Carmin is a revolutionary socialist from New York.
Our Lives and Labor Stolen from Us: Reflections of a Black Amazon Worker
"A journal entry on my experience as a Black Amazon worker. I dedicate this entry to Tyre Nichols and to all victims of police and military violence here and abroad; our enemy is the same."
Carmin MaffeaFebruary 1, 2023
From BLM to Generation U: How the Spirit of the Uprising Persists in Today’s Labor Movement
The BLM movement may have left the streets, but its spirit lives on in Generation U and the fight against worker exploitation — combining the dynamism of social movements with the strategic position of labor to fight capitalism.
Carmin MaffeaOctober 22, 2022
Mayor Adams Courts Wealthy New Yorkers and Brutalizes the Unhoused
New York City Mayor Eric Adams is evicting unhoused people from their living spaces and cracking down on sheltering in subways. It’s part of his administration’s "law and order" politics and efforts to court the wealthy.
Carmin MaffeaApril 1, 2022
An Open Letter to Minneapolis Teachers From a Black Educator
A first year NYC educator shares their admiration for the fight put forward by the Minneapolis Public School teachers and their determination to win.
Carmin MaffeaMarch 24, 2022
A Working-Class Program for Safe School Reopenings
Schools have been at the center of the capitalist strategy to reopen the economy for nearly two years. But the decision to reopen schools shouldn’t be up to the capitalists — it should be decided by the people who live and work within their communities. Here we present a working-class program for safe school reopenings.
Carmin MaffeaJanuary 28, 2022
A Neoliberal Onslaught and a Pandemic: My Experience as a Teaching Assistant at a NYC Charter School
Working as a teacher’s assistant in New York City during the ongoing neoliberal assault on the education system and a pandemic makes viscerally clear why there’s a teacher shortage: the work is as bad and precarious as in many factories.
Carmin MaffeaDecember 18, 2021
Free Julius Jones
Despite a botched and biased trial and a complete lack of evidence showing that he is guilty, the state of Oklahoma is moving forward with the execution of Julius Jones.
Carmin MaffeaNovember 18, 2021
Taxi Drivers Are on Hunger Strike for Their Lives
Taxi drivers organized with the New York City Taxi Workers’ Alliance (NYTWA) have been protesting outside City Hall for 43 days. Twelve days ago they started a hunger strike.
Carmin MaffeaOctober 31, 2021
My City Was Underwater Because of Capitalism
To stop climate change, to win dignified and safe housing for all, and to save the neighborhoods and neighbors we love dearly, we have to destroy the capitalist state and replace it with a socialist one.
Carmin MaffeaSeptember 8, 2021
Democrats and Banks Won’t Steal Juneteenth or Pride
From Juneteenth to Stonewall, the capitalists want to co-opt Black radicalism. Don't let them.
Carmin MaffeaJune 25, 2021
The Struggle Against Racism is International
The following speech was delivered by Carmin Maffea at the “Black Socialists on BLM, Class Struggle, and Revolution” online panel held February 27, 2021
Carmin MaffeaMarch 6, 2021
The Police Stood By as the Far Right Invaded the Capitol. The Working Class Must Stop Them
This afternoon, thousands of Trump supporters from across the country stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an effort to stop the certification of the Electoral College vote. The action began with a rally at which Trump himself encouraged his supporters to march on the U.S. Capitol. Protesters confronted police, broke through barricades, and stormed the […]
Carmin MaffeaJanuary 6, 2021
Free Anthony Smith
Federal agents have arrested Philadelphia anti-police activist Anthony Smith. We demand his release, and the release of all political prisoners.
Carmin MaffeaNovember 4, 2020
Not So Magical: Disney Lays Off 28,000 Theme Park Workers
On September 29, Disney, a billion-dollar company, announced that it was going to lay off up to 28,000 of its theme park work force in the U.S. amidst the pandemic and economic crisis. The part-time, precarious positions will be most impacted.
Carmin MaffeaOctober 6, 2020
Black Disenfranchisement Is Ingrained in the U.S. Election System
As President Trump urges his base to commit voter fraud in an attempt to help him win the November election, it is imperative to note that the United States has regularly, since its beginnings, barred much of its population from basic voting rights. Today, voter suppression predominantly impacts the Black and brown people, and this suppression must be denounced and done away with.
Carmin MaffeaSeptember 21, 2020
The Spirit of the Attica Rebellion Lives On
49 years have passed since the Attica uprising. Informed and inspired by the revolutionary spirit of the Black power movement those incarcerated at the Attica facility seized the prison with clear political demands. Though the movement was violently suppressed, it continues to inspire anti-racist and abolitionist movements today.
Carmin MaffeaSeptember 9, 2020
Killer Cops Are Global: South African Police Murder Teen with Down Syndrome
Protests ignite in Johannesburg, South Africa after police murdered a 16-year boy with Down Syndrome when he did not respond to police demands. Black people across the world are standing up to fight back against the police and the state in cities across the globe.
