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Republicans unite behind Trump

By Barry Grey, 1 April 2023

In any politically healthy system, the Republican Party would have been irreparably discredited and disgraced by its complicity in the attempted coup. Yet less than three weeks later, it arrogantly and defiantly reasserts its defense of Trump and his fascist supporters.

Wall Street falls amid GameStop frenzy

By Nick Beams, 28 January 2021

The GameStop phenomenon is only the most egregious expression of the speculative bubble which has been fuelled by the US government and, above all, the Fed.

Chicago teachers lead resistance to Biden’s school reopening plan as pandemic enters deadlier phase

By Jerry White, 28 January 2021

Chicago educators are in the forefront of the resistance of educators across the US to the campaign by the Biden administration and the corporate media to reopen schools.

999 Jimmy Dore appeal for unity with neo-Nazis

28 January 2021

Detroit City Council approves funding for counter-lawsuit against police violence protesters

By Kevin Reed, 28 January 2021

Democrats on the council approved funding for a lawsuit that charges protest organization Detroit Will Breathe with civil conspiracy, rioting and destruction of property during the George Floyd protests last summer and attacks their First Amendment rights.

999 12 Houston, Texas officers charged in relation to 2019 double killing

28 January 2021

999 Alabama teacher update

28 January 2021

Biden administration renews agreement with Mexico and Guatemala to crack down on migrant workers

By Andrea Lobo, 28 January 2021

The promises of US President Joseph Biden to pull away from Trump’s fascistic migration policies have quickly become exposed, as the Democratic Party administration doubles down on the war on immigrants and asylum seekers.

Fascistic Proud Boy leader Enrique Tarrio revealed to be “prolific” FBI informant

By Jacob Crosse, 28 January 2021

The report comes amid new revelations of high-level coordination between the Trump’s inner-circle and Republican politicians on the eve of the attempted coup

Auto parts workers strike at Borgers USA plant in Norwalk, Ohio

By Steve Filips, 28 January 2021

Workers are striking for wage and benefit improvements and to gain recognition of the union at their facility, owned by German manufacturer Borgers USA.

Bernie Sanders backs Biden’s national security cabinet

By Patrick Martin, 28 January 2021

The Vermont senator and self-styled “socialist” voted to confirm Biden’s choices to head the Pentagon, State Department and US intelligence apparatus.

999 Leon Black resigns over Epstein funding

28 January 2021

Jacobin pleads with Biden and Democrats to make a “psychological shift” left

By Genevieve Leigh, 28 January 2021

Jacobin presents the Democratic Party and its political operatives as if they are naive and cowardly figures who wish to do the right thing, if only they had the brains and courage.

The Biden climate plan, Part 2: Preparation for war

By Jonathan Burleigh, 28 January 2021

Elevating longtime defender of US imperialism John Kerry as his international “climate envoy,” Biden proposes to “rally the world” to fight climate change by isolating China and conducting military exercises on Russia’s newly-melted Arctic Ocean coast.

“We were just the test animals”

Victimized Chicago teacher speaks out against deadly school reopening

By Michael Walters, 28 January 2021

When Chicago Public Schools demanded Chicago teachers return to teach in unsafe pandemic conditions, hundreds refused and the district retaliated by locking more than 150 educators out.

The Chicago teachers’ rebellion and the fight to contain the pandemic

By Evan Blake, 27 January 2021

Acutely aware of the militancy among educators, the corporate media and political establishment are engaged in a frenzied propaganda campaign to vilify teachers and distort science.

After government intervention to keep it open, hundreds of infections went unreported at Illinois meatpacking plant

By Cordell Gascoigne, 27 January 2021

At least 137 COVID-19 cases at the Rochelle Foods meatpacking plant went unreported after state and federal government officials intervened to countermand a local lockdown order, according to an investigative report published last week in USA Today .

New COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 identified at the University of Michigan

By Jesse Thomas, 27 January 2021

Five of six cases of the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, identified in Washtenaw County, Michigan, have been associated with the University of Michigan Ann Arbor (UMich) campus.

999 DSA and Hunts Point strike

27 January 2021

The Biden climate plan, Part One: A drop in the ocean

By Jonathan Burleigh, 27 January 2021

Even if Biden gets everything he asks for, his plan will be totally insufficient to meet its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

999 Alabama teachers

27 January 2021

An interview with Dr. Arthur Caplan, professor of bioethics at New York University, on the COVID-19 pandemic

By Benjamin Mateus, 27 January 2021

Dr. Arthur Caplan is the Drs. William F. and Virginia Connolly Mitty Professor of Bioethics at NYU’s Langone Medical Center and the founding director of the Division of Medical Ethics.

