International Crisis Deepens With Largest Economic Contraction Ever Reported

By Peter Cherry The largest ever annualized drop in economic activity was reported by the Commerce Department in the US, showing that the economy shrank by 32.9% in the second quarter of 2020. This report comes amid the deepening global crisis of overproduction that became clear at the start of the year and pulled first quarter economic growth down by 5%. It also follows the … Continue reading International Crisis Deepens With Largest Economic Contraction Ever Reported

Trump Gestures to Fascism as US Imperialism Faces Deepening Crisis

By the Editorial Board On July 3, Donald Trump gave a speech with heavy fascist overtones at Mount Rushmore to commemorate US ‘Independence Day.’ As the crisis of US imperialism continues to deepen and the number of COVID-19 cases in the country tops three million, Trump’s address represented the further reactionization of the state through the executive branch. The speech sought to rile up his … Continue reading Trump Gestures to Fascism as US Imperialism Faces Deepening Crisis

Oxnard: Protesters March on Quarantined Farmworker Housing Facility, Issue Demands

By Serran Soledad On Monday, protesters gathered outside Villa Las Brisas housing facility for a march against conditions that led to a major Covid-19 outbreak there in late June. 188 migrant farmworkers tested positive for the novel coronavirus after being housed at Reiter Affiliated Companies’ (RAC) facility during the Spring work season. Organized by Oxnard Revolutionary Study Group, the protest called for RAC to meet … Continue reading Oxnard: Protesters March on Quarantined Farmworker Housing Facility, Issue Demands

40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

By Peter Cherry Based on data gathered by the New York Times, at least 40% of all Coronavirus related deaths in the US have been at nursing homes, targeting the elderly population as well as the low-wage workers who service the facilities. At least 54,000 of the over 125,500 confirmed Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are residents or workers at these facilities that serve seniors, … Continue reading 40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

Opinion: Infowars and Other Reactionaries Spread Dangerous Anti-Mask Hysteria

By Jakob Stein On June 28 the fascist media outlet Infowars, led by its owner and lead radio host Alex Jones, hosted an anti-mask rally at the Texas Capitol in Austin. The event drew approximately 150 American flag-waving, MAGA hat-wearing reactionaries who chanted the slogan “We can’t breathe,” in a racist mockery of the words which have been a rallying cry for the movement for … Continue reading Opinion: Infowars and Other Reactionaries Spread Dangerous Anti-Mask Hysteria

US Appropriates Nearly All of Covid-19 Drug Remdesivir

By Ben Robinson On June 30, the US government agreed to buy 500,000 doses of remdesivir, a drug produced by the corporation Gilead, which may reduce Covid-19 recovery times. According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the 500,000 treatments are all of Gilead’s projected production for July, and 90 percent for August and September. Other countries have decried the US’s hoarding as … Continue reading US Appropriates Nearly All of Covid-19 Drug Remdesivir

Los Angeles: Tenants Union and Activists Stop Illegal Evictions

Photo: Community support shows up for a second time on June 4 to defend elderly tenants under threat of eviction near Silver Lake. By Felipe Vera In the past two weeks, Los Angeles communities have resisted numerous attempts at illegal evictions by local landlords, many led by the Los Angeles Tenants Union (LATU) as part of their anti-eviction campaign. The current economic and health crises … Continue reading Los Angeles: Tenants Union and Activists Stop Illegal Evictions

Austin: Eviction Courts Reopen During Pandemic

By Sandra Harris On June 1, eviction courts reopened in Austin, Travis County. The Texas Supreme Court allowed the statewide moratorium on evictions expire on May 18. While in Austin laws were passed to stop evictions through late July and to give renters a additional 60-day grace period to pay owed rent, this did not stop the courts from reopening to pick up on backlogged … Continue reading Austin: Eviction Courts Reopen During Pandemic

Imperialist Billionaires Grow Richer as Unemployment Reaches Record High

By Peter Cherry The general crisis of overproduction has reached a new height as 36.5 million people in the US have filed for unemployment, making the unemployment rate stand at 13 percent, the worst since the Great Depression and expected to climb as high as 25 percent. Bourgeois economists like Federal Reserve Chair Jerome H. Powell said last week that the US economy is in … Continue reading Imperialist Billionaires Grow Richer as Unemployment Reaches Record High

Los Angeles: Boyle Heights Mariachis Hold Relief Concert

By Felipe Vera On Friday May 8, out-of-work mariachis held a concert to raise relief funds as they have been especially impacted by the economic crisis, unable to work due to COVID-19 restrictions and ineligible to receive unemployment or similar benefits. The event was hosted by anti-gentrification organization Defend Boyle Heights, and as it began Mariachi Plaza was covered in posters made by the mariachis, … Continue reading Los Angeles: Boyle Heights Mariachis Hold Relief Concert