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Latest - Issue 65

July/August 2020

Education Under Attack: Defund the Police and Tax the Rich to Fund Our Schools

Teachers are currently faced with an impossible task: educating students online, many of whom don’t have access to technology, with little warning, preparation, or training. Teaching under COVID-19 is an entirely new job that no teacher signed up for. Now, because of budget crises, teachers across the country are facing mass layoffs,...

We Need an Alternative to Corporate Politics

Trump’s support is plummeting in poll after poll. He has grossly mishandled the pandemic, downplaying the severity of the COVID-19 crisis. The...

Defund the Police & Tax the Rich to Fund Our Schools!

Teachers are currently faced with an impossible task: educating students online, many of whom don’t have access to technology, with little warning,...

Seattle in Revolt: #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd, Autonomous Zone, Tax Amazon, Defund the Police

On Saturday, May 30, mass protests in Seattle demanding justice for George Floyd broke out, and were immediately met with the same...

The Role of the Working Class in Fighting Racism

Two nights after George Floyd was murdered, Minneapolis bus drivers received an urgent request for a fleet of buses at the corner...

Climate Meltdown & COVID-19: Capitalism is Sick, Working People Pay with their Lives

In April, as countries across the world shut down and millions sheltered in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, daily fossil fuel emissions...

Postal Worker Press Conference and March #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd

Two post offices in South Minneapolis, both located directly next to police precincts, were burned to the ground during the first week...

China: Has the Pandemic Strengthened or Weakened Xi Jinping?

Conflicts with India and the US • Splits in the CCP dictatorship • Tens of millions unemployed Vincent...

Rent Strike 2020: Evictions Threaten Communities of Color

Racism is built into the foundations of our for-profit housing system. The coming economic depression will hit Black renters in particular as...

Socialists and the State: How to End Racist Policing

The nature of policing in the United States is inseparable from the violent, racist history of capitalism in this country. From slave...

June 2020 - Issue 64

Preparing for a Post-Lockdown World: Potential for Struggle

Food bank lines over a mile long. Forty-one percent of families with children under the age of 12 struggling to buy enough...

Horrific Conditions as COVID Spreads Through Meatpacking

The Food and Environment Reporting Network reports that as of June 2, “at least 261 meatpacking and food processing plants and 36...

Labor Organizing Under Lockdown

As the double blows of an unfolding global economic crisis and the Corona pandemic hammer working-class families, essential workers have taken action...

Workers’ Program to Restart the Economy

Workers across the country are facing unacceptable choices: risk your health and go back to work, or face economic hardship and maybe...

Trump’s Criminal Mismanagement – Ruling Class Divided on Addressing Crisis

On January 22, after the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was discovered in the U.S., Trump reassured the world that the outbreak...

Seattle Tax Amazon Fight Heats Up: Report from Third Action Conference

On Saturday, May 16, more than 250 Seattle activists fighting to Tax Amazon for housing and jobs met through a Zoom conference...

Renters Fight Back to #CancelRent

Mandy had recently moved into a new building in Chicago but hadn’t yet met many of her neighbors. She opened her door...

Report: Brooklyn Tenants Organizing Against Big Landlord

Elin Miller is a tenant on rent strike in the FullTime Tenants Union One gray, blustery day late in...

The Killing of Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery was shot dead while jogging on February 23 in Brunswick, Georgia. His killers were two white men, Gregory and Travis...

The Sacrifice of Tara Reade – Democrats Betray the #MeToo Movement

Jeffrey Epstein. Harvey Weinstein. Brett Kavanaugh. Donald Trump. Powerful, well-connected men have used their money and influence within the billionaire class to...

May 2020 - Issue 63

Workers Speak Out – Detroit Area ICU Nurse

This testimonial was given April 11 on the “We Won’t Die For Wall St” virtual town hall. Lamees is a member of...

Trump Inaction Fuels Disaster

The threat posed by COVID-19 was not a secret. The devastating spread of the virus in China, and the fact that it...

Rent Strike 2020: The Coming Battle

The current collapse of the U.S. economy in the wake of the COVID-19 has thrown working class people’s lives into turmoil. Anxiety...

Millions Need Safe Jobs and Housing – Tax Amazon

As the coronavirus health crisis necessitates closing down non-essential sections of the economy, unemployment has exploded. A full third of renters nation-wide...

Pledge to Strike Back on May Day

Trump wants to re-open the economy on April 30, and many billionaires want us to risk our lives to prop up their...

Sanders Suspends Campaign – Working People Need Our Own Party

On Wednesday, Bernie Sanders announced that he was suspending his campaign for the presidency, effectively bringing it to an end. He was...

