Posts in: economy

Dateline Australia — Fight-back against austerity needs union leadership

October 2014

An infamous image said it all. After drafting the largest attack on the poor in Australia’s history with a drastic budget scheme, chief finance minister (treasurer) Joe Hockey and his deputy were photographed smoking cigars outside Parliament house in Australia’s capital, Canberra. What did the image say? “Screw you!” And four days later, Australian workers… Read more »

Seattle tenants mobilize against massive rent hikes

December 2014

Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) is pushing a proposal called “Stepping Forward” that could kick many low-income tenants out of their homes. The plan would raise rent for households with at least one “work-able” adult: anyone between 24-61 who does not have a disability that prevents them from holding a job. Residents, whose rent is typically… Read more »

Harlem community battles developers, privatization of schools and housing

December 2014

In his 1951 poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” More than half a century later, with hedge fund honchos and real estate moguls calling the shots, the pursuit of profit is turning Harlem’s unfinished dream of Black liberation into a struggle by residents to block transformation of the neighborhood into… Read more »

Oil and the struggle for world domination

April 2015

Oil and oil prices — they are on the minds of everyone. When the price of oil plummets, it’s a relief for beleaguered workers around the world. With wages falling or jobs gone, and services and education cut, paying 30 or 40 percent less for gas and heating fuel is huge. But the decrease is… Read more »

Guns versus butter: Why tanks trump food stamps in the federal budget

June 2015

Though hardly front-page news, the proposed federal budget for 2016 boosts funding for the Department of Defense. Obama earmarked $534 billion to these U.S. warlords. Their base budget in 2000 was around $300 billion. His proposal keeps baseline “defense” spending at its typical 20 to 30 percent of the total budget. This $534 billion does… Read more »

Closing the gender pay gap: what will it take?

June 2015

The battle for equal pay for women has gained attention recently, although it’s simmered for decades. In the 1950s, women got 60 cents for every dollar paid to men. Sixty years later, they still earn only 78 cents for every dollar paid to men. Closing the gap by less than half a penny a year… Read more »

The unstoppable fight for $15: Low-wage workers won’t take no for an answer

June 2015

From the early scattered strikes against Burger King and McDonald’s, the movement for $15 an hour has blossomed, logging many small but growing victories in cities and states across the U.S. Equally thrilling, it is inspiring legions of workers trapped in poverty to demand even more. In April, strikes and actions targeted 236 cities across… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2015

October 2015

RASMEA ODEH Support her appeal Show your support for Palestinian rights activist and political prisoner Rasmea Odeh at a rally in front of the courthouse on Wednesday, October 14, and then fill the courtroom immediately thereafter. Rasmea’s defense and the prosecution each present their oral arguments to a three judge panel of the U.S. Court… Read more »