by Ashley Rogers Young people today are feeling increasingly trapped by the capitalist system. The over 3.5 million high school graduates in America this year are in a precarious position. The minimum wage remains at $7.25 an hour nationwide—with it, the skyrocketing cost of living. In some areas, jobs are forced to pay $15/hr, butContinue reading “No Future for Youth Under Capitalism”
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Interview: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Graduate Workers Unionizing
Photo: Unionizing WPI graduate workers with WPI- Graduate Workers Union (WPI-GWU) out in solidarity with unionizing baristas at the Worcester Starbucks. Photo by Claire Bayler ISG interviewed Jake Scarponi, a graduate student worker at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts. Jake studies Materials Science and Engineering, and is part of the effort to formContinue reading “Interview: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Graduate Workers Unionizing”
Biden breaks student loan promises and ends payment freeze
by Char Scott Millions of Americans have benefited from the student loan freeze implemented during the start of the pandemic, and many rightfully demand forgiveness for all student loans. Higher education should be a right, but it’s prohibitively expensive for most of the working class. Moreover, the huge costs of attending college are growing worseContinue reading “Biden breaks student loan promises and ends payment freeze”
Education in Crisis: A Conversation Between Educators
Emery A., a union paraeducator in Saco, ME recently spoke with B, a union public school IT worker in Worcester, MA about the current work conditions in public education. Both are members of ISG. E: Many educators across the country have spoken out about severe staffing and resource shortages which have been worsened by theContinue reading “Education in Crisis: A Conversation Between Educators”
Meet a Socialist
by Sam Skinner This article was originally published in Socialism Today, the paper of the Independent Socialist Group. Subscribe to the paper to receive each issue in print and read the articles before they’re published online! For most young people, it’s impossible to pretend that capitalism works. From disastrous wars for profit to the climateContinue reading “Meet a Socialist”
Latest Police Killings Re-Ignite Protests; Movement Needs Organized Anti-Racist Struggle!
by Ashley Rogers On April 11th, Daunte Wright was murdered by police during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, a city bordering Minneapolis, Minnesota. Following last year’s huge wave of protests over George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneanapolis police officer Derek Chauvin—who is on trial only ten miles from where Wright was killed—thisContinue reading “Latest Police Killings Re-Ignite Protests; Movement Needs Organized Anti-Racist Struggle!”
SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Drop The Charges — Defend the Anti-Racist Movement
On June 1st, Worcester police and tactical units instigated an attack on anti-racist protesters in yet another example of rampant police brutality. Following a protest at City Hall against the racist murder of George Floyd, police cornered a small march and filled the streets with enough pepper balls and smoke grenades to make it throughContinue reading “SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN: Drop The Charges — Defend the Anti-Racist Movement”
Worcester State University Graduate Workers Fight for Their Pay: Interview with WSU Union Professor
Bryant Sculos is a union professor at Worcester State University. Because of the coronavirus crisis, many students, educators, and staff members are facing attacks on their jobs, benefits, and education. The graduate workers at Worcester State University circulated a petition to defend their stipends. Can you tell us about the conditions at Worcester State andContinue reading “Worcester State University Graduate Workers Fight for Their Pay: Interview with WSU Union Professor”
Solidarity with the Worcester State University Graduates Fighting for Fair Pay!
The Independent Socialist Group stands in solidarity with Worcester State University graduate workers and applauds their victory in winning their stipends for the fall! But the fight is not over. Grad students and professors, not just at WSU, but across the country, will need to fight for contracts and compensation for the extra work causedContinue reading “Solidarity with the Worcester State University Graduates Fighting for Fair Pay!”
La clase trabajadora de la educación se enfrenta a un inseguro e incierto semestre de otoño, mientras continúa el impulso de la reapertura de las escuelas.
Por Sarah Beth Gable, SEIU Local 509 (A título personal) “En condiciones seguras, si conseguimos controlar el virus, volvería con confianza. Pero esto es una locura. No quiero que la medida de mi dedicación y compromiso sea la disposición que tenga a arriesgar mi vida y la de mis estudiantes”. Sharahn Santana, profesora de laContinue reading “La clase trabajadora de la educación se enfrenta a un inseguro e incierto semestre de otoño, mientras continúa el impulso de la reapertura de las escuelas.”