La Porte: LyondellBasell’s Negligence at Chemical Plant Kills Two Workers

Photo: The LyondellBasell plant in La Porte By Blaine Hopkins On July 27, two workers died and 30 more were sent to the hospital after a chemical leak at LyondellBasell’s La Porte plant, just outside of Houston, Texas. The incident comes weeks after another chemical accident at a LyondellBasell facility, revealing a pattern of the company’s murderous negligence that puts workers’ lives at risk for … Continue reading La Porte: LyondellBasell’s Negligence at Chemical Plant Kills Two Workers

Austin: Family of Alex Gonzales Jr. Celebrates His Birthday, Calls to Convict Police Who Killed Him

By Josefina Morales Undeterred by scattered thunderstorms, the family of Alex Gonzales Jr., as well as their supporters and activists, gathered on Monday evening to commemorate what would have been Gonzales’s 28th birthday, celebrating his memory and calling for the arrest and conviction of the police who murdered him. On January 5, Austin Police Department (APD) officers Gabriel Gutierrez and Luis Serrato shot and killed Gonzales as … Continue reading Austin: Family of Alex Gonzales Jr. Celebrates His Birthday, Calls to Convict Police Who Killed Him

Austin: Energy Monopolies Responsible for Winter Storm Failures Flood Politicians with Cash

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore By Sandra Harris After the Texas Legislature failed to deliver any major reforms to the industry at fault for the collapse of Texas’s power grid during the winter storm earlier this year, top politicians received significant increases in donations to their campaigns from energy monopolies and their executives. Monopoly media outlets revealed this week that in some instances, the energy industry … Continue reading Austin: Energy Monopolies Responsible for Winter Storm Failures Flood Politicians with Cash

Houston: Tenants Speak Out and Organize Against Uninhabitable Conditions

By Helen Milne Tenants at Sungregor Apartments, a residential complex in southeast Houston, are facing rent hikes while living in dangerous and uninhabitable conditions, spurring them to action in recent weeks in order to force property owners to answer their grievances. Units at the complex are infested with rats and cockroaches, multiple units have been flooded with sewage, mold permeates the ceilings and walls, and … Continue reading Houston: Tenants Speak Out and Organize Against Uninhabitable Conditions

Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

By Blaine Hopkins For nearly 90 days, ExxonMobil has locked out over 650 union workers fighting for a better contract at their Beaumont, Texas refinery. The workers’ lockout has the refinery operating at only 60% capacity as workers hold out against the company’s attempts to remove seniority bidding, lead safety operator positions, and pay raises. Since January, Exxon has refused to budge on its original … Continue reading Beaumont: ExxonMobil Locks Out Refinery Workers, Attempts to Force Unfair Contract

One Year Later, Garrett Foster Lives Forever in the Struggle

By the Editorial Board One year ago on July 25, 2020, Garrett Foster, a servant of the people and defender of Black lives, was murdered in the streets of Austin for standing up to a reactionary during a protest in the wake of the May Uprisings, defending the people and the movement that he believed in. His absence is an immense loss, but what cannot … Continue reading One Year Later, Garrett Foster Lives Forever in the Struggle

Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

By Michael Nolan and a carbon black worker Workers at the Tokai Carbon manufacturing plant in Borger, Texas work long hours in harsh conditions while uninvolved owners reap the profit. The plant produces a crucial industrial component called carbon black, an ultra-fine carbon powder with valuable uses. In the course of production, workers labor alongside furnaces in a hot atmosphere of dense dust inside an … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Unsafe Conditions in an Aging Carbon Black Factory

Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

By Joan Hoch and Michael Nolan Tenants at the Rosemont at Oak Valley apartment complex have been struggling against their landlord after 87 eviction notices were distributed to residents on July 2, blaming damage from the Texas winter storm in February for the conditions. After hours of testimony from tenants that the poor conditions were long-standing and not due to the winter storm, a judge … Continue reading Austin: Tenants and Activists Halt Evictions at Rosemont Apartments

Austin: Housing Activists Return to City Manager’s Home for Second Protest

By Michael Nolan On the evening of Monday, June 28, tenants and members of the housing struggle organization United Neighborhood Defense Movement (UNDM) carried out a demonstration outside the residence of Austin city manager Spencer Cronk, demanding stable housing for the working class and poor throughout the ongoing economic crisis. The protest came 18 days after a day of action in which the group confronted … Continue reading Austin: Housing Activists Return to City Manager’s Home for Second Protest

Austin: Activists, Family Members Continue Campaign for Justice for Jordan Walton

By Joan Hoch On Saturday, June 26, Black activists held an event calling for justice for Jordan Walton, a 21-year-old Black man murdered by Austin Police Department (APD) on February 10 as he was experiencing a mental health crisis. The event, held along with Walton’s family, also served as a celebration of Jordan’s life and a call for revolutionary Black organizing against police violence. The organizers, 400+1 … Continue reading Austin: Activists, Family Members Continue Campaign for Justice for Jordan Walton