How capitalism blunts social reforms

By JOE AUCIELLO Every four years the presidential election season sprouts another set of politicians singing songs of social reform, a chorus as predictable as carolers at Christmas. Winter voices ring with words of cheer: “Peace on earth, good will to men”—words as routine and meaningless as any campaign promise of “hope and change” or…

Prison hinders Lynne Stewart’s cancer care

BY JEFF MACKLER (UPDATED with a new letter from Lynne.) More than two years ago radical attorney and human rights activist Lynne Stewart, now serving the third year of a 10-year prison sentence based on frame-up charges of conspiracy to aid and abet terrorism, was given a clean bill of health following surgery for breast…

Two unions join against Kaiser

By MARIE MARTIN On Jan. 3, the CNA (California Nurses Association) issued a press release to announce their fightback campaign against California’s large hospital chains such as Kaiser and Sutter Health. They were also announcing an affiliation agreement with NUHW (National Union Of Healthcare Workers). This is not a new relationship, as the two unions…

Notebook from Spain: Health care

By CHRIS HUTCH This is the first in a series of on-the-scene reports about the workers’ movement in Spain. Socialist Action will feature these articles throughout the coming months. MADRID—“Health care is not to be sold, it is to be defended!” demanded the lead banner that thousands of health-care workers marched behind on Jan. 7.…