Vaccines Alone Will Not End the COVID-19 Crisis (1/10/2021) - by Jai Chavis As COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to increase and hospitals continue to be understaffed and overwhelmed by patients with coronavirus complications, it is clear that the pandemic is far from over. The recent flurry of reports says that at least three major pharmaceutical companies based in the US and UK have highlyContinue reading "Vaccines Alone Will Not End the COVID-19 Crisis"
Worcester Community Opposes Proposed Amazon “Last-Mile” Station (12/10/2020) - by Elisabeth Wichser and Claire Bayler On December 9th, the City of Worcester Planning Board held a public “Webinar” meeting to discuss permitting the redevelopment of the defunct Greendale Mall site into a warehouse and distribution center heavily speculated to be intended for Amazon. Over 80 members of the community, including a number of IndependentContinue reading "Worcester Community Opposes Proposed Amazon “Last-Mile” Station"
The Impending Housing Crisis and How to Fight It (12/1/2020) - by Beau Monast and Elisabeth Wichser A resurgent coronavirus is raging across the country. For some, it’s a question of when they can return to gathering with friends or finally put an end to monotonous Zoom meetings, but for a startling number of Americans, it’s a constant worry as to whether (and for how long)Continue reading "The Impending Housing Crisis and How to Fight It"
COVID, vaccines and Big Pharma (11/28/2020) - This article was originally published on socialistworld.net, the website of the Committee for a Workers’ International, by Jon Dale. News that early results from a Covid-19 vaccine – produced by US-based pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, in conjunction with German company BioNTech – showed 90% effectiveness has been greeted with relief. Another vaccine trial, by US companyContinue reading "COVID, vaccines and Big Pharma"
Report from a Front-line Nurse (11/3/2020) - UMass Memorial Nurse (Massachusetts Nurses Association, personal capacity) The initial shortages of the pandemic are no longer being discussed. Are they over? Do you feel safe in the workplace? Do you and your co-workers have access to proper supplies? Is there adequate testing? Coronavirus cases are rising in Massachusetts once again. More of our patientsContinue reading "Report from a Front-line Nurse"
CWI: Capitalism cause of disproportionate disabled deaths and isolation (10/1/2020) - Covid-19 has disproportionately hit disabled people. This is one of the effects of capitalist society, which is disabling and puts profit before lives, including the people it disables. Around one-fifth of the population of England and Wales has its “activities limited because of a health problem or disability” to some degree. But this group has represented almost three-fifths of official Covid deaths! The current economic crisis and its threat of further austerity will only make this worse.
Systemic Racism in Healthcare and the Need for Socialism (8/23/2020) - Americans are continually bombarded by the idea that the only way to defeat Trump and the Republicans is to “vote blue no matter who,” but has this ever actually worked?