Boston school bus drivers versus capital, low wages

By November 16, 2014

On Nov. 24, the Boston school bus drivers will gather at a courthouse to show support for grievance chair and union founder Steve Kirschbaum. Kirschbaum will be on trial facing outrageous trumped-up charges — including felonious assault with a dangerous weapon — that are obviously being used by employer Veolia Corp. to try to bust […]


Los Angeles activists petition for $15 minimum wage

By November 15, 2014

The city of Los Angeles has a $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative, introduced by the Los Angeles Workers Assembly, which will actively collect signatures until the end of January 2015. Upon voter approval, it would immediately lift the wages of 800,000 workers. This puts a spotlight on wage theft with enforcement and education clauses that […]


Lawsuit challenges Mumia-muzzling act


Attorneys representing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 10 seeking to overturn a Pennsylvania censorship bill that had been quickly passed in October and then signed into law by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. The Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project and the Roderick and […]


Chained protesters say: ‘Freedom for Rasmea Odeh’

WW photo: Terri Kay

Outraged by the guilty verdict and immediate jailing of 67-year-old Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh on Nov. 10, her supporters rallied and vowed to continue with their protests until she is released. Two days later, a group chained themselves to the doors of the Federal Courthouse at the Ron Dellums Federal Building in downtown Oakland. In […]


Community activist elected in Providence

Mary Kay HarrisPhoto: Robert Malin

Providence, R.I. — African-American activist Mary Kay Harris won the general election for City Council from Ward 11 on Nov. 4, defeating her Republican opponent by 1,669 to 258, or better than six to one. This is despite support for the Republican from the incumbent machine Democrat, whom Harris had defeated in the primary. Harris […]


On the picket line

By November 14, 2014

Nurses strike to demand Ebola preparedness Nurses in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia plan a national day of action on Nov. 12 to demand better patient care and Ebola preparedness. “Every RN is one patient away from being exposed to Ebola. The message nurses are being given across the nation is […]


Justice now for Dontre Hamilton

Photo: Joe Brusky

Members of the Coalition for Justice and its supporters packed a Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission meeting Nov. 6 to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee by Christopher Manney, a Milwaukee police officer, on April 30. When officials of the so-called “police union” attempted to […]


Racist team name protested


By Chris Getowicz Republished from an article at fightback­ Minneapolis, Minn. — Over 5,000 people joined 11 tribal nations in demanding Washington’s football franchise “change the name!” Gathering at Northrop Plaza at the University of Minnesota, over 3,000 people marched and converged on the stadium two hours before the game and were joined by 2,000 […]


Same-sex marriage fight not over

By 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 a total of 16 state […]


Youth publish ‘Red Flag,’ hold FIST forum

Cecily McMillan about to receive ‘John Brown’ award from Caleb Maupin.Photo: Paul Funkhouser

FIST — Fight Imperialism, Stand Together — is proud to have published the first issue of Red Flag, a new magazine of theory and struggle written for and by young revolutionaries. With eyewitness accounts of peoples’ struggles, Marxist analysis of current events and revolutionary theory ranging from basic to advanced, it is hoped this magazine […]