Category Archives: Mass Work

What Goes Around Comes Around

When I was asked to write on the history of May Day, I took a big gulp. Having never been taught about May Day in either school or college, I had to do some reading. Oh, I knew the basic one sentence, isn’t … Continue reading

Posted in Labor, Movement History

Cesar Chavez, the Movie

I went to see the movie, Cesar Chavez on his birthday, March 31st.  I watched and felt a mix of sentiments about it.  Being an individual who was partly inspired by Chavez and the United Farm Workers Union (U.F.W.) I felt a certain amount of kinship … Continue reading

Posted in Chicano National Movement, Movies

A Note to Socialist Union Staffers: Build Working Class Power!

Many of our friends and members hold staff positions in unions.  In some cases, comrades who were rank and file union members lost their jobs due to plant closures and layoffs and migrated into staff jobs.  In the 1990s, the … Continue reading

Posted in Labor

Fast Food Workers: Giving Juice to a Revived Living Wage MovementFast Food Workers: Giving juice to a revived Living Wage Movement

On the morning of December 5th, 15 fast food workers and 30 supporters gathered outside the McDonald’s on Highland in Memphis, Tennessee. After some picket-line discussion of tactics and their risks, one worker, Reese, said “I didn’t come here to … Continue reading

Posted in Labor, Oppressed Nationalities

Bridging the Chasm between Environmental and Economic Justice: A Conversation with Bill Fletcher and Bill Gallegos

Steelworkers President Leo Gerard said about the choice between a clean environment and good jobs, “You can have both, or you have neither.”A rift exists between those good trade unionists who fight for decent jobs and a just economy, and … Continue reading

Posted in Ecological Crisis, Labor

44 years after Fred Hampton’s murder, the struggle continues

On December 4, 1969, Black Panther leader Fred Hampton was murdered in cold blood by the Chicago Police Department in conspiracy with the FBI. Although many years have gone by since then, the people’s love for this great revolutionary has … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Poetry, Police & Prisons

More on California’s prisoner hunger strike

Update: The article below, written last week, was scheduled for publication here just as we learned that the hunger strike has been suspended as of September 5. We are still publishing this article to help share information about this important … Continue reading

Posted in Police & Prisons

Birth justice now! Midwifery and traditional childbirthing in oppressed communities

Tamika Middleton and Laura Perez sat down with Michelle Foy to talk about how they are working to bring alternative birthing options to working class communities of color. Michelle Foy: What is traditional childbirthing and midwifery? Can you speak about … Continue reading

Posted in Health Care

The Myth of the Middle Class: Who are the Working Class?

As class war becomes more and more apparent in 21st century America, here’s a real look and analysis of class, and how it manifests. The article below was an attempt to make discussion points to come to a more collective … Continue reading

Posted in Labor

No More Zimmermans: Reflections from a Teacher, Uncle, and Activist

I’ve been an activist, organizer, and high school teacher who has thought about and worked on questions of race and justice for my entire adult life.  Because of that, I’ve seen some things that prepared me for the emotions that … Continue reading

Posted in Oppressed Nationalities, Students