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

Our Solution Isn’t At The Ballot Box

August 8, 2015

Fox News staged the first Republican presidential debate last week. While there were differences in style among the candidates and they wanted to claim their own political territory, they all promoted pretty much the same messages. They attacked immigrants, especially

Summertime Should Be Easy!

August 3, 2015

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

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

The Fourth of July – Whose Revolution?

July 5, 2015

The Fourth of July is the time when we are supposed to celebrate the American Revolution by showing patriotism, watching fireworks, waving some flags, having a barbeque and going shopping. But if we look at the real history, there isn’t

Racism Must Be Opposed!

June 29, 2015

The horrific murder of nine Black people inside Charleston South Carolina’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church is a tragic example of the racist violence at the core of this society. People across the country gathered to express their grief and

A Game For Us – Business For Them

June 14, 2015

Bay Area basketball fans have enjoyed a season of incredible ball playing. With the Warriors in the NBA playoffs thousands more have been drawn to watch. The skills and teamwork has made this a memorable playoff. Stephen Curry is a

FIFA’s Corruption – Just The Tip of The Iceberg

May 31, 2015

On May 27th, Swiss police agents arrested nine officials of the International Federation of Football Associations or FIFA, the organization which governs major soccer tournaments including the World Cup. Along with these officials, five corporate executives from sports companies were

Amtrak: A Profit-Driven Tragedy

May 17, 2015

Last Tuesday an Amtrak train derailed, killing eight passengers and wounding 200 others. Quick to assure the public that nothing is wrong with the Amtrak system, politicians and the media agreed on their reason for the crash: “Engineer Error.” They

Baltimore: For Once No Business As Usual

May 3, 2015

The announcement by Marilyn Mobley, Baltimore State’s Attorney, that the medical examiner’s report showed that Freddie Gray’s death was a homicide, came as a great surprise. Even more surprising was that six police officers were charged with his murder. Gray

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

The Struggle To End Police Brutality!

April 30, 2015

The widespread murderous behavior of the police in this country has been exposed for all to see. The murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, broke the silence. The people of Ferguson refused to be ignored. They took to the

The Carbon Cycle, Carbon Emissions and Global Warming

April 25, 2015

The carbon cycle is the exchange of carbon, in the form of carbon dioxide (CO2) or methane (CH4), between the earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land, and all plant and animal life. This exchange of carbon, along with sunlight entering our atmosphere,

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