Articles by David Sole

Appeal filed for Rev. Pinkney

July 23, 2015

On July 6, a motion for bond pending appeal was filed in the case of Michigan political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney. Attorney Tim Holloway filed the motion along with a 51-page brief in the Michigan Court of Appeals in Grand Rapids. The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union [...]

As pension cuts start, Detroit retirees keep fighting

March 3, 2015

One of many protesters outside federal bankruptcy court, Oct. 28.WW photo: Kris Hamel Pension cuts to 32,000 retired city of Detroit workers went into effect March 1. Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Stephen Rhodes had ordered the slashing of pensions following over one year of court proceedings in [...]

Vast wealth inequality will drive class struggle

January 26, 2015

Jan. 26 — President Barack Obama and the New York Times have apparently just discovered something every worker in the United States already knows: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. In his Jan. 20 State of the Union address, Obama declared his intention to press for legislation that [...]

‘Homrich 9’ face charges for stopping water shutoffs

December 8, 2014

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 [...]

Rasmea Odeh fights jail, deportation

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 [...]

Detroiters confront federal housing chief

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 [...]

Theft of Detroit retirees’ pensions gets one step closer

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 [...]

U.N. officials condemn Detroit water shutoffs

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 [...]

Detroit retirees denounce ‘Grand Theft Pension’

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 [...]

Attack intensifies against Detroit retirees

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 [...]
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