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Detroit: Thirsty for justice

By July 22, 2014

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 […]


South Africans denounce Israel’s siege of Gaza

By July 15, 2014
Pretoria, South Africa

July 14 — There is worldwide opposition to Israeli Defense Force attacks against the Palestinians in Gaza and other regions in the occupied state. “Operation Protective Edge,” an aerial and ground incursion, has killed nearly 200 Palestinians and injured hundreds more. Gaza’s Deputy Health Minister Dr. Yousef Abu Reesh reported at a July 14 press conference […]


Detroit protesters arrested for blocking water-shutoff trucks

By July 11, 2014
Protesters block streets in front of Homrich, July 10.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

July 10 — Detroit activists concerned about the massive water shutoffs across this economically devastated city blocked entrances to the yard of Homrich Co., a firm given a nearly $6 million contract to terminate water services for hundreds of thousands of people. The company was hired by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by […]


Fighting the austerity program behind Detroit water shutoffs

By July 8, 2014

Massive water shutoffs have drawn attention to the humanitarian crisis in the city of Detroit. Even though the United Nations commission dealing with water resources and access to potable water has condemned the conditions prevailing in the majority African-American municipality, the main response to the documentation of gross human rights violations has been a public relations […]


Benton Harbor activist appeals for support in fight against frame-up

By June 30, 2014

The Rev. Edward Pinkney of the Benton Harbor/Berrien County Black Autonomy Network Community Organization (BANCO) spoke in Detroit at the invitation of the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice at their weekly Monday night meeting on June 23. Moratorium NOW! Coalition and MECAWI members have been heavily involved in […]


U.S.-backed wars displace tens of millions

By June 27, 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This year, a report issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that the number of displaced persons has reached a post-World-War-II high. More than 51 million people have been forced out of their homes as a result of war and instability. The leading conflicts […]


South African miners’ strike shakes big firms

By June 20, 2014

Since Jan. 23, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union has led 70,000 of its members in a strike in the platinum industry in South Africa, primarily over wages. The union is demanding a minimum wage for miners of 12,500 rand (US $ 1,163) per month. Representatives of the three major world platinum producers announced […]


Detroit Land Bank seizes homes


En route to the financial district, Detroit Freedom Friday protesters walk past 65 Cadillac Square, where hidden away on the 28th and 32nd floors is the Detroit Land Bank Authority, a quasi-governmental agency formed in 2008. For the last several years the DLBA has ostensibly concerned itself with the acquisition of tax-foreclosed properties numbering in […]


Central African Republic: Mass protests hit French-backed regime

By June 15, 2014

Discontent among the people in the Central African Republic capital of Bangui with the French-imposed government has erupted in demonstrations by both the Muslim and Christian communities. These developments are taking place amid the increasing deployment of foreign military forces mandated for “peacekeeping” operations by the United Nations Security Council and regional bodies. The number […]


Trial set for Benton Harbor, Mich., activist Rev. Edward Pinkney

By June 13, 2014
Rev. Pinkney, right, at “Occupy the PGA” protest, May 2012.

St. Joseph, Mich. —  Berrien County’s courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., was filled with people from across the Midwest at a June 5 hearing to determine if a trial judge would pursue yet another case involving the Rev. Edward Pinkney. Despite pleas from defense lawyer Tat Parish, Rev. Pinkney was bound over for trial beginning […]