Austin: Tenants at Tempo Apartments Resist Evictions Blamed on Winter Storm

By Una Flynn In response to eviction notices left on their doors last week, the tenants at the Tempo at Riverside apartments in Southeast Austin, along with the support of United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM), mobilized to challenge the eviction notices and force concessions from management with an organized action. The management blamed the necessity of the evictions on the February winter storm, which tenants … Continue reading Austin: Tenants at Tempo Apartments Resist Evictions Blamed on Winter Storm

Texas: Winter Storm Death Count at 200, Nearly Double State’s Estimate

Cover Photo: A burnt house in East Austin where three people lost their lives trying to keep warm during the February winter storm By Brian Martel The capitalist-caused winter disaster killed over 194 people in Texas, nearly double the state government’s official death count estimate, according to a new investigation by the ruling-class newspaper, the Houston Chronicle. The capitalist state’s role in causing the disaster … Continue reading Texas: Winter Storm Death Count at 200, Nearly Double State’s Estimate

Austin: Tenants Living in Squalor since Winter Storm Fight for Demands

By Josefina Morales Tenants of Mount Carmel Apartments in East Austin have started to organize against inhumane living conditions and voice demands to the management and ownership of the complex, which is one of several apartment complexes in the area facing persisting disruptions in utilities since the capitalist crisis following the extreme winter storm last month. Tenants have been without heat, hot water, and the … Continue reading Austin: Tenants Living in Squalor since Winter Storm Fight for Demands

Houston: Tenants without Running Water since Winter Storm Go on Rent Strike

By Helen Milne The tenants of Villas de Padeo, with the support of the Houston Tenants Union, have initiated a rent strike after going nearly a month without running water. During the crisis of capitalist mismanagement of the winter storm in February, the tenants went without electricity for six days and have not had water after many of the pipes in the complex burst and … Continue reading Houston: Tenants without Running Water since Winter Storm Go on Rent Strike

Letter to the Editors: The Best We Can Do is Not Enough

Photo: An abandoned homeless camp in Austin during the February winter storm Letter from a reader of Tribune of the People: I was a member of an organization that housed every unsheltered person in San Marcos during the winter storm that shut down Texas for a week. We had contacts with the community of unsheltered people in San Marcos that let us find everyone who … Continue reading Letter to the Editors: The Best We Can Do is Not Enough

Texas: Death Toll, Electricity Bills Rise in Wake of Winter Storm

By Nélida Tello Two weeks have passed since the capitalist-caused winter disaster hit Texas, leaving millions without basic utilities for days along with a rising death toll. Despite power and normal temperatures returning, many have been left to grieve loved ones, deal with thousands of dollars of debt, and remain in unlivable conditions without water or with severe damages to their homes. The death toll … Continue reading Texas: Death Toll, Electricity Bills Rise in Wake of Winter Storm

Austin: Protesters Gather at Governor’s Mansion, Demand Ruling Class Pays for Power Outage

By Oliver Powell On February 26, protesters and activists gathered outside the governor’s mansion in Austin and marched through downtown to protest ERCOT and governor Greg Abbott’s role in the winter disaster that began on February 14. The protesters blamed the privatized energy grid and the capitalist system as a whole, which includes the owners of transmission lines and power plants, for leaving many Texans … Continue reading Austin: Protesters Gather at Governor’s Mansion, Demand Ruling Class Pays for Power Outage

Texas: Charges Dropped against Black Teen Arrested Walking Home from Work during Winter Storm

By Serran Soledad Eighteen-year-old Black high school student and Walmart worker Rodney Reese was arrested, and charged with “pedestrian in a roadway” by the Plano, Texas police on February 16, while walking home during the major winter storm which struck the entire state. The charges were dropped a week later after his family spoke out and the incident garnered widespread outrage. Released body-cam footage shows … Continue reading Texas: Charges Dropped against Black Teen Arrested Walking Home from Work during Winter Storm

The Ruling-Class ‘Aid’ Rolls in after the Storm Rolls Out

By the Editorial Board At the height of the extreme winter storm that hit the country this past week, the Old State abandoned those suffering through power blackouts, the widespread loss of water, and the heavy cold that set in for days, all of which killed dozens of Texans and others across the country. These deaths should not be laid at the feet of nature, … Continue reading The Ruling-Class ‘Aid’ Rolls in after the Storm Rolls Out

47 Dead as Energy Providers Institute Blackouts

Photo Credit: Tamir Kalifa/The New York Times By Emma Williams As of Thursday night, 47 people have died throughout the country after it was hit by an extreme winter storm, more than half the deaths were in Texas alone, largely due to the mismanagement by Southwest Power Pool (SPP) and Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The central part of the Midwest largely relies on … Continue reading 47 Dead as Energy Providers Institute Blackouts