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Kimberly Ann

Kimberly is an educator and writer for Left Voice

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.

Don’t Mourn … Organize! Remembering Joe Hill and His Music

Today marks the day 106 years ago that Joe Hill was executed by the state of Utah. An immigrant, worker, Wobbly, and songwriter, we celebrate his legacy with some of his best songs. His work lives on today, still performed widely with the same witty, fierce lyrics that rail against the capitalist system.

Photos of seven Biden cabinet nominees: Anthony Blinken, Janet Yellen, Jake Sullivan, Avril Haines, Alejandro Mayorkas, John Kerry and Linda Thomas-Greenfield

Who’s Who in Biden’s Corporate Cabinet

Here are some of the establishment Democrats taking time off from their corporate jobs and think-tank appointments to become officials in the Biden administration.

Individual Responsibility Won’t Stop the Pandemic

This holiday season the politicians and the media are entirely focused on individual responsibility as the solution to the pandemic. We agree: individual choices matter. But, Democrats' exclusive focus on the individual is a convenient way to divert attention from the fact that the government has kept the economy open and refuses to take the necessary steps to keep us safe.

George Jackson: Black August Revolutionary

George Jackson was a Black man serving a one year to life sentence over a petty crime. During his time in prison, he began reading Marxist texts and became a radical communist prison organizer.

Tenants’ Unions Escalate Protests as NY Extends Eviction Moratorium

Tenants' unions across Brooklyn banded together for three days to fight for the cancellation of rent and an eviction moratorium. In a small win, New York City has postponed legal eviction until September. The power of the people and direct action, yet again, has succeeded in pushing back against the landlord class. 

Black August Cinema: 11 Films to Watch This Month

This Black August, Left Voice brings you its recommendations for films that highlight Black excellence, Black struggles, and Black radical traditions. Here are 11 movies that feature Blackness and Black history in all its multi-layered wonder.

Protestor Kidnapped by NYPD in Unmarked Car

On Tuesday evening, an unmarked van attacked and kidnapped a protestor. The event marks an escalation in the police tactics against the uprisings for Black lives.

Interview with Bev Barnum: “Wall of Moms” Organizer on the Political Power of Maternal Rage

We interviewed Bev Barnum, an organizer with Portland’s Wall of Moms. She describes her political awakening in this movement coming from a “primal mom rage”, the potential of suburban moms against the “Bullies” in the Portland police force and the need to participate in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Cancel Rent and End Evictions! Tenants Unions Across NYC Fight Against Landlords

Tenants unions across New York City are fighting against the racist housing policies of Governor Coumo and Mayor De Blasio through rent strikes and direct actions.

NYPD Lies to City Council, Gaslights Victims of Police Violence

During ten hour City Council hearing on Public Safety, the NYPD representatives gaslight the public and lie about their well documented brutality. Once the people are allowed to testify against the police, all NYPD and mayoral representatives left in a disrespectful snub. Afterwards, the public spent 6 hours describing disturbing events of police brutality,demanding the Council disarm and defund the police. 

Justice for James Scurlock, Killed by Racist White Vigilante

James Scurlock, a 22 year old protestor, was murdered at the hands of a white bar owner during the protests in Omaha, Nebraska. The Police force is complicit in encouraging white vigilante violence and has yet to charge the murderer.

No Tacos For You! Workers at Condado Tacos Refuse to Serve Cops

In Columbus, Ohio, Condado Tacos employees refused to fill a huge order for the cops in the area. In a show of working class solidarity, employees staged a walkout. Retaliation from management has sparked public outrage.

Thousands in NYC Face Off Against Police Amid Extreme Repression

New York City streets filled with protesters in protective masks on Friday as thousands of people demanded justice for the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, and Tony McDade, as well as the white vigilante killing of Ahmaud Arbery. They confronted New York City’s police who responded with brutal repression, including pepper spray, billy clubs, and hundreds of arrests.

No Evil Foods, a Vegan Meat Company, Cashes in on Revolutionary Politics While Busting Unions

No Evil Foods, a vegan meat company, cashes in on leftist politics with products such as “Comrade Cluck” and “El Zapitista” while spending thousands of dollars to dissuade employees from unionizing.

As Fruit Worker Strikes Spread Across Washington State, Threats of Violence Emerge 

For two weeks, fruit workers have been on strike for safer working conditions and hazard pay. The strike has gained momentum, with more and more workers joining the picket line. However, threats of violence have emerged as well, targeting this predominantly Latinx workforce. 

Police Mock Sean Reed’s Body After Killing Him on Facebook Live

In Indianapolis, two police officers murdered Sean Reed who was broadcasting on Facebook Live. Thousands of viewers listened as Reed was shot 13 times by officers who then said, “I think it’s going to be a closed casket homie.” 

The New Stop and Frisk: NYPD Enforces Social Distancing with Violence in Black Communities

During the weekend, police used social distancing regulations to terrorize POC communities. While Black and Brown people were thrown onto sidewalks and handcuffed for standing too close to one another, affluent white neighborhoods peacefully sunbathed in parks in defiance of social distancing protocols.

Trump Leads Workers to the Slaughter, Re-Opens Meat Packing Plants

Most of the largest meat processing facilities were forced to close due to dangerous working conditions and high infection rates among employees. President Trump has just signed an executive order forcing factories to re-open, endangering workers’ lives in order to secure meat industry profits.

A Socialist Plan to Re-Open the Economy

The ruling class is pushing to reopen the economy, but neither the health nor the economic security of the working class is being taken into consideration. Efforts to reopen must be directed towards protecting the working class --- not capitalist profits.

Cuts to Public Arts Got you Down? We Need a Free and Public Netflix

Working people deserve good entertainment. We can do better than Netflix.

We Want Bread, But Roses Too: 5 Movies on the Picket Line

During times of intense class struggle, workers of the world find power and strength in their solidarity. Here are some of the best films based on the historical and militant organization of the working class.

Now That’s What I Call Protest Music: 10 Songs from the Picket Line

There is no way of getting through the toughest times of the class struggle without music. These are songs that give striking comrades they need to continue the fight.

The Diary of an Unemployed New Yorker

Since the coronavirus pandemic reached catastrophic levels in the United States, an average of 6 million people a week have been making new unemployment claims. The federal government has made no push for a national firing freeze and has left millions of Americans to apply for unemployment.

Healthcare Workers Across the Country Protest for PPE Over Profit

Yesterday, hundreds of healthcare workers took to the streets in protest of the despicable actions of the healthcare industry, demanding PPE over Profit and saying that the whole system is broken. Some called for the nationalization of healthcare under worker control.

Tiger King: A Show of Profit and Abuse

Tiger King has become the most watched show on American Netflix since the coronavirus swept the nation. The insidious greed of the roadside zoo industry has led to rampant abuse of the exotic animals in their care.

4 Socialist Movies to Watch During Quarantine

Many throughout the U.S. and the world have been forced into varying levels of social distancing and isolation. Here are some socialist films to ease the boredom and loneliness and inspire you with depictions of comrades fighting for revolution!

The Crisis of Care: Domestic Labor in Times of the Coronavirus

The current crisis has laid bare the importance of social reproduction for capitalism. The care economy is now more important than ever.