North America

999 Chicago school reopenings news update

23 January 2021

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.

999 San Diego school reopenings update

23 January 2021

999 Biden pandemic response plan

23 January 2021

999 Hunger in Missouri

23 January 2021

999 5 teacher deaths in Montgomery, Alabama in the past 3 days

23 January 2021

Who is responsible for Canada’s second, deadlier, wave of COVID-19?

By Frédéric Charlebois, 23 January 2021

So as to ensure Canada’s ruling elite continues to accumulate obscene wealth, the federal Liberal and provincial governments have sabotaged implementation of the measures urgently needed to halt the spread of COVID-19.

999 Confirmation of Lloyd Austin as Defense Secretary

23 January 2021

999 Hunts Point strike in danger of Teamsters sellout

23 January 2021

999 ADL reprimands Chi teacher, CTU apologizes for Niemoller poem reference

23 January 2021

999 Covid outbreak at California ports

23 January 2021

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

23 January 2021

Metalworkers carry out wildcat strike in Matamoros, Mexico, for higher wages

By Andrea Lobo, 22 January 2021

The workers at a maquiladora factory owned by the Texas-based multinational Cypress Industries struck to demand a 15 percent wage increase, following wildcat strikes by workers in the city last April against unsafe conditions caused by the pandemic.

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.

Corporatization of Canada’s virtual health services part of broader privatization drive

By Penny Smith, 22 January 2021

Telecommunications giant Telus is exploiting desperate patients who lack timely access to healthcare services, the need for social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising chronic illness to significantly expand its presence in the health care sector.

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.

Canadian autoworkers’ union rams through concessions-laden deal at CAMI plant after secret talks with GM

By Carl Bronski, 21 January 2021

In what can only be described as an ambush, Unifor reopened the CAMI contract behind the backs of the workers, then rammed through a rotten deal, many of whose basic details are either being concealed or are yet to be determined.

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!

By 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.

Yellen takes aggressive stance on China in treasury secretary confirmation hearing

By Nick Beams, 21 January 2021

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

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.

Senate hearings for Biden’s security cabinet expose bipartisan unity on war and reaction

By Bill Van Auken, 21 January 2021

Veterans of the Obama administration’s wars in the Middle East, drone assassinations and pivot to Asia, the nominees were largely embraced by Senate Republicans.

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.

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.

DHS nominee Mayorkas testifies before Congress as Biden unveils immigration plan

By Kevin Reed, 20 January 2021

The right-wing politics of the incoming Biden administration were revealed at the congressional hearing for Homeland Security secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas and in an announcement that immigration legislation would be moved on the first day of the new administration.

Workers at New York City produce market launch first strike since 1986

By Erik Schreiber, 19 January 2021

Drivers and warehouse workers at Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, the largest produce market in the world, are striking against inadequate protections during the pandemic and management’s refusal to raise their hourly wage by one dollar.

Hawaii nurses demand safe working conditions and PPE

By Evelyn Rios, 19 January 2021

The struggle of Hawaii nurses has reached a critical juncture. They should reject the attempts to sabotage their actions and begin organizing independently of the trade unions.

999 Tennessee Educators R&F statement

19 January 2021

Morgues overflow, air quality restrictions on crematoriums suspended as Los Angeles County surpasses 1 million COVID-19 cases

By Angelo Perera, 19 January 2021

Some hospitals report operating at over 300 percent capacity as southern California counties procure dozens of refrigerator trucks to hold the dead.

Conductor Riccardo Muti expresses solidarity with Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians

By Fred Mazelis, 19 January 2021

The statement by the famed leader of the Chicago Symphony came in response to a call from the musicians, who have been without pay since last spring.

999 Boston schools reopening facilitated by union

19 January 2021

As COVID cover-up continues

Wage theft exposed at Fiat Chrysler/Stellantis Detroit Assembly Complex

By Stephen Fuller, 19 January 2021

After receiving millions of dollars in incentives to construct a new plant in Detroit, management attempted to short pay workers on negotiated wage increases, while covering up the spread of COVID-19.