St. Paul oil refinery workers’ strike enters sixth day

By Anthony Bertolt, 27 January 2021

Workers are vehemently opposed to the company demands for a reduction in full time safety firefighting staff and a push for contract safety worker positions, dramatically raising the danger of fatal accidents and environmental disaster.

Despite horrific numbers, California governor ends stay-at-home order, mirroring President Biden’s pandemic policies

By Rafael Azul, 27 January 2021

In line with the reopening policies being pursued by the Biden administration and financial elites, on Monday Governor Gavin Newsom announced the lifting of stay-at-home orders for the entire state.

Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler, to plead guilty to bribing UAW officials

By Tom Hall, 27 January 2021

The $30 million fine is less than pocket change for Stellantis, the world’s fourth-largest automaker and the product of FCA’s merger earlier this month with France’s PSA Group.

A revealing episode

Chicago teacher opposing return to school maligned for citing anti-Nazi poem

By Kristina Betinis, 27 January 2021

The Chicago Teachers Union’s support for the Anti-Defamation League’s specious attack on high school teacher Stu Abram highlights the CTU’s complicity in the reopening of schools, and its downplaying both the severity of the pandemic and the danger of the far right.

The rise of financial parasitism and the emergence of fascism

By Nick Beams, 26 January 2021

Any assertion that the ruling classes as a whole and the dominant financial oligarchy have no need for fascist bands, let alone a coup, because they are continuing to make money, ignores both the lessons of history and the explosive contradictions within the very heart of American capitalism and its financial system.

US baseball great Henry Aaron dies at age 86

By Alan Gilman, 26 January 2021

Legendary Major League Baseball player Hank Aaron battled racial bigotry to become baseball’s “home run king.”

Nevada sees record number of COVID-19 deaths

By Hong Jian and Dan Conway, 26 January 2021

The policy of herd immunity is being deliberately cultivated in Nevada as casinos, logistics and other industries have continued to operate as normal with little to no protections in place to stop the spread of the virus.

US educators confront Democrats and the unions in battle to close schools and save lives

By Evan Blake, 26 January 2021

Biden is aggressively pursuing school reopenings in coordination with Democratic politicians and the teachers unions, as opposition among rank-and-file educators mounts to this homicidal policy.

Union pushes through contract to avert strike of Hawaii nurses

By Angelo Perera, 26 January 2021

Despite its lower infection rates than the US mainland, COVID-19 infection rates in Hawaii have been on the rise, with total infections increasing by 29 percent since the beginning of December.

Facebook restores service to socialist pages, claiming the purge was an “automation error”

By Andre Damon, 26 January 2021

Facebook backed down in the face of public protests but failed to provide a credible explanation for its actions.

The political and social lessons of the Hunts Point strike in New York City

By Tom Hall, 26 January 2021

The Hunts Point point strike collided against two principal obstacles: the trade unions and the Democratic Party.

Montgomery, Alabama schools announce a switch to full-virtual learning following teacher sickout

By Emma Arceneaux, 26 January 2021

Growing actions by teachers and parents, including the formation of an independent safety committee by rank-and-file educators and sickouts Monday, forced the school board to announce the suspension of in-school instruction.

999 Interview with Art Kaplan on the pandemic

26 January 2021

Faurecia Gladstone Rank-and-File Committee calls for congressional investigation into Trump's coup attempt

The Faurecia Gladstone Plant Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 25 January 2021

“We demand a full public congressional investigation, as well as the arrest and prosecution of all those responsible for planning, carrying out and providing political cover for the attempt to overthrow the Constitution! We must prepare for political general strike action against these fatal threats to our democratic rights!”

Houston, Texas hospital remains locked over financial dispute, putting hundreds of patients at risk

By Chase Lawrence, 25 January 2021

It is an absolute indictment of the for-profit healthcare system and the financial oligarchs that benefit from it that hospitals should be shut down in the middle of a pandemic, let alone when 83 million already lack sufficient access to primary healthcare, in the richest country in the world.

Facebook escalates attack on socialist left

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 25 January 2021

Facebook is engaged in an escalating campaign of state-backed internet censorship targeting socialist organizations, including the International Youth and Students for Social Equality.

