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Olivia Wood

Olivia is a writer and editor at Left Voice and an adjunct English lecturer in the NYC metropolitan area.

To Fight Far Right Attacks We Must Reclaim the Radical Legacy of Pride

This Pride Month, many are worried about the escalating attacks on queer people, and especially trans people, coming from the far right. Instead of staying home, we need to take Pride back to its roots as a protest against oppression, not a party.

Olivia Wood

June 13, 2022

Democratic Governor Betrays Trans Youth in Louisiana

The Louisiana State Legislature has banned trans girls and women from participating in school sports teams. Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards refused to take action.

Olivia Wood

June 8, 2022

As We Await the SCOTUS Decision on Abortion, Labor Notes Should Prepare to Pivot

Roe v. Wade will likely be officially overturned before this year’s Labor Notes conference, to be held later this month. To protect abortion rights, the U.S. labor movement should use the opportunity of our conference to take to the streets en masse.

Olivia Wood

June 8, 2022

Unions Must Fight for Disabled Workers

Disabled workers face much discrimination in the workforce. Unions must fight ableism at every turn in order to protect all workers.

Olivia Wood

May 5, 2022

The Supreme Court Is Poised to Overturn Roe v. Wade — Now Is the Time to Mobilize

In a leaked draft of its upcoming decision, the Supreme Court appears to be prepared to overturn Roe v. Wade. It is absolutely essential that we mobilize now — in the streets, in workplaces, and in our unions — to protect the right to abortion.

Olivia Wood

May 2, 2022

CUNY Students and Workers Protest Administration Visit to Israel

This week, CUNY’s Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez and several college Presidents are visiting Israel to “build bridges” with Israeli universities. We must mobilize for the liberation of Palestine, and against these efforts at whitewashing Israeli oppression.

Olivia Wood

May 1, 2022

Mayor Adams Courts Wealthy New Yorkers and Brutalizes the Unhoused

New York City Mayor Eric Adams is evicting unhoused people from their living spaces and cracking down on sheltering in subways. It’s part of his administration’s "law and order" politics and efforts to court the wealthy.

Olivia Wood

April 1, 2022

Sorry Biden, but Better than Trump Is Not Good Enough for Queer People

Biden's first year in office has been defined by broken promises and a lack of any meaningful action to protect or expand the rights of LGBTQ+ people at home or abroad.

Olivia Wood

February 7, 2022

Capitalists Only “Trust the Science” When It Suits Their Agenda

Trusting science should not mean trusting in the benevolence of the ruling class.

Olivia Wood

January 21, 2022

Student Workers of Columbia Reach Tentative Agreement

After more than two months on strike, the Student Workers of Columbia reached a tentative agreement for their union’s first contract with Columbia University.

Olivia Wood

January 8, 2022

“Doomsday” Glacier Is Melting, Accelerating Sea Level Rise

Antarctica’s “Doomsday” Glacier is melting, and the ice sheet at its base will likely shatter into icebergs in the next five years. This will accelerate the pace of sea level rise, and the global working class will pay the price.

Olivia Wood

December 19, 2021

I Was Right Not to Vote for Biden

A Left Voice editor reflects on her own decision not to vote for Joe Biden, particularly in light of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict and the COP26 climate conference.

Olivia Wood

December 3, 2021

Imperialism Is Responsible For Omicron

With capitalism acting as an incubator for pandemics, and vaccine nationalism preventing an effective global response, it is no surprise that the Omicron variant of Covid-19 has emerged. Waive the patents!

Olivia Wood

November 29, 2021

Columbia Gay Straight Alliance Supports Striking Workers. They Are Part of a Long Tradition of Queer-Labor Solidarity

An undergraduate queer student group at Columbia University hosted a screening of “Pride” (2014) in support of the student workers currently striking for their first contract. This is just one instance of a long history of queer worker organizing.

Olivia Wood

November 13, 2021

Wealthy Liberal Arts Colleges Are Exploiting International Students for Cheap Teaching Labor

Left Voice spoke to a teacher at Grinnell College about the working conditions of the severely underpaid “language assistants,” student workers who teach for-credit classes. Such practices are widespread across the United States.

