The following is not a story about baby shoes for sale, never worn. It is about the half of humanity that cannot afford them.
This has undoubtedly been a great time to be rich. But things haven’t been so great for everyone else.
We must do more than just talk or write or even protest. We must love and walk with those whom we are fighting for. Let your service and care for individuals on the street be a kind of trickle-up policy that influences your local chapter and our entire national organization.
Linking labor movements to organizing around rent and debt is critical not only to improving peoples’ lives in the short-term, but also to resist financial capitalism’s multiple sites of extraction and expose some of the contradictions between them. High rents aren’t payable on low, insecure wages. Instead of individualizing this economic problem, unionizing enables people to collectively refuse responsibility for it. In 2017, for example, when faced with a 60% to 80% hike, the LA Tenants Union carried out a nine-month rent strike and won an agreement to limit rent rises to 5% and the right to negotiate on future increases.
Prospects appear good that Donald Trump will be defeated in November, but even with a change in the White House and power shifts in both the House and Senate, the country – especially the working class – will still be struggling with an economic disaster and a disastrous pandemic. We will need a recovery for all that includes the items listed above and goes beyond them.
George Floyd’s murder unleashed a firestorm of protests, fueling demands for an end to rubber bullets and tear gas for crowd control, a ban on chokeholds by arresting officers, and defunding of police. No less striking was the creation of Seattle’s Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone (CHAZ), also known as the Capitol Hill Occupied Protest (CHOP). CHOP…
It began as a trade conflict (Roots of the U.S.-China Trade Conflict), but recently it has escalated into a drive to start a new global Cold War with China. On July 23, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave an ominous speech titled “Communist China and the Free World’s Future.” He warned that China seeks…
Despite what we have been told, we are NOT all in this together. The strategic use of Chapter 11 bankruptcy filings has actually been good for some, especially executives of these companies as well as the private equity firms that executed retail leveraged buyouts (LBOs).
Why hasn’t the pain been shared? The answer lies in the difference between personal bankruptcy and corporate bankruptcy.
Today, when we see mask-less crowds bearing guns, threatening lawmakers or demonstrators, aided by police silently sympathizing with the violence or joining the fray, we remember Peekskill…and Paul Robeson.
Returning 50 years after Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, a photographer-writer duo chronicle sadness, struggle, poverty, and tragedy as capitalism shapes the South.