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Articles by Martha Grevatt

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’ [...]

Michigan law says ‘OK’ to bigotry

June 21, 2015

Michigan protest Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on June 11 signed into law House bills 4188, 4189 and 4190, which combined give “faith-based” child placement agencies a license to blatantly discriminate. These agencies, which receive state funding, no longer have to provide services when there are [...]

Book review: ‘Out in the Union’

June 21, 2015

“Out in the Union: A Labor History of Queer America,” by Miriam Frank, Temple University Press, 2014 The importance of “Out in the Union” is clear from the first page. Here is a book devoted solely to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer labor history, a contribution that is long [...]

Oil strike not quite over

June 11, 2015

After four months on the picket line, workers at the BP Husky refinery in Toledo, Ohio, are starting to return to work. United Steelworkers Local 1-346 was the most recent local to ratify a local agreement in the national oil strike that began Feb. 1 and at one point involved 15 refineries across [...]

Motor City Pride: The fight is not over

June 10, 2015

WW photo: Kris Hamel Thousands of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, and their allies, took to the streets June 7 in the annual Motor City Pride parade. Thousands more attended the weekend-long celebration in downtown Detroit. While the parade and festival celebrated the many [...]

Then and now: The UAW vs. the bosses

June 2, 2015

After occupying Chrysler’s Dodge Main complex for over two weeks workers, confident of victory, march out singing Solidarity Forever, 1937. This past May marked the 80th anniversary of the founding of the United Automobile Workers in Detroit in 1935. Less than two years later this young, [...]

Detroit auto parts workers say ‘Union yes’

May 14, 2015

When we think of low-wage workers, it’s often service workers who come to mind — fast food and retail workers in particular. Yet growing numbers of workers are toiling in non-union factories, supplying the auto industry with parts, for little more than minimum wage. Over 70 percent of these [...]
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