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.
Why are so many in jail? Here is the fightback narrative: America is a racist nation, founded on the principle that billionaire and multimillionaire white men are created equal, and therefore should have equal opportunities to make super-profits from an exploited workforce of lesser humans, namely working people.
By JAMES FORTIN With assistance from their Democratic and Republican co-conspirators the corporate bandits have stuck up the nation.
By JAMES FORTIN At a news conference on April 9, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said the economy was deteriorating “with alarming speed” – not particularly newsworthy to the already-informed ranks of the recently unemployed, now numbering over 17 million. The same words also tragically apply to the ongoing spread of COVID-19 through the U.S. and the rest of the world.
By BARRY SHEPPARD One week ago, the official death toll from COVID-19 in the United States was 3,700. Today, April 7, the number has risen to well over 12,000. But this underestimates the real figure.
By JAMES FORTIN Shipyard workers at Bath Iron Works (BIW) called-out from their shifts March 24 in response to company demands they work during the COVID-19 pandemic even after a worker there had tested positive for the disease. Nearly 60% of the company’s workforce of 6,800 simply did not come in, according to Tim Suitter, … Continue reading Workers Say “No” to Virus, Defy U.S. Navy
By JAMES FORTIN Now that the COVID-19 contagion has spread to the 4 corners of the globe, the unpreparedness of the capitalist state, and the outright disregard by the ruling class for the fate of the working people of the United States, has come into full view. Underlying a perfect-storm scenario is the certain emerging … Continue reading Pandemic Explodes, Capitalist Economy Tanks
By NICK BAKER While the U.S. damns its population with reluctant and haphazard “free market” responses to a global pandemic that demands comprehensive, organized, centrally directed action, Cuba is showing the world a different route. It is carrying forward the legacy of its legendary revolutionary doctor with what the British newspaper the Independent called last … Continue reading Cuba: A Model of Solidarity in Covid-19 Fight