By Florence Oppen The U.S. Government Needs to Destroy its Own Nuclear Arsenal! President Trump is again verbally escalating the tension and war threats with North Korea[…]
By Florence Oppen A Stinging Political Defeat for Trump Trump’s government failed twice – in March in the House of Representatives and in June in the Senate –[…]
By Florence Oppen As Trump continues to pass reactionary reforms, more and more workers and communities of color want to see this government go. This desire from below to[…]
During the drama of the first 100 days, Trump sailed on the campaign promises of making America great again through his xenophobic immigration ban, “America First” economic punches, and the mightily prophesied attempt to repeal of the Affordable Care Act. In spite of this, Trump’s approval ratings started at the lowest of any incumbent in US history. It’s been six months, and the great political ambition of both Trump and the Republican Party, the ACA repeal, is drowning in a mire of animosity and chaos. Trump has fired his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and his Communications Director Scaramucci over ridiculous chest thumping in the West Wing, and his press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned. Not to mention the rapidly escalating “Russia investigation”, which Trump illegally suppressed by firing FBI Director James Comey. In the last six months 12 key members of the administration have left (either resigned or been fired), creating a situation of great instability that increasingly concerns corporate America.
By Aldous Reno and Orlando Torres A Rising Tide/Déjà vu? The era of Trump and the disarray of the Republican party represent an opening for the reemergence of U.S.[…]
We want to express our condolences to the family of Heather Heyer, our IWW comrade assassinated by a fascist, and our deep solidarity to the IWW, Antifa, the DSA and the ISO. We are in this together and are committed to building a united front of working-class forces to politically and militarily defeat these groups and enforce our democratic rights. As the IWW statement eloquently says, from now on “We must defend each other. That means all of us. An injury to one is an injury to all.”
My name is Erek Slater. I am a ten-year veteran Chicago public bus driver. My coworkers have elected me to be their union shop-steward and executive board member of the[…]
17 May 2017 CSP-Conlutas In defense of our labor rights and our retirement! To prepare the 48 Hour General Strike! In Brazil, against the reforms of the Social Security, Labor[…]
MAY 18TH, 2017 Occupy Brasilia and General Strike for 48 h! Retirement in, Temer out! Michel Temer was recorded by one of the JBS owners [Brazilian food company], Joesley Batista,[…]
Maduro’s government signed a decree on May 1st calling for a National Constituent Assembly, for citizens and broad popular participation. The world newspapers have entitled the news as “Maduro radicalizes,” “Maduro changes the Constitution,” etc. We have to say: Maduro is radicalizing but to the right, by attacking the mobilized people.
If you build a house for your family, it should be a place to live. Similarly, we the builders of this society should make our society a place to live, a place where people’s most basic needs are fulfilled. A most essential human need is access to medical care; for when we’re growing, aging, hurting, healing, and dying. When we slice off a fingertip while cooking, when a train-wreck migraine strikes, when our child breaks their wrist falling off a bicycle- someone is there to bring us the relief of the best medical technology in the history of humanity. At least, this is true for the few of us who have healthcare. For nearly half a million of us in the United States, this poignant moment of relief is nothing more than a bitter daydream. The reality is that most working people in this country are deciding whether we should go to the doctor for our migraine or just pop an aspirin and hope it’s not meningitis.
Feb 16th’s ADWI was a good first step to rebuild a mass immigrant rights movement in this country, and moving forward, March 8th’s Women’s Strike is being seen as the next movement build action, with May 1st’s International Worker’s Day being the next big Day Without Immigrants. The immigrant rights movement and its allies should use the momentum for May day being built by the general anti-Trump national sentiment.
There are already organizations that have issued a call for a national Day without Immigrants on May 1, so far these include Voces in Milwaukee, SEIU-United Service Workers West and the Women’s March in California, and the national Cosecha network1 and we can build on these to get more endorsements and commitments. National public opinion polls are showing that majority of people in the U.S. support the rights of the undocumented to remain2.
It can learn from the strengths and limitations of Feb 16th’s demonstrations and organize things more centrally and continue the grassroots elements. It’s important to continue to keep organizational and programmatic independence from the Democratic Party (DP) politicians and organizations. We should contest base and rank and file DP members and we don’t need to work inside the DP to do that.
It’s crucial that the movement put pressure on unions and hold the labor leadership accountable since there are many undocumented workers in unions and in the wider labor force. While the AFL-CIO and labor unions keep silent during Trump’s offensive to immigrants and workers, rank and file workers in their unions should put forward resolutions and build caucuses to push for their unions to come out in full force to support May day’s activities.
At the community, school, and neighborhood level, the undocumented community can build on the the resistance networks being built across many major cities3 by workers centers and community groups against the deportations and attacks to immigrants. There are also organizations and communities pushing for sanctuary (cities that follow certain procedures that shelters illegal immigrants),4 campuses, cities and states that should be supported and expanded.
Written by Aldous Reno A good education is the foundation of a just and democratic society. But for the working class people of our society, the promise of a decent[…]
The call for a women’s strike has been attacked in the mainstream media with vicious arguments. As socialists, we defend this call for action and recognize that much more is needed to have a real strike of all working women, but the limitations of our present capacities are by no means ground to dismiss our end goals.
What is appalling is that an editorialist of the corporate press wants to preach the “privilege” and “working class” line to its readers. Their end goal is to discourage women who were thinking of taking action by guilt-tricking them and demoralize the majority of working class women that indeed will not be able to go on strike. And for that reason alone, this reactionary line of argument needs to be called out.
It may be a fact that most women will not be able to strike. However, it is also a fact that in order to organize a real strike of all working class women, we need to develop a strategy to appeal to local unions, and put national pressure on the AFL-CIO leadership to step-up its game and organize the 10.7% of the workforce that it represents. There is no doubt about that.Yet, all general strikes are the result of an accumulation of small strikes from the most militant and organized sectors (not necessarily the most privileged) that give increasing confidence to the rest of the class that it is possible and necessary to fight back. A general strike, that is to say a strike of a significant sector of the working class that stops the whole country, has never occurred out of a first call, but is actually the result of a series of mobilizations (including small strikes) that build for it. The deep ignorance of the meaning of a strike in the first place, and labor history in the second, should be truly embarrassing for those righteous Democratic Party columnists.
Especial atención hay que poner al llamado que está haciendo SEIU-USWW, un sindicato clave que representa a 40,000 trabajadores de limpieza, mantenimiento y seguridad en la industria privada en California. SEIU – USWW ha llamado a hacer un paro de la producción el próximo 1 de Mayo. La gran mayoría de sus miembros son mujeres trabajadoras indocumentados que se desempeñan como janitors y que han sido una vanguardia en la lucha contra las políticas sobre-explotadoras y discriminatorias de los patrones y del gobierno americano.