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Emma Lee

Emma is a special education teacher in New York City.

NYC Schools Chancellor Testifies in McCarthyist Congressional Hearings

New York City schools Chancellor David Banks testified in the series of McCarthyist congressional hearings of educational administrators, which are falsely conflating the pro-Palestinian movement with antisemitism and pressuring administrators to take harsh measures against their students and staff.

Emma Lee

May 9, 2024

Labor Notes Must Call on Unions to Mobilize for Palestine on May Day

As the genocide in Gaza rages on, the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions has called on workers around the world to mobilize against the genocide on May 1. Labor Notes, one of the leading organizers of the U.S. labor movement, must heed this call and use their influence in the labor movement to call on unions to join the mobilization

Emma Lee

April 18, 2024

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson Has No Place at Labor Notes

The Labor Notes Conference will have record attendance this year, but it’s showing its limits by opening with a speech from Chicago’s pro-cop Democratic mayor, Brandon Johnson. Instead of facilitating the Democratic Party’s co-optation of our movement, Labor Notes should be a space for workers and socialists to gather and fight for a class-independent alternative.

Emma Lee

April 16, 2024

Protestors Disrupt Thanksgiving Parade With One Message: End Genocide, Don’t Celebrate It

This Thanksgiving, pro-Palestine protestors and Indigenous people refuse to allow the whitewashing of past and ongoing genocide.

Emma Lee

November 23, 2023

Let This Be an End to the Lie that Anti-Zionism is Antisemitism

Anti-Zionist Jews in the U.S. held a historic action, while Israel launched one of its worst rounds of bombing in their name. The largest act of civil disobedience in NYC in two decades should moralize us all to keep fighting against the war on Gaza and clarify once and for all that fighting Zionism is not antisemitic.

Emma Lee

October 28, 2023

The Imperialist History Behind the Maui Fires

At the center of the latest climate change disaster is the long and ongoing struggle for water and land rights for Native Hawaiians.

Emma Lee

August 22, 2023

New York City Teachers Union Ratifies Bad Five-Year Contract

New York City’s teachers union ratified a contract that does nothing to address the deep problems facing the city’s students and teachers. The battle isn’t over — we should be prepared to strike and fight for more.

Emma Lee

July 12, 2023

Protests Burn Thousands of Cars Demanding Justice for Nahel

Last Tuesday, French police murdered 17-year-old Nahel Merzouk in broad daylight during a traffic stop. Initiating another phase of class struggle in France, people across the country are taking up radical methods to demand justice.

Emma Lee

July 3, 2023

Students Deserve Better: First Columbus Teachers Strike in Almost 50 Years

An overwhelming 94 percent of teachers and education workers in Columbus, Ohio voted to go on strike Monday. They are demanding smaller class sizes, safe school buildings, and fully-funded arts, music, and physical education programs.

Emma Lee

August 24, 2022

Gaza and Al-Aqsa Under Attack in Latest Zionist Israeli Military Onslaught

Over the weekend, the Gaza Strip was attacked by Zionist Israeli military forces and Al-Aqsa Mosque was stormed by ultra-nationalists. We need international solidarity in the streets for Palestine, demanding that not a penny more of imperialist governments’ money go to Israel.

Emma Lee

August 8, 2022

Police Murder Bronx Teenager for Carrying a Water Gun

An off-duty corrections officer, Don Middleton, shot and killed 18-year-old Raymond Chaluisant, who was playing with a water gun while riding as a passenger in a friend’s car in his Bronx neighborhood.

Emma Lee

July 26, 2022

Supreme Court Allows End of “Remain in Mexico” Policy, U.S. Imperialism Continues

The Supreme Court will allow the Biden administration to end Trump’s “Remain in Mexico” policy. The decision is a needed reprieve for asylum seekers, but make no mistake: it is nowhere near enough.

Emma Lee

July 4, 2022

‘It’s Devastating’: NYC Schools Face Enormous Budget Cuts

Left Voice publishes an interview with a teacher at New York City’s MS 839, who has been organizing with his school community against the city’s school budget cuts.

Emma Lee

June 20, 2022

One Million U.S. Covid Deaths and Counting: A Grim Milestone

The official death toll in the U.S. for COVID-19 has surpassed one million. The capitalists and U.S. politicians have blood on their hands.

