Operation restore trust?

By December 12, 2014

Dec. 2 — The flames of Ferguson have eaten their fill, and its eerie glow has cast light on how impotent is the Black political class, who cannot solve a problem that is a bane of Black existence. Usually, when they speak, they seem to be ventriloquists, who mouth the words of white politicians, drowning […]


On the picket line


By Matty Starrdust and Sue Davis Minn. janitors strike on ‘Black’ Friday Joining other strikers on “Black” Friday, Nov. 28, contracted janitorial workers who clean big-box stores in the Twin Cities area walked off the job at more than 50 retailers to declare, “Enough is enough.” At least 150 janitorial workers and community allies held […]


Michigan struggle demands transgender civil rights

By 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 will compel states that still discriminate against same-sex […]


‘We are the resistance!’ say Syracuse students and community

Syracuse, N.Y., Dec. 8.WW photo: Minnie Bruce Pratt

Syracuse, N.Y. — In bitter cold, 300 protesters marched from Syracuse University into downtown Syracuse in a militant outcry against racism and police brutality. Bridging campus and community, the protest brought together local activists, parents with babies in strollers and Snuglis, children on scooters and a core multinational crowd of students. This Dec. 8 march […]


Stop police harassment of Ferguson protest organizers


Philadelphia — As protests continue to spread across the U.S. and around the world in response to police brutality and epidemic murders of unarmed Black and Brown people, it is becoming increasingly clear that just trying to reform policing practices won’t be enough. Rather than taking measures to curb police abuse and harassment, police appear […]


Rasmea Odeh out of jail, heading home to Chicago


Members of the Rasmea Defense Committee from Chicago and Detroit/Dearborn just welcomed Rasmea back from four weeks in a Port Huron, Mich., jail. She arrived at the U.S. Marshal’s office in Detroit for processing at approximately noon today, Dec. 11, and was greeted shortly thereafter by friends and family, who are bringing her home to […]


Meeting commemorates Chairman Fred Hampton

Fred Hampton

With the 45th annual International Revolutionary Day on Dec. 4, people commemorated the 1969 assassination of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark by a Chicago Police Department/FBI/Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office death squad.  They held the IRD at Ground Zero, 2337 W. Monroe, where the deadly raid took place, against […]


Town hall meeting builds resistance

Philadelphia, Dec. 2.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia — “What the next steps in building resistance to police brutality will be” was the topic of a historic town hall meeting here on Dec. 2, as around 400 people filled the sanctuary at the Calvary United Methodist Church. The event was organized by the Ferguson to Philly Emergency Response Network. The gathering included […]


Reflections on Ferguson


Below are excerpts from an article by Lou DeJesus of Buffalo, N.Y., about her trip to St. Louis and Ferguson, Mo., on Oct. 11-12. This African-American activist traveled there to join the struggle for “Justice for Michael Brown,” killed by police on Aug. 9. The full article is at tinyurl.com/pvcsch9 We arrived in St. Louis […]


Unity against racism seen as protests grow

By December 10, 2014

On Dec. 8, protests in cities across the country against police killings of Black people entered the sixth consecutive day. Whether it was Tampa, Miami and ­Atlanta or Berkeley, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Seattle; Austin, Houston and Tucson or Minneapolis, Chicago, Boston, New York, Philadelphia and dozens of other cities — the U.S. rulers have […]