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Oil trains seen as ‘mile-long bombs’

By July 13, 2014

A runaway train carrying Bakken formation crude oil derailed last year on July 6. The resulting explosion killed 47 people and demolished the town center of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada. The severity and frequency of crude oil train derailments since then has sparked a call for a week of protests this year beginning July 6, in […]


For-profit tech corporations gain from Common Core testing

By June 17, 2014

In 2002, President George W. Bush ushered in the No Child Left Behind Act that introduced standardized testing throughout elementary schools in the U.S. These teach-to-the-test policies failed miserably, forcing teachers to waste valuable classroom time preparing students for tests, leaving little time to develop students’ basic reading, math and analytical skills. NCLB also resulted […]


Philadelphia protests denounce cutbacks in public education

By June 13, 2014
June 9

Twice in one week, protests against severe underfunding of public schools took to the streets of Center City, Philadelphia.  On June 9, over 1,000 teachers, students and community activists gathered outside the Union League to denounce both Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who were supposedly inside for a private fundraiser for Corbett. […]


Walmart workers strike in 20 cities

Union City, Calif.WW photo: Terri Kay

In response to company harassment and attempts to silence workers who had protested and walked off their jobs over intolerable working conditions, Walmart workers in over 20 cities struck and demonstrated June 4 in a National Strike Day and Action on Inequality. Demands included “No retaliation against workers fighting for a just wage” and “$25,000 […]


Hundreds in Philly rally to rehire Monteiro

By May 18, 2014
Rally at Temple University, May 8.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Hundreds of students and community activists gathered at Temple University in Philadelphia on May 8 for a rousing rally calling for the rehiring of Dr. Anthony Monteiro and the firing of Dean Teresa Soufas. Rally speakers included Dr. Cornel West; Marc Lamont Hill; Pam Africa; state Rep. Curtis Thomas; Henry Nicholas, president of Service Employees […]


Manifestantes les dicen a los jefes de restaurantes

By May 7, 2014

Washington, DC — Era lluvioso, ventoso y frío, pero esto no disminuyó el entusiasmo de decenas de manifestantes que se congregaron en frente del Edificio Ronald Reagan y el Centro de Comercio Internacional en Washington, DC el 29 de abril para decir a la Asociación Nacional de Restaurantes que “No podemos sobrevivir con $7.25 a […]


Mumia’s 60th birthday re-energizes the struggle to free him

By May 6, 2014
WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia — Three days of events organized to accelerate the struggle to bring political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal home kicked off on April 24 in Philadelphia with a standing-room-only dinner in honor of Mumia, who turned 60 years old that day.  The evening program, held at Opportunity Inc., was dedicated to the Amiri Baraka family and […]


April 29 protesters tell restaurant bosses: ‘What’s outrageous – poverty wages!’

By May 2, 2014
WW photo:  Joseph Piette

Washington, D.C. –It was rainy, windy and cold, but this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of dozens of protesters gathered outside the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C., on April 29 to tell the National Restaurant Association, “We can’t survive on $7.25!”   A number of passersby, in cars and on foot, gave […]


Philadelphia: ‘Reinstate Temple Prof. Monteiro’

By April 26, 2014
WW photo: joseph Piette

Community activists and students marched through the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding Temple University on April 16 to demand the immediate reinstatement of Dr. Anthony Monteiro as a professor with tenure in the Department of African American Studies. Protesters also demanded the firing of Dean Teresa Soufas for her racist political and retaliatory actions against Monteiro. […]


Drive for new legal review for Mumia

By April 25, 2014

It seems almost too good to be true. On April 15, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams announced the creation of a new Conviction Review Unit to investigate disputed homicide convictions that have legitimate claims of new evidence and where defendants have declared their innocence. “The very legitimacy of the criminal-justice system comes when the populace […]