Articles by Martha Grevatt

Auto contract talks begin – time to dump two-tier!

July 24, 2015

On July 12, contract talks between General Motors and the United Auto Workers began with the traditional, much-photographed handshake between the union and company heads. The next day, negotiations with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles began the same way — except reporters snapped FCA CEO Sergio [...]

Detroiters demand: ‘Turn on the lights!’

July 18, 2015

For six weeks in a row, community activists in Detroit have held “light walks” every Thursday night. Radio talk show host Cynthia Johnson, who initiated the walks, pointed out that there are a number of major thoroughfares around the city that are pitch dark when night falls. Busy bus stops are [...]

Right-wing backlash to marriage equality victory

July 16, 2015

As poll after poll demonstrates, public opinion is on the side of marriage equality. That seismic shift in political consciousness was a factor in the June 26 Supreme Court ruling striking down state marriage bans. Now, however, powerful and well-funded political forces have launched a coordinated [...]

Comienza ‘Caminata de Justicia’ por el agua

July 14, 2015

La Caminata de Justicia por el Agua, una caminata de 70 millas en ocho días desde Detroit a Flint-Michigan, comenzó el 3 de julio con un encuentro en las orillas del río Detroit, el suministro principal de agua para millones en todo el sureste de Michigan. El primer día de la caminata terminó [...]

Oil strike wins improved safety language

July 9, 2015

Members of Steelworkers Local 13-1 begin returning to work at Marathon Oil’s Galveston Bay Refinery (GBR) on July 6. After 143 days on the picket line and two contract rejections, on June 23 the Marathon strikers voted by a slim margin to accept a contract with improved safety language. The 1,200 [...]

Detroit to Flint, Mich., ‘Justice Journey’ for water begins

July 8, 2015

The Water Justice Journey, a 70-mile, eight-day walk from Detroit to Flint, Mich., began July 3 with a gathering on the banks of the Detroit River, the main water supply to millions throughout southeast Michigan. The trek’s first day ended just north of Detroit in busy downtown Ferndale, where [...]

Detroiters protest ICE fatal shooting

July 4, 2015

WW photo: Martha Grevatt Members of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, Black Lives Matter Detroit, the Moratorium Now! Coalition, Michigan United and Washtenaw to Ferguson demonstrated on June 26 to demand full transparency in the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Terrance Kellom. Kellom [...]

LGBTQ victory shows that mass struggle wins rights

June 29, 2015

Michigan plaintiffs Jayne Rowse, left, and April DeBoer with their four children at Motor City Pride, June 7.WW photo: Kris Hamel June 26 was a day of huge celebrations. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality. Laws defining marriage as “between one man and one woman” came [...]

Gender bias behind Detroit outrage

June 28, 2015

We are taught, beginning in elementary school, that our rights are protected by the Constitution. Freedom of expression is one of these rights. Or are there exceptions? Can a person be legally dragged out of a restroom and physically removed from a public place because of gender expression or how [...]

Boston protest demands: ‘Reinstate our fired leaders!’

June 25, 2015

Garry Murchison, Steve Kirschbaum, Andre Francois, Steve Gillis Boston school bus drivers held a militant picket line June 18 outside the headquarters of the notorious Veolia Corporation, which has renamed itself Transdev. “Reinstate our fired leaders now!” was the main demand. The drivers’ [...]
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