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Ferguson spreads: Walk out! Shut down!

By December 5, 2014
Shutting down St. Louis mall for justice, Nov. 28.

Dec. 1 — Resistance and anger over the failure of a grand jury to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for killing Michael Brown continued over the so-called Thanksgiving holiday, when activists and community members held protests to call attention to the struggle against police brutality and police killings, as well as disrupt the […]


Leslie Feinberg: comrade, mentor, friend

By November 23, 2014
LeiLani Dowell and Leslie Feinberg in 2004. Photo: Bill Hackwell

I loved my friend. He went away from me. There’s nothing more to say. The poem ends, Soft as it began – I loved my friend. ~ Langston Hughes This is for my comrade, mentor, and friend Leslie Feinberg. The person who took me under hir wing when I showed up in New York City […]


Solidarity protests with Ferguson: ‘Stop police brutality!’

By October 29, 2014
Oakland demonstration in solidarity with Ferguson.WW photo: Terri Kay

The demands of the people of Ferguson, Mo., and their continued fight against racism and police impunity are taking root across the country. This was reflected in this year’s nationally coordinated actions on Oct. 22 “to stop mass incarceration, police terror, repression and the criminalization of a generation.” About 400 people gathered at Oscar Grant […]


Brooklyn, N.Y.: No library cuts!

By September 25, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

At the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, librarians protested cuts in jobs and services in the New York Public Library system on Sept. 16. As several branch libraries in the Brooklyn area face closure, protesters say the main library will have to cope with increased pressure for services without an increase in funding […]


Brooklyn, N.Y.: ’No to gentrification’

By July 22, 2014
Honk against gentrification, July 19.WW photo: Imani Henry

The Equality for Flatbush Project held a “Save Affordable Housing/Fight Gentrification Visibility Day” on July 19 to demand an end to rising rents. The community group, which describes itself as “a new people of color-led grassroots campaign to create a stronger network between tenant rights groups, block associations and community organizations fighting for better conditions […]


Gay Honduran describes gov’t repression

By July 10, 2014

Workers World managing editor LeiLani Dowell spoke with Nelson Arambú, a leader of the LGBT ­community in Honduras and a member of the Move­ment of Diversity in Resistance, who was in New York City as part of a speaking tour on June 30. Workers World: Can you describe the situation for the LGBT movement in […]


Protest hits Con Ed’s criminal neglect

By May 23, 2014
WW photo: G. Dunkel

A protest was held at Con Edison’s 2014 annual shareholders meeting in New York City on May 19 to demand that community needs trump shareholder greed in the wake of a March 12 gas explosion in the East Harlem community of New York. An email promoting the event noted: “The gas explosion of March 12 […]


National actions say ‘Not one more deportation!’

By April 7, 2014

More than 80 events were held across the U.S. around the theme of “Not 1 More Deportation!” on April 5, the date immigrant rights activists estimated that the 2 millionth person would be deported under the administration of  President Barack Obama. The actions were coordinated by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, which says that […]


Solidarity shown with East Harlem residents in wake of killer gas explosion

By March 29, 2014
WW photo: Joyce Chediac

New York — A group of people from several New York City-based organizations came to East Harlem on March 23 to show their solidarity and support for the community in the wake of the March 12 gas explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. They also demanded reparations for this mostly Latino/a […]


Racist neglect behind East Harlem explosion

By March 17, 2014
Site of gas explosion in East Harlem.WW photo:  Johnnie Stevens

New York —  Another capitalist atrocity against the poor and people of color occurred in the neighborhood of East Harlem, N.Y., on March 12, when an explosion ripped through two tenement buildings, killing eight people, injuring more than 50 others and leveling the buildings to the ground. As of March 17, several residents of 1644 […]