Lebanon: Negligence Leads to Explosion in Beirut, Killing More than 100

By Sandra Harris A massive explosion rocked the port of Beirut, Lebanon on Tuesday after an estimated 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate stored at a warehouse detonated, killing at least 137 people, wounding around 5,000, leaving 300,000 homeless, and causing damage to the city estimated between $10 to $15 billion. The stockpile is believed to have detonated either due to a fire nearby, or because … Continue reading Lebanon: Negligence Leads to Explosion in Beirut, Killing More than 100

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

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

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

Defend Our Hoodz: The City’s “RENT Assistance” is Landlord Assistance

Editor’s Note: the following is a political cartoon and statement from housing struggle organization Defend Our Hoodz. By Defend Our Hoodz – Defiende El Barrio – Austin The City of Austin rolled out a lottery program this week called RENT assistance, that they’ve presented as aid to tenants. We see through this program as nothing more than a bailout for landlords. Not only was the … Continue reading Defend Our Hoodz: The City’s “RENT Assistance” is Landlord Assistance

Los Angeles: Mariachis of Boyle Heights Demand Work, Host Live Concert

Editor’s Note: This live event has passed, but Tribune of the People encourages readers to continue donating to support the mariachis through venmo @mariachis_enlalucha or online at https://gogetfunding.com/mariachi-fundraiser/ By Felipe Vera Today (May 8) at 12:00pm (PST), the mariachis of Boyle Heights, along with the housing struggle organization Defend Boyle Heights (DBH), will be live streaming a concert directly from Mariachi Plaza via instagram. We … Continue reading Los Angeles: Mariachis of Boyle Heights Demand Work, Host Live Concert

States Reopen Businesses at Workers’ Expense

By Sandra Harris Many states across the US are beginning to scale back shelter-in-place orders and push for businesses that have been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic to reopen. Although over 5 million tests have been conducted in the US, it still has a lower per capita testing rate compared to countries such as Italy, where the virus outbreak was especially severe. The truth … Continue reading States Reopen Businesses at Workers’ Expense