Behind Union Defeat at Amazon Bessemer

By Jeff Mackler and Mark Ostapiak When the union's inspiration through the workers' blood shall runThere can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sunYet what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of oneBut the union makes us strong (From the trade union anthem “Solidarity Forever”) Would it be that the inspiration … Continue reading Behind Union Defeat at Amazon Bessemer

Brewery Workers Resist Concessions

BY BARRY WEISLEDER Call it the growing gap. Actually, chasm might be a more apt term to describe the breach between workers’ aspirations and what most union leaders are willing to do to fight the concession demands of the boss class. Helping to close that chasm is the Canadian Union of Brewery and General Workers’ Local 325.  The workers at … Continue reading Brewery Workers Resist Concessions

Canadian Military and Cops — Rife with Racism and Sexism

Hardly a week passes without another scandal that tears the lid off rampant sexism and racism in the Canadian military and police forces.  The latest episode involves allegations of sexual misconduct by two former chiefs of staff. General Jonathan Vance is accused of inappropriate behaviour involving a woman he outranked. Admiral Art McDonald stepped aside … Continue reading Canadian Military and Cops — Rife with Racism and Sexism

Big Pharma’s Greedy Palm, Outstretched Again

By James Fortin U.S. Big Pharma is doing a victory lap.  Never to miss an accolade or two from their friends at the Wall Street Journal, pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson is taking the bow under the recent article entitled, “Capitalism Is What Will Defeat Covid.”  Oh, really? In the piece CEO Alex Gorsky half-truthfully … Continue reading Big Pharma’s Greedy Palm, Outstretched Again

Racial Capitalism and the Betrayal of Haiti

The richest Haitians By Yves Engler Domination by multinational corporations and “light skinned” local capitalists — that’s the story of Haiti as illustrated by one recent event. The day after his already paper-thin constitutional legitimacy completely eroded Jovenel Moïse gave significant amounts of Haitian land to a light-skinned oligarch working with Coca-Cola. According to most Haitian constitutional … Continue reading Racial Capitalism and the Betrayal of Haiti

Amazon Workers in Historic Battle for Union in Deep South

By Karen Schieve Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos is a very rich man, among the richest in the world. He owns numerous palaces and the Blue Origins rocket launching pad in Texas for private space travel and exploration. Mr. Bezos has become even richer from the profits of Whole Foods, an up-scale grocery chain, and from The Washington Post newspaper. … Continue reading Amazon Workers in Historic Battle for Union in Deep South

U.S. Imperialist Boot on Haiti

By Marty Goodman On Feb. 28, thousands of Haitians marched through the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other cities across the country to demand that the de facto President Jovenal Moïse and his corrupt crony capitalist blood-stained oligarchy step down.  A relentless, arrogant U.S. imperialism is putting its money – once again – on this Haitian dictator … Continue reading U.S. Imperialist Boot on Haiti

International Women’s Day, a Brief History…

By Ann Montague International Women’s Day has its roots in the Feb. 28th 1909 march to commemorate the 1908 strike of female immigrant garment workers in New York City. The march was organized by the Socialist Party of America and they proclaimed National Women’s Day.  A year after the New York City garment workers strike … Continue reading International Women’s Day, a Brief History…

Bully Biden Bombs Syria, Slashes COVID-19 Payments and Drops $15 Minimum Wage

Updated March 17, 2021 By Jeff Mackler President Joseph Biden’s fealty to U.S. imperialism and its ruling class domestic agenda was demonstrated soon after his Jan. 20 White House arrival. Five days later he sent additional troops to northeastern Syria to fortify U.S. control of that U.S.-beleaguered nation’s oil rich and most fertile agricultural region. … Continue reading Bully Biden Bombs Syria, Slashes COVID-19 Payments and Drops $15 Minimum Wage

Biden Follows Trump Immigration Policies…

Activists Demand Immediate End To Deportations! Reunite Families! By Ann Montague  President Biden has been signing numerous Executive Orders. But a closer look shows they contain no immediate solutions. Instead they merely refer issues to a governmental body or create a task force for further study. Meanwhile, Trump’s reactionary policies remain in force.  A March … Continue reading Biden Follows Trump Immigration Policies…

Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now in His 40th Year as an Incarcerated Prisoner, Has Covid-19

By Dave Lindorff Internationally known US political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal has reported to friends and family on the outside that he has contracted Covid-19 in the Pennsylvania prison where he is incarcerated, and says he is having difficulty breathing. His life is in immediate danger and he is in urgent need of hospital care. This … Continue reading Mumia Abu-Jamal, Now in His 40th Year as an Incarcerated Prisoner, Has Covid-19

It’s Now Freedom or Death for Mumia!

By Bro. Zayid Muhammad - March 11, 2021 I’m going help them fry the nigger...” Judge Albert Sabo “There comes a time when silence is betrayal...” Martin Luther King, Jr. Imagine all NNPA* Black newspapers, for example, carrying regularly featured articles as a matter of priority on all of the evidence suppressed in Mumia’s case. * … Continue reading It’s Now Freedom or Death for Mumia!

