Olivia is a writer and editor at Left Voice and an adjunct English lecturer in the NYC metropolitan area.
Texas Voting Rights Battle: All About Power, Not Democracy
Democratic lawmakers from Texas are attempting to prevent a vote on two bills that would restrict voting rights in their state. Republicans’ best shot at maintaining power may well be restricting ballot access, but the purpose of the Democrats’ response is to protect their own party’s power rather than to protect the democratic rights of Texans.
Olivia WoodJuly 22, 2021
CUNY Union Passes Resolution Demanding End to All U.S. Aid to Israel
Rank-and-file activists in CUNY’s faculty and staff union fought against bureaucratic machinations to pass a resolution calling for internal discussions of BDS and demanding that Joe Biden end all aid to Israel and other countries participating in human rights violations.
Olivia WoodJune 11, 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.
Olivia WoodJune 8, 2021
CUNY Students Turn Out in Support of Palestine
On Friday, May 28, students and allies demonstrated at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in solidarity with Palestine. This is just the latest manifestation of growing support for the Palestinian cause that has seen many rallies in NYC throughout the month.
Olivia WoodMay 30, 2021
Arab Americans in Michigan Protest Biden’s Support for Israel’s Bloody War on Gaza
Thousands gather in Dearborn, Michigan to protest Joe Biden’s support for Israel and the ongoing attacks on the Palestinian people.
Olivia WoodMay 20, 2021
“You don’t speak for us. You harm us”: Elon Musk Does Not Represent Autistic People
Elon Musk has said he has Aspergers. Autism does not make you support imperialist coups or force your employees to work in unsafe conditions during a pandemic. Those are all symptoms of being a billionaire.
Olivia WoodMay 12, 2021
Graduate Workers of Columbia Reject Tentative Agreement in Historic Vote
The Graduate Workers of Columbia are the first graduate student union ever to reject a tentative agreement with their university. Student workers at other universities should take lessons from the successes of the strong fighting stance they have taken against the wishes of the union bureaucracy.
Olivia WoodMay 4, 2021
Book Review: The Tragedy of American Science, by Clifford D. Conner
Can science solve the world’s problems? Not as long as researchers are dependent on capitalist investment and access to new technology is limited to those who can pay for it. In his new book, Clifford D. Conner explains why.
Olivia WoodApril 25, 2021
Every Government Agency Serves the Bourgeoisie — Even the Post Office
A recent report revealed that the USPS has been secretly surveilling social media sites and reporting to the Department of Homeland Security. But the bourgeois function of the Post Office didn’t originate with online surveillance.
Olivia WoodApril 23, 2021
Columbia Graduate Workers Organize to Vote No on Proposed Contract
Graduate student workers at Columbia will soon be voting on whether to accept a proposal for their first union contract. But the proposed contract sells out almost all of their demands.
Olivia WoodApril 20, 2021
Biden Wants $715 billion for the Pentagon — Republicans and Democrats Alike Love Militarism
President Biden has proposed $715 billion for the Department of Defense in 2022, maintaining its funding at Trump-era levels. The U.S. capitalist economy cannot survive without a huge engine for death, and no amount of progressive legislative pressure can change that.
Olivia WoodApril 13, 2021
CUNY Student Senate Clashes over Palestinian Rights
Today, the CUNY Student Senate is voting on two resolutions concerning antisemitism, one of which uses a definition linking it to any criticism of the state of Israel. Under this definition, students advocating for justice for the Palestinian people could be subjected to disciplinary action on the grounds of discrimination.
Olivia WoodApril 11, 2021
Columbia Grad Students On Strike for a Living Wage
Graduate student workers at Columbia University walked off the job yesterday, demanding pay raises and improved health care. Read our report from the picket line.
Olivia WoodMarch 16, 2021
Stagehands Picket for Contract in New Haven, Connecticut
Stagehands working at a theater in New Haven, Connecticut, have been picketing to demand a new contract for a week. They work in jobs that have been decimated by the coronavirus pandemic.
