James Dennis Hoff
James Dennis Hoff is a writer, educator, labor activist, and member of the Left Voice editorial board. He teaches at The City University of New York.
Forced to Work 80 Hours a Week, Frito-Lay Factory Workers Are on Strike for Their Lives
As prices for basic consumer goods rise, corporations like PepsiCo, which owns Frito-Lay, are raking in billions while paying their employees poverty wages and investing almost nothing in additional production.
James Dennis HoffJuly 18, 2021
How Bad Will it Get? Climate Catastrophe and Capitalism
As recent events make clear, our world has been irreversibly changed. Adequately responding to the changes already baked into the climate --- and learning how to thrive in this new world while avoiding the worst case scenarios still on the horizon --- will require nothing less than the revolutionary overthrow of the very system that created these problems.
James Dennis HoffJuly 8, 2021
The Infrastructure Debate: Yet Another Sign of the Ongoing Crisis
The infrastructure debate shows once again that the ruling class cannot solve the contradictions of capitalism.
James Dennis HoffJune 23, 2021
3,000 Volvo Workers Are on Strike Again
After rejecting a second contract offer, Volvo workers at the Mack and Volvo Truck of North America manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia are on strike again. They say that this time they are not going back until a new contract is ratified.
James Dennis HoffJune 16, 2021
Why We Are Voting Yes on the PSC CUNY’s “Resolution in Support of the Palestinian People”
On Thursday, the PSC CUNY Delegate Assembly will consider a resolution introduced by rank-and-file members of several PSC committees, that condemns the Israeli massacres in Palestine and calls for CUNY divestment from firms that support the occupation. As elected delegates of the union, we support this resolution and call on our union to go further to end U.S. aid to Israel and the occupation of Palestine.
James Dennis HoffJune 8, 2021
Police Kill at Least Twice as Many People as Previously Reported
2020 was a terrible year for police violence, but a new report shows that many more people, particularly people of color, have been killed by cops in the United States than previously reported.
James Dennis HoffJune 2, 2021
Labor Must Demand: “Not One More Cent, Not One More Bullet” for Israel
Labor unions across the world are coming out in solidarity with the Palestinian people. While statements of support and boycotts are good, labor must do more.
James Dennis HoffMay 20, 2021
Connecticut Governor Calls National Guard in Advance of Health Care Workers Strike
Health care workers across Connecticut state are threatening to walk out this Friday unless the governor agrees to increase state funding to the nursing homes where they work. In response Democratic Governor Ned Lamont is requesting the National Guard.
James Dennis HoffMay 12, 2021
Biden’s Border Policy is Still Separating Families
Thanks to Biden’s immigration policy, thousands of children remain separated from their families, and more are separated every day.
James Dennis HoffMay 6, 2021
NYU Graduate Workers Continue Strike For Living Wages and Cops off Their Campus
After ten months without a contract, graduate workers at the largest private university in the United States are on strike for better wages, better benefits, and the eviction of the NYPD from their campuses.
James Dennis HoffApril 30, 2021
The Pandemic Couldn’t Stop Us: Labor Struggle Is Back and Strong As Before
From auto manufacturing and coal mining, to healthcare and higher education, workers across the United States are striking in numbers not seen since before the pandemic.
James Dennis HoffApril 27, 2021
3,000 Workers Are On Strike at the Largest Volvo Truck Manufacturing Plant in the World
Workers at the Mack and Volvo Truck of North America manufacturing plant in Dublin, Virginia --- which makes regional and long distance hauling vehicles for the entire country --- have been on strike for almost a week now and show no signs of backing down.
James Dennis HoffApril 23, 2021
Adam Toledo Is Dead, But Cops Donated Thousands to the Defense of the Vigilante Rittenhouse
A security breach at a Christian crowdfunding website reveals that police officers donated thousands to the defense of the right-wing vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse and the cop who Shot Jacob Blake.
James Dennis HoffApril 16, 2021
Biden’s Jobs Plan Is a Calculated Attempt to Restore U.S. Legitimacy
Biden’s latest spending proposal marks a sharp shift away from the politics of austerity and reveals the depths of the interlocking crises faced by the United States.
