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Ben Fredericks

Ben is a member of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance and has been active in anti-imperialist and labor activism.

Brooklyn Oil Workers At United Metro Energy Enter Second Month of Strike

The workers of United Metro Energy Corp. in New York City have been striking for two months to win a first contract. Against a billionaire boss who continues to delay negotiations, it will take militant action to break this deadlock.

Ben Fredericks

June 23, 2021

The Days the City Stood Still: Lessons From the 2005 NYC Transit Strike

Fifteen years ago this week, 34,000 members of Transportation Workers Union Local 100 went on strike, shutting down train and bus service and bringing New York City to a screeching halt. Eric Josephson, interviewed here, is a retired transit worker and member of the League for the Revolutionary Party who participated in the strike and was active in the union for 30 years.

Ben Fredericks

December 28, 2020

Justice for Daniel Prude, Heinously Murdered by Rochester Police

In one of the most horrific police murders in recent times, Daniel Prude was asphyxiated to death as he lay naked and handcuffed. The gruesome brutality against Prude is symptomatic of the broader violence of the American government. Now, more than ever, the working class must fight for justice.

Ben Fredericks

September 4, 2020

The Po-Po Are a No-Go at SEIU Drop the Cops Town Hall

More than a hundred people from across the United States participated in the “SEIU Drop the Cops” virtual town hall. Panelists reported on organized labor’s struggle to kick out police and security guards and elaborated a list of broader anti-racist demands. Speakers called on the broader labor movement to take up the fight against police terror and revitalize the unions through democratic debate and mass, anti-racist struggle.

Ben Fredericks

August 31, 2020

No, Cuomo Is NOT the Leader We Need. He’s Been Bleeding Us Dry for Years.

Andrew Cuomo has developed a cult following across the country, with many lauding him as the strong leader working people need. In reality, New York’s governor rules on behalf of the wealthy and continuously sacrifices working people. He won’t do what is necessary to address the crisis and save working people’s lives.

Ben Fredericks

March 31, 2020

Squandered Power: The UAW and the GM Workers’ Strike

In order to win, the working class needs democratic unions, internationalism, and a leadership oriented towards class-struggle.

Ben Fredericks

February 16, 2020

UAW Officials Call Police on Members in Tennessee

UAW officials call the cops on workers who were gathered outside Local 1853’s union hall in Spring Hill, Tennessee.

Ben Fredericks

October 22, 2019

GM Strike at the Crossroads: the Strength is in the Picket Lines

Almost 50,000 striking UAW members at General Motors may return to work in the next few days, but much is uncertain. Does the (still secret) Tentative Agreement between GM and the union represent the type of gains workers have sacrificed so much for over the last month? Or will the agreement represent yet another bureaucratic sell-out?

Ben Fredericks

October 16, 2019

GM Workers Need International Unity

The strike at General Motors in the U.S. is entering its third week. GM is a global corporation that employs workers in 140 countries. International strikes are necessary to win real gains.

Ben Fredericks

September 30, 2019

UAW Workers Need Solidarity… and a Strategy to Win

The nationwide strike at GM can change the landscape of class struggle in the US. GM has escalated by cutting workers’ health benefits. A strategy to win would involve empowering the rank-and-file, democratizing the decision-making, and building international links with GM workers fighting abroad.

Ben Fredericks

September 19, 2019

California Gig Workers Win Historic Victory: Now It’s Time To Nationalize Big Tech

Companies like Uber, Lyft, and Doordash claim their millions of workers are “independent contractors," but that's really just an excuse to pay them less. Now these workers have won an important victory: In California, they will now be considered employees. The bill was signed into law today. But this is only the beginning.

Ben Fredericks

September 18, 2019

Massachusetts Teachers Union Calls for a Strike to Win Green New Deal

The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA), representing 110,000 education workers, has called for a strike to curtail climate change through a Green New Deal. This militant initiative shows the way forward: Working people can stop capitalism’s destruction of the planet.

Ben Fredericks

August 6, 2019

From Debs to the DSA? Rescuing America’s Revolutionary Tradition

As Trump vows to keep America safe from socialism, people’s ears are starting to perk up. What is socialism? Who was Eugene Debs, and what is the DSA? In this article, we explore the often-ignored revolutionary socialist tradition and draw lessons for today.

