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Articles by Martha Grevatt

LGBTQ marriage equality fight moves ahead

January 19, 2015

For almost 400 years, since the first English settlers began stealing land from the original inhabitants of North America, legal practice has been to deny couples of the same sex the right to marry. The walls of denial finally began to crumble in 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to [...]

Autoworkers picket Detroit auto show

January 15, 2015

Protest in Detroit at General Motors shareholders’ meeting in solidarity with Colombian GM workers.Photo: Frank Hammer For the seventh year in a row, rank-and-file United Auto Workers members and supporters picketed outside the North American International Auto Show in Detroit on Jan. 11. This [...]

General strikes rock Europe

December 21, 2014

“Sciopero generale” in Italy. “Algemene staking” and “grève générale” in Belgium. In any language the words “general strike” elicit fear among the ruling class. Hence the financial press, including the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News and London’s Financial Times, covered [...]

No let up in fight to stop police killings in Cleveland

December 17, 2014

Since the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22 by a white Cleveland police officer, the movement against racist police brutality in this city has maintained strength and intensity. Tamir Rice’s name is also being raised in the protests around the country against police terror, and is now [...]

Tribute to Leslie Feinberg

December 14, 2014

Leslie Feinberg in 1992.Photo: Bill Hackwell She brought ‘trans’ into labor’s vocabulary In 1895, the year that Frederick Engels died, a 25-year-old V.I. Lenin wrote a tribute as an introduction to the first Russian language edition of Engels’ works. He opened with two lines from Russian [...]

Michigan struggle demands transgender civil rights

December 11, 2014

Detroit — The victories for marriage equality represent a huge advance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer movement in the United States. Two-thirds of the U.S. population now live in states that permit or recognize same-sex unions. It is wholly possible that the U.S. Supreme Court [...]

Justice for Tamir Rice!

December 9, 2014

Tamir Rice Dec. 8 — With the police killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice on Nov. 22, Cleveland has become, like Ferguson and Staten Island, a particular place associated with a widespread systemic problem. The news of young Rice’s murder came out near the time of the grand jury decision not to [...]

GM workers protest at U.S. embassy in Bogota, Colombia

December 4, 2014

For over 1,200 days, former workers of General Motors’ Colmotores plant in Bogotá, Colombia, have maintained an encampment outside the U.S. Embassy. Asotrecol (the association of injured workers and ex-workers of GM Colmotores) began the action on Aug. 1, 2011, to protest being fired after being [...]

Phony gay rights bill throws trans community under the bus in Michigan

December 2, 2014

There is no question that the victories for marriage equality represent a huge advance for the LGBTQ movement. Two-thirds of the U.S. population now lives in states that permit or recognize same-sex unions. It is wholly possible that the U.S. Supreme Court will compel states that still discriminate [...]

Same-sex marriage fight not over

November 13, 2014

After being buoyed by a string of victories, the movement for the right to marry was set back Nov. 6 when the Sixth District Court of Appeals upheld bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. In October, the four appellate courts had upheld lower court rulings overturning [...]
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