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Líderes Campesinas

Irene de Barraicua and Marco E. López |  Issue: May | June 2020

California farmworkers are considered “essential” to the U.S. economy, they are also the most vulnerable link in our nation’s food supply chain.

Capitalist pyramid scheme may come crashing down

Dave Ransom |  Issue: May | June 2020

One of Europe’s biggest capitalists, industrialist Jacob Wallenberg explained: “There will be no recovery,” he said. “There will be social unrest.”

Los Angeles: “Reclaiming our homes’’

Steve Teixeira and Xochitl Palomera |  Issue: May | June 2020

Just before spring, something new bloomed. Homeless people and their neighbors in Los Angeles launched a campaign to take over vacant state-owned homes.

Victory for women janitors and farm workers

Irene de Barraicua |  Issue: January 2020

Women have been fighting for equality in the workplace for generations. Much progress has been made, but as we say, the struggle continues.

‘The unwanted ones’

José Torres |  Issue: October | November 2019

The rich capitalists blame us for their economic problems by agitating a section society. These are lies meant to divide us, and they continue in power.

Let’s fight like hell for the USA we want!

From the Editors |  Issue: October | November 2019

Our country has crossed a point of no return. It is either worsening division, fascist repression and killings or we unite based on what we have in common.

Lionizing Workers, robotizing vineyard

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July | August 2019

Vineyard workers will be automated out of their jobs in the near future. Pruning, leafing, thinning, and picking will be done by machine.

A fearful dilemma

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July | August 2019

Automation and robots will change the face of manufacturing. We will have to wrest control from the capitalist class and manage the transition ourselves.

May Day 2019

Adamarys and Rich Monje |  Issue: May | June 2019

In 1886, workers were protesting exploitation and demanded an 8-hour workday. Today, workers continue to protest exploitation but in other areas.

Why the exodus from Central America?

From the Editors |  Issue: February | March 2019

The United States has played and still plays an active role in creating the conditions that force people to leave.

Shutdown: Government makes war on workers

From the Editors |  Issue: February | March 2019

This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms. – Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

The America that can be

From the Editors |  Issue: February | March 2019

Immigrants and U.S. workers face the same enemy: the capitalist class, whose only solution is to ‘divide and conquer.’

Migrant caravan

Laura Garcia |  Issue: November | December 2018

We the workers of the United Sates, a country of immigrants, must fight to keep the gates open for our sisters and brothers.

Rise of the grassroots

from the Editors |  Issue: September | October 2018

Fascism and the breakup of the old political party systems in the United States and Mexico resulting from pitting workers against high-tech robotics.

‘Big data’ makes enough-for-all economy possible

Dave Ransom |  Issue: June | July 2018

Most important question — Who will own the robots? Now for the good news. Speaking to a Los Angeles policy institute recently, a prominent Chinese legal scholar, Feng Xiang, concluded that artificial intelligence (AI) is “the most momentous challenge” facing society today. Harvard-trained Feng is a professor at Beijing’s Tsinghua University, China’s top technology university […]

Half of jobs can be automated now

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

While the oligarchy debates, el pueblo pays the price “What are my grandkids going to do?” — David Patterson, winner of 2018 Touring Award. Even a winner of the year’s top prize in computing worries about oncoming joblessness in a society that rewards only work for pay. Google’s David Patterson hopes we figure it out […]

Teachers wave strike: A turning point

Richard Monje |  Issue: June | July 2018

A striking Oklahoma teacher called the mushrooming struggle around public education “a turning point.” She is right. And it’s a turning point about more than education.     This year we have seen sweeping, rolling statewide strikes by teachers that began in West Virginia and spread to Oklahoma, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arizona, with stirrings in […]

The moral side of the American workers

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

We have all seen the social face of fascism breaking into churches and schools and roaming through streets and rural roads in America. Fascism. To the immigrant population, fascism has the face of the ICE and border patrol agents. The ruling class is using its billionaire propaganda machine to foment a fascist culture that blames […]

