Jeff Mackler for U.S. president! Rally launches socialist campaign

By DAVID RIEHLE Socialist Action’s campaign for the offices of United States president and vice president commenced on Aug. 18 at Oakland’s Humanist Hall with greetings and endorsements from a broad and impressive cadre of veteran fighters for justice and human rights. Socialist Action has put forward Jeff Mackler from Oakland, Calif., and Heather Bradford … Continue reading Jeff Mackler for U.S. president! Rally launches socialist campaign

After week-long strike, Oakland teachers’ contract falls short

By JEFF MACKLER Facing a pro-charter school board intent on closing or consolidating 24 schools in the next five years, presumably to replace some with private for-profit charters, 3000 teachers represented by the Oakland Education Association (OEA) began a district-wide strike on Feb. 21. On the seventh day of the strike, March 1, a tentative … Continue reading After week-long strike, Oakland teachers’ contract falls short

California governor signs legislation to bail out utility that sparked deadly fires

By MARC ROMEIn October, the United Nations' Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported that the effects of climate change are already happening, making natural events like wildfires more intense. A month later, the Camp Fire, fueled by Diablo winds and drought conditions, incinerated Paradise, Calif., killing 88 people with nearly 800 unaccounted for. More … Continue reading California governor signs legislation to bail out utility that sparked deadly fires

Bay Area mass mobilizations counter neo-fascist events

By JEFF MACKLER  The organization of massive united-front-type counter-mobilizations to challenge the planned Aug. 26-27 far-right demonstrations in the San Francisco/Berkeley Bay Area proved to be key to exposing these currents for the tiny groups of isolated and pathetic reactionaries that they are. In Berkeley, on Sunday, Aug. 27, the newly formed Bay Area Against … Continue reading Bay Area mass mobilizations counter neo-fascist events

Bravo 49er Colin Kaepernick!

By JEFF MACKLER San Francisco 49er superstar quarterback Colin Kaepernick roiled the racist establishment when he “took a knee” rather than stand and salute the American flag during the playing of the National Anthem on Aug. 26 before the 49ers final pre-season game against the San Diego Chargers. This was the fourth time, but the … Continue reading Bravo 49er Colin Kaepernick!

Cuban official tours Bay Area

By NICK BAKER — SAN FRANCISCO — Miguel Fraga, first secretary of the Cuban Embassy, which opened last year in Washington, D.C., came to the Bay Area in March for a week-long tour, speaking to students and community members about life in Cuba, renewed U.S.-Cuba diplomatic relations, and the need to end the U.S. embargo … Continue reading Cuban official tours Bay Area

Socialist Action sponsors election debates

By GEORGE BRYAN  — SPECIAL FEATURE: Seven presentations from the debates — Two Socialist Action-sponsored public forums entitled “Debating the 2016 Presidential Election and the Key Issues of our Time” attracted a total of 250 Bay Area political activists in Oakland and San Francisco over the weekend of Feb. 5-6. Bernie Sanders’ campaign in the Democratic … Continue reading Socialist Action sponsors election debates

Bay Area protests Paris climate talks

BY JEFF MACKLER OAKLAND, Calif.—Organized by a broad coalition of environmental, social justice, labor, antiwar, anti-racist, and faith-based groups across Northern California, some 3000 mobilized on Saturday, Nov. 21, to demand immediate action to stop and reverse global warming and associated climate-change-influenced catastrophes. The mobilization was part of the worldwide effort to protest the Nov. … Continue reading Bay Area protests Paris climate talks

Calif. climate activists gear up for Nov. 21

BY JEFF MACKLER — OAKLAND, Calif. — As the 21st United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) approaches, climate-crisis activists in the U.S. and around the world are gearing up for massive protests both before and after the Nov. 30–Dec. 12 UN meeting set for Paris. Some 40,000 government, corporate, and “civil society” representatives are expected to … Continue reading Calif. climate activists gear up for Nov. 21

Calif. climate activists set sights on COP21

By NICHOLAS ISAAC  As governments and some 40,000 corporate negotiators, scientists of different persuasions, and other mostly corporate-friendly parties prepare to attend the Nov. 30-Dec. 12 United Nations Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris, environmental and climate-crisis organizations are preparing massive and perhaps unprecedented mobilizations around the world. Fear is widespread that this 21st UN-sponsored … Continue reading Calif. climate activists set sights on COP21