Posts in: U.S.

Tesoro oil refinery workers demand right to clock out alive

April 2015

The workers above are picketing their plant, the Tesoro oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., on Valentines Day. They are members of United Steelworkers, which launched a national strike on Feb. 1, 2015, over severe safety problems across the industry. Other issues were maintaining benefits and stopping outsourcing of routine maintenance. Some of these picketers remembered… 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 »

For community control over the police! Now is the time to demand elected civilian review boards

June 2015

After every sickening murder by cops, politicians and police chiefs shake their heads sadly and create another toothless police commission. From Ferguson to Baltimore and beyond, outraged protesters have lost their patience with the system. (Keep visiting socialism.com for continuing reports on Baltimore.) Many of these protesters want to bring this system down. Until that… Read more »

LGBTQ liberation: do recent gains mean full equality is inevitable?

June 2015

Happy pride! The Supreme Court decision today (6/26) is a huge victory after the decades long battle to legalize queer marriage The article below written earlier this month by queer activist Gina Petry is more relevant than ever. Anyone who hasn’t been living in another world knows the LGBTQ community has made progress. From legal… Read more »

“Right to work” lawsuit threatens all unions: Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association

June 2015

In Washington state this spring, thousands of teachers walked off their jobs to protest chronic underfunding of public education. In Wisconsin in 2011, teachers were leaders in the historic occupation of the state capitol in Madison, as they protested their governor’s push to outlaw collective bargaining rights for public workers. Given these actions and the… Read more »

Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force

June 2015

Like most adjunct professors, Mick Parsons, an instructor in Louisville, Ky., lectures at several institutions to earn a salary that works out to less than minimum wage, with no benefits. Adjuncts have short-term contracts and often must prepare for their courses without offices or even desks of their own on-site. Adjuncts are joining together to… 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 »

Norma Abdulah, 1921–2015

August 2015

A passionate fighter for race, gender and economic equality, Norma Abdulah was born in Harlem to a Trinidadian family. Her education about racism in the U.S. started early when her father, a professional in his homeland, was told not to apply for “white men’s jobs.” But no matter how tight the budget, Norma was always… Read more »