Otto is a psychology PhD student in New York City and former English teacher.
Coldest Weather in Decades Hits Brazil — Climate Change Is to Blame
This month, on the heels of the country’s worst drought in a century, Brazil has experienced historic cold weather. The effects on agriculture could have negative consequences across the world.
Otto ForsJuly 30, 2021
Alabama Coal Miners Protest Outside BlackRock Office in New York
On Wednesday morning, UMWA coal miners picketed the Manhattan office of BlackRock to demand a better contract. These workers recognize that they put their lives on the line to keep society running while bosses collect the profits.
Otto ForsJuly 29, 2021
California Wildfires Break Records (Again)
California is on track to experience yet another record-breaking wildfire season. These are the disastrous consequences of climate change.
Otto ForsJuly 15, 2021
NYC Floods Show the Future of Climate Change
Thursday’s storms and flooding in New York City show the reality of climate change — and the city’s unpreparedness for the devastating consequences of a warming planet.
Otto ForsJuly 10, 2021
Ravaged by Climate Change: 400,000 On the Brink of Starvation in Madagascar
Over one million people in southern Madagascar are food insecure, while almost half a million are on the brink of starvation. Climate change is to blame, and capitalism ensures that the Global South will pay the highest price.
Otto ForsJuly 2, 2021
Ethnic Cleansing: Israel Demolishes Palestinian Homes in Silwan, East Jerusalem.
The Israeli army has begun demolishing buildings in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and repressing residents and activists. Palestinians are mounting fierce resistance against these criminal attacks.
Otto ForsJuly 1, 2021
Dockworkers in South Africa Refuse to Offload Israeli Cargo Ship in Solidarity with Palestine
Dockworkers in the port city of Durban, South Africa have refused to offload an Israeli cargo ship in solidarity with Palestinians.
Otto ForsMay 21, 2021
Biden Is, and Always Has Been, a Champion of Zionism and Imperialism
The Israeli state’s aggression and impunity would not be possible without long-standing, bipartisan U.S. support, including that of President Biden.
Otto ForsMay 13, 2021
Colombia Is Murdering Protesters, But They Are Still Taking the Streets
Protesters in Colombia continue to take the streets against the Duque government despite brutal repression. Wednesday will be a national day of mobilizations.
Otto ForsMay 4, 2021
Another Anti-Asian Hate Crime: NYC Attack Latest in Wave of Racist Violence
This week saw yet another brutal attack on an Asian woman, this time in New York City. The incident is part of a nationwide rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, fuelled by U.S. imperialism and anti-Chinese chauvinism.
Otto ForsApril 1, 2021
Legislators Ramp Up Their War on Voting Rights
Republicans in Georgia have passed a sweeping set of discriminatory voting restrictions. The working class must fight for the right to vote — the most basic right of capitalist democracy — making sure everyone has access to the ballot.
Otto ForsMarch 30, 2021
“Do You Miss Me Yet?”: CPAC Shows that Trumpism Is Here to Stay
Last weekend’s Trump-centered CPAC demonstrated that Biden’s project to “return to normal” is doomed to fail. Trumpism, far from having been defeated in November, is here to stay.
Otto ForsMarch 2, 2021
Capitalism is a Breeding Ground for Power Outages
Record-setting winter storms have struck the United States and left millions without power amid frigid temperatures. But while the weather may cause deadly power outages, capitalism sustains them.
Otto ForsFebruary 17, 2021
Thailand Legalizes Abortion Up to 12 Weeks
The Thai senate has voted to make abortion legal in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, but will maintain penalties for abortions performed after this period. While the law is a step forward, it falls short of full decriminalization.
Otto ForsFebruary 3, 2021
Israeli Soldiers Kill Palestinian Teenager
Israeli soldiers in the West Bank fatally shot a 17-year-old Palestinian boy on Tuesday. It is just the latest instance of routine violence against Palestinians living under Israeli occupation.
Otto ForsJanuary 27, 2021
Imperialist Biden Administration Will Keep Embassy in Jerusalem
On Tuesday, Secretary of State nominee Antony Blinken confirmed that the U.S. embassy to Israel will stay in Jerusalem. The statement signals that the U.S. will continue supporting Israeli’s violent oppression of Palestinians.
