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People pack court to defend Ramsey Orta

By September 13, 2014
Ramsey Orta, center in suit, next to Chrissie Ortiz, speaking.WW photo: Johnnie Stevens

Staten Island, N.Y., Sept. 5 — Today’s appearance of Ramsey Orta in Richmond County Supreme Court became a people’s victory, as 80 people from all the New York City boroughs and from Philadelphia packed the court. Orta, a 22-year-old Puerto Rican man, shot the video documenting the July 17 police choke-hold killing of Eric Garner. […]


U.S. actions say ‘Free the Cuban 5’

By September 11, 2014
Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, Ramón Labañino Salazar, and Rene González Sehewert.

Sept. 12 is the 16th anniversary of the day when police snatched five Cuban men from their beds. Three of them — Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Gerardo Hernández — remain in U.S. prisons, serving long terms. Vindictively, a U.S. court sentenced Hernández to a term of double-life plus 15 years. In the intensifying campaign […]


N.C. environmental injustice: ’We’re living with a ticking time bomb’

By September 9, 2014
Naeema Muhammad

The following interview with Naeema Muhammad, interim director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, was conducted by Durham, N.C., WW correspondent Peter Gilbert. What is Environmental Justice? “Environmental Justice is the right to a safe, healthy, productive and sustainable environment for all, in which ‘environment’ is considered in its totality to include the ecological […]


NATO Summit sets agenda for aggression

Protest at NATO Summit in Newport, Wales.

Imperialist heads of state at the Sept. 4-5 NATO Summit in Newport, Wales, met under U.S. pressure to escalate their anti-Russia maneuvers regarding Ukraine, to schedule their gradual exit from Afghanistan and to open war on the Islamic State. The summit’s proposed goals all involved making NATO capable of rapid intervention on three continents, far […]


Andy Stapp, a thorn in the Pentagon’s side

By September 8, 2014
From left, Terry Klug and Andy Stapp leaving Klug’s court-martial at Fort Dix, 1969.

Andrew Dean Stapp could have been an archaeologist, a historian or even a stand-up comic. Instead, he chose to focus his broad spectrum of talents on fighting the military brass and ending the Vietnam War. Andy, as everyone called him, died on Sept. 3 at the age of 70. When only 23 years old, while […]


Fast food workers doing ‘Whatever it takes’ to win


Thousands of fast food workers fighting for a $15 hourly wage and union protection walked off their jobs on Sept. 4 in more than 150 U.S. cities. Some 465 workers and their supporters were arrested during the one-day strike for engaging in acts of civil disobedience, blocking streets around McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco […]


Support Jamil Al-Amin

By September 5, 2014
Support Jamil Al-Amin

Preparations are underway for an evening of “Love and Resistance for Imam Jamil Al-Amin,” on Sept. 12 in New York City. Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, is suffering from serious illnesses and is currently being held at the Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina. This world-renowned political prisoner has been imprisoned for […]


Activists defend fired workers


Oakland, Calif. — Labor and community activists, carrying signs and chanting, marched inside a Jack in the Box restaurant on Telegraph Avenue and 45th Street here on Aug. 29 demanding that three fired workers be reinstated, with no penalties or retaliation. Two of the three had just signed union cards the day before their firing. […]


San Diego rally ‘speaks names’ of those killed by police

By September 4, 2014
WW photo: Gloria Verdieu

Over 100 anti-police brutality activists gathered for a rally and march in City Heights Park in central San Diego on Aug. 30 to demand justice for 17-year-old Michael Brown, in solidarity with cities across the nation that are calling for justice in Missouri. The “Speak Their Names Rally” was called by a coalition of community […]


‘Streetz Party’ commemorates Black Panther leader’s birthday in Chicago

Comrade Mother Akua Njeri and Chairman Fred, Jr. in front of 2337 W. Monroe.

Every year on Aug. 30, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the Prisoners of Conscience Committee/Black Panther Party Cubs organize a birthday celebration for Chairman Fred Hampton Sr., the Black Panther Party leader in Chicago who was assassinated by the Chicago Police Department in a pre-dawn raid on Dec. 4, 1969, along with Defense Captain Mark […]