A New 1930s: Lessons for Workers and Socialists

“The shock to the global economy from COVID-19 has been both faster and more severe than... even the Great Depression.” That comment...

April 2020 - Issue 62 Supplement

Frontline Workers Fight Back

For decades the billionaire class has relentlessly sought to drive down the wages of workers, destroy their health benefits and rip up...

Deadly Lack of PPE in U.S. Hospitals

From China to Europe to New York, the coronavirus crisis has stressed healthcare systems to their breaking points and beyond. Patient care...

We Won’t Die for Wall Street

In recent weeks, the bankruptcy of global capitalism has been exposed to millions as the system has gone into deep crisis and...

Stimulus Package: Corporate Robbery Disguised as Coronavirus Relief

The stimulus package signed by Trump at the end of last week totals to an unprecedented $2.2 trillion. While most of it...

April 2020 - Issue 62

Bernie: Don’t Drop Out or Endorse Biden!

We Need Bernie’s Movement More Than Ever We live in a time of extreme crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic...

Front Line Nurse Speaks Out

The following comments were made by Marty Harrison, a nurse in Philadelphia and member of PASNAP, at Socialist Alternative’s national virtual town...

Amazon Puts Profits Before Workers’ Safety

As coronavirus continues to spread and much of the country is locking down, Amazon has been ramping up. With more people staying...

Coronavirus Lockdown: Socialist Organizing Continues

While states and cities firm up restrictions and generally fumble to prevent the spread of COVID-19, working class people are looking for...

World Recession Marks the Beginning of A New Era

As working people around the world face the threat of the coronavirus pandemic which is massively exacerbated by decades of cuts to...

Joe Biden – Servant of Wall Street

Joe Biden’s history as a loyal servant to corporate interests is well documented, and has come at an enormous cost to...

Capitalism is Sick – The Socialist Plan to Fight the Crisis

The world has been turned upside down. Millions of working people are now facing a risk to their health and livelihood because...

March 2020 - Issue 61

Housing Works Employees Ramp Up the Fight For Union Recognition

On Friday, February 14, a group of Housing Works employees and representatives from the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union (RWDSU) made...

Introducing International Socialist Alternative

In January, the week-long 12th World Congress of the Committee for a Workers International (CWI) was held in Belgium, with representatives from...

Nevada Culinary Workers Defy Union Leaders – Vote Sanders, Support Medicare for All

Before the Nevada caucuses, the Culinary Workers union, Local 226 of the national union UNITE-HERE, passed out leaflets to its members claiming...

Panicked Establishment Threatens to Steal Primary – Sanders’ Momentum Shows Mass Desire for Change

Bernie Sanders’ political revolution is gathering steam. He became the first presidential candidate in either major party to win the popular vote...

Democrats in Washington State Legislature Trying to Ban the Amazon Tax

Seattle and King County are facing a deep housing affordability and homelessness crisis that requires hundreds of millions in funding to address....

Somerville Paras Continue Fight for Fair Contract

This article is continuing our coverage of the contract struggle of paraprofessionals (education support staff) in Somerville, MA fighting for a living...

The (un)Democratic Party: Why We Need a New Working Class Party

When Trump was elected in 2016, a chorus of establishment Democrats from Hillary Clinton to Barack Obama to Nancy Pelosi urged ordinary...

New York Ends Broker Fees, But Real Estate Fights Back

Renting in the City that Never Sleeps has never been simple. After finding an available, affordable apartment, renters usually need to pay...

China’s Dictatorship Ignites Massive Coronavirus Backlash

As Socialist Alternative #61 go to press, it is becoming clearer that the coronavirus which first appeared in Wuhan in central China...

February 2020 - Issue 60

Five Years Since Ferguson and Baltimore – Black Lives Matter and the Fight for Black Freedom

In 2014, a black teenager was shot by a cop in Ferguson, Missouri. His name was Michael Brown Jr., and law enforcement...

NYC: Housing Works Employees Push for a Union

For more than a year, workers at Housing Works, a nonprofit organization of about 800 employees spread across...

Somerville, MA Paraprofessionals Escalate Fight for A Fair Contract

Margaret Whittier-Ferguson is a pre-k paraprofessional in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is chair of the Somerville Teacher Association’s paraprofessional Contract Action Team as...

Escalate the Fight to Defend Reproductive Rights

In March the U.S. Supreme Court will hear June Medical Services v. Gee, a Louisiana law requiring abortion providers to have hospital...

