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Police killing ignites struggle against racism

By August 26, 2014
Michael Brown

Slain 18-year-old Ferguson, Mo., resident Michael Brown was laid to rest on Aug. 25. The funeral was a local and national event with thousands in attendance. Brown was killed by white police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 while he walked through the streets of his neighborhood. His brutal death from six gunshot wounds fired […]

 

Defend Ferguson UPRISING!

By August 19, 2014
Ferguson uprising

Aug. 19 bulletin: News sources report that 78 people were arrested Aug. 18 during a police riot in Ferguson. A 23-year-old Black man was fatally shot by two St. Louis police on Aug. 19. Aug. 18 — Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African-American youth, was shot at least six times by a Ferguson, Mo., white police […]

 

U.S.-Africa summit can’t hide imperialist aims

By August 18, 2014

A much-anticipated summit at the State Department and White House was held Aug. 4-8. Dozens of African heads of state and the chair of the continental African Union Commission attended. Nonetheless, several leading countries were not invited or chose not to attend, including Zimbabwe, Sudan, Eritrea, Chad, Egypt, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Although AUC Chair […]

 

Renisha McBride’s killer: ‘Guilty’

By August 13, 2014
Renisha McBride

Detroit — A Wayne County jury on Aug. 7 found Theodore Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., a Detroit suburb, guilty on all charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of 19-year-old ­African- American Renisha McBride. Wafer could face up to life in prison after a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 25. McBride’s killing on […]

 

‘Water for Gaza and Detroit!’

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In an effort to calm the storms related to the massive water shutoffs in Detroit, corporate Mayor Mike Duggan issued a so-called “10-point plan” at a press conference on Aug. 7. Included in Duggan’s plan were steps to give residents a (mere) one-week notice before shutoff; to reduce the down payment required on arrearages from […]

 

Struggle wins temporary water shutoff moratorium

By August 7, 2014
Detroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

New developments took place at the end of July around the struggle for water in Detroit. A class-action lawsuit was filed on July 21 in federal bankruptcy court involving victims of the mass water shutoffs and four community organizations: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, People’s Water Board and the Michigan chapter of the […]

 

Detroit rallies for Rasmea Odeh, Palestine

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Palestine solidarity demonstration in West Bloomfield faces off Zionists.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

Two public actions in solidarity with Palestinians were held on July 31 in the Detroit metropolitan area. A hearing in federal court for Rasmea Odeh, a 67-year-old Palestinian-American woman who lives in Chicago, was held in downtown Detroit. Odeh is facing criminal charges for alleged immigration fraud. This community activist, who has been living in […]

 

Detroit water shutoffs prompt Canadian solidarity

By August 1, 2014
Thousands demand water in Detroit, July 18.WW photo: Kris Hamel

Efforts by Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr to carry out the program of restructuring in favor of the banks and corporations during the city’s bankruptcy proceedings have drawn growing opposition from inside Detroit and beyond. On July 24, a delegation from Windsor, Ontario, representing the Council of Canadians and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, arrived […]

 

NUMSA agrees to end strike in South Africa

By July 31, 2014

A strike by 220,000 members of the National Union of Metalworkers in South Africa, the largest labor organization in the country, ended with a three-year agreement for a wage increase. The strike shut down production at General Motors facilities and other industrial locations beginning on July 1. NUMSA Secretary General Irvin Jim said that the […]

 

Detroit: Thirsty for justice

By July 22, 2014
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July 21 — The Detroit Water & Sewerage Department announced at a federal bankruptcy court hearing before Judge Steven Rhodes today that there would be a 15-day suspension of water shutoffs while policies were enacted to address the current crisis in the city. Additional measures are purportedly being designed to address the massive termination of […]

 
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