Lowell Votes to Divest From Fossil Fuels; Actually Listens to the People

In a Tuesday night vote, the Lowell City Council joined over a dozen other Massachusetts communities in calling for the Commonwealth to altogther divest its funds from fossil fuels. The move comes after a grassroots call to action led by 350MA, a Massachusetts environmental non-profit. In Lowell, the organization's victory was secured in part by … Continue reading Lowell Votes to Divest From Fossil Fuels; Actually Listens to the People

Has Anything Changed? Learning from the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921

by Kate Frey Although the first black President of the United States, Barack Obama, declared during his 2008 campaign his belief that the battles against racial oppression have been won and belong to the past, that the US is now a “post racial” society”, events over the past few decades – including very recently - … Continue reading Has Anything Changed? Learning from the Tulsa Race Riots of 1921

Let’s Get It Together: A Memo to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, the Green Party, and Everyone Else about Bernie Sanders

If we quit the Race to the Correct Position, cool off and shut up a little bit, we might actually get something done By Jay Monaco (Author’s Note: I am a dues-paying member of Socialist Alternative in good standing, but the following represents my own views, and my own views alone. It should not be … Continue reading Let’s Get It Together: A Memo to Socialist Alternative, the ISO, the Green Party, and Everyone Else about Bernie Sanders

Being right about Bernie doesn’t make it any better

by Jay Monaco It's not always fun to be right. It was Monday, the big explosive opening night for the week-long televised self-congratulatory festival of tepid liberalness - the Rave for Real Realistic Realism - that is the DNC. Bernie Sanders, self-described independent democratic socialist senator from Vermont and erstwhile candidate for President slash commandante … Continue reading Being right about Bernie doesn’t make it any better

Showdown at City Hall – Support Transgender Rights

by Jay Monaco Tonight. 6:30 PM. City Hall. Be there. The honorable council is at it again, folks. Seems like just yesterday they were out comparing poor people to animals. Now a resolution has been proposed solely for the purpose of discriminating against transgendered people. When the state senate passed a bill protecting transgendered people … Continue reading Showdown at City Hall – Support Transgender Rights

This shouldn’t be an argument: Reflections on $15 and a Union

by Jay Monaco Among the few things the entire left - and even some liberals - should and usually do agree on are the need for a drastically increased minimum wage and the need for strong unions. The day of action and solidarity last Thursday centered around both of those things, so we all got to … Continue reading This shouldn’t be an argument: Reflections on $15 and a Union

JUSTICE FOR JEFFREY: The people take the fight to Valley Street

by Jay Monaco Friday afternoon, Jeffrey Pendleton's former coworkers and fellow activists with Fight for $15 were joined by dozens of supporters (including a New Hampshire State Representative) in a vibrant protest march at Manchester's Valley Street Jail. The event was as much a memorial for the tragically deceased young man as well as a strident demand for … Continue reading JUSTICE FOR JEFFREY: The people take the fight to Valley Street

Loving father of 3 shot dead by Lowell police: Why?

by Jay Monaco Tragedy struck home in Lowell last Saturday night as Jose Perez, 39-year-old father of three, recently engaged to be married, was killed from multiple gunshot wounds inflicted by two Lowell police officers. According to the Lowell Sun, the victim was holding both a large meat cleaver and a knife at the time … Continue reading Loving father of 3 shot dead by Lowell police: Why?

Jeffrey Pendleton was killed for being broke

by Jay Monaco Jeffrey Pendleton should still be alive right now. He should be breathing air, right now, like you and me. He didn't have to die. No. His death was not just preventable, but could have been prevented had our society a shred of decency remaining. A lifelong low-wage worker, Jeffrey Pendleton was active … Continue reading Jeffrey Pendleton was killed for being broke

Is anyone here serious about “political revolution”?

by Jay Monaco Midnight, Suicide Wednesday. These, the opening moments of the depressing slog that inevitably follows Super Tuesday returns, are made all the worse by the fact that those returns offered up iron-fisted testament to the supreme domination of one Donald Trump on one side and one Hillary Clinton on the other. Unless you're a white … Continue reading Is anyone here serious about “political revolution”?

SIGN THE PETITION: Body Cams for all Lowell Cops!

CAJE wants YOUR VOICE to be a part of this signature initiative. Click over to CAJE to sign the petition NOW! As the Boston Globe reported back in August, Lowell is being considered for a large-scale trial of police body cameras. According to the linked article, police superintendent William Taylor is "optimistic it will be implemented," which … Continue reading SIGN THE PETITION: Body Cams for all Lowell Cops!