999 Chicago schools update or r/f statement

19 January 2021

Paid aides to Trump campaign played key roles in organizing fascist assault on US Capitol

By Jacob Crosse, 19 January 2021

An analysis by the Associated Press reveals direct material connections between the White House and the fascist coup attempt.

Educators and workers across the US denounce arrest of whistleblower Rebekah Jones

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 January 2021

Jones, who faces persecution in response to her efforts to expose the spread of the pandemic in Florida and in K-12 schools across the US, was released on bond after turning herself in to Florida police.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

19 January 2021

The global COVID vaccine distribution debacle is mirrored in the US

By Benjamin Mateus, 19 January 2021

The global vaccination distribution has been characterized as a “catastrophic moral failure” by the WHO’s director-general. Despite the US predominance in access to these life-saving vaccines, its national vaccine initiative has been a dismal disaster.

Indiana lawmakers propose new law shielding businesses from COVID-19 liabilities

By Jack Temple, 18 January 2021

The proposed law seeks to remove legal rights from workers if they get sick or die from contracting COVID-19 at work.

999 AD interview with Rolling Stone

18 January 2021

Democrats intensify calls for “unity” in aftermath of fascistic insurrection in Washington D.C.

By Jacob Crosse, 18 January 2021

The Democrats’ calls for “unity” come as more revelations confirm the high-level coordination between Capitol Police, the FBI, and the military in facilitating the storming of the Capitol on January 6.

Free COVID-19 whistleblower Rebekah Jones!

By Bryan Dyne, 18 January 2021

Jones is being prosecuted by the state of Florida for exposing its effort to cover up cases of COVID-19 and opposing the state’s policy of prematurely reopening schools.

School nurses return to campuses as United Teachers Los Angeles covers for Democrats

By Tadakatsu Čapek, 18 January 2021

Two years after betraying the strike by 33,000 teachers, the United Teachers Los Angeles is collaborating with state and local Democrats to reopen schools in the epicenter of the world pandemic.

City of Detroit files lawsuit attacking protesters’ basic democratic rights

By Kevin Reed and Brady Leonard, 18 January 2021

The city has filed a counter lawsuit against a group of protesters who successfully argued in their own case that police officers used excessive force to crack down on demonstrations last year against police brutality.

US deaths from COVID-19 lead to a more than one-year decline in life expectancy

By Benjamin Mateus, 18 January 2021

Life expectancy in the US has declined dramatically, by more than one year, due to deaths associated with COVID-19 infections. Adding to the catastrophe of the pandemic, a new variant of the coronavirus has been detected across more than 12 states, threatening to further exacerbate the crisis.

Massive rise in unemployment in Germany during the pandemic

By Elisabeth Zimmermann, 18 January 2021

The German employment agency published the official unemployment figures for December 2020, reporting an increase to 2.7 million unemployed, 480,000 more than in the same month last year.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

18 January 2021

999 Chicago schools update or r/f statement

18 January 2021

Canadian educators must mount a political struggle to oppose school reopenings and save lives

By Omar Ali, 18 January 2021

Whatever the specific timetables of the various provincial governments, they are all determined to force educators, students, and support staff back into unsafe school buildings as the COVID-19 pandemic surges.

999 Biden and Democrats downplay coup attempt

18 January 2021

Ontario teacher denounces unions’ “feckless response” to government’s ruinous handling of the pandemic

By A letter from an Ontario teacher, 18 January 2021

“What is emerging among educators not just in Ontario or Canada, but throughout the world is the realization that educators must rely on our biggest asset and resource—that is ourselves!”

999 Report on FCA Mack Assembly

18 January 2021

999 Latest science on school reopenings

18 January 2021

Three million in Los Angeles County have been infected with COVID-19 as workplace outbreaks reach all-time high

By Kevin Martinez, 16 January 2021

The virus is so widespread, according to the Los Angeles Times, that the infection rate has likely been slowed down by the large numbers of people who have already contracted it and developed a temporary immunity.

As proof of high-level conspiracy mounts

Justice Department proposes internal investigation to cover up state involvement in January 6 coup attempt

By Eric London, 16 January 2021

Although the January 6 attempt failed at seizing power, the entire political establishment is now lurching further to the right.

