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Huelgas de Walmart se unen a protestas Ferguson

By December 9, 2014

El espíritu combativo de la gente de Ferguson, Misuri a raíz de la decisión de no procesar al asesino policía racista Darren Wilson por el asesinato de Michael Brown, parece haberse trasladado a muchas de las más de 2.250 huelgas reportadas en las tiendas Walmart en todo EUA del 26 de noviembre hasta el 28 […]


Celebs speak out on Ferguson

By December 3, 2014
St. Louis Rams wide receivers in solidarity with Ferguson, Nov. 30.

While celebrities these days are not particularly known for their political courage or progressive stances, many have spoken out, particularly African-American artists, entertainers, musicians, actors, athletes and others, against the outrageous non-indictment of killer cop Darren Wilson in the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. Perhaps the most widely televised act of […]


Walmart strikes unite with Ferguson protests

By December 1, 2014

The fighting, angry spirit of the people of Ferguson, Mo., following the decision not to prosecute racist killer-cop Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown seems to have carried into many of the more than 2,250 reported strikes at Walmart stores around the United States from Nov. 26 through Nov. 28, “Black Friday.” Originally […]


‘Water is not a right,’ says Detroit bankruptcy judge

By September 30, 2014

Detroit, Sept. 29 — U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes ruled today to deny a moratorium on mass water shutoffs and dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought against the emergency-manager-run city of Detroit and the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. An entirely pro-bono team, led by prominent civil rights attorney Alice Jennings, had sought a temporary […]


United Nations water rapporteurs to visit Detroit


United Nations special rapporteurs from Geneva “are coming [to Detroit] to conduct a ‘fact-finding’ mission relative to these mass water shutoffs,” announced Maureen Taylor, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization leader, in an email to activists on Sept. 24. The three-day mission, beginning Oct. 18, will include a bus ride to neighborhoods to hold discussions with residents […]


Banks cause Detroit water crisis

By September 18, 2014

The city of Detroit, under a right-wing, state-appointed “emergency manager” who has plunged the city into the largest municipal bankruptcy in United States history, has been on a vicious campaign since March to turn off the water of residential customers whom the city claims owe more than $150 on their water bills. These mass shutoffs […]


Ferguson, Mo., and Detroit: What do they have in common?

By September 11, 2014

The foreclosure crisis has had a negative impact on the people of the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., the epicenter of a rebellion for justice springing from the shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, at the hands of cop Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Though small in size — approximately 21,000 residents — compared […]


Detroit WWP hosts Marxist conference

By August 28, 2014

“Marxism: The Science Behind the Struggle” was the theme of a two-day educational conference Aug. 23-24 hosted by Detroit Workers World Party and FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together, a revolutionary youth group. In addition to Detroit and metropolitan Detroit, participants came from the Chicago area, Wisconsin, Ohio and Virginia. Attendees were a multinational group […]


U.S. protests: ‘We are ALL Michael Brown!’

By August 20, 2014
U.S. protests: ‘We are ALL Michael Brown!’

Vigils and demonstrations involving thousands took place the evening of Thursday, Aug. 14, in at least 90 cities across the United States to protest the police killing of Michael Brown, 18, in Ferguson, Mo. Organized quickly on social media, the somber and angry gatherings included a moment of silence for Brown at 7:20 p.m. Eastern […]


‘Make the banks pay, not retirees!’

By June 20, 2014
Detroiters protest inside Bank of America, June 13.WW photo: Kris Hamel

After picketing the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department building on June 13 to demand the end of water shutoffs to thousands of Detroit households behind in their bills, “Detroit Freedom Friday 6” participants boldly marched through downtown to Bank of America. Chanting, “Make the banks pay, not the retirees!” the protesters entered the historic Guardian […]