Mostly dry Folsom Lake, a major reservoir in California. Photo: NBC News.

California is burning

JAY FAMIGLIETTI, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, made a dire warning in March–there is only one year’s worth of water left in the state’s reservoir storage and river basins. Not only that, Famiglietti said, but even nature’s oldest water backup supply–groundwater–could be gone soon after the reservoirs dry up.

Some 38.8 million people live in California–or about one in every eight people in the U.S. population. California also produces many of the food products that make it to people’s tables across the country and the world. So people are rightfully fearful.

The media are filled with advice about how individuals can change their lifestyles and personal habits to help alleviate the water crisis, one gallon at a time. But this avoids the bigger questions about what is causing this drought–and what can be done to improve the situation.


Unfinished Leninism

“For more than a century Lenin has been a constant source of inspiration for workers and revolutionaries striving to shape democratic and equitable societies throughout the world. Unfinished Leninism is a powerful and stimulating guide to Lenin’s political thought and abiding legacy that is essential reading for students and activists who are striving to realize an ethical and revolutionary democratic society today.” —Immanuel Ness, Ours to Master and To Own and Encyclopedia of Revolution and Protest. Join us in a discussion of chapters 9 and 11 from Paul Le Blanc’s Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a Revolutionary Doctrine. These chapters provide crucial perspectives on the Leninist  ...more

Stand up for 15.  March for Minimum Wage

Stand up for 15. March for Minimum Wage

On April 15, join the Fight for $15 and be part of the largest low-wage worker protests in modern American history. There is a crisis in America. Working families have endured decades of stagnant incomes. We are increasingly forced to choose between keeping a roof over our heads, paying our bills or feeding our kids. Meanwhile, the corporations we work for have record profits and their executives earn ever-increasing salaries. On April 15, here in the Bay Area, families, workers, people of faith, students, artists, leaders, and community supporters will be taking to the streets to say that “We won’t  ...more

Greece and the Struggle Against Austerity

Greece and the Struggle Against Austerity

We’re excited to host Iannis Delatolas – a long-time Greek activist and socialist – for a discussion about the challenges facing the new SYRIZA government and the way forward for the struggle against austerity in Greece, Europe, and beyond. Suggested reading: http://socialistworker.org/2015/03/02/confronting-concessions-to-austerity Loading Map…. Wheeler HallRoom 225 – BerkeleyEvents 37.8717241 -122.2680497 When Thursday, March 127:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where Wheeler Hall Room 225 Berkeley

Black Liberation and Socialism

Black Liberation and Socialism, Study Series; Part 3

Part 3: Black Liberation and Socialism, chapters 9-12 and conclusion We are concluding our three-part reading series on Black Liberation and Socialism by Ahmed Shawki, “a sharp and insightful analysis of historic movements against racism in the United States with essential lessons for today’s struggles.” This portion of the book covers Malcolm X, the Black Power movement, the Black Panthers and more. You can order the book online or pick it up at any San Francisco ISO branch meeting. Supplementary reading: Lee Sustar, The Legacy of Malcolm X socialistworker.org series     Loading Map…. The Women’s Building3543 18th St – San FranciscoEvents 37.76142 -122.422619  ...more


RENT IS TOO DAMN HIGH; How the free market and the city are failing SF Residents

San Francisco rents are out of control. While developers and free market cheerleaders demand more condo construction, housing activists and left-leaning city officials grasp for meaningful protections for city residents to no avail. As long as housing remains a commodity rather than a human right, residents will continue to see rents soar beyond their means. Ultimately a just solution to the housing crisis will only be found outside the free market. Come join a discussion on what these solutions might look like and how we can achieve them. Loading Map…. The Women’s Building3543 18th St – San FranciscoEvents 37.76142 -122.422619  ...more


A new cold war?! Crisis in the Middle East?! What would Lenin say?

From the Ukraine to Syria the world today is full of military conflict. Not surprisingly the US war machine has its claws on every front. Using ISIS and Putin’s Russia as justification, Obama is determined to escalate US military action abroad. Although each conflict has a complex background, their roots can be traced to inter-capitalist rivalry. As Russian revolutionary Vladimir Lenin explained, imperialism is the highest stage of capitalism. The framework Lenin provided almost a century ago is still crucial for understanding US military aggression today. Come join a discussion on the marxist analysis of imperialism and its applications to  ...more


Capitalism and the Environment

Join the Stanford International Socialist Organization for a discussion of the fundamental unsustainability of capitalism and how best to resist it.

The aftermath of the ExxonMobil refinery explosion in Torrance, CA.

On strike against the next “accident”

AN EXPLOSION at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in Torrance, California, on February 18 injured four contractors and forced 14 area schools to keep students indoors when a fine dust wafted over the city just south of Los Angeles.

The blast revealed the very high stakes in the oil workers’ strike that has spread across the country.

United Steelworkers (USW) members began hitting the picket line on February 1 after representatives of the major oil companies refused to negotiate seriously during talks on a contract covering some 30,000 workers throughout the industry.

The unfair labor practices strike has now expanded to more than 6,500 workers at 15 facilities–with workers joining the walkout last weekend at oil refineries in Port Arthur, Texas, and Convent and Norco, Louisiana. More refineries could join the strike soon, since many plants continue to work under 24-hour rolling extensions of the contract.

Workers from the USW union walk a picket line outside the Lyondell-Basell refinery in Houston, Texas.

Support striking USW oil workers

Thousands of oil workers in the United Steel Workers union have gone on strike in nearly a dozen refineries across 6 states over safety issues and work conditions, with more strikes in further refineries possible in the coming days. Workers spoke of increased hours, back-to-back over time shifts, increasing use of untrained contractors by oil companies, and other work safety related issues in their contracts that we’re being eroded, making a dangerous job even more hazardous, as the reason why they are fighting back and on strike.

The USW workers at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, are among the workers who have gone out on strike. The International Socialist Organization stands in solidarity with the USW workers in their fight for decent working conditions.

The SF Bay Area ISO is adopting a picket line this Saturday, the 28th, 12pm and we welcome friends and allies to come out to support the workers.