Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

By Blaine Hopkins For nearly 90 days, ExxonMobil has locked out over 650 union workers fighting for a better contract at their Beaumont, Texas refinery. The workers’ lockout has the refinery operating at only 60% capacity as workers hold out against the company’s attempts to remove seniority bidding, lead safety operator positions, and pay raises. Since January, Exxon has refused to budge on its original … Continue reading Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

One Year Later, Garrett Foster Lives Forever in the Struggle

By the Editorial Board One year ago on July 25, 2020, Garrett Foster, a servant of the people and defender of Black lives, was murdered in the streets of Austin for standing up to a reactionary during a protest in the wake of the May Uprisings, defending the people and the movement that he believed in. His absence is an immense loss, but what cannot … Continue reading One Year Later, Garrett Foster Lives Forever in the Struggle

Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

By Michael Nolan and a carbon black worker Workers at the Tokai Carbon manufacturing plant in Borger, Texas work long hours in harsh conditions while uninvolved owners reap the profit. The plant produces a crucial industrial component called carbon black, an ultra-fine carbon powder with valuable uses. In the course of production, workers labor alongside furnaces in a hot atmosphere of dense dust inside an … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

By Joan Hoch and Michael Nolan Tenants at the Rosemont at Oak Valley apartment complex have been struggling against their landlord after 87 eviction notices were distributed to residents on July 2, blaming damage from the Texas winter storm in February for the conditions. After hours of testimony from tenants that the poor conditions were long-standing and not due to the winter storm, a judge … Continue reading Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

Austin: Housing Activists Return to City Manager’s Home for Second Protest

By Michael Nolan On the evening of Monday, June 28, tenants and members of the housing struggle organization United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) carried out a demonstration outside the residence of Austin city manager Spencer Cronk, demanding stable housing for the working class and poor throughout the ongoing economic crisis. The protest came 18 days after a day of action in which the group confronted … Continue reading Austin: Housing Activists Return to City Manager’s Home for Second Protest

Austin: Activists, Family Members Continue Campaign for Justice for Jordan Walton

By Joan Hoch On Saturday, June 26, Black activists held an event calling for justice for Jordan Walton, a 21-year-old Black man murdered by Austin Police Department (APD) on February 10 as he was experiencing a mental health crisis. The event, held along with Walton’s family, also served as a celebration of Jordan’s life and a call for revolutionary Black organizing against police violence. The organizers, 400+1 … Continue reading Austin: Activists, Family Members Continue Campaign for Justice for Jordan Walton

Austin: US Army Sergeant Daniel Perry Indicted for Murder of Garrett Foster

By the Editorial Board On July 1, active-duty US Army sergeant Daniel Perry was indicted by a grand jury for charges of murder, deadly conduct, and aggravated assault for his murder of antiracist activist Garrett Foster. A Travis County judge placed the charges following a year of protests and actions demanding Perry’s conviction after he killed Foster during a protest for Black lives on July … Continue reading Austin: US Army Sergeant Daniel Perry Indicted for Murder of Garrett Foster

Austin: Protesters Rally for Palestinians Facing Eviction in Jerusalem

By Josefina Morales On June 20, the Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) organized a demonstration outside the Texas Capitol in solidarity with Batn al-hawa, a neighborhood in the Silwan district of Jerusalem where hundreds of Palestinians are currently resisting eviction and demolition of their homes by the Israeli government. Throughout the action, activists emphasized that the ceasefire in place since last month between Palestinian militants and the Israeli … Continue reading Austin: Protesters Rally for Palestinians Facing Eviction in Jerusalem

Austin: Gourdough’s Workers Walk Out to Protest Lack of AC, Owners Retaliate and Delay Fixes

By Josefina Morales On Sunday, June 13, workers at Gourdough’s Public House, an Austin restaurant and bar, walked out in response to extreme temperatures in the kitchen and back areas of the building, slowing down business and inspiring other workers to follow suit. Workers told Tribune that the owners’ negligence of the air conditioning goes back months, despite the fact that the workers have consistently raised the … Continue reading Austin: Gourdough’s Workers Walk Out to Protest Lack of AC, Owners Retaliate and Delay Fixes

Austin: Housing Activists Confront City Manager Over Failed Rent Relief

By Michael Nolan On June 10, members of the housing struggle organization United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) and tenants confronted Austin city manager Spencer Cronk outside of City Hall as the city council meeting concluded. The activists denounced Cronk for the city’s improperly managed rent relief programs that have failed to help tenants facing the continued threat of eviction resulting from the ongoing capitalist economic … Continue reading Austin: Housing Activists Confront City Manager Over Failed Rent Relief