Poverty Is Capitalism’s Great Crime / by Eugene Debs

Labor organizers address striking coal miners in Ludlow, Colorado, during the 1913–14 Colorado Coalfield War. (Wikimedia Commons) Originally published in Jacobin, https://jacobin.com/ Eugene Debs was famous for excoriating the barbarities of capitalism, including the right-wing notion of the “unworthy poor.” As Debs writes in the following 1915 article, republished here for the first time, everyContinue reading “Poverty Is Capitalism’s Great Crime / by Eugene Debs”

Student Loan Debt Is an American Malignancy Born of Ronald Reagan / by Thom Hartmann

Former President Ronald Reagan addressing the audience at the White House News Photographers Association dinner on May 18, 1983. (Photo: Bettmann/Contributor/via Getty images) Originally published in Common Dreams, https://www.commondreams.org/ Forgiving student debt is not a slap at anybody; it’s righting a moral wrong inflicted on millions by Reagan and his morbidly rich Republican buddies. PresidentContinue reading “Student Loan Debt Is an American Malignancy Born of Ronald Reagan / by Thom Hartmann”

Maine Opinion: LePage’s hateful plot to undermine public education in Maine

Top photo: Former Gov. Paul LePage | Beacon  Originally published in the Beacon, https://mainebeacon.com/ It’s no secret that Paul LePage is no fan of public education. As governor he called Maine teachers “a dime a dozen” and told an audience of business people that “if you want a good education, go to private schools. If you can’t afford it, toughContinue reading “Maine Opinion: LePage’s hateful plot to undermine public education in Maine”

Maine News: Here’s how your state legislator voted on environmental issues this year / by Evan Popp

Photo: A climate justice rally in Augusta | Courtesy of 350 Maine Originally published in the Beacon, https://mainebeacon.com/ Maine Conservation Voters on Tuesday released its legislative scorecard for 2022, calling this year’s session “a banner year for Maine’s environment, climate and democracy” but acknowledging that “in the same moment, much of what we value is at risk.”Continue reading “Maine News: Here’s how your state legislator voted on environmental issues this year / by Evan Popp”

Fidel’s guidance in all of Cuba’s struggles / by Alejandra Garcia

Originally published: Resumen English on August 11, 2022 These days Cuba is recovering from an unprecedented fire, which has kept Matanzas, the whole island, and especially rescuers, firefighters, and authorities on full alert since the night of August 5. The continuous explosions in one of the main oil storage facilities in the country left aContinue reading “Fidel’s guidance in all of Cuba’s struggles / by Alejandra Garcia”

Colombia’s First Leftist President Will Bring Historic Change, if the US Lets Him / by Daniel Kovalik

Colombia is the latest Latin American country to turn from the right, and possibly stand up to Washington, with the inauguration of Gustavo Petro. It’s a historic day in Colombia, as the country inaugurates former guerrilla Gustavo Petro as its first leftist president, and Francia Marquez as its first vice president of African descent. ThisContinue reading “Colombia’s First Leftist President Will Bring Historic Change, if the US Lets Him / by Daniel Kovalik”

Opinion: A long history of collective struggle in Maine’s restaurant industry / by Andy O’Brien

Photo: Corey Templeton | Creative Commons via Flickr Originally published in the Beacon: https://mainebeacon.com/ High staff turnover rates in restaurants also make it difficult to maintain worker power to establish organizing committees and maintain it through the long drawn out process of getting workers to sign union cards, winning the secret ballot election and negotiating a contract, asContinue reading “Opinion: A long history of collective struggle in Maine’s restaurant industry / by Andy O’Brien”

Report highlights mental health struggles of Maine’s kids by Maine News Service

Photo: Etienne | Creative Commons via Flickr Originally published in the Beacon: https://mainebeacon.com/ Children’s advocacy groups are sounding the alarm about the mental health challenges of Maine’s kids. The 2022 Kids Count Data Book, released last week, highlights how children are struggling with anxiety and depression at unprecedented levels, about one-in-nine nationally. Helen Hemminger, research associate with Maine’sContinue reading “Report highlights mental health struggles of Maine’s kids by Maine News Service”

80% of US Voters Across Party Lines Support Expanding Social Security / by Jessica Corbett

Activists participate in a rally urging the expansion of Social Security benefits in front of the White House on July 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images) Originally published in Common Dreams “With Republicans threatening to cut benefits—and worse, eliminate the program entirely—Dems need to make clear they’re fighting to protect and expandContinue reading “80% of US Voters Across Party Lines Support Expanding Social Security / by Jessica Corbett”

Party youth and our political moment / by Carol Widom

This article was adapted from a speech presented at the opening of the 2022 Little Red School House, in New York City. Good morning comrades! I am really excited and honored to be able to welcome you this morning to the opening of the 2022 national Communist Party youth school! I also want to extendContinue reading “Party youth and our political moment / by Carol Widom”