Otto ForsJanuary 22, 2021
Imperialism is Bipartisan: Biden Recognizes Juan Guaidó as President of Venezuela
The Biden administration will continue to recognize Juan Guaido as president of Venezuela and maintain devastating sanctions. For Venezuelans, there is no lesser evil --- imperialism is bipartisan.
Otto ForsJanuary 20, 2021
2020: One of the Hottest Years Ever
2020 tied 2016 as one of the hottest years ever, with average temperature 1.25°C above the pre-industrial average. To avoid catastrophe, the environmental struggle must be anti-capitalist.
Otto ForsJanuary 12, 2021
Lifelong Centrist Merrick Garland Is Anything but “Apolitical”
Biden has picked Merrick Garland as his nomination for Attorney General. A lifelong centrist with bipartisan appeal and a conservative record on criminal justice, his nomination signals Biden’s resistance to leftist pressure and desire to return to business-as-usual.
Otto ForsJanuary 8, 2021
With Help from the Squad, Nancy Pelosi Is Re-Elected House Speaker
Nancy Pelosi won her reelection bid for Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, continuing in the leadership position that she has occupied for 18 years. Her victory demonstrates the folly of reformism, and the failure of the strategy to push Democrats left.
Otto ForsJanuary 6, 2021
Stop the Execution of Brandon Bernard
Brandon Bernard, sentenced to death at just 18 years old, is slated to be executed today as President Trump ramps up executions. We must abolish the death penalty.
Otto ForsDecember 10, 2020
ICE Detainees at Bergen County Jail Enter 25th Day of Hunger Strike
ICE detainees at Bergen County Jail have been on a hunger strike for 25 days to protest inhumane conditions and demand their release. We must abolish ICE.
Otto ForsDecember 8, 2020
“Nothing Will Fundamentally Change”: The Case of Janet Yellen
Janet Yellen has been nominated as Secretary of the Treasury. Like Biden’s other recycled Obama-era picks, Yellen signals continuity with the capitalist system which puts business interests over the needs of the working class.
Otto ForsDecember 3, 2020
MTA Plans Service Cuts and Fare Hikes, Keeps Its Cops
New York City’s MTA is facing massive cuts and fare hikes as a result of a budget crisis. These proposals will hit the working class hardest.
Otto ForsNovember 24, 2020
California Prop 22: Major Blow to Gig Workers and Entire Working Class
Yesterday, in a major blow to gig workers, California passed Prop 22. The measure allows companies like Lyft and Uber to continue classifying their employees as contractors, denying millions of gig workers rights to health insurance and a livable wage. We must demand full employment rights to all workers, and resist the “Uberization” of the economy.
Otto ForsNovember 4, 2020
Poverty Grows, but Capitalists Spend $14 Billion on Their Elections
The cost of the 2020 election cycle will reach up to $14 billion. Money has a corrosive effect on Democracy — we must fight to remove it from politics and ensure a level playing field for all candidates.
Otto ForsNovember 2, 2020
The Democrats Did Nothing to Stop Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation
Yesterday, Amy Coney Barrett was sworn in to the Supreme Court. The Democrats put up little resistance, proving that they are the party of the ruling class. We can’t count on the Democrats or the Supreme Court to secure our rights.
Otto ForsOctober 27, 2020
Luxury Covid Recovery for Trump and the Rich; Destitution for the Working Class
President Trump has been hospitalized for Covid-19. His luxury treatment is very different from that of the 200,000 mostly working class people who have died so far in the pandemic.
Otto ForsOctober 4, 2020
Salt Lake City Police Shoot 13-year-old Boy with Autism
Police officers in Salt Lake City shot a 13-year-old boy with autism during a mental health crisis, leaving him in serious condition. This brutal case shows that the police cannot be reformed --- they must be abolished.
Otto ForsSeptember 9, 2020
Trump Visits Kenosha After Defending Right-Wing Vigilante Murderer, Pledges More Police Funding
On Tuesday, President Trump visited Kenosha, Wisconsin, one day after defending the right-wing vigilante who murdered two protesters. The trip serves to animate his right-wing base ahead of elections and squarely position himself as the “law and order” candidate.
Otto ForsSeptember 2, 2020