Carmin MaffeaAugust 29, 2020
Shut It Down: Arizona Teachers’ Mass Sick-Out Delay School Reopening
On Saturday, Arizona teachers flexed their muscles. They called out sick and delayed the unsafe reopening of schools that will put many in danger. This is just a small taste of what a nationwide teachers’ strike would look like.
Carmin MaffeaAugust 17, 2020
Louisville Police Are Restricting Breonna Taylor Protesters’ Right to Protest
In Louisville, where Breonna Taylor was murdered, police are repressing BLM protests by deeming them illegal. These restrictions are undemocratic and are a desperate act of the racist, capitalist state.
Carmin MaffeaAugust 13, 2020
South Side Chicago Uprising Confronts Police Violence and Economic Repression
A social explosion has erupted in Chicago after police shot and injured 20 year old Latrell Allen in the city’s South Side. Over a hundred protesters have been arrested, while the cops sustained injuries of their own. In racist U.S.A., systemic, racist injustice continues to spawn upheaval.
Carmin MaffeaAugust 11, 2020
Abolish the Police Means Abolish ICE Too
In light of the protests demanding the defunding or the abolition of police, it is imperative that we recognize that local police and ICE are working hand in hand. ICE is detaining protesters and attempting to deport them. We need to abolish both ICE and the police.
Carmin MaffeaJuly 2, 2020
Socialism is The Future. Our Generation Will Win It.
We are in the midst of widespread uprisings against racist state violence, led by a vanguard of Black youth. With more and more young people pushing forward and leading social movements, working class youth must ensure our movements don’t fall away or be co-opted by the Democratic Party. We need to create a political party of our own, one that has the youth united with the working class to take the fight directly to the capitalist system.
Carmin MaffeaJune 26, 2020
The Fight to Abolish the Police Is the Fight to Abolish Capitalism
With the current uprisings against police terror, it is imperative that we understand how to rid ourselves of state repression and achieve real abolition. The struggle requires an understanding of police violence as well as of capitalism.
Carmin MaffeaJune 10, 2020
No More Deaths for Geopolitical Prestige — Make Medical Research Available to All
The U.S. government has resolved to protect American research on Covid-19. By refusing to share research, the global effort to develop and distribute a vaccine is hampered. This will cause thousands, if not millions, of more deaths throughout the world. We demand an end to biomedical nationalism and demand medical research be shared across nations.
Carmin MaffeaMay 19, 2020
Joe Biden, Keep Ahmaud Arbery’s Name Out of Your Mouth!
Joe Biden called for justice for Ahmaud Arbery. But Joe Biden’s racist, imperialist political career has directly contributed to Arbery’s death. This blatant and disgusting display is nothing more than a cheap political tool. He doesn’t deserve to say Arbery’s name.
Carmin MaffeaMay 7, 2020
Prison Struggle Is Class Struggle: Incarcerated Workers Rise up Against COVID-19 Exploitation
In the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak, workers from all sectors around the world have been fighting back against the capitalist conditions that have worsened the situation. Workers in Italy have gone on general strike, Amazon employees have walked off the job, nurses have protested, and Whole Foods workers have staged mass sick-outs. These actions haven’t just been limited to the general population of working-class people; there have also been actions by incarcerated workers.
Carmin MaffeaApril 18, 2020
Argentina’s Quarantine Order Empowers State Violence
Police repression has become the means of enforcing the quarantine in Argentina. This model is already being copied in many other areas of the world. These draconian measures target working and oppressed people, worsening the effects of an already catastrophic pandemic.
Carmin MaffeaApril 2, 2020
Imperialism: The Global South’s Pre-Existing Condition
The coronavirus pandemic presents an unprecedented crisis that has already had damaging effects on the global working class. It will hit countries already ravaged by imperialism even harder. We must demand an end to imperialist austerity measures in order for these countries to effectively combat the crisis.
Carmin MaffeaMarch 24, 2020
Two Mexican Environmental Activists Have Been Assassinated. The State is Responsible.
Less than a week after Homero Gómez Gonzalez, an eminent environmentalist, was drowned in Mexico, another activist, Raúl Hernandez, was found dead at the top of a hill. The Mexican authorities claim there is no connection between their deaths, but the link is clear: both activists fought to protect the environment and its inhabitants against the threat of capitalist logging interests.
Carmin MaffeaFebruary 4, 2020
Puerto Rico is Crumbling. The U.S. is Responsible
Puerto Rico has been ravaged by a series of natural disasters since 2017. Though it is a U.S. “territory,” the U.S. government has failed to provide adequate aid or assistance. U.S. colonialism---combined with natural disasters that are frequently the byproduct of capitalist-created climate change---have mired Puerto Rico in a permanent state of disaster.
Carmin MaffeaJanuary 27, 2020