Both the Texas governor and Chicago’s outgoing mayor are framing refugees as a burden. But Chicago has the material resources and supports to welcome refugees if only officials would muster the political will.
Social media platforms are key parts of the public square, and ought to be democratically controlled as public utilities. Billionaires and corporations were never allies in efforts to create free and democratic spaces.
While Chicago’s housing market heats up, many people will be facing the cold winter without a house. That’s because housing is not treated as a human need, but an investment opportunity.
Right-wing media has conjured a growing panic about critical race theory being taught in schools and universities. But what really scares them is a new generation questioning entrenched myths about capitalism and racial hierarchy.
Don’t get it twisted: Biden’s stimulus is a bid to buoy corporate profits disguised in claims of a dramatic historic shift for workers.
In the most contentious Chicago budget vote in a generation, four “progressive” alderpeople buckled to Lightfoot’s pressure and allowed an antiworker austerity city budget to pass for 2021.
Democrats committed to the indefinite extension of neoliberalism are also committed, whether they grasp it or not, to making Trumpism a permanent feature of the political landscape.
For years, Chicago's real estate capitalists have been creating a huge property glut downtown. Now that they face the economic consequences of their own actions, they squall about protests in the Loop in a cynical attempt to shift responsibility and secure even more tax breaks.
In the 1930s the Communist Party in Chicago was a vibrant, multiracial organization with thousands of members that actively fought against racism and class inequality. There is much socialists today can learn from its successes and failures.
Wealth, under capitalism, is loot. What is commonly called “looting” is a redistribution of that wealth.
The “free market” offers no solutions to the problems we face. To overcome the present crisis, we have to take the reins into our own hands and democratically plan a future for all.
Once controlled by manufacturers, city hall is now dominated by finance and real estate capital. The new bosses are building a racist business climate at the expense of working Chicagoans.