Kimberly is an educator and writer for Left Voice
Astor Place Starbucks in New York City Votes to Unionize
A Starbucks on Astor Place in New York City has formally joined Starbucks Workers United, the 41st U.S. store to do so. In a 11-2 vote, this blowout victory was the second in the city, with more locations filing every day for union elections.
Kimberly AnnApril 29, 2022
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.
Kimberly AnnNovember 20, 2021
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.
Kimberly AnnNovember 19, 2021
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.
Kimberly AnnNovember 26, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnAugust 7, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnAugust 6, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnJuly 23, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnJuly 8, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnJune 12, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnJune 9, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnJune 4, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnMay 30, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnMay 28, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnMay 22, 2020
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.”
Kimberly AnnMay 11, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnMay 6, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 29, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 26, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 25, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 21, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 20, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 17, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnApril 16, 2020
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!
Kimberly AnnMarch 29, 2020
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.
Kimberly AnnMarch 20, 2020