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Articles by Abayomi Azikiwe

Struggle wins temporary water shutoff moratorium

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 [...]

Detroit rallies for Rasmea Odeh, Palestine

August 7, 2014

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 [...]

Detroit water shutoffs prompt Canadian solidarity

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 [...]

NUMSA agrees to end strike in South Africa

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. [...]

Detroit: Thirsty for justice

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 [...]

South Africans denounce Israel’s siege of Gaza

July 15, 2014

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 [...]

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. [...]
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