I have seen several posts on Facebook and on TV of health-care workers giving accounts of what it’s like on the front lines of ICUs, emergency departments, and 911 call centers. Many, generously and compassionately, attest to knowing others who have it worse than they do. But they also speak of not having adequate protective clothing and equipment, of trying to make do with plastic trash bags for gowns and reusing masks in place of proper gear that would really protect them. Some of these workers have immunosuppressive conditions such as asthma; nevertheless, they continue to go to work, aware of their own peril but knowing there might not be someone to take their place. They often go home dead tired, having worked 12-hour...

As COVID-19 infiltrates cities and towns one after another, steadily destroying lives in its wake, it is hard not to notice the contradictory nature of the phenomenon: the affliction clearly is global, but there is no effective global system to control it.

The World Health Organization is supposed to create such a system, but it has been weakened by member states not paying their share. We...

A lot of hope—and rightly so—is being placed in what a post-Trump country and world might look like. And yes, almost anything would be better. (As a popular lawn sign reads, “2020: Any Functioning Adult.”) Proposals for union-friendly organizing rights, student debt relief, a wealth tax, a green infrastructure bill (if not a Green New Deal), a rejoining of the Paris Climate Accord undertaken by a...

The following is an interview by AKEL, the Progressive Party of Working People in Cyprus, with Rossana Cambron and Joe Sims, co-chairs of the CPUSA.

Q: The United States is one of, if not the richest countries in the world and yet it cannot support its health-care system. What’s to blame; is it the fact that the health-care system is mainly in the hands of the private sector?

A: After the...

CODEPINK buys BlackRock shares to infiltrate meeting for the common good of humanity

Members of the anti-war organization CODEPINK will attend the BlackRock Annual General Shareholders Meeting virtually to raise questions about the company’s weapon investments and human rights policies.

CODEPINK purchased shares to acquire access to the annual meeting to influence change. CODEPINK plans to...

A group of 300 lawmakers from two dozen countries have signed a letter sent on Wednesday, May 13 to the heads of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), calling on these institutions to forgive the respective debt of the world’s poorest countries, and to step up their financial support for these nations, in response to the global COVID-19 crisis.

“The temporary...

Dear comrades,

Working people of all backgrounds are uniting around issues such as racist violence,  health care, climate change, women’s reproductive rights, labor and immigrant rights against the neo-fascist Trump agenda. At the same time, thousands of young workers and students have taken to online platforms during the Covid-19 lockdown and are demanding socialist-oriented reforms and...

We learned what Dr. Williams J. Barber II has been preaching: “This virus is teaching us that from now on, living wages, guaranteed health care for all, unemployment and labor rights are not far-left issues but issues of right versus wrong and life versus death.”

Here are lessons we have learned.

Recent Upsurge and Interest in Socialism

The pandemic caused by the coronavirus highlights...

A Call to Arms

In the last three weeks the country has seen a series of “anti-lockdown” protests in states with Democratic governors. Two protesting Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 emergency stay-at-home order received the most media coverage. Rifle-carrying members of the Michigan Liberty Militia entered the statehouse, some carrying signs saying “Make treason punishable...

The COVID-19 pandemic has put every democratic right we hold dear, every benefit we have won, in dire danger.

President Donald Trump is determined to solve this pandemic on the backs of the working class. Under cover of the crisis, he and his minions would further consolidate corporate power. Democratic rights, including the right to a fair and free election, are in danger of being taken from...

At two o’clock in the morning on Thursday, April 30, there was a violent attack on the Cuban embassy in Washington, DC. According to reports from Cuban sources and from Washington’s municipal police, Alexander Alazo of Texas drove up to the embassy, which is located on the Northwest quadrant of the U.S. capital, and opened fire on the building with a powerful weapon. The police have arrested...

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