Author: Rebecca Margolies

Ahmaud Arbery and White Vigilante Violence

Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, was murdered by white vigilantes while jogging in Late February. His death is part of a sustained campaign of terror and violence against Black people in the United States, carried on for centuries by agents of the settler capitalist state and their white civilian allies.

Airlines Demand Flight Attendants Hide Their COVID-19 Status

Flight attendants and other at-risk essential workers are not only being asked to die to protect their bosses’ profits, they are being asked to lie to their co-workers and communities about it, putting even more people at risk.

Police are Not Essential Workers

As most facets of daily life in NYC grind to a halt due to COVID-19, racist police violence against Black and brown New Yorkers on the subway continues. MTA workers who are organizing for their own safety in the face of high rates of infection could join those necessary calls to demands that would keep all New Yorkers safe. The NYPD is inessential during a pandemic and at all times. 

New York’s ‘Progressive’ State Legislature Passes Austerity Budget During Pandemic

Last year, Democrats in New York, bolstered by their growing left wing, had won control of the New York Senate and passed nearly a thousand bills addressing long-awaited reforms and benefitting the working class. However, the New York State budget passed last week in the midst of the pandemic reversed a number of these laws, showing the precariousness of attempting to reform capitalism and highlighting the steps socialists must take instead.

The U.S. Is Using COVID-19 As An Opportunity to Steal Indigenous Land

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States government announced a move that would eliminate the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s jurisdiction over their own land. It is not an accident that this latest attack on Indigenous sovereignty and land is being carried out at a time when organizing and resistance are difficult, though not impossible.

Luxury Construction is Essential…for the Capitalist State

Luxury construction projects in New York are still in full swing despite Governor Cuomo’s order to halt all “nonessential” construction. Workers should not have to choose between losing income and unsafe working conditions. All luxury construction must be halted immediately and the construction of hospitals and other necessary facilities needed to fight the coronavirus must be prioritized instead. 

Why Socialists Must Defend Wet’suwet’en

Large areas of Canada are being brought to a halt by Indigenous people and their allies across the continent. They are organizing against the construction of a liquid natural gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. This struggle serves as an example of the possibilities of Indigenous and non-Indigenous worker solidarity, and an object lesson in why socialists should support such efforts across the world.

Ahmaud Arbery and White Vigilante Violence

Ahmaud Arbery, a Black man, was murdered by white vigilantes while jogging in Late February. His death is part of a sustained campaign of terror and violence against Black people in the United States, carried on for centuries by agents of the settler capitalist state and their white civilian allies.

Airlines Demand Flight Attendants Hide Their COVID-19 Status

Flight attendants and other at-risk essential workers are not only being asked to die to protect their bosses’ profits, they are being asked to lie to their co-workers and communities about it, putting even more people at risk.

Police are Not Essential Workers

As most facets of daily life in NYC grind to a halt due to COVID-19, racist police violence against Black and brown New Yorkers on the subway continues. MTA workers who are organizing for their own safety in the face of high rates of infection could join those necessary calls to demands that would keep all New Yorkers safe. The NYPD is inessential during a pandemic and at all times. 

New York’s ‘Progressive’ State Legislature Passes Austerity Budget During Pandemic

Last year, Democrats in New York, bolstered by their growing left wing, had won control of the New York Senate and passed nearly a thousand bills addressing long-awaited reforms and benefitting the working class. However, the New York State budget passed last week in the midst of the pandemic reversed a number of these laws, showing the precariousness of attempting to reform capitalism and highlighting the steps socialists must take instead.

The U.S. Is Using COVID-19 As An Opportunity to Steal Indigenous Land

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States government announced a move that would eliminate the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe’s jurisdiction over their own land. It is not an accident that this latest attack on Indigenous sovereignty and land is being carried out at a time when organizing and resistance are difficult, though not impossible.

Luxury Construction is Essential…for the Capitalist State

Luxury construction projects in New York are still in full swing despite Governor Cuomo’s order to halt all “nonessential” construction. Workers should not have to choose between losing income and unsafe working conditions. All luxury construction must be halted immediately and the construction of hospitals and other necessary facilities needed to fight the coronavirus must be prioritized instead. 

Why Socialists Must Defend Wet’suwet’en

Large areas of Canada are being brought to a halt by Indigenous people and their allies across the continent. They are organizing against the construction of a liquid natural gas pipeline through Wet’suwet’en territory. This struggle serves as an example of the possibilities of Indigenous and non-Indigenous worker solidarity, and an object lesson in why socialists should support such efforts across the world.