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Hattie McDaniel: First Oscar-winning Black actor

February 11, 2016

Hollywood’s 2016 all-white Academy Award acting nominations carry on the tradition of excluding, more often than not, Black achievement in films. Hollywood is a reflection of mainstream society’s historical policies and practice of institutional racism, exclusion and elimination. From time to . . .

Record auto profits leave workers insecure

February 11, 2016

On Feb. 3, General Motors announced its profits for 2015. Even after taxes and interest, the company posted the highest profits in its 108-year history, a whopping $9.7 billion. This announcement follows the news Jan. 28 of Ford’s all-time record 2015 profits of $7.6 billion. Fiat Chrysler . . .

How Black workers were decimated by racism

February 11, 2016

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder isn’t the only criminal who should be punished for lead poisoning Flint’s children. General Motors impoverished the Black majority city of Flint, Mich., by closing nine of the 10 plants it had there. GM owes billions in reparations. Flint was the center of what was . . .

Rallies say NO to anti-worker agenda

February 11, 2016

Rallies were held in three cities across West Virginia to fight the “right-to-work” (in unsafe conditions for less) legislation passed by the state House on Feb. 4. The bill goes next to the governor’s desk, where it is expected to be vetoed. The Republicans, however, have the power to . . .

150 years of Black liberation struggles

February 10, 2016

On Jan. 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, which ostensibly eliminated chattel slavery in the antebellum South. However, the Civil War, fought over the secession of the slave-holding states from the Union, was far from resolved. It took another two years for . . .

Rally to demand parole for MOVE 9

February 10, 2016

Many organizations and individuals in the New York area who support and defend political prisoners are holding a rally on Feb. 12 in New York to mobilize for the upcoming May parole hearings for MOVE 9 political prisoners Debbie Africa, Janet Africa and Janine Africa and to win parole for all . . .

Activists stop sexist events

February 10, 2016

By Colleen Gillan and David Card Baltimore The Baltimore chapter of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), a radical youth organization, led a militant protest Feb. 6 to combat the meetups led by Daryush “Roosh” Valizadeh. He is a racist, sexist, anti-feminist organizer who has written . . .

Super Bowl fans get dose of reality

February 9, 2016

On Saturday, Feb. 6, travelers to the San Francisco airport arriving to see the Super Bowl were welcomed to the Bay Area in an unexpected way. The Anti Police-Terror Project organized a protest to point out the contradictions between the hundreds of thousands of dollars being spent on this sports . . .

Pacific trade pact protested in 25 U.S. cities

February 9, 2016

By Dante Strobino and Martha Grevatt Worker and community organizations in more than 25 U.S. cities held a day of action on Feb. 4 to protest the Trans Pacific Partnership signed by the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Like the North American Free Trade Agreement of 1994, the TPP is . . .

#FlintLivesMatter

February 8, 2016

More than 100 water rights activists from Flint, Mich., and Detroit made the overnight bus journey to Washington, D.C., to attend a Feb. 3 Congressional Oversight Committee hearing on the Flint water crisis. They cheered for Lee Ann Walters and Marc Edwards, whistleblowers who helped force the . . .
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