Articles by Ellie Dorritie

Workers reject McDonald’s racism

March 6, 2015

After facing a pattern of racial discrimination and sexual harassment, 17 Black and Latino/a McDonald’s workers in the state of Virginia were told by management that they “need to get the ghetto out of the store.” Then management fired them. In response to a call for actions in solidarity [...]

‘Making connections’ tour

August 18, 2014

A speaking tour of upstate New York cities was kicked off in Buffalo on Aug. 4 with a meeting that filled the office of the Buffalo/Western NY International Action Center. Buffalo IAC’s Garrett Dicembre introduced the speakers, Judy Bello, a member of the United National Antiwar Committee and a [...]

Brigade defies U.S. travel ban on Cuba

August 7, 2014

WW photo: Garrett Dicembre Buffalo, N.Y. — Twenty-two courageous U.S. citizens, members of the 45th Venceremos Brigade, crossed the Peace Bridge from Erie, Ontario, Canada, into Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 3, proudly declaring that they had defied their own government’s ban on travel to Cuba. [...]

Women say NO to high court’s ruling

July 17, 2014

A demonstration “to let Hobby Lobby know how we feel about the recent SCOTUS [Supreme Court of the United States] ruling” was held in front of the Hobby Lobby store in Williamsville, N.Y., a Buffalo suburb, on July 12. It was initiated and organized mainly by young women from in and around [...]

All issues are LGBTQ issues!

June 6, 2014

WW photo: Garrett Dicembre The annual Pride Parade in Buffalo is huge, raucous and wonderfully well-attended, but for many years it has been depoliticized by corporate sponsorship, becoming a party rather than a rallying point for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. For the parade [...]

War and fracking protested in Buffalo, N.Y.

August 29, 2013

A big, noisy demonstration met President Barack Obama when he visited the Buffalo, N.Y., campus of the State University of New York on Aug. 22. The crowd showed opposition to Obama’s stand on fracking, the Keystone XL pipeline and U.S. intervention in the Middle East and North Africa — and [...]

Drone base picketed

May 19, 2013

Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Activists rallied at the gate of Niagara Falls Air Base on Mothers’ Day, May 12, to oppose plans to operate Predator and Reaper drones from the base. About 50 people from the Upstate Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars, including No Drones Niagara and the [...]

Memorial held for Dacajeweiah

April 10, 2013

WW photo: Ellie Dorritie Dacajeweiah, whose name means Splitting-the-Sky, died at the age of 61 on March 13. He is pictured here speaking in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y., in 2011 on the 40th anniversary of the Attica prison rebellion. His many friends and comrades held a memorial tribute at [...]

U.S. activists return from Cuba

July 29, 2012

WW photo: Ellie Dorritie The 43rd Venceremos Brigade marched across the Peace Bridge from Fort Erie in Canada to Buffalo, N.Y., on July 23, proudly declaring that they had defied the U.S. government’s travel restrictions by visiting socialist Cuba. They delivered over 1,000 pounds of material [...]