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K.S. Mehta

K.S. Mehta is a research assistant in New York City.

Texas Shooting Reveals Insufficiency of Mental Health Care in Schools

In the wake of yet another deadly school shooting, it is imperative to increase the mental health resources available in schools to both provide support for the students that are exposed to such devastating violence and to intervene earlier to prevent such violence from occurring in the first place.

K.S. Mehta

June 1, 2022

Kentucky Enacts Near-Total Abortion Ban

Abortion is now effectively illegal in Kentucky, with the state enacting the country’s harshest restrictions so far. We need a mass movement to fight for safe, legal, and free abortion, on demand.

K.S. Mehta

April 16, 2022

No Money for Educators, but Minnesota Funds the Police

On Tuesday, March 8, Minneapolis education workers went on strike for living wages, smaller class sizes, and hiring teachers of color. While they have been told consistently that there isn’t enough money to pay educational support workers higher wages, the police budget continues to balloon.

K.S. Mehta

March 13, 2022

Jezebel and Other Digital Media Workers Go on Strike, Demand Trans Rights

Roughly 100 unionized workers at websites under the G/O Media umbrella such as Jezebel and The Root went on strike Tuesday after the union’s contract expired. Among their central demands is trans-inclusive healthcare coverage for workers.

K.S. Mehta

March 5, 2022

England’s “Live with Covid” Approach Means More Working-Class Deaths

On Monday, UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced the end of many coronavirus mitigation measures and reduction in free testing. The working class should be able to decide when it’s safe to roll back prevention measures and how to do so.

K.S. Mehta

February 23, 2022

Rapidly Changing Mask Mandates Reveal Capitalism’s Hypocrisy

The U.S. is about to hit one million coronavirus deaths, but multiple states have just announced that they are lifting mask mandates, prioritizing (yet again) “going back to normal” over workers deciding how to return safely, using recommendations based on scientific research.

K.S. Mehta

February 11, 2022

Mexican Autoworkers Win Major Victory at GM Plant

Workers at General Motors’ pickup-truck plant in the city of Silao, in the central state of Guanajuato, Mexico, voted to be represented by the independent labor union SINTTIA — a big win for workers trying to self-organize for better working conditions and pay.

K.S. Mehta

February 4, 2022

“We Could Vaccinate The World In Six Months”: End Medical Imperialism Now!

A recently released report identifies more than 100 companies worldwide that could begin manufacturing vaccines immediately. Vaccine imperialism needs to end, and the profit-driven medical system should die with it.

K.S. Mehta

December 26, 2021

The Fight to Eradicate HIV/AIDS Is the Fight for Free Healthcare

Today, December 1, is World AIDS Day: a day to mark the fight against HIV and commemorate the lives of those affected by HIV/AIDS. We must fight for free HIV medication, as well as free prevention programs and resources such as pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis medications and clean needle exchange programs.

K.S. Mehta

December 1, 2021

CVS Drops Challenge to HIV Patients, but the Fight Against Disability Discrimination Continues

CVS dropped its challenge to a class action lawsuit filed by HIV/AIDS patients alleging that CVS’s policies discriminate against them by requiring that they use mail or local CVS retail pharmacies to keep lower drug prices, regardless of the impact that this could have on their care. Exploiting people living with disabilities will still continue, however, as long as corporations dictate drug production, prices, and access.

K.S. Mehta

November 13, 2021

Half a Million South Korean Workers Join One-Day General Strike

At least half a million workers in South Korea from across construction, transportation, service, and other sectors walked off their jobs for a one-day general strike on October 20, 2021 to win better conditions and increased self-determination for workers.

K.S. Mehta

October 21, 2021

Stopgaps Won’t Stop the Crisis — the Capitalists Must Pay

On Thursday, September 30, Joe Biden postponed the government shutdown. A week later, the debt ceiling was raised by $480 billion. Capitalist crisis is ultimately inevitable unless we fight back with working-class methods.

K.S. Mehta

October 7, 2021

The Cure to Climate Anxiety? Smashing Capitalism

The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report paints a bleak picture of rising global surface temperatures and sea levels, and likelihood of compound climate events. To combat climate change before it becomes a catastrophe, we must fight for the revolutionary overthrow of capitalism.

K.S. Mehta

August 12, 2021

Joe Biden is Bombing Somalia

Despite claims to reduce drone strikes, Joe Biden is bombing Somalia.

K.S. Mehta

August 1, 2021

The Global South is Dying and There is Blood on Joe Biden’s Hands

Joe Biden has announced that he is in favor of waiving coronavirus vaccine patents, but this is not enough. Patents must be completely abolished to expand vaccine production and distribution to send critical supplies to the Global South.

