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Articles by David Sole

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 [...]

Pipeline activists to be sentenced

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 [...]

Why the New York Times is worried

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 [...]
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