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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

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

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

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

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,

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

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

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

California’s Drought: A Wasteful System

May 1, 2015

Because of this extreme drought, California has been hit with a massive water shortage, as most of its water sources are at record low levels. The message from the politicians has been that individuals are to blame for massive amounts

Baltimore – Right to Rebel

May 1, 2015

On April 12, Freddie Gray was chased down by three cops for looking at an officer. He was thrown in a police van and when he arrived at the station, his spinal chord was severed and he had three fractured

Albert Parsons: Fighter For Workers’ Revolution

May 1, 2015

Albert Parsons, a leader of the fight for the eight hour day, was arrested for the murders of seven policemen on May 4th 1886 and executed on November 11, 1887. Six years later the Illinois governor  publicly acknowledged that Parsons

Union Legislation: A Tool of the Bosses

April 1, 2015

In the last five years, right wing politicians have successfully imposed restrictions on unions, mainly limiting what unions can bargain over, and the right of unions to automatically collect dues. The vulnerability of unions to these attacks lies in the

The Right to Work (For Less)

April 1, 2015

Last month in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker signed the latest in a series of so-called “right to work” laws that have been passed in half the states in the country. In most of the 25 states that have passed these

The Ludlow Massacre: April 20, 1914

April 1, 2015

This month, 101 years ago, was the Ludlow Massacre, one of the most brutal events in a violent 14-month strike against poverty wages and dangerous working conditions by coal miners in Colorado. Seven months into the strike, on April 20th,

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

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

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

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

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