of the power of ordinary people to change themselves while they fight to change the world. In 1984, England’s right-wing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher launched a terrible attack on the most

Health Care From The Inside

November 1, 2014

The following articles come from information  from our workplace newsletters that are distributed every two weeks at Kaiser Oakland, Alta Bates in Berkeley, and Highland Hospital in Oakland. The Crisis in Kaiser Oakland In the first nine months of 2014,

Work Until We Drop

November 1, 2014

Work literally makes us sick, causes injuries and lowers our lifespans. The stress of short staffing, the feeling of constantly being overworked, the chemicals, exhaust, and dust that we breathe in – it all adds up. Understaffing, long hours, increased

Destroying Public Hospitals

November 1, 2014

Public Hospitals like Highland and San Francisco General are essential health centers, and they are on the chopping block. These safety net hospitals serve the poor, those without health insurance, and are also some of the best and most widely

The Affordable Care Act – Still Making A Killing

November 1, 2014

It’s been over a year since people began to sign up for new health insurance linked to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The Obama administration says it’s a huge success. And this is sort of true. The program is succeeding

Health Care or Wealth Care?

November 1, 2014

The health care industry in the U.S. is not organized to serve the medical and health needs of the population – its main priority is the generation of profits. And this is what stands in the way of quality health

From Syria to the U.S. – We are Being Manipulated

October 20, 2014

In Syria, on the border of Turkey, thousands of Kurdish men, women and children are camped, waiting to see what will happen to their home city of Kobani. Another 200,000 people have fled into Turkey. In Kobani, Kurdish forces are

Ebola Outbreak – Now An Imperialist Epidemic

October 6, 2014

The Ebola outbreak, which started last March in Guinea, has continued to spread in West Africa. With close to 3500 dead, it now affects six countries in the region. It has quickly gone from an outbreak to a pandemic. It

Israel and the U.S. – The Special Relationship

October 1, 2014

It is clear the U.S. and Israel have a special relationship. Every U.S. official has to make this absolutely clear whether they sit in Congress or in the Oval Office. During the latest war Israel inflicted on Gaza, while nearly

ISIS – A Product of U.S. Imperialism

October 1, 2014

U.S. warplanes have started bombing communities in Syria and Iraq, targeting the group called ISIS, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. In the last year, ISIS has rapidly extended its control into areas of both Iraq and Syria, which

The Police: To Serve and Protect…Their System!

October 1, 2014

The militaristic response by the police to the rebellion in Ferguson showed the country and the world something all too familiar to poor and working class people – that the police are heavily armed and ready to use brutal force

The United States – The Cop of the World

October 1, 2014

The U.S. government acts like the cop of the world. It claims that when it wages war, it is protecting people. Politicians do their best to mask U.S. military violence in the language of humanitarian intervention and the promotion of

Ferguson, Missouri – The War at Home

October 1, 2014

On August 9, Michael Brown, an 18-year-old unarmed black man, was murdered in cold blood by a cop. The reason? He was walking in the street and questioned the cop’s order to get out of the street. This outrageous act

In Iraq, The Worst Terrorist Is The U.S. Military

September 22, 2014

Last week President Obama made an address calling for military intervention in Iraq and Syria against the group known as ISIL, the Islamic State in the Levant. Like a comic book story, Obama painted a picture of ISIL as an

Climate Change? No! We Need a System Change!

September 17, 2014

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.

Labor Day – When the Workers Used Their Power

September 6, 2014

For those of us who have jobs, Labor Day means a day off work, or possibly overtime. Some union officials may organize a picnic or a parade. But, it has little or nothing to do with dealing with the situation

Ferguson – People Are Right To Resist!

August 25, 2014

On Saturday, August 9, an all-too familiar incident took place in Missouri. Another unarmed young African-American man was murdered in cold blood by a cop. Most of us had never heard of Ferguson but soon it was on the lips

Our Planet or Their Profits

August 11, 2014

Last month the Richmond city council approved a billion dollar project for Chevron’s Richmond facility to refine dirtier and higher sulfur containing crude oil, which is more toxic than regular oil. This is barely two years after the 2012 fire

Stop the Murder in Gaza! End The Occupation!

July 28, 2014

In the last weeks, Israeli bombs and guns killed nearly a thousand people in the Gaza strip. The list of atrocities keeps expanding. Hospitals and schools are being blown up. Nearly one child per hour was killed during the height

All Out For Palestine!

July 23, 2014

There are two protests being called in the Bay Area this week against Israel’s latest assault on the people of Palestine. Please join others in demonstrating your opposition to this slaughter. Look for members of Speak Out Now at the

Summertime Living Isn’t Easy, But It Should Be!

July 7, 2014

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

Iraq’s Civil War – Engineered in Washington

June 23, 2014

In the last weeks, armed forces calling themselves the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria have seized over ten northern cities in Iraq, including Mosul, one of the most important cities. This conflict is an escalation of the violence inflicted

World Cup – Rooting For The Working Class

June 9, 2014

The eyes of billions of people all over the world will be watching Brazil in the next weeks during the World Cup. The most popular game in the world, soccer is a source of joy and excitement, more than any

Why Sterling Was Banned From the NBA

May 12, 2014

NBA commissioner Adam Silver, along with other billionaire owners said they were shocked by L.A. Clippers owner, Donald Sterling’s, racist comments. But they couldn’t have been shocked at what he said – only that he got caught. Sterling and his

Fracking – An Insane System

April 25, 2014

Hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is a process that mixes massive amounts of fresh water into a poisonous cocktail of toxic chemicals and silica sand, and then forces it into wells drilled thousands of feet into the earth to

Tax Time – Who Pays and Who Profits?

April 13, 2014

Every April we sit down to pay our taxes, calculating the amount of our monthly earnings which have already been drained, or worse, discovering we owe money. But not everyone faces this burden. Those of us in the working class

Destruction of the Environment – A Ticking Timebomb

April 1, 2014

Climate change is an immediate danger to humanity. Every year for the past 37 years has been warmer than average. And the twelve warmest years have all happened since 1998. We are experiencing this through rising global temperatures, increased numbers

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