Union leader responds to tragedy in Ferguson

By August 21, 2014

This Aug. 14 message, posted at cwa-union.org, is from Claude Cummings, Communication Workers of America vice president of District 6 and Executive Board Diversity Committee chair of the same union. CWA members live and work in every part of Missouri, including Ferguson. They deserve, and our union will support them in securing: A full and [...]

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New York City subway performers denounce police crackdown

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WW photo: Greg Butterfield

Subway artists and police brutality activists held a news conference at City Hall on Aug. 12 to protest the racist crackdown by the New York Police Department against performers in the mass transit system. According to media reports in early July, arrests of subway performers have increased by 500 percent under Commissioner William Bratton, from [...]

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Night of pain — night of rage

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Durham, N.C. Photo: Meeko Elliott

Once again, a Black unarmed youth has been killed by a cop. And while the facts surrounding the shooting are presently unclear, what is clear is that a cop shot 18-year-old Michael Brown eight times. According to at least one eyewitness, Brown was shot as he stood with his hands up in the air. To [...]

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U.S. expands military role in Iraq

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Aug. 18 — This morning the Iraqi government forces claimed they had retaken control of the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq from the Islamic State fighters. The Iraqi army is reportedly fighting in alliance with the Peshmerga, the army of the authorities in the Kurdish area of Iraq known as Iraqi Kurdistan, as U.S. drones, [...]

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Palestine solidarity with Ferguson struggle

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What follows are excerpts from an introductory statement by Rana Baker followed by the full text of a Palestinian solidarity message to the people of Ferguson, Mo. To read Baker’s entire introduction and the list of signers, go to The Electronic Intifada blog at tinyurl.com/ljuknm3. Palestinian groups and individuals inside and outside of historic Palestine [...]

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The racist militarization of Ferguson, Mo.

By August 20, 2014
‘Hands up, don’t shoot’, Ferguson, Mo.

Aug. 18 — The air was again choked in Ferguson, Mo., with smoke bombs and tear gas. Protesters’ chants competed with bursts of firearms shooting rubber bullets. This was in late evening, after Saturday, Aug. 16, passed into the early moments of Sunday, shortly after the curfew took effect. Residents of Ferguson, a small suburb [...]

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‘Justice for Michael Brown & all victims of police brutality’

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WW photo: Greg Butterfield

Several hundred people rallied at One Police Plaza in New York City Aug. 18 to demand justice for Michael Brown and to support the rebellion of youth against police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. The rally also demanded justice for those people of color killed by New York police such as Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham and [...]

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Ferguson and the unfinished revolution

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The great struggle for justice by the African-American people of Ferguson, Mo., comes after a white cop there gunned down young Michael Brown. Witnesses say the 18-year-old was unarmed and calling “Don’t shoot” with his hands in the air when officer Darren Wilson repeatedly shot and killed him. It was the last straw. But the [...]

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Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

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Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

Atlanta — The crowd had been organized by college and high school students. Estimated by the Atlanta police at 5,000, they gathered at CNN on Aug. 18 to denounce its scurrilous news coverage of the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson cop — with sensationalized images of “violent” protesters in the face of heavily [...]

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U.S. protests: ‘We are ALL Michael Brown!’

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U.S. protests: ‘We are ALL Michael Brown!’

Vigils and demonstrations involving thousands took place the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, in at least 90 cities across the United States to protest the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo. Organized quickly on social media, the somber and angry gatherings included a moment of silence for Brown at 7:20 p.m. Eastern [...]

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