Australian Bushfires Lead to Anti-Government Protests

Based on reports by Socialist Action (CWI Australia) Demonstrations swept Australia in January as tens of thousands turned out...

Tax Amazon: Make Billionaires Pay!

In an electrifying rally on January 13, 500 people rallied to celebrate Councilmember Sawant’s inauguration and launch the Tax Amazon campaign. In...

Lessons of the Afghanistan Papers

Tens of thousands of Afghan civilian deaths. Over 2,000 American soldiers killed. Over one trillion U.S. taxpayer dollars spent. The staggering costs...

No to War in the Middle East

The new year had an ominous beginning, with the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack by the...

French Workers Heroic Resistance to Pension “Reform”

For 46 uninterrupted days that included the winter holidays, France was crippled by strikes in sectors from transit to lawyers as workers...

Establishment Ramps Up Attacks on Bernie – Presidential Race Heats Up

Climate catastrophe, the threat of war, and widening inequality are thrusting ordinary Americans into struggle. The last few years have seen the...

December/January 2019/2020 - Issue 59

2020 Oakland School Board Elections: Push the Privatizers Back!

The physical attack and arrests led by police against parents and teachers at the November Oakland School Board meeting says it all....

Trump and Supreme Court Target Dreamers

Since June 2017, 700,000 Dreamers have faced an uncertain future. In 2012, these young immigrants, brought to the U.S. as children, won...

Tax Amazon: Strike While the Iron is Hot

The history of American capitalism is full of corporate bullying, threats and even violence against working people when we stand up for...

Amazon and NYC Settles the Case: Corporations Don’t Need Handouts After All

“$0.00 in public subsidies.” That’s how much Amazon is getting from New York City to bring thousands of new jobs here, Congresswoman...

How Can Bernie Win? Getting Organized to Build the Movement for Socialism

Bernie Sanders is experiencing a surge in the polls; he’s ahead in New Hampshire (11/26/2019) and California (LA Times, 12/5/2019) while he...

Somerville, MA, Paraprofessionals Fight for Livable Salary and Job Security

Margaret Whittier-Ferguson works in a prekindergarten classroom as a paraprofessional in Somerville, Massachusetts. She is a Building Representative with the Somerville Teachers...

Will Capitalism Make Us Go Hungry?

Every year around the same time, the Southeast of the U.S. gets pummeled by hurricanes and the West Coast bursts into a...

2019: A Turning Point

2019 marked a definite political turning point globally. Particularly in the final months, we have seen mass struggles...

Remove Trump for His Real Crimes

Wednesday December 18, Trump became the third president in history to be impeached. This article was written just before and is the...

Fake Progressive Buttigieg Increasingly Exposed

With under two months until the Iowa caucus, Pete Buttigieg has risen to the top of the polls there, according to the...

Britain: Vicious Tories Win With Lies – But Mass Struggle Looms on Horizon

The Conservative victory at the general election is a major setback for the working class and youth of Britain. The bumbling bigot...

Youth Continue Climate Strikes

Collins Dictionary has declared “climate strike” as the word of 2019. It’s no surprise considering that millions of people, overwhelmingly young, have...

November 2019 - Issue 58

On the Ground: Kshama Sawant Reelection Campaign

In a historic election, Kshama Sawant, Seattle’s socialist city councilmember and member of Socialist Alternative secured her seat on city council for...

Supreme Court Threatens LGBTQ Workers

LGBTQ activists rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, October 8 while the Court heard a trio of landmark cases on...

Chaos in Middle East Amid Global Power Shifts

Since his election, Donald Trump’s foreign policy in the Middle East has grown increasingly erratic. Last year, Trump withdrew the U.S. from...

Bernie Sets the Stage For 2020 Election

A few weeks ago Bernie Sanders was being written off by the corporate media. He had a mild heart attack and there...

How Socialists Defeated Amazon’s Bid to Buy Seattle’s Elections

Kshama Sawant Re-Elected Despite Corporate PACs Spending $4 Million to Buy City Council Updated 11/12/2019 Despite...

Chicago Teachers’ Heroic Struggle For “The Schools Our Children Deserve”

Contract Comes Up Short The longest Chicago school strike since 1987 was suspended November 1 after 11 days in...

Ecuador: Workers and Indigenous Uprising Beats Government and IMF

No to a New Austerity Paquetazo! Continue the Struggle for a Workers and Indigenous Peoples’ Government! On the...

Impeachment on the Horizon

Tens of millions of people are looking to get Donald Trump out of office. In his nearly three years in office, he...

Auto Workers Strike GM – Limited Walk Back of Tier System Won

On September 16, 49,000 UAW members walked off the job at all 55 GM manufacturing plants and parts centers in the U.S.,...