James Dennis HoffApril 13, 2021
Biden Betrays Promise to Fight for $15
In a conference call with governors last week, Biden assured them that a federal increase in the minimum wage will not pass congress and that he has no intention of fighting to make it happen. This statement is only the latest in a series of compromises and broken promises that reveal the real priorities of the new administration.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 19, 2021
Chicago Teachers Reach Tentative Agreement to Reopen Schools
On Tuesday, Chicago teachers narrowly voted to approve a proposal from the CPS that would have them return to their classrooms over the next several weeks. Though much better than the original reopening plan, even the union leadership admits it is imperfect. A real victory can only come from the organized rank and file.
James Dennis HoffFebruary 11, 2021
Chicago Teachers Union Leads the Fight Against Unsafe School Reopenings
As Chicago public schools prepare to return to in-person learning, the leadership of the Chicago Teachers Union says the schools are not safe and are urging their members to walk out on Monday.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 22, 2021
Does Having a Former Labor Bureaucrat Run the Labor Department Help Workers? Biden Picks Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Marty Walsh’s record as Boston mayor and labor bureaucrat shows a solid commitment to the liberal politics of compromise and appeasement typical of Biden’s other cabinet choices.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 11, 2021
2020 Was One of the Deadliest Years for Migrants — and Not Just Because of COVID
Brutal immigration policies in the United States and Europe resulted in the deaths of more than 3,200 migrants in 2020.
James Dennis HoffJanuary 1, 2021
The Fight of Our Lives: Why CUNY Workers Need to Be Strike Ready Now
The City University of New York is in crisis and things are only going to get worse. To protect the university and themselves, CUNY workers and other public sector employees must learn to wield the strike weapon.
James Dennis HoffDecember 19, 2020
Governor Cuomo’s “Pay Cut” Is a Cynical Publicity Stunt
All bourgeois politicians are cynical manipulators of public perception, but New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo is a master of the genre. Since the coronavirus pandemic began in March, Cuomo has tried to sell himself as a tough, no-nonsense advocate of public health and shared sacrifice, but he is still the same run of the mill neoliberal that he has always been.
James Dennis HoffNovember 20, 2020
Out of Control and No End in Sight: Coronavirus Continues to Ravage the U.S. Working Class
The arrival of autumn has brought with it an expected surge of new coronavirus cases, but the massive rise in new infections and hospitalizations far exceeds any anticipated seasonal increase. Getting the virus under control again and protecting working people will require more than just quarantines.
James Dennis HoffNovember 16, 2020
Joe Biden: Wall Street’s “Man in Washington”
Wall Street has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to Biden and the Democrats this election cycle, an investment that will no doubt pay big dividends if he is elected. As always, it’s the working class who will be forced to pay the bill.
James Dennis HoffOctober 31, 2020
Leading Members of the DSA Want You to Get Out the Vote for Biden
After criticizing Biden for months, leading members of the Democratic Socialists of America are urging their supporters to beat Trump by "getting out the vote" for the Democratic Party. Such fealty to the logic of lesser evilism shows the fundamental contradictions of class collaboration and the poverty of the DSA's larger strategy for socialism.
James Dennis HoffOctober 14, 2020
Seattle’s Sawant Faces Corporate-Backed Recall Campaign
Socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant has been a thorn in the side of corporate interests in Seattle for more than six years. Now they are attempting to recall her on trumped up charges of misconduct.
James Dennis HoffOctober 4, 2020
An Avoidable Disaster: At Least 200,000 Dead From Coronavirus in the U.S.
The United States has now officially recorded over 200,000 Coronavirus deaths, far more than any other country on the planet. This was an avoidable disaster made worse by the endless profit seeking and exploitation that define capitalism.
James Dennis HoffSeptember 21, 2020
Federal Police Gun Down Black Lives Matter Activist In Washington
The killing of Michael Forest Reinoehl by federal agents in Washington is yet another instance of the growing threat of police violence against the Left and the working class.
James Dennis HoffSeptember 4, 2020