Ben Fredericks

July 30, 2019

Uber and Lyft Cruising Toward the Abyss

Uber and Lyft have become massive, billion-dollar tech giants employing at least 4 million people. Uber’s drivers, fed up with poverty pay and nonexistent benefits, went on strike on May 8. How can drivers win lasting gains?

Ben Fredericks

June 4, 2019

Nurses Speak: “We Want a Union that Cares for Nurses and Patients”

Left Voice spoke with Diana Torres, a nurse who works full time in a rehab/medicine unit at Mount Sinai West. Torres is an elected member of the hospital’s Executive Committee and has consistently advocated for the union to win demands through militant collective action including strikes, as well as transparency and democracy.

Ben Fredericks

May 10, 2019

Nurses Have the Power to Strike and Win

After voting overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, upwards of 10,000 NYSNA members are waiting to hear from union leadership whether the walk-out is actually going to happen at four hospitals run by the three largest hospital systems in New York City.  

Ben Fredericks

March 16, 2019

Bernie Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez Legitimize Regime Change in Venezuela

U.S. foreign policy has never been about fostering "democracy" or helping the masses take their destiny in their own hands.

Ben Fredericks

February 28, 2019

Interview with a 30 Year UTLA Militant Teacher and Socialist

On the first day of the LA teachers strike, Left Voice spoke with Jeff Pott, a retired 30-year UTLA activist, 1989 striker, and socialist. The interview was conducted on the picket line at Marshall High School where Jeff worked for many years.

Ben Fredericks

January 18, 2019

Los Angeles Teachers Strike for Public Education

The LA teachers’ strike in defense of public education makes the rich and the government of California tremble.

Ben Fredericks

January 16, 2019

Teachers’ Strike Wave: Next Stop, Los Angeles

After this year’s “Teachers Spring,” educators in Los Angeles are planning to spread the rebellion of education workers to the West Coast.

Ben Fredericks

December 25, 2018

Trabajadores del Hotel Sheraton Stamford logran la sindicalización

A pesar de una furiosa campaña anti sindical realizada por la gerencia; los trabajadores y trabajadoras votaron a favor de unirse a UNITE HERE.

Ben Fredericks

December 15, 2018

Sheraton Workers in Stamford Win Union Recognition

Despite a rabid anti-union campaign by the management, Stamford Sheraton workers voted in favor of joining UNITE-HERE.

Ben Fredericks

December 14, 2018

Black Radicalism on Screen: “The Hate U Give”

It is not every day that the music of Tupac Shakur and the politics of the Black Panthers are harmoniously woven into a tale about a modern black family. But in a society still marred by racial and class inequality, normalcy isn’t an option for black Americans like the Carters, the protagonists of “The Hate U Give.”

Ben Fredericks

November 9, 2018

Keep Fred on the Ballot! Protest Exclusionary Vote Tampering in Connecticut

Socialist Action (SA) Senatorial candidate, Fred Linck, faces the threat of bureaucratic exclusion from the upcoming November election.

Ben Fredericks

September 15, 2018

Columbia Grad Workers Strike the Ivy League

Columbia graduate student workers are on strike. What is the way forward?

Ben Fredericks

April 30, 2018

What’s Behind America’s Gun Violence Problem?

As Marxists, what can we make from America's gun violence problem? Should we support calls for gun control?

Ben Fredericks

February 25, 2018

New York Drivers Pushed to Suicide in the “Gig” Economy

On Monday morning, long-time professional driver Douglas Schifter drove to City Hall and shot himself. Brother Schifter took his life out of desperation, but also out of protest.

Ben Fredericks

February 8, 2018

What Will It Take to Beat the Bosses at the Hilton Hotel?

On November 9 a 100-person delegation of housekeepers, cooks, servers, front-desk agents, and other workers occupied the Hilton's main lobby and demanded that the general manager recognize the union.

Ben Fredericks

November 23, 2017

Hurricane Harvey and the Humanitarian Crisis in Houston

On the need for a working-class response, six days into the disaster unfolding in Texas.

Ben Fredericks

August 31, 2017