Francesca is a teacher from Brooklyn.
Crowded NYC Schools Poised to Increase Spread of Delta Variant
Determined to ignore the dangers of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and force people to return to in-person work, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to offer any remote option for children and parents who continue to fear for their health. This all but ensures a surge in the spread of new contagious and vaccine-resistant variants of the virus when the school year begins on Monday.
Francesca GomesSeptember 8, 2021
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.
Francesca GomesJune 1, 2021
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.
Francesca GomesSeptember 21, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesSeptember 3, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesAugust 30, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesJuly 11, 2020
Cops in Louisville Murdered Another Black Man. His Name Is David McAtee.
In yet another in a string of police murders, Louisville cops murdered David McAtee, a local barbeque chef. They left his body lying in the street for 12 hours, reminding us of the level of contempt they have for the lives of Black people.
Francesca GomesJune 2, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesMay 13, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesApril 9, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesApril 4, 2020
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.
Francesca GomesMarch 14, 2020
Woke Cop-aganda? HBO’s Watchmen’s Hits and Misses
The HBO series Watchmen makes some accurate observations about American racism going back a century, but it ultimately fails to reflect the central nature of the relationship between class, race, and the role of police in present-day America. Despite this weakness, the series inadvertently warns against the idea that individual heroism can replace the strength of organized fightback. Warning: spoilers abound!
Francesca GomesMarch 5, 2020
As Israel Destroys Palestinian Neighborhood, The House Attacks BDS
On July 22, Israeli construction crews demolished homes in East Jerusalem, claiming they were too close to the border with the West Bank. Two days later, the Democratic Party-controlled House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution that attempts to lay groundwork for the criminalization of the BDS movement.
Francesca GomesAugust 8, 2019
Ilhan Omar and the Perils of Criticizing Israel
Accusations of anti-Semitism continue to plague Rep. Ilhan Omar despite their obvious lack of credibility. While she has had some private support inside the Democratic Party, the attacks levied against her show that the party is struggling to remain both relevant to young voters and connected to Israeli lobbyists in its determination to support imperialism.
Francesca GomesMarch 18, 2019
Five Things You Need to Know About Elizabeth Warren
As Warren announces her candidacy to become the Democratic Party presidential nominee for 2020, she presents herself as a progressive candidate. But her history tells a different story.
Francesca GomesFebruary 14, 2019
Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court, and the Need for a Stronger Challenge
Despite the shockingly farcical hearing in which Brett Kavanaugh was forced to address allegations of his history of sexual assault, there is every indication that he will be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee and seated on the Supreme Court. The SCOTUS is, by design, an unaccountable branch of the government. On Monday, Left Voice will join the beginnings of a movement in the streets and will speak to the need for militant reforms.
Francesca GomesOctober 1, 2018
‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 2: The Rise of the Right and the Resistance
Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is the depiction of a far-off and dystopian future, but its depictions of misogyny, gender essentialism, and religious fundamentalism hit way too close to home. Season two continues to develop the structure and oppression of the fictional nation of Gilead, but it also starts to depict the beginnings of a growing—and necessary—political resistance.
Francesca GomesAugust 22, 2018
From the Streets of NYC: Palestine Will Be Free!
Solidarity rallies were held in New York City last week as hundreds showed their support for the Palestinian struggle against Israeli occupation and violence. The rallies were a response to the slaughter of Palestinian protesters at the fence marking the border of Gaza.
Francesca GomesMay 22, 2018
Philadelphia’s ‘Progressive’ DA Keeps Mumia Behind Bars
In a decision made by a corrupt and deeply racist legal system, Mumia Abu-Jamal was falsely convicted in 1982 of shooting and killing a police officer. High hopes for the influence of District Attorney Larry Krasner have been disappointed, revealing the bankruptcy of placing “progressive” lawyers in positions of executive power as a tactic for change.
Francesca GomesMay 17, 2018
What is the Taylor Law?
The Taylor Law is perhaps best known for its no-strike clause. It is thrown around at union meetings in an attempt to strike fear into the heart of the rank and file. But what exactly is the Taylor Law? How does it work? This second article in a three-part series describes and explains the law itself. The next and last article will analyze several incidents in which the Taylor Law was challenged the outcomes of these challenges.
Francesca GomesDecember 7, 2017
Socialist Feminism in Practice: Learning from Pan y Rosas
A member of the Left Voice delegation to Argentina writes about her experience learning from the socialist women's group, Pan y Rosas.
Francesca GomesSeptember 15, 2017