From police associations to real estate interests, California power players are launching an aggressive strategy of recalling progressives in retaliation for votes they don’t like. In Santa Ana, Orange County, they just fell flat on their faces.
Abe Asher is a journalist whose reporting on politics, social movements, and the climate has been published in the Nation, VICE News, the Portland Mercury, and other outlets.
US climate defenders have long faced serious threats, but the intensity of the crackdown on Stop Cop City protesters in Atlanta is an escalation. It’s reminiscent of conditions in Latin America, where climate protesters’ lives are frequently on the line.
America’s blood plasma industry is the largest in the world and preys on the economically desperate.
When politicians threaten police power, police often take matters into their own hands, frequently causing social chaos by refusing to perform basic duties. That’s likely to occur in Chicago. In fact, it might be happening already.
Hundreds of thousands of low-income Texans lack access to public water utilities, relying on expensive water delivery. Many more are skeptical of their water quality and opt for bottled water — a huge expense for people already living in poverty.
All too often in America, stops for minor traffic offenses turn into deadly episodes of police violence.
Between several massive strikes, democratic socialists getting elected to city council, new union organizing campaigns, successful ballot measures to tax the rich, and the ouster of several reactionary political figures, it’s a good time to be a leftist in Los Angeles.
As statues of tyrants and reactionaries come down, organizers in West Virginia are building monuments to the coal miners whose resistance to corporate domination a century ago has largely been forgotten.
The late soccer journalist Grant Wahl, who died suddenly at age 49, imbued his coverage of the sport with his love for humanity. For him, soccer was a microcosm of the world, from greed and corruption to the universal joys that unite us across our differences.
Over 45,000 workers are concentrated in Los Angeles’ Garment District. Long faced with paltry wages and inhumane working conditions, those workers are now taking significant risks to organize for better pay and workplace protections.
Minnesota is still living in the long shadow of George Floyd’s murder, the uprising it sparked, and the backlash that followed. Keith Ellison’s reelection bid for the state’s attorney general is playing out in that shadow.
Thanks to Nike CEO Phil Knight’s cash, the ripple effects of the George Floyd protests and the COVID-19 pandemic, and a deepening housing crisis, Oregon is on the brink of electing its first Republican governor since the 1980s.
Ten years ago, Amazon operated zero facilities in California. It now operates close to 40 facilities in the Inland Empire alone, making it the region’s largest employer. Workers essentially live in a company town — which may be why many want to unionize.
Taking a page from Trump’s playbook, billionaire real-estate developer Rick Caruso is campaigning for LA mayor as an antiestablishment maverick. In reality, like Trump, he’s just another wealthy conservative out to protect himself and other rich people.
A billionaire-funded recall campaign pinned San Francisco’s myriad problems on progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin. That recall succeeded on Tuesday, but the city’s problems aren’t going anywhere as long as inequality remains meaningfully unaddressed.
Wealthy San Francisco residents are pouring money into the recall campaign against progressive district attorney Chesa Boudin, who’s being blamed for out-of-control crime. There’s just one problem: the city’s supposed crime wave is a paranoid fantasy.
When Elon Musk chose land in South Texas for SpaceX operations, he said it was “cool” if a rocket blew up because there was “nobody around.” Brownsville is one of the country’s poorest cities, and its residents are tired of being treated like they don’t exist.