The Capitalist Criminality of (Un)Natural Fracked Gas

By James Fortin Slick salespeople and evil doers know that if you keep uttering the same lie that eventually enough people will believe it. So it is with the statement that the use of natural gas is a bridge to a clean, renewable energy future. Exxon Mobil, fifty years ago, was the first to obscure … Continue reading The Capitalist Criminality of (Un)Natural Fracked Gas

Cuba’s COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits

BY W. T. WHITNEY JR. February 28, 2021 Cuba’s socialist approach to developing vaccines against COVID-19 differs strikingly from that of capitalist nations of the world. Cuba’s production of four vaccines is grounded in science and dedicated to saving the lives of all Cubans, and to international solidarity. The New York Times’s running report on the world’s … Continue reading Cuba’s COVID-19 Vaccines Serve the People, Not Profits

Sin Fronteras

Activists Demand Immediate End To Deportations Reunite Families! By Ann Montague  President Biden has been signing numerous Executive Orders. But a closer look shows they contain no immediate solutions. Instead they merely refer issues to a governmental body or create a task force for further study. Immigration activists want immediate action on the most important … Continue reading Sin Fronteras

Canada’s Alliances Show it is an Imperialist Power

by Yves Engler    For thousands of years folk wisdom has insisted that ‘you shall be known by the company you keep’. This is also true of states. A recent United Nations vote condemning the “glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance” … Continue reading Canada’s Alliances Show it is an Imperialist Power

Cops at the Capitol — Racist Mob in Our Ranks!

(The following statement is the outcome of a collective discussion among leader/activists in SEIU Drop the Cops, an international, rank-and-file group of Service Employees International Union members. Formed in the wake of the massive George Floyd uprising and the murder of Rayshard Brooks in June 2020 by racist white members of SEIU/NAGE (National Association of … Continue reading Cops at the Capitol — Racist Mob in Our Ranks!

Its and Ours: Central Maine Power Has a Climate Problem

By James Fortin The recent substantial failures of the for-profit power utilities in California and now Texas have several things in common.  Their uniquely negligent acts have caused numerous deaths, damage and destruction to homes, and further deterioration of the natural environment.  Whether by raging wildfires or frozen natural gas lines, the denying CEOs and … Continue reading Its and Ours: Central Maine Power Has a Climate Problem

Indian Farmers’ Rise Against Modi Regime

By Umar Shahid (The article below by Umar Shahid is an update on the historic January 26 mobilizations in India against the neoliberal policies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The previous strike/protest of November 26, 2020, the “Bharat Bandh” meaning the 24-hour closure of, included a monumental 250 million participants! See “India Strike Wave is Biggest in World … Continue reading Indian Farmers’ Rise Against Modi Regime

Julian Assange wins first round against U.S. extradition

By Nathan Fuller Almost immediately upon District Judge Vanessa Baraitster’s early January ruling that WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange would not be extradited from the United Kingdom to the United States on medical grounds, lawyers representing the U.S. announced their intent to appeal that decision. Two days later, Judge Baraitser, whose ruling rejected Assange’s free speech and democratic … Continue reading Julian Assange wins first round against U.S. extradition

Julian Assange Appeal & the First Amendment

Webinar Monday February 22 An online panel discussion on the persecution of Julian Assange. A British judge has recently blocked his extradition from the UK to the US, where he would face unprecedented charges that aim to criminalize basic journalistic activity. The US is appealing that decision, but the indictment against Assange was drawn up … Continue reading Julian Assange Appeal & the First Amendment

As Biden returns “civilization” to Washington…Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed

By Jeff  Mackler Capitalist “civilization” returned to the nation’s capitol on Jan. 20, Joseph Biden’s Inauguration Day. Replete with 25,000 troops forming an iron ring around the few thousand establishment dignitaries gathered to pay homage to the new president, with deep roots in America’s racist, warmongering past and present, the event aimed at reassuring the … Continue reading As Biden returns “civilization” to Washington…Capitalism Cannot Be Reformed

The Truth About Recycling Plastics

By Paul Goettlich We’re told that a world without plastics is impossible to imagine. But 70 years ago, I lived with almost none of it. Modern humans lived without it for almost 200-thousand years. Now it’s plainly an existential threat to all life on Earth. And it’s literally everywhere. It’s impossible to overstate how much … Continue reading The Truth About Recycling Plastics

Climate Carbon Net-Zero: Biden’s Fancy Footwork

By James Fortin Both the Democratic Party and much of the major media have doted on the progressive steps the Biden administration will take regarding the climate crisis. While legislation addressing the climate catastrophe on our doorstep has not yet been forthcoming, Biden’s flurry of executive orders portray him as seriously addressing the issue. Indeed, … Continue reading Climate Carbon Net-Zero: Biden’s Fancy Footwork