Articles by Dianne Mathiowetz

Fighting for $15 minimum wage in the South

March 30, 2015

Atlanta, March 21. Atlanta — With fists pumping in the air, some 500 low-wage workers from across the South filled the sanctuary of the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church here with a resounding chant on March 21 to open a one-day mobilizing conference. “I believe that we will win” was the [...]

Selma workers continue struggle for rights

March 12, 2015

Kim King, a Lear Selma auto worker.Photo: Selma Workers Organizing Committee Selma, Ala. — Among the many tens of thousands of people who marched in a sea of humanity across the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 8 were some of Selma’s heroic freedom fighters of today. They are the workers [...]

‘Sleep out for justice’ for Kevin Davis

February 11, 2015

Kevin Davis Feb. 4 would have been Kevin Davis’ 45th birthday. The popular restaurant worker and beloved brother and uncle was killed by a DeKalb County, Georgia, police officer after calling 911 seeking help. His partner, who had been stabbed in the arm by another person, says that officer [...]

Atlanta cop kills 911 caller

February 2, 2015

Kevin Davis with his sisters. Atlanta — Kevin Davis’ family and friends are in disbelief and sorrow. How could police have shot and killed Davis, a hardworking, 44-year-old beloved brother and uncle, a “good guy,” after he called 911 for help? On the night of Dec. 29, Davis’ [...]

Justice for Kendrick Johnson!

January 16, 2015

Kendrick Johnson The town of Valdosta, Ga., witnessed, on Jan. 10, the kind of militant protest march that characterizes the “Black Lives Matter” movement across the country. The crowd of city residents and out-of-town supporters, including several youth activists from #ItsBiggerThanYou, came [...]

Shut down migrant detention center!

November 27, 2014

Hundreds of people from across the country marched to the Stewart Detention Center in rural southwestern Georgia on Nov. 21, demanding the for-profit prison be shut down. Operated by Corrections Corporation of America, the medium security facility holds upwards of 1,900 immigrant detainees. Among [...]

Atlanta Hawks owners’ racism exposed

September 17, 2014

I am not a sports fan. In fact, I have never been to a professional basketball game, much less an Atlanta Hawks game. What I know about the owners and managers of the Atlanta Hawks comes from what I have read in the local papers and heard on television — and of course, my own personal experience [...]

Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

August 20, 2014

Atlanta — The crowd had been organized by college and high school students. Estimated by the Atlanta police at 5,000, they gathered at CNN on Aug. 18 to denounce its scurrilous news coverage of the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson cop — with sensationalized images of [...]

Estudiantes indocumentadas/os exigen acceso a educación

June 3, 2014

22 de mayo 2014 Atlanta — Desde 2010, las/os estudiantes indocumentados no han podido a asistir a las cinco mejores universidades públicas en Georgia como resultado de una decisión de la Junta de Regentes bajo la Normativa 4.1.6. Muchas/os de estos jóvenes, traídas/os a EUA cuando eran bebés [...]
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