Author: Francesca Gomes

Police officers in riot gear stand against barriers during the Jan 6 riot. The Capitol building is in the background.

With Help from Squad Members, House Increases Capitol Police Funding

House Democrats added $1.9 billion of funding to the violent Capitol Police that participated in the white supremacist violence of January 6, proving once again that they stand with the racist cops. Three members of the Squad abstained, ensuring the bill would pass.

NYC Students Are Back to School Today. It Is Still Not Safe.

Last Thursday, the New York City Department of Education announced that school reopenings will again be postponed for some students. Some of the city’s most vulnerable students, however, are being sent back to school today, even though the school buildings are still not safe. A teacher reports.

NYC Teachers Were About to Strike… Then Union Leaders Cut a Backroom Deal

On Tuesday, the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) announced a handshake deal, made without the input of UFT members, that will allow schools to reopen with in-person instruction in late September. The deal, which was made less than a day before an expected strike authorization vote, does nothing, however, to address the vast majority of the safety problems in schools, and it does not make any inroads in allowing teachers with high-risk family members to teach remotely.

NYC Teachers Must Strike Against Reopening

Mayor de Blasio’s shoddy reopening plan for NYC schools — an attempt to reboot the economy at the expense of working-class families — reflects a total lack of concern for safety that will risk the lives of school staff, children, and the families of anyone who enters a school building. City teachers are discussing and planning for a strike to force remote instruction.

Trump’s Call to Reopen Schools Endangers Students, Staff, and Families

Furiously attempting to “reopen the economy,” both Republicans and Democrats are insisting that schools return to face to face teaching while simultaneously slashing the funding that would allow them to do so safely. Once again, the plan is to sacrifice the health of poor and working-class kids, teachers, and their families for a capitalist economy. 

Cuomo: Slashing and Privatizing Education is “The New Normal”

While the working class is increasingly expected by big businesses and the government to absorb all the hardships caused by the coronavirus, the pandemic is now being used to attack one of few social services offered to working-class children in the United States — their right to an education.

The MTA’s COVID19 Response Is Killing NYC Workers

On March 19, at least 23 New York City transit workers had already tested positive for the Coronavirus. By April 8, 41 MTA workers had died, more than 1,100 tested positive, and 5,600 were in quarantine. Yet the city continues to pack workers into trains with reduced service.

NYC Coronavirus Response Exploits Teachers and Leaves Kids Out in the Cold

Governor Cuomo cancelled spring break for NYC teachers and students on Tuesday in order, he says, to distract students and keep them indoors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Mayor De Blasio announced last night that teachers and students will be expected to work during Passover and on the Easter holidays. Yet low-income students continue to languish at home without technology even as the city pours money into Apple’s pockets, buying hundreds of thousands of iPads with city money. And the United Federation of Teachers’ response is almost complete silence and capitulation.

NYC Throws Students and Teachers Under the Bus To Protect Economy During Pandemic

On Friday evening, Mayor Bill De Blasio explained his decision not to shut down NYC schools despite how many other municipalities have done so. Between the political maneuvering, he made it very clear why the center of capital and the most segregated school system in the nation refuses to close schools: capitalist politicians see teachers as highly replaceable daycare for other workers, and schools as necessary for the health of the economy.

Police officers in riot gear stand against barriers during the Jan 6 riot. The Capitol building is in the background.

With Help from Squad Members, House Increases Capitol Police Funding

House Democrats added $1.9 billion of funding to the violent Capitol Police that participated in the white supremacist violence of January 6, proving once again that they stand with the racist cops. Three members of the Squad abstained, ensuring the bill would pass.

NYC Students Are Back to School Today. It Is Still Not Safe.

Last Thursday, the New York City Department of Education announced that school reopenings will again be postponed for some students. Some of the city’s most vulnerable students, however, are being sent back to school today, even though the school buildings are still not safe. A teacher reports.

NYC Teachers Were About to Strike… Then Union Leaders Cut a Backroom Deal

On Tuesday, the City of New York and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) announced a handshake deal, made without the input of UFT members, that will allow schools to reopen with in-person instruction in late September. The deal, which was made less than a day before an expected strike authorization vote, does nothing, however, to address the vast majority of the safety problems in schools, and it does not make any inroads in allowing teachers with high-risk family members to teach remotely.

NYC Teachers Must Strike Against Reopening

Mayor de Blasio’s shoddy reopening plan for NYC schools — an attempt to reboot the economy at the expense of working-class families — reflects a total lack of concern for safety that will risk the lives of school staff, children, and the families of anyone who enters a school building. City teachers are discussing and planning for a strike to force remote instruction.

Trump’s Call to Reopen Schools Endangers Students, Staff, and Families

Furiously attempting to “reopen the economy,” both Republicans and Democrats are insisting that schools return to face to face teaching while simultaneously slashing the funding that would allow them to do so safely. Once again, the plan is to sacrifice the health of poor and working-class kids, teachers, and their families for a capitalist economy. 

Cuomo: Slashing and Privatizing Education is “The New Normal”

While the working class is increasingly expected by big businesses and the government to absorb all the hardships caused by the coronavirus, the pandemic is now being used to attack one of few social services offered to working-class children in the United States — their right to an education.

The MTA’s COVID19 Response Is Killing NYC Workers

On March 19, at least 23 New York City transit workers had already tested positive for the Coronavirus. By April 8, 41 MTA workers had died, more than 1,100 tested positive, and 5,600 were in quarantine. Yet the city continues to pack workers into trains with reduced service.

NYC Coronavirus Response Exploits Teachers and Leaves Kids Out in the Cold

Governor Cuomo cancelled spring break for NYC teachers and students on Tuesday in order, he says, to distract students and keep them indoors to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Mayor De Blasio announced last night that teachers and students will be expected to work during Passover and on the Easter holidays. Yet low-income students continue to languish at home without technology even as the city pours money into Apple’s pockets, buying hundreds of thousands of iPads with city money. And the United Federation of Teachers’ response is almost complete silence and capitulation.

NYC Throws Students and Teachers Under the Bus To Protect Economy During Pandemic

On Friday evening, Mayor Bill De Blasio explained his decision not to shut down NYC schools despite how many other municipalities have done so. Between the political maneuvering, he made it very clear why the center of capital and the most segregated school system in the nation refuses to close schools: capitalist politicians see teachers as highly replaceable daycare for other workers, and schools as necessary for the health of the economy.