Tag Archives: United States

US–Washington State carpenters take on billionaire bosses to win a decent contract

By Matt Smith, Socialist Alternative–our sister organisation in the United States Over the past week, hundreds of rank-and-file carpenters have been on strike for family-sustaining wages, fully-paid parking, and basic dignity, including protections against sexual harassment in the workplace and fully-funded benefits like pension and healthcare. They are on strike against the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), a bosses ...

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Climate crisis: The implications of Hurricane Ida

By Jesse Shussett, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Imagine it’s 90 degrees outside, your wall-to-wall carpet is fully soaked in floodwater and it’s starting to mold. Your power is out so you have no air conditioning, not even a fan, and your phone has been dead for days. Everything in your fridge is rotten, but the ...

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Abortion rights slashed in Texas: Free, safe, and legal abortion now!

By Grace Fors, from Dallas, Texas and a member of Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) Virtually overnight, abortion is banned in Texas. Every one of the already-scarce clinics in the state has halted abortion services. Neighboring states like Louisiana and Arkansas are already seeing an increase in abortion patients from Texas. Millions of women are now terrified that ...

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World economy: Where is the recovery going?

By Eric Byl, ISA International Executive There is much to say about the so-called “post-pandemic” economic rebound. The figures look impressive, but warnings are manifold. New heights in inequality between rich and poor are pouring petrol on existing social tensions and producing new ones. Spiraling food prices are provoking further social explosions. Capitalism’s disastrously slow, uneven and inefficient vaccine rollout ...

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“Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” review

By Eljeer Hawkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the US) Black Caucus in commemoration of Black August Harlem, New York – In the summer of 1969, two historic musical festivals took place that would have epic proportions for the course of musical history and define one of the most politically turbulent times in U.S. history. The 1960s were a ...

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Haiti: President assassinated amid a deepening crisis

By Eric Jenkins, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) On July 7, Haitian President Jovenal Moïse was surrounded in his home by 28 “bodyguards”/mercenaries belonging to the Miami-based “CTU security”. Several then went inside of his home and shot him more than 12 times. Immediately, the shock from many Haitian people was also the confusion of how ...

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Kshama Solidarity: Seattle’s billionaires target socialist city council member

By Ty Nolan The right-wing in Seattle is trying to undemocratically recall the city’s only elected socialist in 100 years.  Kshama Sawant is Seattle’s socialist city council member responsible for spearheading movements to win a $15 minimum wage, the Amazon Tax to fund affordable housing, and the first-in-nation ban on the use of weapons against peaceful protests.  Winning victories  Since ...

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US: How did the working class win the Voting Rights Act of 1965?

By Tamar Wilson, Socialist Alternative (our sister organisation in the United States) The Black working class, minority communities, and American poor were under consistent economic assault prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but have now entered a state of emergency in this sustained capitalist crisis. Tens of thousands of Black and brown people have died from the virus, millions more have ...

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North America: Heatwave hell leaves death and destruction

By member of Socialist Alternative, our sister organisation in Canada The hottest place in Canada, Lytton BC, has burned to the ground. The mayor of the small village in the Fraser Canyon said “it would be a miracle if everyone made it out alive.” On the evening of Wednesday, June 30, smoke was spotted, and 15 minutes later a full ...

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US: Mass pressure forces Biden to reverse position on big pharma’s vaccine patents

By Kshama Sawant For months, a global struggle has been developing to demand that the governments of wealthy, Western nations put people before billionaire profit, and end the stunning inequity in access to the life-saving COVID-19 vaccine. The rapid and widespread global dissemination of vaccinations is at the center of every strategy by public health professionals to stop the spread ...

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