‘Let’s Put a Wrench in Things Now’: Deere Workers Strike as Company Rakes in Record Profits / by Jonah Furman

Members of UAW Local 74 at John Deere’s Ottumwa Works are among 10,000 workers on strike at the farm equipment maker. Photo: Chris Laursen Ten thousand John Deere workers in Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas launched an open-ended strike October 14. The strike came after workers overwhelmingly voted down a first tentative agreement negotiated by the Auto WorkersContinue reading “‘Let’s Put a Wrench in Things Now’: Deere Workers Strike as Company Rakes in Record Profits / by Jonah Furman”

Summer 2021 set global land temperature record / by Zeke Hausfather

CLIMATE UPDATE ‘More heat records shattered as greenhouse gas levels reach new peak‘ The year so far has been one of extremes, featuring record-shattering heatwaves, wildfires and flooding, as well as the warmest-ever meteorological summer – June, July and August – in the global land-surface record. As a whole, the world is on track to haveContinue reading “Summer 2021 set global land temperature record / by Zeke Hausfather”

‘Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity’ / by Ian Angus

Photo by Rebeka Ryvola, NYC, 2014. World Health Organization urges ‘rapid and ambitious action to halt and reverse the climate crisis’ On October 11, the World Health Organization published a special report on climate change and health. The Health Argument for Climate Action is being submitted to participants in the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) ofContinue reading “‘Climate change is the single biggest health threat facing humanity’ / by Ian Angus”

COP15 pushes biodiversity crisis to top of agenda before U.N. climate meeting / by John Bachtell

People pass by a floral decoration celebrating the U.N. Biodiversity Conference (COP15) in a park in Kunming, the host city, in southwestern China’s Yunnan province, on Oct. 2, 2021. | Chinatopix via AP Humanity must urgently act to halt the escalating biological diversity crisis to prevent ecological collapse and begin nature’s recovery. So warned theContinue reading “COP15 pushes biodiversity crisis to top of agenda before U.N. climate meeting / by John Bachtell”

Opinion: Divisiveness simply isn’t the problem / by Rob Korobkin

Photo: Volunteers with People First Portland ahead of the 2020 election. | via Maine DSA As Portland comes into the final weeks of the 2021 election season, there’s one word, above all others, that seems to capture how a sizable contingent of local people currently see the town’s political landscape: Divisive. There’s corporate attorney BrandonContinue reading “Opinion: Divisiveness simply isn’t the problem / by Rob Korobkin”

Poor People’s Campaign petitions demand Build Back Better’s passage / by Mark Gruenberg

Poor People’s Campaign: Rev. Angela Martin of the Maryland_PPC challenges Sen JoeManchin directly with the central theme of our campaign: “Which side are you on?” ‘ | Poor People’s Campaign/Twitter WASHINGTON—Bearing petitions with more than 100,000 names, low-wage and poor women from the Poor People’s Campaign, along with co-chairs Revs. William Barber II and LizContinue reading “Poor People’s Campaign petitions demand Build Back Better’s passage / by Mark Gruenberg”

Robin DG Kelley on Fighting for Freedom in the Darkness of Capitalist Dystopia / by Maxamillian Alvarez

Detail from the cover art of Beyond Market Dystopia: New Ways of Living, Socialist Register 2020 The world was a very different place when Robin DG Kelley’s renowned book Freedom Dreams: The Black Radical Imagination was first published in 2002. As the reality of post-9/11 America and the war on terror hardened into a dystopian,Continue reading “Robin DG Kelley on Fighting for Freedom in the Darkness of Capitalist Dystopia / by Maxamillian Alvarez”

Steven Estrada, Army veteran and Communist, running for Long Beach City Council / by Eric A. Gordon

Steven Estrada speaks on behalf of residents and workers impacted by the closure of Kroger’s grocery stores in Long Beach. They closed so they wouldn’t have to pay a temporary hazard pay increase. | via Estrada Campaign LONG BEACH, Calif.—Steven Estrada, a community organizer, U.S. Army veteran, and proud member of Long Beach’s working class,Continue reading “Steven Estrada, Army veteran and Communist, running for Long Beach City Council / by Eric A. Gordon”

Opinion: Progressives are being attacked in Portland because they’re winning / by Ethan Strimling

People First Portland rallying at City Hall for rent control, a local Green New Deal, and more. (Photo by Em Burnett) Losing sucks. I should know. In 2019, as the unapologetically progressive incumbent mayor of Portland, Maine, I got my ass kicked, in part, because of a Republican-operated, Chamber-backed, landlord-funded, law-breaking attack PAC. Bitterness. Anger. Sadness.Continue reading “Opinion: Progressives are being attacked in Portland because they’re winning / by Ethan Strimling”