Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

By Michael Nolan and a carbon black worker Workers at the Tokai Carbon manufacturing plant in Borger, Texas work long hours in harsh conditions while uninvolved owners reap the profit. The plant produces a crucial industrial component called carbon black, an ultra-fine carbon powder with valuable uses. In the course of production, workers labor alongside furnaces in a hot atmosphere of dense dust inside an … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

Brazil: Combative Peasant Protest Blocks Highway, Denounces Bolsonaro Government

By Ben Robinson On July 15, the National Front of Struggle (Frente Nacional de Luta) and the League of Poor Peasants (LCP, Liga dos Camponeses Pobres) organized a protest in the state of Minas Gerais, which included blocking a major highway with a flaming barricade. The peasant demonstration raised slogans against the genocidal government of fascist President Jair Bolsonaro, which has caused the death of … Continue reading Brazil: Combative Peasant Protest Blocks Highway, Denounces Bolsonaro Government

Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

By Joan Hoch and Michael Nolan Tenants at the Rosemont at Oak Valley apartment complex have been struggling against their landlord after 87 eviction notices were distributed to residents on July 2, blaming damage from the Texas winter storm in February for the conditions. After hours of testimony from tenants that the poor conditions were long-standing and not due to the winter storm, a judge … Continue reading Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

Guest Article: Centennial of the Communist Party of China

Photo: “Hunan Communist Group,” oil painting 1974 by Zhou Shuqiao (周树桥) Editors’ Note: Tribune has received a guest submission from a Chinese reader which commemorates the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC), which is marked on July 1. As the reader points out, the current organization claiming this title and leading the social-imperialist state of China … Continue reading Guest Article: Centennial of the Communist Party of China

Austin: Activists Release Solidarity Video for Four Brazilian Peasant Political Prisoners

Editor’s Note: The following is a video created by Red Aid, a group of activists supporting political prisoners in the US and worldwide. The activists have made a solidarity statement to support the four Brazilian peasants who were arrested on May 21 in the western Amazon state of Rondonia, and who were denied release after a judicial hearing on June 29. The four young peasants, … Continue reading Austin: Activists Release Solidarity Video for Four Brazilian Peasant Political Prisoners

Worker Correspondents: Oxnard School District Denies Adequate COVID-19 Compensation

By Serran Soledad & Scarlett Maroney Employees at the Oxnard School District (OSD) held a rally outside an OSD Board meeting on June 2 to demand increased compensation for time worked during the COVID-19 pandemic. The rally took place in the midst of negotiations between the OSD Board and the California School Employees Association (CSEA), a union that claims to represent around 800 classified employees, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Oxnard School District Denies Adequate COVID-19 Compensation

China: ‘Long Live Chairman Mao! Long Live Chairman Gonzalo!’ Graffiti Seen in Northeast

Photo: Graffiti from northeast China reads “Long Live Chairman Mao!” and “Long Live Chairman Gonzalo!” By David Martinez Graffiti has been documented near a factory in northeast China reading, “Long live Chairman Mao! Long live Chairman Gonzalo!” The slogans are a testament to the growing resurgence of groups in China who uphold Maoism against the revisionist party that claims the title ‘Communist Party of China’ … Continue reading China: ‘Long Live Chairman Mao! Long Live Chairman Gonzalo!’ Graffiti Seen in Northeast

Week in Struggle: July 9-15

Brazil On July 8, the Sanitation Committee for Popular Defense in Ouro Preto (Comitê Sanitário de Defesa Popular de Ouro Preto) led a protest against the monopoly utility company Saneouro which has taken over the water system which was privatized by president Jair Bolsonaro’s government. Approximately 300 protesters marched in the streets against Saneouro, which has raised the cost of water. Banners read “Out with … Continue reading Week in Struggle: July 9-15

Afghanistan: US Prepares Final Military Withdrawal as Taliban Continues Advance

Army Gen. Scott Miller (left) hands flag off to Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie after he relinquished command in Kabul on Monday. (Photo: Paula Bronstein, WSJ) By Jakob Stein As Joe Biden announced that the remaining US troops would pull out of Afghanistan by August 31, the Taliban has continued their offensive against Afghan security forces, seizing control of important border crossings and targeting provincial capitals. … Continue reading Afghanistan: US Prepares Final Military Withdrawal as Taliban Continues Advance

Topeka: Frito-Lay Workers Strike for Higher Wages, End to Mandatory Overtime

By Sarah Ahmed On July 5, 600 workers at a Frito-Lay plant in Topeka, Kansas walked out on the job and began striking after voting down a proposed contract during union negotiations earlier this month. Workers are demanding higher wages and an end to mandatory overtime. Workers at the plant are represented by Local 218 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers, and Grain Millers Union, … Continue reading Topeka: Frito-Lay Workers Strike for Higher Wages, End to Mandatory Overtime