How Much Say Do We Really Have in Local Democracy? Columbus City Council and the FCDP

Watching the Columbus City Council 2019 election unfold was an eye-opening experience.  While campaigning for Liliana Rivera Baiman, I knocked on hundreds of doors throughout the city. I spoke with countless working-class families and heard similar stories over and over. People felt ignored by the current local government. Instead of worrying about people who are […]

Conversation for Comrades: A Few Pointers on Having a Strong, Socialist Discussion

These tips will help you when talking with family, a stranger on a canvass, and with other leftists. Avoid fighting people when you want to fight ideas. Sometimes you have to step away from a conflict without winning, even when you’re right, and that’s okay. Avoid negativity. Someone’s politics may not be as developed as […]

Labor 101: Building and Organizing Worker Power

Most of us in the United States’ capitalist society work for someone else — our “employer.” Employers run on two main principles: profit maximization and cost minimization. These principles have a direct and immediate impact on workers’ lives. Under capitalism, we as workers surrender our autonomy to our bosses by providing our labor and adhering to workplace […]

The Ohio Budget

What is “The Budget”? Ohio’s government has four budgets it needs to allocate during each general assembly: Transportation, Capital Expenditures, the Bureau of Workers Compensation, and the operating budget. These four budgets added up divvy up approximately $128.3 billion of tax revenue and federal funds to every public agency, project, and investment in the state. […]

“It’s just not right”: Seniors Stand Up to Luxury Developer at ComFest

Courtyard Estates is a seniors-only mobile home park by Graceland Shopping Center in Clintonville.  These seniors did not plan on coming to ComFest this year, and with the unbelievable heat and humidity that’s gripped Columbus all month, there’s no doubt they would have preferred to stay home in the comfort of their AC. In fact, […]

Crisis Pregnancy Centers in Columbus

Have you heard the term Crisis Pregnancy Center before? They’re often called Pregnancy or Women’s Health “Resource Centers.” Crisis Pregnancy Centers, or CPCs, masquerade themselves as a helpful place to go if you’re pregnant or think you might be pregnant and want to talk to someone about your options. In reality, CPCs are fake clinics […]

The Anti-Human Flaw in the Central Core of Capitalism

The capitalist market has produced some good fruit for some human beings and much bad fruit for the much of the world’s population across history. There is a deeper problem than this fruit. It is the way at its center it is based on a principle that hides human responsibility in the functioning of economics. […]