Olivia WoodMarch 15, 2021
The Democratic Supermajority Won’t Save New Yorkers
The current state legislature in New York State is being heralded as “historically progressive,” and many unions and community organizations have high hopes for what they may be able to achieve in Albany. Organizing for direct change, using our strategic positions as workers, has the potential to be much faster and more effective than lobbying politicians.
Olivia WoodMarch 11, 2021
Democrats Never Cared About Minimum Wage
Last night, the Senate Parliamentarian ruled that a $15 minimum wage cannot be passed with a simple majority. Democrats have said that they will not challenge her ruling, making it clear that they will always prioritize the interests of big business over workers.
Olivia WoodFebruary 26, 2021
Don’t Be Fooled: The Most Diverse Cabinet in History Is Pure Demagogy
Biden boasts that his new cabinet “looks like America.” However, whether the cabinet “looks like” the working class has nothing to do with their interests and politics. Make no mistake: these politicians will always put the capitalists above the workers.
Olivia WoodJanuary 8, 2021
Hospitals Are Reaching Their Limits and Neither Party Has a Solution
Nine months into the pandemic, the working class is suffering more than ever, and it’s only going to get worse between now and mid-January.
Olivia WoodDecember 11, 2020
New York Postpones Raises for Public Employees; CUNY Workers Push for a Strike
As the state and city governments try to balance the budget without raising taxes on the rich, more than 100,000 public employees in New York are being denied their contractual raises and back-pay. Workers at the City University of New York are bringing a resolution for a strike authorization vote to the table, and other public unions must do the same.
Olivia WoodNovember 14, 2020
Of Course Joe Biden Intends to Appoint Republicans to His Cabinet
Last week, progressives were frustrated to learn that Joe Biden is reportedly considering moderate Republicans like John Kasich and Jeff Flake for Cabinet positions. But Biden already agrees with Republicans on key issues such as supporting private healthcare, big business, U.S. imperialism, and the police.
Olivia WoodOctober 26, 2020
Amy Coney Barrett: Her Five Worst Decisions
Amy Coney Barrett appeared for her first day of confirmation hearings today. She has years of experience in attacking people’s rights, defending discrimination, and keeping the unjustly imprisoned in jail longer. The Supreme Court needs to go.
Olivia WoodOctober 12, 2020
New Department of Labor Rules Put Parents Between a Rock and a Hard Place
The Department of Labor is using newly-released restrictions for the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to force families to send their children back to in-person school, even when an all-online option is available to them. These restrictions only serve the interests of the capitalists.
Olivia WoodSeptember 18, 2020
PSC-CUNY President Finally Says the S Word
Will CUNY workers finally go on strike? With public school teachers in New York City threatening a strike of their own, PSC leadership implied last week that a possible strike is on the table. With 3,000 part time workers laid off this summer and more cuts expected, and racial capitalism ravaging the CUNY community under the pandemic, a strike is long overdue.
Olivia WoodAugust 29, 2020
North Carolina Universities Ignored Covid-19’s Writing On the Wall. Now They Are Shutting Down.
One by one, North Carolina’s universities are shutting down in-person instruction as clusters of coronavirus bloom across the dorms and in off-campus housing. Yet the universities with later start dates are adamantly refusing to change their plans, and college students across the state are continuing to move into the dorms and prepare for the first week of classes.
Olivia WoodAugust 27, 2020
#GeneralStrike: After a Summer in the Streets, Americans are Ready for Something More
The U.S. Senate has taken a recess until September without passing any stimulus package to aid the working people of the nation. Abandoned and enraged, U.S. workers are showing increasing interest in a general strike, as evidenced by the trending hashtag yesterday.
Olivia WoodAugust 14, 2020
CUNY Union Lawsuit Fails; Workers Need a Strike
The faculty and staff union’s request for a court injunction to reinstate 2,800 workers laid off by CUNY earlier this summer has been denied. By relying on the lawsuit instead of preparing for a strike, the union leadership has failed to protect the jobs --- and health insurance --- of its members.
Olivia WoodAugust 14, 2020