Growing warnings of a Wall Street bubble

By Nick Beams, 25 January 2021

The rise and rise in the shares of the “barely profitable” electric car company Tesla “seemingly beyond all reason” is an expression of the “market craziness” resulting from the injection of trillions of dollars into the financial system by the Fed.

Missouri residents confront growing joblessness, hunger, evictions

By Cole Michaels, 25 January 2021

Mass unemployment and the miserable levels of state aid available are sowing increasing devastation throughout the region.

Trudeau and Biden to strengthen Canada-US military alliance and trade-war bloc

By Roger Jordan, 25 January 2021

Readouts of Biden’s conversation with Trudeau, the first he had with a foreign leader as president, and a flurry of press commentary make clear Ottawa and Washington plan to expand their strategic partnership to more aggressively challenge their great-power rivals, above all Russia and China.

12 dead and over 750 workers infected at Southern California ports

By Marko Leone, 25 January 2021

1,800 workers at the Los Angeles port are not reporting to work as deaths have increased by 82 percent in the region.

999 Oppose unsafe reopening of colleges, IYSSE

25 January 2021

MIT faculty defend professor against trumped-up charges related to China ties

By Mike Ingram, 25 January 2021

A letter signed by 100 faculty members at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology calls for the defense of Professor Gang Chen, whom the US government is prosecuting on charges of wire fraud and tax violations as part of its witchhunt against academics who collaborate with Chinese institutions.

Democratic Party pursues the deadly policy of herd immunity

By Benjamin Mateus, 25 January 2021

President Biden says there is nothing to be done to change the pandemic’s trajectory. However, material published in the New York Times repudiates this assertion.

999 Biden climate plan, part one

25 January 2021

999 Comment on end of Hunts Point strike

25 January 2021

Trump sought Justice Department intervention to hijack election

By Patrick Martin, 25 January 2021

The New York Times has reported new details of Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election, which were blocked only by the threat of mass resignations by top officials at the Justice Department.

Club For Growth billionaires finance fascist Republican politicians

By Jacob Crosse, 25 January 2021

Far-right politicians who supported Trump’s efforts to overturn the election received millions in donations from the billionaire-backed organization.

999 Seattle police announce crackdown on "vandalism"

25 January 2021

Overwhelming opposition among Chicago educators to deadly school reopenings

By Alexander Fangmann, 25 January 2021

After teachers overwhelmingly approved a union resolution to continue teaching remotely, CPS CEO Janice Jackson announced the return of K-8 educators would be delayed to Wednesday.

Teamsters union shuts down Hunts Point strike in New York City

By Daniel de Vries, 23 January 2021

Fearing the strike was becoming a catalyst for a broader movement of the working class against social inequality and the criminal response to the pandemic, the unions and the Democrats rushed to shut down the struggle.

Chicago schools chief threatens to lock out teachers who don’t return to school buildings Monday

By George Gallanis, 23 January 2021

The Lightfoot administration has indicated it will treat teachers following through with a union resolution to continue teaching remotely as engaging in an illegal strike, even as she and Democratic Governor J.B. Pritzker push to open restaurants and businesses.

Democratic D.C. mayor slashes funding for homeless services in midst of surging pandemic

By Isaac White, 23 January 2021

The cuts will cause untold misery among the most vulnerable layers of the population.

Southern California school districts plan reopenings despite dire spread of COVID-19

By Melody Isley, 23 January 2021

In the past two weeks, COVID-19 deaths have increased by 82 percent throughout California as the virus continues to spread unabated. Despite the surge, multiple Southern California school districts plan to reopen in the coming weeks.

Biden claims “there is nothing we can do” to halt mass death from coronavirus

By Benjamin Mateus, 23 January 2021

The Biden administration’s pandemic response proposal has as its central aim opening up the entire country to economic activity.

For a full, immediate investigation into death threats against Kshama Sawant!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021

The threats to assassinate Socialist Alternative leader and Seattle City Councilmember Kshama Sawant came from a city government email address. The city must take all necessary measures to protect Sawant, her family and her aides.

Alabama teachers speak out as four more teachers die of COVID-19 this week

By Shelley Connor, 23 January 2021

The staggering impact of these educators’ deaths upon staff and students is incalculable, and there have been numerous heartfelt tributes made by community members in Montgomery.

For second time in four years, Senate confirms ex-general as US defense secretary

By Bill Van Auken, 23 January 2021

While the Democrats and media have hailed retired General Lloyd Austin as the historic first African-American secretary of defense, more significantly he is the second recently retired general tapped to head the Pentagon in four years.

