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Protests revive MLK’s struggle legacy

January 20, 2015

National days of action were held from Jan. 15, the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., to Jan. 19, the national holiday commemorating him. Activists with the People’s Power Assembly, the Black Lives Matter movement and many others joined forces to reclaim King’s anti-racist legacy [...]

Ferguson spreads: Walk out! Shut down!

December 5, 2014

Shutting down St. Louis mall for justice, Nov. 28. Photo: Al Osorio 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 [...]

Leslie Feinberg: comrade, mentor, friend

November 23, 2014

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 LeiLani Dowell and Leslie Feinberg in 2004. Photo: Bill Hackwell This is for my comrade, mentor, and friend Leslie Feinberg. The person who took me under [...]

Solidarity protests with Ferguson: ‘Stop police brutality!’

October 29, 2014

Oakland demonstration in solidarity with Ferguson.WW photo: Terri Kay Philadelphia. Left to right: Shandre Delaney, Ramona Africa, Derrick Stanley, Betsey Piette, Gabriel Bryant, Layne Mullet, Suzanne Ross, Patrice Armstead.WW photo: Joseph Piette The demands of the people of Ferguson, Mo., and [...]

Brooklyn, N.Y.: No library cuts!

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

Gay Honduran describes gov’t repression

July 10, 2014

WW photo: Brenda Ryan Nelson Arambú, center, carrying the banner. LeiLani Dowell, right side.PHOTO: COLECTIVO HONDURAS USA RESISTENCIA 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 [...]

Protest hits Con Ed’s criminal neglect

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 [...]

National actions say ‘Not one more deportation!’

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 [...]
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