Hot weather becomes major cause of illness, death for U.S. workers / Mark Gruenberg

TUCSON, Ariz. (PAI)—Four years ago, on a 95-degree afternoon in Tucson, Ariz., a worker was building a platform for an outdoor concert. He hasn’t worked since. The worker, whose name advocates are withholding because he both fears retribution and being barred from future jobs was putting heavy 4’x 8’ decks up after lunch, says ShannonContinue reading “Hot weather becomes major cause of illness, death for U.S. workers / Mark Gruenberg”

Keeping storms at bay / by Tom Conway

After Hurricane Harvey swamped Texas, Chad Sullivan spent five straight days rescuing flood victims from their attics and rooftops and rushing sick, elderly residents, some long overdue for dialysis, to an overwhelmed hospital. The volunteer firefighter still chokes up at the memory of navigating a personnel carrier through streets that Harvey turned into a debris-filledContinue reading “Keeping storms at bay / by Tom Conway”

Mass firing on Earth Day: Audubon staffers respond with unionization vote / by Mark Gruenberg

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON (PAI)—Can you imagine a national pro-wildlife, pro-environment non-profit organization firing 100 of its staffers on Earth Day? The National Audubon Society did so to its field staff this past April. The combination of two rounds of firings—including that one–management turmoil and a “toxic work culture” at the nationwide organization for bird-watchersContinue reading “Mass firing on Earth Day: Audubon staffers respond with unionization vote / by Mark Gruenberg”

Juneteenth Is About Freedom, by Dale Kretz

From Jacobin Today, as we celebrate Juneteenth, we should remember not only the struggle against chattel slavery but the struggle for radical freedom during Reconstruction — snuffed out by the reactionary forces of property and white supremacy. It’s a funny thing how folks always want to know about the War,” mused Felix Haywood about thatContinue reading “Juneteenth Is About Freedom, by Dale Kretz”

Juneteenth and the Second American Revolution, by Trévon Austin and Tom Mackaman

From WSWS Last Thursday, US President Joe Biden signed legislation establishing June 19, “Juneteenth,” as a federal holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States. The law, passed with overwhelming support from both capitalist parties, went into effect immediately. The holiday was first officially marked on Friday, since June 19 itself cameContinue reading “Juneteenth and the Second American Revolution, by Trévon Austin and Tom Mackaman”

Carbon sequestration: Climate solution or bridge to more fossil fuel profits? By Len Yannielli from People’s World

Connecticut gets almost half its energy from methane, also called natural gas. Some, especially in certain ruling circles, see this fossil fuel as a bridge to renewable energy. While methane makes up much less of the carbon in our atmosphere than carbon dioxide, it does so in an unfortunate, powerful way. Methane molecules trap 25xContinue reading “Carbon sequestration: Climate solution or bridge to more fossil fuel profits? By Len Yannielli from People’s World”

What has the working class gotten from the Biden administration so far?, by Joel Wendland-Liu

Reports say Biden has dropped his limited proposals to cancel student loan debt. The most recent draft of the administration’s budget eliminates key promises, including a public option for health insurance, important programs to address climate change, and a proposed wealth tax. The White House claimed that it took these steps to strengthen its positionContinue reading “What has the working class gotten from the Biden administration so far?, by Joel Wendland-Liu”

The 1970 Killings at Jackson State College, from People’s World

The Jackson State killings occurred on Friday, May 15, 1970, at Jackson State College, a historically Black college (now Jackson State University) in Jackson, Mississippi, the state capital and its largest city. On May 14, 1970, a group of student protesters against the Vietnam War, specifically the U.S. invasion of Cambodia, were confronted by city and state police. ShortlyContinue reading “The 1970 Killings at Jackson State College, from People’s World”

May Day and the Haymarket Martyrs, by Tom Whitney

(Source: Labor Standard, Vol1, No3, 1999) (Image Credit: Stock Montage/Getty Images) Jose Marti, author of “A Terrible Drama”, which is cited in the present article, lived in exile in the United States for 15 years until 1895. Having organized Cuban rebel forces fighting in Cuba’s Second War for Independence, Marti died in battle early inContinue reading “May Day and the Haymarket Martyrs, by Tom Whitney”

‘Lighting a fuse’: Amazon vote could spark more union pushes by Joseph Pisani and Bill Barrow from ‘People’s World’

What happens inside a warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, could have major implications not just for the country’s second-largest employer but the labor movement at large. Organizers are pushing for some 6,000 Amazon workers there to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union on the promise it will lead to better working conditions, better pay,Continue reading “‘Lighting a fuse’: Amazon vote could spark more union pushes by Joseph Pisani and Bill Barrow from ‘People’s World’”