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Articles by Abayomi Azikiwe

Detroit protesters arrested for blocking water-shutoff trucks

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 [...]

Fighting the austerity program behind Detroit water shutoffs

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 [...]

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

June 30, 2014

Rev. Pinkney, right, at “Occupy the PGA” protest, May 2012. 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 [...]

U.S.-backed wars displace tens of millions

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. [...]

South African miners’ strike shakes big firms

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 [...]

Detroit Land Bank seizes homes

June 20, 2014

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 [...]

Central African Republic: Mass protests hit French-backed regime

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Maya Angelou gave literary, political voice to African-American women

June 3, 2014

Maya Angelou Youth and students from successive generations were influenced by Maya Angelou’s widely read book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the formative years of the author, who died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86. [...]

General Baker 1941-2014

June 1, 2014

General BakerPhoto: Daymon Hartley A standing-room-only audience at the United Auto Workers Local 600 hall on Detroit’s border in Dearborn, Mich., attended a memorial May 24 in honor of the life and contributions of General Gordon Baker Jr., a co-founder of the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement [...]
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