Should Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Have Been Convicted of Hate Crimes?

The killers of Ahmaud Arbery were justly and correctly convicted of murder on state charges in Georgia last year. Greg and Travis McMichael were sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. Neighbor William "Roddie Bryan was also convicted, but his sentence allowed eligibility for parole in 30 years. These convictions were a huge … Continue reading Should Ahmaud Arbery’s Killers Have Been Convicted of Hate Crimes?

Should Workers Support the Ottawa Truckers?

Should workers support the Ottawa truckers? That's a difficult question for which I don't have an answer yet. As a union supporter, union member and socialist going back 50 years, the answer would normally be simple: Yes. This time it's not so simple. On the good side, I think the truckers are showing the power … Continue reading Should Workers Support the Ottawa Truckers?

On Ukraine, Washington & Moscow

In typical fashion, the mainstream U.S. media is reporting the brewing Ukraine crisis without any meaningful historical context. All the extensive coverage we see is superficial. Lengthy media reports claim to inform us but largely evade and obscure what's really going on, why, and in service to what ends. The roots of today's crisis go … Continue reading On Ukraine, Washington & Moscow

On the United Mine Workers, Manchin and ‘Build Back Better’

I was interested to read in The Hill this morning that the United Mine Workers (UMW) are calling on West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the lone Democrat opposing Biden's bill, to reconsider. They say a number of provisions in the legislation that will benefit coal miners. So it's odd, you might think, that a Democratic … Continue reading On the United Mine Workers, Manchin and ‘Build Back Better’

On the Weekend Tornados & Climate Change

This morning I posted pictures of the Kentucky tornado damage on Facebook and Twitter with this caption: "Increasing frequency. Increasing severity. It’s not a Hollywood movie anymore." The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management has indicated that "the tornado originated in Arkansas, and traveled more than 220 miles on the ground in Kentucky before ending. If the National … Continue reading On the Weekend Tornados & Climate Change