Emma Lee

June 17, 2022

Florida Teacher Fired for Speaking about Sexuality

A teacher in Florida was fired under the state’s “Don’t Say Gay” law. We must build a fighting labor movement to defend her, as well as all other teachers and students targeted by the onslaught of anti-LGTBQ+ bills.

Emma Lee

May 13, 2022

Capitalist Copaganda and the NYC Subway Shooting

Eric Adams, and the New York political establishment is trying to use the subway shooting to increase support for the police. Don’t buy into the copaganda.

Emma Lee

April 28, 2022

Parents and Students Organize Sit-In in Solidarity with Striking Sacramento Teachers

In Sacramento, parents and students are organizing sit-ins to support their teachers, who are on strike for higher pay and increased staffing.

Emma Lee

April 3, 2022

The Supreme Court Is Our Enemy, with or without Ketanji Brown Jackson

Confirmation hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson were a show of racist and sexist right-wing attacks. But while Judge Jackson’s nomination is significant and we must denounce the sexist and racist attacks against her, we can be under no illusions that the Supreme Court is or will be on the side of working class and oppressed people.

Emma Lee

March 30, 2022

The Abortion Restriction Domino Effect: Oklahoma Advances Near-Total Abortion Ban

Following Texas's example, a wave of new copycat bills restricting abortion access is already taking a serious toll on the health and wellbeing of pregnant people across the country.

Emma Lee

March 23, 2022

Starbucks Workers Strike Over Unfair Labor Practices

Denver Starbucks workers are fighting to unionize. The company has cut their hours, issued warnings, and spied on them.

Emma Lee

March 14, 2022

Sanctions Are an Imperialist Tool That Hurts Working People

As Putin escalates military action in Ukraine, many view Biden’s sanctions as the lesser evil. They’re not.

Emma Lee

March 1, 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.

Emma Lee

January 28, 2022

New York’s Eviction Moratorium Ends Today. We Demand Free Public Housing For All

New York’s eviction moratorium expires today, and hundreds of thousands of households across the state are at risk of eviction. We cannot turn a blind eye to a single eviction, and we must demand rent cancellation and free public housing for all.

Emma Lee

January 15, 2022

2022 Must Mark a New Stage for the Climate Movement

After a year packed with climate disasters and blatant disregard by capitalists, the climate movement cannot afford to be apathetic or repeat a failed strategy.

Emma Lee

January 11, 2022

‘Don’t Look Up’: Why the Climate Crisis Isn’t a Comet, and Why That Matters

'Don’t Look Up' presents an opportunity to reignite the climate movement. That means we have to look beyond its creators’ calls for individual action.

Emma Lee

January 1, 2022

Striking Latina Cake Factory Workers in L.A. Area Reject Latest Contract Proposal

After 46 days on strike, workers at a cake factory in Los Angeles have rejected the latest contract proposal from the bosses. These cake makers are among many striking workers across the United States fighting against hyper-exploitative bosses.

Emma Lee

December 18, 2021

Ireland and Argentina Won Abortion Rights through Struggle. Protecting Our Rights Here Won’t Be Any Different

Abortion rights are under threat in the United States. As the abortion movements in Ireland and Argentina have shown, the right to free, safe, and legal abortions can only be won through combative action and mass mobilization in the streets.

Emma Lee

December 11, 2021

Education Workers Must Stand in Solidarity with Trans Rights

Today is Trans Day of Remembrance in the midst of a nationwide attack on trans rights in schools. Now more than ever, education workers must stand in solidarity with the rights of trans students.

Emma Lee

November 20, 2021

Native Occupation of Alcatraz Island Began on This Day in 1969

Today marks the 52nd anniversary of the start of what would become a year-and-a-half-long occupation of Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay in 1969 by 89 Native Americans and their supporters. It was a remarkable demonstration of Indigenous resistance self-organization and helped launch a broader struggle.

Emma Lee

November 20, 2021

Waste Imperialism and the Trash Crisis in Tunisia

Sfax, Tunisia is drowning in garbage. This is a clear example of the inequities and destructiveness of waste management under capitalism.

Emma Lee

November 17, 2021