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‘Homrich 9’ face charges for stopping water shutoffs

By December 8, 2014
‘Homrich 9’ face charges for stopping water shutoffs

Dec. 8 — Nine Detroit activists were arrested in July for stopping trucks from leaving their yard to shut off thousands of poor people’s water. The nine are known as the “Homrich 9,” after the company hired by Detroit’s emergency manager to carry out water shutoffs of tens of thousands of people behind in their […]


Rasmea Odeh fights jail, deportation

By November 11, 2014

Nov. 10 — Rasmea Odeh was found guilty of one count of unlawful procurement of naturalization today after a short deliberation by the jury in federal court here. Odeh and her supporters from around the country were awaiting the jury verdict since 8 a.m. There was anger but no surprise, since Judge Gershwin Drain had […]


Detroiters confront federal housing chief

By October 10, 2014
These housing activists went inside to tell Mel Watt: ‘Bail out people, not banks!’WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

Detroit — Mel Watt, head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), was confronted by protesters as he convened a “town hall” meeting in Detroit on Oct. 2. Recently appointed by President Barack Obama, Watt oversees the federally controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage giants. He was in Detroit to promote federal mortgage relief […]


Theft of Detroit retirees’ pensions gets one step closer

By July 28, 2014

The results of retiree voting on pension cuts in the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings were announced on July 21. It was reported that 73 percent of the voters approved the cuts while 27 percent voted “no.” The fix was in from the start. Only about half of tens of thousands of retirees voted. This is not […]


U.N. officials condemn Detroit water shutoffs

By July 4, 2014
Detroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit homes has become national and international news. An appeal to the United Nations by activists about the inhuman, profit-driven shutoffs has resulted in condemnation of these actions by U.N. officials involved in water and sanitation issues. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to […]


Detroit retirees denounce ‘Grand Theft Pension’

By June 20, 2014
City retirees take their message to May Day march.WW photo: Kris Hamel

June 18 — Retired city of Detroit workers continue to oppose deep cuts to their pensions in the face of enormous pressure from the bankruptcy court, politicians and the corporate media. Rank-and-file committees of retirees continue to find a lot of support for their urging of a “reject” vote on ballots sent to tens of […]


Attack intensifies against Detroit retirees

By May 1, 2014
Retirees protest cuts, April 1.WW photo: Kris Hamel

April 26 — The attack on retired city of Detroit workers’ pensions intensifies. Ever since the filing for bankruptcy by Detroit’s emergency manager last summer, it has been clear that the real plan was to use the large pension funds to pay off the banks that hold the largest part of the city debt. In […]


Pipeline activists to be sentenced

By February 27, 2014
Lisa Leggio, Vicci Hamlin and Barb Carter in courtroom.Photo: Jeph Farr

Three environmental activists will be sentenced by a Michigan judge March 5 after their Jan. 31 felony convictions for protesting at a tar sands pipeline construction site. Vicci Hamlin, Lisa Leggio and Barb Carter had their bail revoked and were immediately sent to jail by Ingham County Judge William Collette following their jury trial. They […]


Why the New York Times is worried

By February 7, 2014

Most progressive activists in the United States probably know about the reactionary, racist Koch brothers. But one has to wonder when a New York Times editorial (online Jan. 25) publicly worries about the financiers of the Tea Party and their growing influence on the political system. The Times reveals that the “Democrats have been staggered […]


Obama, U.S. media lied about Syrian nerve gas

By December 17, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour M. Hersh has written a detailed and devastating exposure of the U.S. government’s manipulation of military intelligence to create a pretext for the war it very nearly unleashed against Syria last September. Hersh’s main conclusion is that President Barack Obama and many in his administration “omitted important intelligence … presented assumptions […]