May Day in New York, with labor and the left up front / by Jacob Buckner

Members of the Young Communist League and Communist Party march on May Day in New York. | via CPUSA NEW YORK—On International Workers Day, hundreds of people and dozens of unions and radical organizations hit the streets of Manhattan to support workers in the fight against capitalist exploitation. This year’s May Day action was theContinue reading “May Day in New York, with labor and the left up front / by Jacob Buckner”

Poor People’s Campaign marches on Wall Street / by Turner Roth and Jacob Buckner

Photo: Steve Pavey / Poor People’s Campaign NEW YORK—With calls for a moral revival and Third Reconstruction, the Poor People’s Campaign entered the belly of the capitalist beast Monday, April 11th, as hundreds marched through the Wall Street financial district and then joined together for a community meeting at Trinity Church. The protestors paused inContinue reading “Poor People’s Campaign marches on Wall Street / by Turner Roth and Jacob Buckner”

The Capitalist Roots of U.S. Racial Oppression  / by W. T. Whitney Jr.

Painting by Eyre Crowe, A Slave Sale in Charleston, South Carolina, 1854 A recent BBC report attributes climate-change damage in Africa to “racialized capitalism.” That confusing term reflects a new understanding of U.S. slavery on the part of many historians. Here the term signifies the commanding role of capitalism in the oppression of Africans and of African-descendedContinue reading “The Capitalist Roots of U.S. Racial Oppression  / by W. T. Whitney Jr.”

A Citizen of the World (Still) Speaks / by Robert Koehler

I decided to honor Martin Luther King Day this year by reading — and trying to absorb, more fully than ever before — the entirety (nearly 7,000 words) of the iconic speech he gave at Riverside Church a year to the day before his assassination. The speech, “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break the Silence,”Continue reading “A Citizen of the World (Still) Speaks / by Robert Koehler”

The Power of Black History / by Beatrice Lumpkin

Dancer Prescylia Mae, of Houston, performs during a dedication ceremony for the massive mural Absolute Equality’ in downtown Galveston, Texas, June 19, 2021. The dedication of the mural, which chronicles the history and legacy of Black people in the United States, was part of Juneteenth celebrations. | Stuart Villanueva, The Galveston County Daily News viaContinue reading “The Power of Black History / by Beatrice Lumpkin”

Poor People’s Campaign: Pass Build Back Better and protect voting rights / by Mark Gruenberg

Sen. Joe Manchin, shortly after the Poor People’s Campaign press conference on Friday, said that Build Back Better is essentially dead because of his opposition to it. Democrats can’t pass it in the Senate without his support and both he and Sen. Kirsten Sinema essentially sabotaged voting rights by refusing to reform the filibuster rule.Continue reading “Poor People’s Campaign: Pass Build Back Better and protect voting rights / by Mark Gruenberg”

Report: Only a third of PPP money went to the workers it was intended for / by Dan Neumann

A new report shows that only about one-third of the money distributed to businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), co-authored by Republican Sen. Susan Collins, actually went to workers who would have otherwise lost jobs.  The study by the National Bureau of Economic Research found that instead most of the PPP moneyContinue reading “Report: Only a third of PPP money went to the workers it was intended for / by Dan Neumann”

The LandBack movement is decolonizing Indigenous land across the Americas / by Albert Bender

Native American protesters demonstrate in Keystone, S.D., ahead of former White House occupant Donald Trump’s visit July 3, 2020. The protesters had a LandBack message for Trump and the government, advocating for the Black Hills to be returned to the Lakota people. | Stephen Groves / AP Over the years, there has been an ever-growingContinue reading “The LandBack movement is decolonizing Indigenous land across the Americas / by Albert Bender”

Opinion: 2022 Could Be the Year of Labor and Racial Justice Coalition-Building / by Austin McCoy

Los Angeles International Airport food workers demonstrate as they strike against airport concessions company HMSHost in Los Angeles, California, on December 22, 2021. In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. published Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community?, in which he assessed the state of the civil rights movement after the passage of theContinue reading “Opinion: 2022 Could Be the Year of Labor and Racial Justice Coalition-Building / by Austin McCoy”