Victory! Cuban 5 are reunited and free at last

By December 18, 2014
The Cuban 5 united in Havana, Dec. 17.

Dec. 17 — The government of the United States has done what it repeatedly swore it would never do: It has freed the last of the Cuban 5.  Today Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Gerardo Hernández were finally released from U.S. jails after more than 16 years of unjust imprisonment. René González and Fernando González had […]

 

Growing incarceration rates for African Americans

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Beyond police bullets and chokeholds Since the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, and then the failure of a grand jury to indict white police officer Darren Wilson, mass demonstrations and rebellions have erupted across the country, bringing national and international attention to the plight of African Americans at […]

 

Meeting in Harlem says Black lives matter, from Ferguson to West Africa

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Sahid KoromahWW photo: Brenda Ryan

Harlem, N.Y. — An all day rainstorm could not keep people from attending a Solidarity Rally Against Ebola, Stigma and Racism at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, N.Y. on Dec. 9. The program sponsored by the African Ebola Crisis Committee and the International Action Center showed what a people’s response to an epidemic, led […]

 

Court rules for Albert Woodfox, now let him go!

By December 17, 2014
Albert Woodfox

Forty-two years in solitary confinement is 42 years too long. Albert Woodfox should be released now from a Louisiana prison. On Nov. 20, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously to uphold a lower court’s decision to overturn Woodfox’s conviction for killing a prison guard. On Feb. 26, 2013, […]

 

No let up in fight to stop police killings in Cleveland

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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 known internationally. For the second week […]

 

Durham youth vs. cops

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We live in a society where cops can kill an unarmed Black man, and the only person that gets indicted is the bystander who videotaped the lynching. It is a society where a seven-year-old Black girl is shot by police while asleep in her home. One where a single mother is shot by a deputy […]

 

CUBAN 5 FREED!

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Dec. 17 – The Obama administration announced today that the remaining incarcerated Cuban Five – Gerardo Hernández, Antonio Guerrero and Ramón Labañino – have been released from U.S. prisons. The Cuban Five heroes have been imprisoned in the U.S. since 1998 for trying to stop terrorist attacks against socialist Cuba.

 

Mass marches affirm that ‘Black Lives Matter’

By December 16, 2014
Oakland, Calif.

The four-month uprising against police violence received a tremendous boost on Dec. 13 — a national day of actions called by Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo., organizers.  In many U.S. cities, thousands — and even tens of thousands — of determined and militant activists and ordinary people took to the streets to demand justice for […]

 

Rev. Pinkney jailed for fighting racist power structure

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St. Joseph, Mich. — Another racist injustice has been committed. Here on Dec. 14, Berrien County Judge Sterling Schrock sentenced the Rev. Edward Pinkney, leader of the Black Autonomy Network Community Organization, to 30 to 120 months after a trial by an all-white jury. The five felony charges stemmed from a successful recall petition drive […]

 

Ramón Labañino Salazar: a prison visit with a Cuban hero

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Free Ramón Labañino Salazar.

Ashland, Ky. — We sat in the last three seats of the last neat row of red plastic chairs.  It was the visitors’ room of the federal prison here on a rainy but not so cold Saturday morning in December. A door across the room opened and there he was, Ramón Labañino Salazar. Although other […]

 
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