By JOE LOMBARDO Capitalism's inherent drive for profits is at the root of the vaccine hoarding by rich countries and rampant deforestation that have paved the way for the current crisis.
A Socialist Action Webinar As the ruling class continues the push to open the economy and remove COVID protections, the Delta variant is spreading across the U.S. Hear an exclusive interview with Rob Wallace, epidemiologist and author of Big Farms Make Big Flu, on the current state of the pandemic and the capitalist response. Hosted by Mark Ostapiak, … Continue reading Covid and Capitalism: An Interview With Rob Wallace
On July 4th President Biden announced that “independence from a deadly virus” was on the horizon. Pointing to the possibilities of mass vaccinations, he proclaimed, “America is coming back together!” While vaccines have proven to be effective at preventing mass death by Covid-19, capitalist created divisions have been compounded by the pandemic and are now … Continue reading Covid and Capitalism: Mass Vaccination or Mandate for Mass Death
By James Fortin With the defeat of the unionizing effort at Amazon in Bessemer, Alabama, it is encouraging to witness the ongoing and undaunted efforts of nurses in Maine to join a union. Voting is now underway for the 1900 nurses who work at Maine Medical Center (Maine Med), in Portland, Maine, to decide whether … Continue reading In Bessemer Shadow, Maine Nurses Organize
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
By James Fortin January 10, 2021 Over the past days the major media has talked incessantly about the Trump-directed mob violence in the Capitol Building, labeling the event instigated by the sociopathic narcissist of a President a coup or insurrection. While thousands of Trump supporters attended his rally in Washington, it should be noted that … Continue reading COVID-19 Is the Real Insurrection
By JEFF MACKLER Trump takes one insane step further with his ongoing public and personal opposition to mandated lockdowns, mask wearing and social distancing necessitated by the uncontrolled spread of COVID-19.
By JAMES FORTIN The openings of grade and middle schools, high schools, and colleges all have one thing in common – they are the betting chips in a massive gamble by the ruling class.
By LISA LUINENBERG & LAZARO MONTEVERDE As the COVID-19 pandemic rages across the U.S., immigrants continue to be hard hit. COVID-19 is spreading almost unchecked through detention centers that house immigrants.
By LISA LUINENBERG & LAZARO MONTEVERDE A medida que la pandemia de COVID-19 se desata en los Estados Unidos, los inmigrantes continúan siendo los más afectados.
By STEVE R. JOHNSON Under increasing pressure from state and federal authorities, schoolteachers across the United States are embroiled in a life and death struggle over the terms and conditions of re-opening the nation’s schools for the 2020-2021 year.
Cliff Conner, author of A People’s History of Science and The Tragedy of American Science on COVID-19
By JEFF MACKLER
Predatory capitalism is facing its greatest crises ever: deadly pandemic, constant brutal racist repression, mass unemployment, mass evictions, accelerating environmental destruction, endless war…and it has no solutions.
By JAMES FORTIN Not since the Great Depression of the 1930’s has the American working class experienced with such gravity an assault to its standing as we are witnessing today. Do we continue under the irrational capitalist rule of the 1%, or do we demand meaningful solutions to the problems that have been thrust upon us, the 99%?
By DON HARMON Workers at meatpacking plants are suffering extremely high levels of coronavirus infection, due to lack of protection, while the plants become hotspots for widespread outbreaks in their towns and cities.
By MARTY GOODMAN Over 130 New York City transit workers have died of COVID-19 with MTA doing little to protect the largely Black, Latino, and immigrant workforce. As one train conductor says, “We are not essential. We are sacrificial.”
Today Dr. Fauci is well known as a trusted scientist who is trying to guide the country through a pandemic. Gay men and lesbians who were involved in fighting the AIDS epidemic knew Dr. Fauci as a more complex figure in their struggle with the head of the NIAID.
By JEFF MACKLER George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many more Black people have been murdered by racist cops every day. Meanwhile, Black people are dying of COVID-19 at a rate 3 times higher than whites.
By MARK T. HARRIS The United States has the highest number of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the world. Capitalism’s inexorable drive for profits over human needs got us here.
By JEFF MACKLER and JAMES FORTIN The daily number new cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. is still 22,000–25,000 and deaths are expected to rise to 3,000 a day by June 1. Yet every state is sending workers back to work. Why is this, and what really should be done?
By STEVE R. JOHNSON Plans to reopen schools are being questioned by the international working class as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the world.
By BARRY SHEPPARD The Labor Department recently released figures for the unemployment rate for April, saying that the rate was 14.7 percent, the highest since the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Labor Department said that because of how it classifies workers, the real figure could be 20 percent. These figures reflect the situation as … Continue reading Unemployment Skyrockets, So Does Hunger
By MARTY GOODMAN Today only 51.3% of American adults have jobs – the lowest number on record, lower than the Great Depression. We have passed 80,000 coronavirus deaths.
By JEFF MACKLER “A quick succession of unhealthy and short-lived generations will keep the labour market as well supplied as a series of vigorous and long-lived generations.” – Karl Marx
By BARRY SHEPPARD May Day saw significant actions by workers in essential companies serving the general public during the shutdown.