ACT UP’s struggle against power

By ANN MONTAGUE The AIDS Holocaust took place from 1985-1995, and it saw the loss of many gay men who had spearheaded Stonewall and launched the gay liberation movement. But many continued with a new fight. Remembering that history will remind us of a time when gay men, together with lesbians and straight supporters, organized…

What’s behind the anti-vaccine movement?

By ROBBIE MAHOOD Routine childhood vaccination is one of the cornerstones of modern public health. Evidence points to its major role in improving health by a dramatic reduction in the incidence of infectious diseases that formerly caused significant illness and death. Yet, as any nurse or physician delivering primary care can tell you, there is…

Aging poorly – The class divide and nursing home care

By SARAH MILLER — LANCASTER, Pa. — Another missed call, another voice mail. I look at my phone and recognize the number. The call was from the daughter of an elderly hospitalized patient. The social workers have been pushing to get her mother out of the hospital and to a nursing home, but the daughter wanted…

March on Washington for Medicare for all!

By JOHN LESLIE I read with great interest Dustin Guastella’s article in Jacobin, We Need a Medicare for All March on Washington (MoW). I agree with Dustin, a member of Democratic Socialists of America, on the main points. Building a national mass mobilization would afford the left and broader social sectors an opportunity to turn…

Tufts nurses strike

By ERNIE GOTTA — BOSTON — About 1200 nurses at the Tufts Medical Center went on strike in July. Following the strike and a four-day lock-out, they returned to work on July 17 without a new contract in place. The union says it was the largest nursing strike in Massachusetts history. Socialist Action recently interviewed…

No to war; yes to veterans’ needs

By BILL ONASCH  American socialists, in the tradition of the great Eugene V. Debs, oppose wars fought to advance the corporate and financial agenda of the American ruling capitalist class. That’s all of them since the last just war—the Civil War that eliminated slavery. But while we object to the way they are used, we…