Worker’s Correspondence: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

By Henry Underwood A nurse who works in a Covid-19 ward at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin recently spoke with Tribune about high patient-to-nurse ratios, under-staffing, and the necessity to organize for better pay and working conditions. “When the pandemic first started, we begged for specialty pay or hazard pay. … They refused. They all said no,” she told Tribune. Despite a sharp increase … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

COVID-19 Relief Added to Budget of US Imperialism

Photo credit: Ken Cedeno By Brian Martel On Monday, Congress passed a 5,593 page omnibus spending bill which allocates a total of $2.3 trillion. This year, $900 billion in coronavirus aid has been added on top of the US imperialism’s ever-increasing federal spending. The bill includes $6.2 billion in “foreign military financing,” $3.3 billion of which is allocated for Israel, which is on top of … Continue reading COVID-19 Relief Added to Budget of US Imperialism

Houston: COVID Relief Program Reaches Only 1 Percent of Population

Photo credit: Houston Chronicle By Helen Milne The Houston City Council recently approved a $30 million dollar COVID relief package to be distributed in the form of $1200 checks to approximately 24,000 people. This amounts to a little more than 1% of Houston’s population of 2 million people. Houston’s economy has taken a major hit during the current crisis. While the city was able to … Continue reading Houston: COVID Relief Program Reaches Only 1 Percent of Population

California: Healthcare Workers Threaten Christmas Eve Strike Over Covid-19 Negligence

By Serran Soledad Nurses and other healthcare professionals at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California are among three Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) facilities whose workers have given their respective employers until Christmas Eve to meet a contract agreement for better work conditions, or face a 10-day unfair labor practice strike. Negotiations between the three facilities and the SEIU Local 121RN representing … Continue reading California: Healthcare Workers Threaten Christmas Eve Strike Over Covid-19 Negligence

Imperialist Countries Hoard Coronavirus Vaccine Preorders as Global Poverty Rises

Long Island critical care nurse Sandra Lindsay was one of the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine in a non-trial capacity this month, Photo credit: Spectrum New. By Mike Talavera Most coronavirus vaccines will be going to the imperialist countries, which have placed enough preorders with companies like Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson to immunize their populations multiple times over, according to a Duke … Continue reading Imperialist Countries Hoard Coronavirus Vaccine Preorders as Global Poverty Rises

Resurgence of Jobless Claims Signals Prolonged Economic Depression

Cover photo of European Central Bank Forum on Central Banking by Rev By Mike Talavera Last week marked the first sharp rise in applications for unemployment benefits since early October, jumping from 18,000 the previous week to over 743,000. The spike comes as the economy has struggled to bounce back since the crisis began in March, forcing senior government officials to recognize the inherent inequality … Continue reading Resurgence of Jobless Claims Signals Prolonged Economic Depression

Spain: Working Class Fights Back Against Selective Pandemic Lockdown in Madrid

By David Martinez Since late September, working class residents of Madrid have fought back against selective coronavirus restrictions that the government is only implementing in poor neighborhoods while allowing wealthy areas to operate without oversight. Chanting, “It’s not lockdown, it’s segregation!” and holding banners with slogans such as “They don’t confine the rich,” the residents have protested in the streets in massive numbers and at … Continue reading Spain: Working Class Fights Back Against Selective Pandemic Lockdown in Madrid

Brazil: Sanitary Committee of Manoel Ribeiro Camp Conducts Covid-19 Tests in Camp Sites

The following is an unofficial translation of the article “Comitê Sanitário do Acampamento Manoel Ribeiro faz testes de Covid-19 em acampados” from Resistência Camponesa newspaper. From the first days of the seizure of the lands of the Nossa Senhora Aparecida latifundium, the peasants of the Manoel Ribeiro Camp formed their own Popular Sanitary Committee to guarantee health care and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading Brazil: Sanitary Committee of Manoel Ribeiro Camp Conducts Covid-19 Tests in Camp Sites

Oxnard: Protest Denounces Ventura County Jail Amid Covid Outbreak

By Serran Soledad On Saturday, a protest was held outside of the Ventura County Jail in response to an outbreak in which 81 inmates tested positive for Covid-19. As court dates have been delayed and legal resources have been kept from inmates due to the strict lockdown put in place, many have been held indefinitely without being found guilty of a single crime. The action … Continue reading Oxnard: Protest Denounces Ventura County Jail Amid Covid Outbreak

Peru: 13 Killed in Night Club by Police Terror

By Felipe Vera On August 23, at least 13 people were trampled and killed as a result of the Peruvian police launching tear gas projectiles into a club and locking the doors. Under the pretext of COVID-19 restrictions, the reactionary Peruvian state is attempting wipe their hands clean and pin the deaths on the leaseholder of the building. That evening, many young adults had gathered … Continue reading Peru: 13 Killed in Night Club by Police Terror