K.S. Mehta is a research assistant in New York City.
If We Die of Monkeypox, Leave Our Bodies on the Steps of the WHO
On July 23, 2022, the WHO declared monkeypox a global public health emergency, but access to testing and vaccination is still limited. The struggle to fight the spread of monkeypox is inextricably linked to the fight against homophobia, racism, and imperialism.
K.S. MehtaJuly 31, 2022
Guttmacher Union Wins, But Union Leader is Fired Within Hours of Victory
On July 7, 97% of Guttmacher employees voted in favor of unionizing. Within hours, a worker and key organizer of the union effort was fired. The fight for labor rights is linked to the fight for abortion rights, especially following the overturning of Roe v. Wade.
K.S. MehtaJuly 13, 2022
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. MehtaJune 1, 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. MehtaMarch 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. MehtaMarch 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. MehtaFebruary 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. MehtaFebruary 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. MehtaFebruary 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. MehtaDecember 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. MehtaDecember 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. MehtaNovember 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. MehtaOctober 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. MehtaOctober 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. MehtaAugust 12, 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. MehtaMay 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. MehtaApril 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. MehtaFebruary 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. MehtaFebruary 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. MehtaJanuary 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. MehtaJanuary 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. MehtaDecember 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. MehtaNovember 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. MehtaNovember 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. MehtaNovember 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. MehtaOctober 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. MehtaOctober 3, 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. MehtaJune 14, 2020