K.S. Mehta

May 7, 2021

Over 17 Million Cases: The Coronavirus Crisis Deepens in India

India has had the world’s highest numbers of new daily and currently active Covid-19 cases for several days, bringing the total number of cases to over 17 million and the death toll to over 195,000. Patent abolition, nationalizing health-related industries under worker control, and democratic vaccine distribution would be instrumental in resolving the crisis.

K.S. Mehta

April 27, 2021

Reflections on Teaching When Your Classroom is 30 Degrees

I take pride in continuing to show up, open the windows, and teach as best I can. Also, it’s freezing.

K.S. Mehta

February 14, 2021

200,000+ Protesters Demand Repeal of BJP-Sponsored Anti-Farmer Laws

On January 26 in New Delhi, thousands of farmers disrupted Modi’s Republic Day military parade and occupied the Red Fort to protest three laws that would hurt farmers and increase privatization and capitalist profits.

K.S. Mehta

February 5, 2021

Demonstrators in Paris Lay the Foundation for a Comprehensive Fight Against Layoffs

On Saturday in Paris, several thousand demonstrators answered the call of various political and trade union organizations to demonstrate against layoffs. Grandpuits refinery workers were there, along with workers from the travel giant TUI, industrial machinery maker SKF, the agribusiness giant Cargill, and General Electric. It was the first such coordinated action by different sectors all confronted with layoffs, with more to come.

K.S. Mehta

January 24, 2021

Against BLM Demands, D.C. Mayor Pushes for Huge Increase in Capitol Police Budget

The U.S. Capitol police currently receive $516 million and are to receive $50 million more for the 2021 fiscal year. Increasing police budgets and security staffers will not quell the far Right.

K.S. Mehta

January 17, 2021

Commemorate Those Affected by HIV/AIDS by Fighting for Socialism

This World AIDS Day, we must commemorate the lives of those who have died from AIDS-related complications and fight for those currently living with HIV by nationalizing health care and fighting for socialism to make PrEP, ART, and the resources that facilitate linkage to care available.

K.S. Mehta

December 1, 2020

Pfizer and Moderna Are Using the Vaccine Race to Monopolize Public Health

Pfizer and Moderna both released news of their vaccine candidates’ high efficacy rates. But there are still many production and distribution concerns that will not be addressed as long as corporations dictate the availability of critical public health resources.

K.S. Mehta

November 19, 2020

To Truly Address Addiction, Legalize Drugs under Worker Control

On Tuesday, Oregon voted to decriminalize small amounts of drugs and legalize psilocybin for supervised use, while four other states voted to legalize marijuana. The benefits of these measures, however, are completely undercut by the profit motive. Drug production and distribution must be under worker control as part of a broad program of nationalizing health, truly ending criminalization, and providing comprehensive addiction services.

K.S. Mehta

November 7, 2020

Everyone Must Be Allowed To Vote

It’s deeply undemocratic that undocumented people and people with felony convictions are barred from voting, and that many workers are unable to vote because of insufficient time. All people should be able to vote, and Election Day must be a federal holiday so people have the time off they need to participate in elections.

K.S. Mehta

November 3, 2020

No Time for Coronavirus Relief, Plenty for Amy Coney Barrett

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has adjourned the Senate until November 9, preventing them from passing a desperately needed coronavirus relief package. The delay is even more atrocious when compared to how quickly Republicans moved to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett.

K.S. Mehta

October 28, 2020

Coronavirus in India: 6 Million Confirmed, 60 Million Suspected

India has confirmed over six million coronavirus cases, though the true count could be as high as 60 million. The Modi-led BJP government continues to reopen businesses and public spaces in order to “save” the economy while passing austerity budgets, hurting the already vulnerable working class. 

K.S. Mehta

October 3, 2020

If You Kill the USPS, You Kill Us

Recent attacks on the Postal Service have weakened the infrastructure needed to get medications to working class, rural, and disabled people, which has become even more critical during the pandemic. 

K.S. Mehta

August 22, 2020

ICE Agents Are Arresting Black Lives Matter Protesters

ICE agents have been targeting protesters in areas like Arizona and New York City, hard-hit COVID hotspots.

K.S. Mehta

June 14, 2020

End Police Brutality From the Old City to the Twin Cities: Justice for Iyad Hallaq

On May 30, 2020, Israeli police chased, shot, and killed Iyad Hallaq, a 32-year old autistic Palestinian man. The struggle against racist police brutality is international.

K.S. Mehta

June 6, 2020

Black Trans Lives Matter: Tony McDade, Rest in Power

On Wednesday May 27, Tony McDade was murdered by a police officer in Tallahassee, Florida. The working class must stand together against racist, transphobic violence perpetuated by a capitalist system.

K.S. Mehta

June 2, 2020