Vote “no” on the sellout agreement at Hunts Point! Form rank-and-file committees to expand the strike!

By Statement of the Socialist Equality Party, 23 January 2021

The Socialist Equality Party urges workers at Hunts Point Produce market in the Bronx to reject any deal between the Teamsters and the employers to shut down the strike.

Biden’s secretary of state nominee endorses lies about Chinese “genocide” of Uyghurs

By Peter Symonds, 23 January 2021

Blinken’s endorsement of Pompeo’s provocative remarks is a sure demonstration that the Biden administration will escalate the war drive against China.

Texas educators call for full investigation of fascistic coup plotters!

Texas Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 23 January 2021

Our committee calls for the fullest investigation into the high-level connections between Texas Republicans, the Trump administration, and the far-right and fascistic groups that coordinated the January 6 coup attempt in Washington, DC.

999 Biden climate plan Pt. 1

22 January 2021

Chicago Public Schools brands collective action to stop in-person learning “illegal”

By Michael Walters, 22 January 2021

The district’s top human resources official issued a highly provocative letter threatening Chicago educators that any “collective failure” to return for in-person instruction “constitutes an illegal strike.”

Another 900,000 file for unemployment, record jobless claims continue amid mass death from pandemic

By Jacob Crosse, 22 January 2021

Despite the urgent need for additional stimulus, reports indicate that another relief bill will not be passed until March.

Teamsters rush to end strike as support grows for Hunts Point warehouse workers in New York City

By Daniel de Vries, 22 January 2021

The union indicated Thursday it intends to cut a sell-out deal with the produce market companies.

Baltimore City Schools announces wide reopening of schools in mid-February

By Harvey Simpkins, 22 January 2021

The move has the support of the city’s Democratic Mayor Brandon Scott, making Baltimore the latest Democratic-led city or state to aggressively reopen schools as the pandemic rages out of control.

999 TX Educators R&F statement calling for investigation into Texan coup plotters

22 January 2021

US Army covered up role of Flynn’s brother, a general, in January 6 coup response

By Patrick Martin, 22 January 2021

Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn took part in the meeting where Army leaders initially refused requests to send the National Guard to the US Capitol.

Chaotic vaccination rollout leaves New Yorkers vulnerable to COVID-19 surge

By Ali Elhassan, 22 January 2021

Governor Cuomo has committed himself to keeping businesses open despite the loss of life.

999 Cuts to DC homeless services

22 January 2021

The Biden administration: Illusion and reality

By Niles Niemuth, 22 January 2021

Efforts are underway to chloroform the public about the realities of the procapitalist, imperialist politics of the Biden administration and the catastrophic economic and social conditions under which it begins.

Amazon workers call for a full public congressional investigation of the January 6 fascist coup attempt

Amazon BWI2 Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 22 January 2021

The Amazon workers of the BWI2 facility in Baltimore calls on all workers to support the Socialist Equality Party’s demand for a full congressional investigation into the fascist attack on the US Capitol building.

The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening, Part two

By Benjamin Mateus, 21 January 2021

Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.

Despite outbreaks at 373 New York City schools, Democrats and unions conspire to keep the district open

By Sandy English, 21 January 2021

Since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio unilaterally reopened schools in early December with the support of the teachers union, statewide daily new cases have reached their worst point since the start of the pandemic.

Doctors locked out of hospital in Houston, Texas over rent dispute, forced to treat patients in parking lot

By Chase Lawrence, 21 January 2021

The sudden closure Monday of the Heights Hospital follows 21 hospital closures in 2020 across the United States, many of which were thrust into acute financial crisis by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston Teachers Union agrees to return to in-person classes for thousands of students

By Julian James, 21 January 2021

The agreement was reached a day before the BTU took part in last week’s phony “Day of Resistance” protest aimed at appealing to Biden and the Democratic Party.

Chicago educators form independent rank-and-file committee to fight school reopenings

Close schools and nonessential production until the pandemic is contained! Full income protection to all!

Chicago Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the CTU and other unions.

Tennessee educators and parents call for fully funded remote learning to contain the pandemic

By Tennessee Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

In opposition to Governor Bill Lee’s scheme to pressure schools to reopen, we call for the immediate closure of all schools and for the provision of ample resources to provide high quality remote learning to all students.

