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K.S. Mehta

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

Nurses hold signs saying "no patent profiteering in a pandemic."

“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.

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.

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.

Members of the South Korean Confederation of Trade Unions demonstrating against the government's labour policy in Seoul on Oct 20, 2021Members of the South Korean Confederation of Trade Unions demonstrating against the government's labour policy in Seoul on Oct 20, 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.

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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.

climate change protest

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.

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Joe Biden is Bombing Somalia

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

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.

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.

On the left, there is a red brick building, in the center there is a dead tree, and to the right are yellow schoolbuses. Snow covers the entire scene.

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.

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.

Three workers in orange safety wear wearing hard hats in front of a crowd of similarly dressed workers.

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.

Police in neon yellow vests and shielded helmets stand outside Capitol building.

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.

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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.

The Fine Print of “Representation Matters”

We tend to celebrate diversity and representation in a racist-capitalist system as a sign of progress. We often fail, however, to examine how it is frequently weaponized to maintain the status-quo and oppress the very people it is supposed to uplift.

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.

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.

Woman casts a vote for the 2020 Elections in a booth.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.