In the hard struggle of revolution

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: June | July 2018

  We are in a worldwide revolution that dwarfs the American Revolution of 1776. Despite the din and chatter of sex scandals, probes of foreign meddling in our elections, saber-rattling over North Korea, trade wars with China, destabilization of the Middle East and support of murderous regimes around the world, the relentless attack on our […]

The Janus case is a call to arms for unions

Interview by Dr. María de Jesús Estrada |  Issue: April | May 2018

Interview with President Tony Johnston, Cook County College Teachers Union Background Information: On Monday, February 26, the Supreme Court heard the Janus vs. AFSCME. Mark Janus sued AFSCME claiming that unions did not represent his political interests and that payment of Fair Share dues is a violation of free speech. The bill is supported by […]

New York Teamsters local joins sanctuary movement

Richard Monje |  Issue: April | May 2018

  In every corner of the United States, there are horror stories emerging as Immigration Control and Enforcement (ICE) is captured ripping mothers and fathers from their children. They are terrorizing communities and workplaces as raids are planned and implemented without consideration for families or minors that are left at times unattended. Cities, counties and […]

The best of times, or the worst of times — our choice

Dave Ransom |  Issue: April | May 2018

“It will soon be obvious that half our tasks can be done better at almost no cost by AI (artificial intelligence) and robots,” wrote venture capitalist Kai-Fu Lee to the technology community recently. “This will be the fastest transition humankind has experienced,” he said, “and we’re not ready for it . . . not ready […]

Robots come to the garment trade

Dave Ransom |  Issue: April | May 2018

  Ever since the industrial revolution took making clothes out of the cottage, the textile industry — spinning yarn, weaving cloth, and making garments — has provided hot, dirty, low-wage jobs that enriched only the owners and their financiers. Whether the work was done by the children of England’s “dark, satanic mills,” by farm girls […]

In memory of a comrade, a veteran fighter for a better world: Juan Torres

José Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: April | May 2018

  A veteran comrade, Juan Torres, passed away in January 2018. He was born and raised in the Rio Grande “Valley of Tears.” Juan labored in the fields during his youth as an adult In the Valley and in the summers migrated north. After graduating from high school, Juan joined the Marines and achieved the […]

Texas: As we battle forward unity will be our only weapon

Jose Torres and Manuel Torres |  Issue: February | March 2018

Unity is our only weapon as we battle forward for clean and safe water, and the means to feed and clothe our families. Unity is also our only weapon to fight for our democratic rights —all of which are at peril with SB-4. Texas unemployment is the lowest in decades and one of the lowest […]

Stars acknowledge campesina support

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Alianza letter sparked Hollywood’s Time’s Up organization dedicated to low-income women who suffer sexual attack or harassment     More than a thousand women have signed Hollywood’s “Time’s Up” letter against sexual abuse — including stars like Salma Hayek, Halle Berry, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Eva Longoria, and Meryl Streep. They pay homage to the […]

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas, stands with Hollywood actors against sexual assault

Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Latina |  Issue: February | March 2018

Even though we work in very different environments, we share a common experience of being preyed upon by individuals who have the power to hire, fire, blacklist and otherwise threaten our economic, physical and emotional security.     Editor’s note: On Nov. 12, members of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas Latina wrote a letter of solidarity […]

Toward the Chicago Poor People’s Conference in 2018

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2018

Basing ourselves in the long history for justice and on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, we announce our plan to build citywide organizations in Chicago around the following five-point basic agenda. These five points are not meant to fully represent all our areas of concern, but they serve as a unifying beginning […]

‘People are freaking out!’

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Time to get ready, there’s a change a’coming “People are freaking out,” a Massachusetts auto mechanic told the Washington Post in December, describing the reaction among other mechanics to the oncoming end of their jobs. “Ninety percent of our industry has done nothing — absolutely nothing — to prepare.” What he says is true of […]

More jobs are going to the robots

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2018

Car mechanics, drivers, real estate agents, security guards – is the last human work being homeless?     Are you a car mechanic, a real estate agent or a security guard? Do you drive a delivery van, a taxi or a semi-truck? Are any of these your backup plan for keeping body and soul together? […]

NAFTA — the way corporate America exploits Mexico

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference chides Democratic leadership, as well as Republicans NAFTA is not about trade. That message resounded throughout the Bi-National Conference. Instead, it is about the complete corporate penetration and domination of Mexican and Central American society and economy, as corporate America shifts factories and services to Mexico, exploits its desperate work force and blames […]

‘Cancel NAFTA! Tear Down the Wall!’