Olivia Wood

November 9, 2021

North Carolina School Bus Drivers Begin Wildcat Strike for Higher Wages

In Wake County, North Carolina, about a third of all school bus drivers are refusing to drive their routes in protest of low wages and doubled and tripled workloads with no additional pay.

Olivia Wood

November 1, 2021

Buffalo Healthcare Workers Strike for Better Patient Care and Fair Wages

Left Voice visited the picket line at Mercy Hospital near Buffalo, New York. Nurses and other hospital workers have been on strike for three weeks, calling for safe staffing ratios and better pay.

Olivia Wood

October 23, 2021

10,000 John Deere Workers Go On Strike

Ten thousand workers at John Deere will walk out Thursday morning after management failed to reach an agreement with union negotiators.

Olivia Wood

October 14, 2021

Abortion Rights Are a Labor Issue — Unions Must Fight for Them

Abortion is a labor issue, and workers should fight within their unions for a mass movement to protect abortion rights across the United States.

Olivia Wood

October 2, 2021

As the School Year Begins, America’s Children Are the Sacrificial Lambs of “Return to Normal”

Recent CDC data suggests that without masking or systematic testing, 91% of children under 12 could become infected with the delta variant of the coronavirus within three months. In many states, ICUs are already full. This could have been avoided if not for capitalists choosing profits over people’s lives.

Olivia Wood

August 31, 2021

Colleges and Universities Poised To Repeat The Coronavirus Surges of 2020

As the Delta variant continues to spread and cases of coronavirus in the United States climb to levels not seen since February, many colleges and universities are nonetheless preparing for a year of in-person learning.

Olivia Wood

August 12, 2021

Texas Voting Rights Battle: All About Power, Not Democracy

Democratic lawmakers from Texas are attempting to prevent a vote on two bills that would restrict voting rights in their state. Republicans’ best shot at maintaining power may well be restricting ballot access, but the purpose of the Democrats’ response is to protect their own party’s power rather than to protect the democratic rights of Texans.

Olivia Wood

July 22, 2021

The Pandemic (Still) Isn’t Over

An overview of recent Covid-19 news and global capitalism’s role in creating the current situation.

Olivia Wood

June 19, 2021

CUNY Union Passes Resolution Demanding End to All U.S. Aid to Israel

Rank-and-file activists in CUNY’s faculty and staff union fought against bureaucratic machinations to pass a resolution calling for internal discussions of BDS and demanding that Joe Biden end all aid to Israel and other countries participating in human rights violations.

Olivia Wood

June 11, 2021

Why We Are Voting Yes on the PSC CUNY’s “Resolution in Support of the Palestinian People”

On Thursday, the PSC CUNY Delegate Assembly will consider a resolution introduced by rank-and-file members of several PSC committees, that condemns the Israeli massacres in Palestine and calls for CUNY divestment from firms that support the occupation. As elected delegates of the union, we support this resolution and call on our union to go further to end U.S. aid to Israel and the occupation of Palestine.

Olivia Wood

June 8, 2021

CUNY Students Turn Out in Support of Palestine

On Friday, May 28, students and allies demonstrated at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in solidarity with Palestine. This is just the latest manifestation of growing support for the Palestinian cause that has seen many rallies in NYC throughout the month.

Olivia Wood

May 30, 2021

Arab Americans in Michigan Protest Biden’s Support for Israel’s Bloody War on Gaza

Thousands gather in Dearborn, Michigan to protest Joe Biden’s support for Israel and the ongoing attacks on the Palestinian people.

Olivia Wood

May 20, 2021

“You don’t speak for us. You harm us”: Elon Musk Does Not Represent Autistic People

Elon Musk has said he has Aspergers. Autism does not make you support imperialist coups or force your employees to work in unsafe conditions during a pandemic. Those are all symptoms of being a billionaire.

Olivia Wood

May 12, 2021

Graduate Workers of Columbia Reject Tentative Agreement in Historic Vote

The Graduate Workers of Columbia are the first graduate student union ever to reject a tentative agreement with their university. Student workers at other universities should take lessons from the successes of the strong fighting stance they have taken against the wishes of the union bureaucracy.

Olivia Wood

May 4, 2021

The Pandemic Isn’t Over

Joe Biden says that America is recovering. But whose America? The capitalists’ America might be doing okay, but working people are still suffering.

Olivia Wood

May 3, 2021