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BLACK WOMEN’S LIVES MATTER

July 28, 2015

JUSTICE FOR SANDRA BLAND! As we go to press, Sandra Bland’s funeral on July 25 was attended by hundreds of people in Lisle, Ill., a Chicago suburb.  In her remarks, Bland’s mother, Geneva Reed-Veal, urged people to continue to demand justice for her daughter on social media.   Since the death [...]

Kindra Chapman: #Fight4HerName

July 28, 2015

In Alabama and nationwide, protests continue against the death in police custody of Kindra Darnell Chapman, a Black teenager who died in Homewood City Jail on July 14 under suspicious circumstances. The Homewood police allege Chapman committed suicide after being arrested, but major discrepancies [...]

$15 per hour, what’s next?

July 28, 2015

From coast to coast, momentum continues to build behind the struggle of low-wage workers fighting for $15 per hour and a union, an effort which began nearly three years ago. The week of July 20 was marked by several major victories for this movement. On July 21, Los Angeles County approved a $15 [...]

Bernie Sanders flunks first big test

July 28, 2015

At the Netroots Nation gathering of progressive political activists in Phoenix this mid-July, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders encountered the first real-time challenge in his new role as aspiring 2016 candidate for president in the Democratic Party. When challenged on stage by representatives of the [...]

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 [...]

Protesters fight Scott Walker’s anti-worker platform

July 24, 2015

Hundreds of activists participated in the “Oppose Scott Walker’s Wall Street Agenda” protest July 13 at the Waukesha County Expo Center, where Wisconsin Gov. Walker officially announced he’s running for U.S. president. Beside the workers who make it run, the suburb of Waukesha near [...]

On the picket line

July 24, 2015

‘No cutbacks,’ say Verizon workers in Northeast Bargaining began June 22 for 38,000 workers in the Verizon East district of the Communication Workers union and of System Council T-6 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. The stakes are very high for the Verizon workers in the [...]

Cuba’s flag flies in Washington

July 23, 2015

Photo: Ismael Francisco Washington, D.C — In a ceremony attended by some 500 invited guests on July 20, the Cuban flag was raised over the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1961, when U.S. imperialism broke relations between the two countries. Other supporters [...]

Sexual equality is in our genes

July 23, 2015

Marxist thinkers from Frederick Engels to Dorothy Ballan have long maintained that, for most of human existence, the social structure was based on mother-right, or matriarchy, in which a fundamental equality existed between women and men. Today this period of human social development is often [...]

Appeal filed for Rev. Pinkney

July 23, 2015

On July 6, a motion for bond pending appeal was filed in the case of Michigan political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney. Attorney Tim Holloway filed the motion along with a 51-page brief in the Michigan Court of Appeals in Grand Rapids. The Michigan chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union [...]
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