Month: December, 2020
Blast from the Past or Blast into the Future?
worker | December 25, 2020 | 5:52 pm | Fascist terrorism | Comments closed

Blast from the Past or Blast into the Future?

By J. Thompson

There was a horrifying, tragic blast in Nashville early this morning. On first glance people should think of the Nazi bombing of the Reichstag.  Little is clear at this point, but a few things are obvious:

  1. The explosion was an act of terrorism.
  2. The people who carried this out obviously had some high level skills with explosive devices.
  3. Substantial sums of money were invested in this terroristic operation.

A few things are unclear at this point:

  1. Who is responsible for this egregious act?
  2. Who will benefit from this egregious act?
  3. Will there be further acts of terrorism?
  4. Will this explosion and/or further acts of terrorism serve as a justification for President Trump and/or President-elect Biden to declare martial law?
  5. If martial law is declared by any party, will this lead to a fascistic grab for power and subsequent consolidation of power?
  6. What are the implications of this terroristic act for “democracy” and the “rule of law” in the United States of America?
  7. What will be the impact on the working class in the USA from this terroristic incident?
  8. How should the working class in the USA respond to this provocation?
  9. Who will be blamed for this horrible incident?
  10. Who funded this egregious act of terrorism and what do they expect in return?
Univ of Minnesota-Cuba Covid-19 Seminar
worker | December 24, 2020 | 8:13 pm | COVID-19, Cuba | Comments closed
University of Minnesota School of Public Health

House Progressives: #ForceTheVote on Medicare for All Now
worker | December 24, 2020 | 8:12 pm | Medicare for All | Comments closed
House Progressives: #ForceTheVote on Medicare for All Now

Opportunity to Support Cuba
worker | December 24, 2020 | 8:07 pm | Action, COVID-19, Cuba | Comments closed                                                                                                                                              

                                                                                                                                                                                              December 19, 2020

Dear Friends of Cuba,


At the end of March 2020 the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC) launched “the campaign, Support Cuba’s Contribution to World Fight Against COVID-19, to assist the heroic island’s internationalist medical missions that are combatting the pandemic across the world.” Since then they have raised and sent $53,412 (Canadian) to Cuba


Chicago ALBA Solidarity will aid in this campaign. We will match dollar for dollar your donations to this effort, so that every dollar you contribute is doubled. Our total match limit is $10,000. In 2017 our previous matching campaign resulted in total donations of $22,300 for Cuban hurricane relief.


This present campaign expresses our collective gratitude for the outstanding work of Cuba’s Henry Reeve International Medical Brigade, for its selfless international aid since the outbreak of COVID-19. We strongly support the drive to nominate the Henry Reeve Brigade for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.


Keith Ellis, Coordinator, Cuba Against COVID-19 Campaign wrote:

“Cuba and two other countries, Russia and China, are making it clear that economically deprived sectors of humanity will be included among those users of their vaccines against COVID-19.  Cuba collaborates with these two countries in the production, packaging and distribution of vaccines against COVID-19, and that would probably ensure Cuba’s supply from these sources. Nevertheless, the Cubans are working to produce their own safe and efficient vaccine for humanity and for themselves, as well they should, with their great historical research record.


“We know of its highly educated, well-mannered, cultured and generous people, who from the beginning of their changed society have faced and peacefully defied the relentless, mainly ruthless, often illegal attacks from the world’s most powerful country.

“Cuba’s scientific and social achievements confirm what we have always known: that Cuba unfailingly uses whatever help it receives from us and from other humanitarian sources and multiplies them for the benefit of humanity.”



The CNC anti-COVID-19 fund is on-going and the CNC will gratefully continue to send collected funds to Cuba.
WHO has officially recognized two Cuban vaccines that are now in the final stage of testing.  Unlike the US vaccines, they do not require expensive refrigeration. They will be free to all Cubans and Cuba will offer to needy nations at a reduced cost.


100 percent of all funds raised have been and will be sent to Cuba.
Cheques should be made payable to the  CNC               and just write Covid 19  on the memo line.


Mail to Stansfield Smith, 2961 S. Bonaparte, Chicago, Illinois 60608 or to


CNC   c/o Sharon Skup, 56 Riverwood Terrace, Bolton, Ontario L7E 1S4.    





Stan Smith



Black US doctor dies of Covid alleging racist hospital care
worker | December 24, 2020 | 7:59 pm | COVID-19, struggle against racism, Struggle for African American equality | Comments closed

 Black US doctor dies of Covid alleging racist hospital care

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image captionDr Susan Moore passed away from Covid complications on Sunday

A black physician in Indianapolis has died with Covid-19 weeks after she accused a doctor of denying her proper medical care because of her race.

In a video from her bed at Indiana University Hospital North, Susan Moore said she had to “beg” for treatment.

Offering its condolences, the hospital said it took accusations of discrimination very seriously but could not comment on specific patients.

Black people are at greater risk from Covid than white people, studies show.

Dr Moore, 52, passed away at another local hospital on Sunday.

