‘Water is not a right,’ says Detroit bankruptcy judge

By September 30, 2014

Detroit, Sept. 29 — U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes ruled today to deny a moratorium on mass water shutoffs and dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against the emergency-manager-run city of Detroit and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. An entirely pro-bono team, led by prominent civil rights attorney Alice Jennings, had sought a temporary [...]

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United Nations water rapporteurs to visit Detroit

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United Nations special rapporteurs from Geneva “are coming [to Detroit] to conduct a ‘fact-finding’ mission relative to these mass water shutoffs,” announced Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization leader, in an email to activists on Sept. 24. The three-day mission, beginning Oct. 18, will include a bus ride to neighborhoods to hold discussions with residents [...]

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Postal workers, supporters protest cuts

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WW photo: Johnnie Stevens

Rye Brook, N.Y. — Members of the New York Metro and Mid-Hudson areas of the American Postal Workers Union, the National Postal Mail Handlers Union and community organizations, including Community Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services, participated in a day of action here on Sept. 9, holding a militant picket line and rally in [...]

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At Bronx meeting, Venezuela’s President Maduro says revolution ‘will not fall’

By September 29, 2014
Nicolas Maduro speaking at Hostos Community College in the Bronx.

Bronx, N.Y. — When the history books in the U.S. are finally written by the working class, they will write about the special relationship between the people of the Bronx, N.Y., and the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution. Since the advent of the revolutionary movement ushered in by President Hugh Chávez Frias, the community of the Bronx [...]

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‘We still need $15 and a union – now!’

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Organizations in Los Angeles are attempting to put a $15-an-hour minimum wage referendum on the ballot for that city. John Parker, who wrote this statement published on Sept. 9, is a coordinator of the Los Angeles Workers Assembly and main proponent of the $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative Ordinance. As many know, in solidarity with [...]

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U.S. bombs Syria, opens new war in Middle East

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Sept. 28 — The U.S. military machine has opened up a new bombing campaign, this one within the boundaries of a sovereign state, Syria, without an invitation from the government in Damascus. Each escalation solidifies the new U.S. war against the people of that region. The U.S. is bombing under cover of what President Barack [...]

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National convergence in Ferguson Oct. 9-13

By September 28, 2014
“Hands up, don’t shoot” activist at Climate Change March, New York City, Sept. 21.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The following excerpts are from a statement released by the “Hands Up” coalition, comprised of mainly St. Louis County activists, including from Ferguson, Mo., who have announced a mass mobilization in Ferguson from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 to demand Justice for Michael Brown. Email handsupcore@gmail.com or go to handsupunited.org. We are in a movement [...]

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Where is justice for Michael Brown?

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Michael Brown

Legal expert Lisa Bloom told Chris Hayes on his “All In” show on MSNBC on September 17: “Every time this prosecutor [Robert P. McCulloch] has had a choice of two different options, he has chosen the option that leans towards the defense [for Ferguson, Mo., cop Darren Wilson]. “He didn’t recuse himself. He didn’t file [...]

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Oct. 8: Protest the bosses

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A protest will be held against the World Business Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 8, starting at 4 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall at 50th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The call for the protest was initiated by the People’s Power Assembly and endorsed by political, labor and community forces. On October 7-8, the [...]

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The meaning of Ferguson

By September 27, 2014

Aug. 31 — Before recent days, who among us had ever heard of Ferguson, Missouri? Because of what happened there, the brief but intense experience of state repression, its name will be transmitted by millions of Black mouths to millions of Black ears, and it will become a watchword for resistance, like Watts, like Newark, [...]

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