News for the East Bay's diverse, working-class majority.

Brought to you by the Democratic Socialists of America, East Bay chapter.

East Bay DSA
May 21, 2020

Alameda County is jailing fewer people. Let’s keep it that way.

District Attorney Nancy O’Malley is easing incarceration in response to the coronavirus. We should fight to maintain and expand these measures.

May 14, 2020

For workers and parents at Highland Hospital, race and gender distribute Covid-19 burdens unevenly

In a pandemic, the problems of working from home and finding childcare are compounded for working-class women of color.

May 11, 2020

Big Tech shouldn’t profit off of the coronavirus

Implementing contact tracing to limit the spread of Covid-19 could involve forking over more personal data to private tech firms. We need to make sure that corporations don’t profit off of that data at our expense.

April 24, 2020

Workers at East Oakland McDonald’s strike for safety

An Oakland McDonald’s restaurant is forcing its employees to work in unsafe conditions. Its workers are going on strike to demand hazard pay and protective gear for the duration of the Covid-19 outbreak.

April 18, 2020

The courts won’t save us from the pandemic

A recent California judicial ruling suspends cash bail for some defendants and halts most evictions during the Covid-19 state of emergency. But we can’t rely on court orders to deal with the ongoing social crisis.

April 16, 2020

Highland Hospital fires nurse who wore garbage bag as PPE

Highland Hospital nurse Saber Alaoui made the news when he wore a garbage bag as a gown to protect himself from Covid-19. His employer didn’t like the attention — and fired him soon after.

April 03, 2020

California healthcare workers fight for the public good during the pandemic

Healthcare workers across the state are putting their lives on the line to battle Covid-19. They are demanding that Gov. Gavin Newsom take immediate action to equip them to fight the pandemic — and to rein in a public health catastrophe.

April 03, 2020

Covid-19 is a major threat to Oakland’s houseless population

Oakland’s unhoused residents are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. Elected officials must go beyond small gestures and take drastic action to protect our houseless population.

March 31, 2020

Alameda board considers giving Sheriff Ahern $85 million, while Highland Hospital goes without masks

As the Covid-19 crisis looms, Alameda County considers beefing up Sheriff Ahern’s militarized police force while starving Highland Hospital.

March 30, 2020

The Alameda Health System CEO puts lives at risk. But the real problem is austerity.

The CEO of Alameda County’s public health authority prioritizes the bottom line over the lives of workers and patients. That’s just a symptom of a deeper problem: public hospitals and clinics have been starved of the resources healthcare workers need to do their jobs well.