Oregon faces legal challenges after establishing blacks-only COVID-19 relief fund

By Dominic Gustavo, 21 January 2021

The Oregon Cares Fund revived criteria similar to the racist “one drop” rule to determine eligibility to receive financial aid.

New York City educators call for unified struggle with striking Hunts Point market workers!

New York City Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 21 January 2021

Our brothers and sisters at Hunts Point have taken a courageous stand for the rights of workers everywhere, and we call on them to form their own rank-and-file committee independent of the Teamsters to carry forward their struggle.

Biden’s inaugural address: Banality and empty abstractions to cover over reality

By Joseph Kishore, 21 January 2021

Amidst an unprecedented political, social, and economic crisis of the entire capitalist order, Biden delivered remarks filled with cliches, incoherent non sequiturs and the emptiest of abstractions.

“The company and the UAW are only concerned with profits”

Stellantis revives 12-hour shifts for Sterling Heights Assembly skilled trades

By Shannon Jones, 21 January 2021

It is apparent that the earlier report by the Free Press that the 12/7 schedule had been withdrawn was deliberately misleading, aimed at buying the UAW and management a little more time to prepare a new blitz to impose the grueling 12-hour schedule.

New York City workers demand action to defend Hunts Point strikers

By Daniel de Vries, 21 January 2021

Teachers, transit and other workers in New York City denounced Tuesday’s police attack on striking warehouse workers and are calling for unified action to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and poverty wages.

Trump pardons Bannon, grants clemency to reactionaries and criminals

By Jacob Crosse, 21 January 2021

Donald Trump announced 144 acts of clemency in his last 24 hours in office, including a pardon for one of his closest fascist advisers, Stephen Bannon.

Chicago Teachers Union postures with “strike” vote as schools continue in-person learning

By Alexander Fangmann, 20 January 2021

In response to overwhelming anger from teachers and parents over the continued drive to reopen schools and businesses in the city, the union’s House of Delegates is calling an emergency meeting Wednesday.

Court documents detail fascist groups’ advanced planning for seizure of US Capitol

By Alex Findijs, 20 January 2021

FBI charging documents against leading members of the Oath Keepers paramilitary group include text messages and other communications showing a high level of coordination and the intention to kidnap and kill elected officials.

Inauguration 2021: On the edge of an abyss

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 20 January 2021

The Biden administration is taking office in the midst of an existential crisis of the entire American political, social and economic system.

Alabama educators launch rank-and-file safety committee to close schools and save lives!

Alabama Educators Rank-and-File Safety Committee, 20 January 2021

We call on all educators and support staff, and workers from all industries, to join and help build our committee in your school or workplace, independently of both big-business parties and their backers in the unions.

New York City police attack striking Hunts Point warehouse workers

By Daniel de Vries, 20 January 2021

The NYPD arrested five workers as the warehouse workers' strike extended to day 3.

999 Boston schools reopening facilitated by union

20 January 2021

Yellen takes aggressive stance on China in treasury secretary confirmation hearing

By Nick Beams, 20 January 2021

Yellen’s nomination seems assured, as she enjoys support from both the Republicans and Wall Street.

999 Trump pardons

20 January 2021

999 Chicago Educators R&F Committee founding statement

20 January 2021

999 Oregon set aside funds for black residents in pandemic relief bill

20 January 2021

Coronavirus cases surge again at Fort Dix federal prison in New Jersey

By Erik Schreiber, 20 January 2021

For the second time in a matter of months, officials at Fort Dix have reported more coronavirus cases than at any other federal prison.

The science of the pandemic supports teachers’ concerns over the dangers of school reopening—Part one

By Benjamin Mateus, 20 January 2021

Science validates teachers’ concerns that in-person education during the pandemic is a dangerous proposition. This article reviews some of the more recent scientific findings.

Democrats promote “white privilege” fiction to block united working class response to fascist coup plot

By Barry Grey, 20 January 2021

The central premise of the racialist narrative—the existence and all-pervasive role of “white privilege”—is contradicted by the realities of American society.

Disney’s Soul in Denmark: New York Times disapproves of a white actor dubbing a black actor’s voice

By David Walsh, 20 January 2021

The Times is unceasing in its campaign to racialize every important aspect of life in the US and globally, encouraging divisions in the population along ethnic lines and facilitating the growth of the far right.

School worker deaths mount in Florida as virus spreads without restraint

By Alex Johnson, 20 January 2021

Two public school workers from Florida died earlier this month after contracting COVID-19 under conditions of an unmitigated spread of the virus in school districts statewide.