Cathleen Williams |  Issue: February | March 2018

Bi-National Conference brings together unions and workers from the United States and Mexico      “I arrived in this country when I was eight years old. My parents were peasants in Mexico. In 1994, when the NAFTA agreement privatized the lands [the ejidos] in Mexico, they had no choice but to migrate to the United […]

Why the hunger strikes in detention centers?

Marú Mora Villalpando |  Issue: September | October 2017

In the past months, immigrants detained in three different places on the West Coast have gone on hunger strike to protest their terrible conditions. One would think that under this new fascist regime, vulnerable people who have been used as scapegoats would not protest, especially while being processed for deportation. Nevertheless, hundreds of people in […]

Immigrants: scapegoat for economic ills

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: September | October 2017

Ten people are dead after dozens, including children, were locked by smugglers inside a sweltering tractor-trailer. The truck was found at a San Antonio, TX Walmart. This horrific event testifies to how desperate people are to find work to feed their families and the imminent danger they face in doing so. The smugglers have been […]

A farmworker dies, workers strike at Sarbanand Farms

Interview by David Silva |  Issue: September | October 2017

SUMAS, WA – Federal and State agencies began an investigation of Sarbanand Farms, after 70 H-2A farmworkers were fired for organizing a one-day work stoppage over horrendous working and living conditions. The final blow came when Ernesto Silva Ibarra was hospitalized. Then a group of workers marched to the Sarbanand office they were ordered to […]

A new farm worker union is born

David Bacon |  Issue: September | October 2017

  (These are excerpts of a larger article on this historic victory, that you can find in full in our website, tribunodelpueblo.org). Bob’s Burgers and Brew, a hamburger joint at the Cook Road freeway exit on Interstate 5, about two hours north of Seattle, doesn’t look like a place where Pacific Northwest farm workers can […]

‘Aliens’ – a divide-and-conquer target throughout U.S. history

Dave Ransom |  Issue: September | October 2017

Many people new to the United States are confused when they are attacked. After all, isn’t this “a nation of immigrants”? That’s true. What’s also true is that politicians and capitalists have attacked immigrants as a way to divide and conquer the working class for at least two centuries. After dividing workers into black and […]

When will a humane decision be made?

Gloria M. Sandoval |  Issue: September | October 2017

Immigrants are not footballs!     On July 20, two U.S. senators, a Republican and a Democrat, introduced the DREAM Act of 2017 which would create a pathway to citizenship for thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as young children. There have been many bipartisan attempts at passing the DREAM Act. Not to […]

A cause, a banner, and a press

from the Editors |  Issue: September | October 2017

In the pages of this issue, the reader will find articles that speak directly to the vision of what America can be: a land of opportunity, freedom, and equality for all. Beginning with “We the human family,” we have all been immigrants since our forefathers first set foot here from Africa. The unity ceremonies of […]

Trump’s immigration strategy: betting on people’s misinformation

Dave Ransom |  Issue: September | October 2017

Most don’t know that you can’t migrate to the U.S. legally from Mexico     When the Trump administration launched the most recent U.S. attack on “illegal immigrants,” particularly Mexicans, it bet on the ignorance of many Americans to make its charges believable and frightening. After all, somebody doing something illegal is a criminal, right? […]

Farmworker: “[You should know that] your tomato was picked with dignity”

Interview by Adam Gottlieb |  Issue: July 2017

Adam Gottlieb from the People’s Tribune/Tribuno del Pueblo interviewed Lucas Benitez, co-founder of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (C.I.W.) on March 22 about the purpose of the #BoycottWendys campaign to pressure Wendy’s to join the Fair Food Program (FFP). CHICAGO, IL – Physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual harassment toward women – that was the daily […]