Letter to the Editors: How Do We Deal with Conspiracy Theories?

Photo credit: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP via Getty Images Dear Tribune of the People Editorial Board, I have often struggled with other working-class people around conspiracy theories. In the wake of the large public health crisis going on in the US, I have often heard of conspiracy theories like the idea that “COVID-19 was made in a Chinese lab,” or that “the government is putting chips in … Continue reading Letter to the Editors: How Do We Deal with Conspiracy Theories?

Workers’ Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

By Jakob Stein Management at the Ford Kansas City Assembly Plant has been using safety protocols, especially those around COVID-19, as a pretext to retaliate against workers whom they have personal issues with. The general attitude of management with regard to these ‘violations’ has been guilty until proven innocent, with workers being punished for not wearing masks when they were in fact wearing them, or … Continue reading Workers’ Correspondents: Ford Plant Uses Safety Protocol to Retaliate Against Workers

Brazil: Comrade Dantas, Present in the Struggle

By Nélida Tello Brazilian revolutionary José Alves da Silva, known by many as Dantas, died on February 13, after contracting COVID-19 in early January. Dantas was a known Marxist-Leninist-Maoist steeled in class struggled who dedicated his life to fight for a new democratic revolution in Brazil. Dantas’s partner, Nora, also contracted COVID-19 and was hospitalized alongside Dantas in February as their symptoms worsened. Dantas spent … Continue reading Brazil: Comrade Dantas, Present in the Struggle

Worker’s Correspondence: Houston EMT and ER Technicians Overworked and Unprotected

Photo credit: Godofredo A. Vásquez, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer By Eli Blackhart Tribune of the People spoke with a healthcare worker in Houston who works as an EMT and Emergency Room (ER) Technician. The medic detailed unsafe working conditions, increased workload, and a lack of support from healthcare companies. During the peak of the pandemic, the lack of healthcare workers resulted in only one … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Houston EMT and ER Technicians Overworked and Unprotected

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