Fires, Blackouts, Climate Change: Private Utility Enrages Californians

Saturday night at a high school homecoming dance in Oakland, the lights went out twice before the school finally cancelled the event....

October 2019 - Issue 57

Fighting for Medicare for All

Millions of people are increasingly demanding an end to the dysfunctional U.S. healthcare system. The fight for Medicare for All against entrenched...

When the Iranian Masses Deposed a Dictator – The 1979 Revolution Didn’t Have to End in a Religious State

Forty years ago, in January 1979 the hated Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, fled the country to the U.S. The...

Chicago Education Workers Prepare to Walk Out

Against the backdrop of successful teachers’ strikes across the country, contract struggles for the two major unions in the Chicago Public Schools...

Bernie Releases Program for Labor

“If there is going to be class warfare in this country, it’s time that the working class of this country won that...

Millions Join Climate Strikes

In the first half of 2019, seven million people worldwide were displaced by extreme weather events. We are seeing the impact of...

Amazon vs. the Socialists in Seattle

In what may turn out to be a preview of the U.S. presidential election, with the ruling class hellbent on stopping Bernie...

Democrats Begin Impeachment Proceedings: Build a Movement to Drive Trump Out!

As we go to press, the Democratic Party leadership in the House of Representatives has opened a formal impeachment investigation against Donald...

50,000 GM Workers on Strike

The strike of 50,000 UAW members which began Sunday at midnight at all 55 GM plants in the U.S. has the potential...

UC Workers Strike, Wins Big Gains

After a long contract campaign that included going on strike five times, 15,000 University of California workers in the University Professional and...

Brazil: Save the Environment, Smash the System!

em português Since the 2018 elections, there has been a marked concern about the direction environmental policies would...

September 2019 - Issue 56

Why You Should Join Socialist Alternative

Workers all over the country are facing extremely low wages, poor health care, housing that we can’t afford, and child care costs...

Kamala Harris’ Real Record

Following the explosion in popularity of Bernie Sanders’ candidacy and program during the 2016 Democratic primary, the Democratic party establishment is on...

Amazon Workers Walkout on Prime Day at the MSP1 Warehouse in Shakopee, MN

On July 15, the first day of Amazon’s “Prime Day,” workers at Amazon’s MSP1 warehouse in Shakopee, MN planned a six-hour strike...

#RedForEd Ready To Heat Up the New School Year

Update: On August 2, the Columbus Educators Association (CEA) and the Columbus City Schools district reached a Tentative Agreement. The CEA membership...

Climate Catastrophe and the Case for a Planned Economy

The 20-warmest years on record occurred in the past 22 years and rising temperatures are just one symptom of the climate catastrophe...

Kshama Sawant to Face Off Against Amazon’s Candidate

Big Business Candidates Get Through Primary in All Seven Seattle City Council Races The initial results for Seattle’s...

Puerto Rico Movement Forces Out Governor – Cancel the Debt!

Somos más, y no tenemos miedo! Updated August 8 to reflect nullification of Pierluisi's oath of office.

Democratic Debates: A Win for Progressive Ideas, Establishment Pushes Back

In July, the Democratic Party had another two nights of debates between a crowded arena of 20 presidential candidates, including Bernie Sanders,...

Profiteers Plunder Philly Hospital: Working-Class Fightback Needed

When you buy a hospital (how relatable!), you enter into an unwritten social contract to provide health care to the community the...

Britain: Big Business’s Bigot Boris Must Go!

Build for a Working-Class Campaign of Strike Action and Mass Demonstrations The election of the Eton-educated, racist toff...

The Squad vs. Trump and Pelosi

In the past couple weeks, President Trump has gone on a racist, red-baiting rampage against four congresswomen elected in 2018. The four...

Puerto Rico: Una crisis de corrupción, deuda, austeridad y colonialismo fuerα de control

PDF, In English Un terremoto político ha sacudido a Puerto Rico. Una semana de protestas masivas exigen la...

July/August 2019 - Issue 55

Historic Victory for New York’s Housing Movement – Real Estate Defeated but Democrats Block Universal Rent Control

The real estate lobby threatened to sue. Headlines in the mainstream press foretold mass disinvestment in rental properties. Landlords invoked the bad...

Reparations: A Socialist Perspective

The 2020 presidential elections are in full swing, and all of the Democratic Party presidential nominees have been asked the question, “Do...

A Socialist Plan for Seattle’s Housing Crisis

Debate over the affordable housing crisis in Seattle is dominating the City Council elections. Seattle tops the charts for new apartments built,...

