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John Leslie

Several Starbuck's employees speaking to reporters form behind a table.

Historic Union Vote at Starbucks

Starbucks workers in Buffalo are taking a historic vote to form their first union at several stores in the area. The company, unsurprisingly, is doing everything it can to bust the union drive.

The MOVE House Bombing, 35 Years Later

35 years ago, on May 13, longstanding tensions between MOVE, a black liberation group, and the Philadelphia Police Department erupted horrifically when the police dropped bombs on their homes. Eleven people were killed, including five children and the founder of the organization. Sixty-one homes were destroyed, and more than 250 citizens were left homeless.

The Unions Must Fight Against Right to Work!

Republicans in Congress have introduced amendments to the National Labor Relations Act and Railway Labor Act aimed at crippling the right to organize a union. Such national “Right-To-Work” legislation has long been on the wish list of the right wing and big business and is aimed at gutting the ability of the unions to finance themselves and fight back against the bosses’ agenda. The proposed legislation would target the union shop and the unions’ right to collect fees for representation.

1917: Black Troops Rebel Against Jim Crow in Houston

The year was 1917. Black Troops in Houston rebel against police violence and against Jim Crow.

“Right-to-work” laws –what they are and how to fight them

High at the top of the GOP and big business wish list for the New Year is a National Right-To-Work (RTW) law aimed at gutting the ability of the unions to finance themselves and fight back against the bosses’ agenda. What is RTW and how can we fight it?

After a Trump Victory, We Will Fight Back!

A Trump victory is a blow against the working class. In the face of a racist, sexist, xenophobic President, we must fight back!

Israel, Palestine, Anti-Semitism and the US Left

Once the flagship of US Trotskyism, the US Socialist Workers Party is reduced to a rubber life raft of derailed sectarianism. The SWP was for decades a proponent of the liberation of the Palestinian people, but in recent years has changed to a position that can only be called a tragic adaptation to Zionism.

After Dallas: Continue the Struggle for Justice!

Black people in the U.S. are under attack. There is a clear pattern of police violence against the Black community, including extrajudicial murders which go unpunished by a racist criminal justice system. The Black Lives Matter movement is fighting back and not giving in to pressure from cops and politicians.

Unemployment and Poverty, Inherent Features of Capitalism

Millions of workers in the U.S. and around the world struggle to survive, often working low-wage, part-time jobs with no benefits. These victims of capitalism's drive for profits must be at the center of a working class fightback. Without a working class alternative, rightists like Trump will step in to masquerade as champions of working people.

Philadelphia Solidarity with Teachers in Oaxaca

Philadelphia holds a vigil in solidarity with teachers in Oaxaca.

The Night Shift: Capitalism’s Silent Killer

Millions work night shifts to satisfy the capitalist system’s around-the-clock drive for profits, which poses a serious threat to the health of night workers. Time for a fight back to reclaim the daylight and our health.