Inside the COVID-19 outbreak at Lakepointe nursing home in Clinton Township, Michigan

By Zac Corrigan, 16 January 2021

At least three Lakepointe residents have died from COVID-19 since Christmas, and workers say that residents who catch COVID are no longer able to be removed from the home, which has resulted in a growing outbreak that they can’t contain.

Biden “recovery” plan will fail to relieve social misery or stop pandemic death

By Jacob Crosse, 16 January 2021

The package, which falls woefully short in meeting the current crisis for millions of workers and their families, will be further watered down as the Democrats seek “bipartisan” support from Republicans.

CAMI autoworkers should reject Unifor’s attempt to reopen contract with GM Canada!

By Carl Bronski, 16 January 2021

Unifor may try as early as this Sunday to force through a new contract, replacing that scheduled to expire this fall.

Trump administration executes two more death row prisoners in pre-Inauguration Day killing spree

By Kate Randall, 16 January 2021

The US government executed two prisoners Thursday night and early Saturday as the Trump administration continued its killing spree in advance of the inauguration of Joe Biden as president on January 20. The US Supreme Court allowed both executions to proceed.

Killeen, Texas police officer shot and killed unarmed man during mental health call

By Chase Lawrence, 16 January 2021

Patrick Warren, Sr. was shot multiple times in the front yard of his home as his family watched in horror.

Fed chief pledges massive support for Wall Street will not cease

By Nick Beams, 16 January 2021

In an interview on Thursday, Powell said there was “real sensitivity” among investors about asset purchases and the Fed did not talk about an “exit” because “markets are listening.”

Lightfoot administration blocked release of video showing Chicago police crushing woman’s leg with SUV

By George Gallanis, 16 January 2021

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her Democratic administration, aware of the growing social tensions in Chicago’s working class, are concerned that the quick release of incriminating police violence videos can lead to massive social upheavals.

Vote “No” to the UFCW-backed union at Alabama Amazon facility! Build rank-and-file committees to defend worker rights

By International Amazon Workers Voice, 16 January 2021

Workers need organization and a leadership to fight, but bitter experience has shown that the unions do not represent workers.

UFCW complicity exposed in outbreak at Tyson pork plant where managers bet on infections

By James Langley, 16 January 2021

The indifference of UFCW Local 431 to the plight of workers in the plant is so unconcealed that it was even acknowledged by the local press.

What would have happened if Trump’s fascist mob had seized hostages?

By Joseph Kishore and David North, 16 January 2021

The attempts by various left journalists to deny that the events of January 6 were an attempted coup undermines resistance to the danger of fascism.

United Steelworkers betrays Constellium strike in Alabama after weeks of isolating workers

By Cordell Gascoigne and Jessica Goldstein, 16 January 2021

Following the sellout of the strike by 400 aluminum workers in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the United Steelworkers continues to hide details of the contract.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

16 January 2021

US State Department designates Cuba state sponsor of terrorism

By Alexander Fangmann, 16 January 2021

The announcement is a continuation of the rollback of Obama’s normalization of relations as the island has been hit hard by COVID-19 and a deepening economic crisis.

Former governor Rick Snyder charged over role in Flint, Michigan water poisoning

By James Brewer, 15 January 2021

Snyder and eight others were indicted Thursday on charges relating to the criminal poisoning of the city’s water supply that began almost seven years ago.

Teachers and parents speak out on deadly reopening of Chicago Public Schools

By Our reporters, 15 January 2021

There is growing opposition throughout Chicago to the city’s Democratic leaders aggressive push to reopen schools, bars and restaurants as COVID-19 infections are ripping through schools and other workplaces.

Mentally ill woman executed as Trump continues federal killing spree

By Chase Lawrence, 15 January 2021

The US Supreme Court cleared the way for the execution of Lisa Montgomery at the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, despite clear evidence of her mental incompetency.

As COVID cases surge: Sharp rise in new US unemployment claims

By Shannon Jones, 15 January 2021

The adjusted number of new jobless claims rose to 965,000 for the week ending January 9 as the US Federal Reserve reports 20 percent of low-income workers are unemployed.

999 Racialist narrative on coup

15 January 2021