West Virginia Teachers Fight Privatization

In the wake of the historic strikes led by West Virginia teachers, Republican legislators in the Mountain State have passed a retaliatory...

Sudan Protests Demand Removal of Military Government

On April 11, after four months of rebellion in Sudan and five days after the start of a historic sit-in in front...

Chattanooga: Another Defeat for UAW

On June 14, the United Auto Workers (UAW) union suffered a major defeat in its efforts to organize the Southern auto industry...

National Importance of the Kshama Sawant Re-Election Campaign

Kshama Sawant was first elected to the Seattle City Council in 2013 with over 90,000 votes, running as a proud Socialist Alternative...

Fight Fire with a Green New Deal

Early June 2019 threw Californians into our new normal: hot, dry summers and longer wildfire seasons. Cool, wet winters no longer mean...

Millions on the Streets in Hong Kong

On June 16, an estimated two million poured onto the streets of Hong Kong to demand the complete withdrawal of a law...

Sanders, Warren, and the Fight for Socialist Change

How Far Can Capitalism Be Reformed? The 2020 presidential election marks a dramatic shift in U.S. politics. The debate...

Brazilian General Strike Against Bolsonaro’s Far-Right Agenda

On June 14, the metro system of São Paulo, the most populous city in Brazil and one of the largest in the...

Green New Deal Takes Center Stage in Seattle Elections

The momentum behind the Green New Deal and international student strikes against climate change are shaping Seattle’s City Council elections. Kshama Sawant...

Shocking Conditions at the Border – Close the Camps!

“Three days ago my baby soiled his clothes. I had no place to wash the clothes so I could not put them...

No to War in the Middle East – U.S. and Iran Plunge into Conflict

The United States is dangerously close to a military conflict with Iran. The catalyst was the shooting down by Iran of a U.S. military...

June 2019 - Issue 54

The Working Class Struggle Against the Far Right

The current wave of white nationalist attacks has its roots in specific developments of the past period. But there is also, of...

Wave of Right-Wing Terrorist Attacks – Build A Movement to Isolate and Defeat the Far Right

The country was in shock on April 27 when a gunman opened fire on congregants of the Chabad of Poway Synagogue in...

South Carolina Teachers Walk Out May 1

Teachers in South Carolina are following the lead of teachers in West Virginia, Oklahoma, Arizona, Los Angeles, and most recently Oakland. They...

Assange Extradition – Trump’s War on Journalism Continues

On Thursday, May 2 of this year, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange appeared in British court for the first of what is certain...

Rent Control Fight Heats Up in Seattle’s City Council Race

On a sunny Saturday in Seattle, dozens of volunteers with Kshama Sawant’s re-election campaign spread across the city asking: “Do you support...

50 Years After Stonewall – Continue the Fight For LGBTQ Rights

Fifty years ago the modern LGBTQ movement burst onto the scene. Mass anger at the repression of LGBTQ people had been bubbling...

Democratic Establishment Pushes Biden for 2020, Continuing Failed Strategy to Defeat Trump

In a historically large field of 23 candidates, the Democratic establishment has already made clear that Joe Biden is their current preferred...

Chinese Regime Fears Working Class Revolt – Tiananmen Square Movement of 1989 Reverberates Today

In 1989, Chinese students and workers shook the world. Hundreds of thousands occupied Tiananmen Square in Beijing and thousands more participated throughout the country....

Jeff Bezos Wants to Buy Seattle City Council

The business-backed campaign to defeat Kshama Sawant is likely to  make this City Council race the most expensive in Seattle history (the...

Brutal Abortion Bills Passed – Fightback Needed to Defeat the Right!

In late May, the Republican-controlled Alabama Legislature passed, and the governor signed, a near complete ban on abortion. This is now the...

Venezuela After the Coup Attempt – Which Way Forward?

On April 30, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó called for mass protests and also appealed to the military to overthrow President Nicolás...

Trump Escalates Attacks on Asylum Seekers

President Trump continues his assault on immigrant rights, most recently by changing U.S. asylum policies to erect additional obstacles to safe entry...

U.S.-China Trade War Escalates: Trump Ramps Up Tariffs Against China, Rocks Global Stock Markets

Vincent Kolo is a regular contributor at chinaworker.info President Trump’s “bombshell” decision to increase punitive tariffs against China from...

#ColumbusStudentDeserve Fully Funded Schools, Not Corporate Handouts

On Wednesday, April 24, more than a thousand teachers and community members in Columbus, Ohio marched together to fight for school funding...
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