In her 4 December post on Facebook, she described how her pain had been downplayed by the doctor, whom she said was white, though she had been crying and having difficulty breathing.

“He did not even listen to my lungs, he didn’t touch me in any way. He performed no physical exam. I told him you cannot tell me how I feel,” she wrote.

A statement from the hospital said “as an organisation committed to equity and reducing racial disparities in healthcare, we take accusations of discrimination very seriously and investigate every allegation”.

“We stand by the commitment and expertise of our caregivers and the quality of care delivered to our patients every day,” it added.

Dr Moore is survived by her 19-year-old son, Henry, and her parents, who suffer from dementia, according to a GoFundMe page set up to help cover the family’s expenses. The page has already raised more than $102,000 (£75,000).

‘This is how black people get killed’

Dr Moore tested positive for Covid-19 on 29 November and was admitted with a high fever while she coughed up blood and struggled to breathe. But even as a physician herself, she said she had struggled with getting care.

Dr Moore said she had had to plead for antiviral Remdesivir doses and request a scan of her chest. The doctor at one point reportedly told her she did not qualify for the drug and that she should go home.

“He made me feel like I was a drug addict,” Dr Moore said in a Facebook video. “And he knew I was a physician. I don’t take narcotics. I was hurting.”

Dr Moore wrote she had requested a medical advocate and had asked to be transferred elsewhere. She was eventually discharged but had to return hours later after experiencing a drop in blood pressure and fever.

“This is how black people get killed,” Dr Moore said. “When you send them home and they don’t know how to fight for themselves.”

Her post later included an update saying the hospital’s chief medical officer had said staff would receive diversity training. But a promise for an apology from the doctor she accused of discrimination fell through.

“I put forward and I maintain, if I was white, I wouldn’t have to go through that,” she said.

Dr Moore’s experience and death has sparked an outcry over US healthcare disparities faced by black Americans.

The virus has disproportionately affected black and other minority communities in the US. Black Americans are three times more likely to die from the virus than white Americans.

An analysis by the Brookings Institution reported “in every age category, black people are dying from Covid at roughly the same rate as white people more than a decade older”.

A 2015 paper published in the American Journal of Public Health found “most health care providers appear to have implicit bias in terms of positive attitudes toward Whites and negative attitudes toward people of colour”.

Cuba & COVID 19
worker | December 17, 2020 | 8:33 pm | COVID-19, Cuba | Comments closed

Statement of the WPC Delegation to Venezuela on the Occasion of Serving as International Observers for Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections
worker | December 17, 2020 | 8:12 pm | Venezuela | Comments closed

Statement of the WPC Delegation to Venezuela
on the Occasion of Serving as International Observers
for Venezuelan Parliamentary Elections

Upon the invitation of the National Elections Council of Venezuela (CNE), a World Peace Council (WPC) delegation visited the country and attended as international observer for the December 6, 2020 Parliamentary Elections. It has been an inspiring opportunity for us to witness one of the most democratic and free elections in the world.

After repeated coup attempts, sabotages, intrigues and an anti-human blockade by U.S. and European Union imperialist states and their reactionary allies in Latin America (Lima Group), aimed at de-legitimizing and overthrowing the Bolivarian Revolution and Government of Venezuela in Simón Bolívar’s home land, the revolutionary people of Venezuela proved, once again, that they still firmly defend the right to decide their internal matters alone, in the face all imperialistic, anti-democratic and anti-human pressures and foreign interference.

On December 6th, our delegation was able to observe the voting process in many voting centers throughout Caracas. What we witnessed in every one of these centers was long lines of very enthusiastic people eagerly waiting to vote, and an extremely dedicated and helpful electoral staff, which went out of its way to help citizens cast their votes in the most efficient and transparent way, while, at every step, taking all precautionary steps to protect the voters’ health against COVID-19 virus. This election was a clear manifestation of mass participation and diversity of the parties involved. It was a true rejection of all false claims, especially made by the United States Government, about “presidential dictatorship” and “lack of democracy” in Venezuela.

We leave this land of Simón Bolívar and its people fully assured that the people of Venezuela, with the support and solidarity of all anti-imperialist and peace-loving forces throughout the world, will be able to continue the struggle against the policies of imperialism and of the local oligarchy, and will deepen the transformations so that the people will be the rightful master and owner of their wealth and destiny.

Once again, we express our deep internationalist solidarity with the heroic people of Venezuela and their mass organizations, and thank the Simón Bolívar Institute (ISB) and the WPC member, Committee for International Solidarity and Struggle for Peace (COSI), for their warm hospitality.

Members of WPC Delegation:

— Bahman Azad, U.S. Peace Council, USA

— Monisha Rios, U.S. Peace Council, Puerto Rico

— Chris Matlhako, South African Peace Initiative

— Luis Cisneros, Movement for Peace and Development of Mexico

— David Denny, Caribbean Movement for Peace and Integration, Barbados

— Marcello Gentile, Anti-War Committee of Milan, Italy


U.S. Peace Council • P.O. Box 3105, New Haven, CT 06515 • (203) 387-0370 •