In the 1980s, the black South African working class led the world. Now, in the age of capitalist offensive coupled with the betrayal of the working class by its own organizations, it […]
The administrator of this blog site, I am a lifelong socialist and a retired carpenter and the former recording secretary and an expelled member of Carpenters Local 713. I was expelled for my leading role in the 1999 SF Bay Area carpenters wildcat strike as well as for his opposition to the union bureaucracy in general. I was one of the founding members of a small group called Labor Militant, which was the forerunner to Socialist Alternative. Along with a small group of others, I was expelled when that group started to adapt to the union bureaucracy. I have also visited the workers' movement internationally, including in Pakistan, Egypt (during the Arab Spring), Britain, Mexico and Chile (during the uprising there in 2020). Unless otherwise specified, I am the author of the articles that appear here. Although I am the main author, Oaklandsocialist welcomes articles on any issue that relates to the working class. Contact us at Oaklandsocialist@gmail.com.
A forest fire is raging in California’s Big Sur region. Forest fires in this time of year (normally the rainy season) are unheard of, but California has experienced several years of […]
Here is a commentary by Chris Hedges. It reviews a play written by a collection of prisoners about their life inside. I hope you read it.
Fracking can no more be regulated to be made safe than can mass murder be made humane. But it’s not only for scientific reasons; it’s also for political ones. Also attached is […]
Your Departure Ends The Era of National Liberation Politics! On Sunday, 14th December 2013, Madiba will be laid to rest in his home village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape. The DLF […]
The corporate politicians are starting to worry. First the Pope gives a left wing speech. Then Obama takes up the issue of economic inequality in the US. Now, there is a story that […]
Overheard in a restaurant in Chicago: As I am sitting there having my breakfast there were two older guys at the table across the room who were in their 70’s / 80’s and […]
Nelson Mandela, the iconic leader of the liberation struggle in South Africa, has died at the age of 95. He will long be remembered for his principled and courageous refusal to abandon […]
As the chief representative of Corporate America, President Obama has repeatedly expressed support for “democracy” around the world, including in Syria. A report in today’s Wall St. Journal shows the real meaning of […]
The Tea Partiers were all very well and good for Corporate America. When there was massive anger at how the government had bailed out the banks, leaving millions of homeowners high and […]