Rasmea Odeh case: Judge Borman forced to step down

By August 22, 2014

fightbacknews.org dated Aug.12 Detroit — Judge Paul D. Borman was forced to remove himself from the case of Palestinian community leader Rasmea Odeh on Aug 11. Late last month, Judge Borman stridently denied a defense motion calling on him to step down. The motion asserted that his lifelong support for the state of Israel — […]


On the picket line


Kellogg ordered to end lockout On July 30, a federal judge ordered Kellogg to end its union-busting lockout of 226 workers at its Memphis cereal plant, reinstate their jobs by Aug. 4 and bargain with Bakery union (BCTGM) Local 252G in good faith. Kellogg locked the workers out on Oct. 22 because they refused changes […]


Jury acquits anti-drone protester


Syracuse, N.Y. — A six-person jury acquitted anti-drone protester Russell Brown on July 31 in an East Syracuse, N.Y., court of all charges after he testified about how current U.S. murderous drone strikes are like the U.S. war crimes committed during the ­Vietnam War. Brown was on trial for an April 2013 protest at Hancock […]


Union leader responds to tragedy in Ferguson

By August 21, 2014

This Aug. 14 message, posted at cwa-union.org, is from Claude Cummings, Communication Workers of America vice president of District 6 and Executive Board Diversity Committee chair of the same union. CWA members live and work in every part of Missouri, including Ferguson. They deserve, and our union will support them in securing: A full and […]


New York City subway performers denounce police crackdown

WW photo: Greg Butterfield

Subway artists and police brutality activists held a news conference at City Hall on Aug. 12 to protest the racist crackdown by the New York Police Department against performers in the mass transit system. According to media reports in early July, arrests of subway performers have increased by 500 percent under Commissioner William Bratton, from […]


Night of pain — night of rage

Durham, N.C. Photo: Meeko Elliott

Once again, a Black unarmed youth has been killed by a cop. And while the facts surrounding the shooting are presently unclear, what is clear is that a cop shot 18-year-old Michael Brown eight times. According to at least one eyewitness, Brown was shot as he stood with his hands up in the air. To […]


Palestine solidarity with Ferguson struggle


What follows are excerpts from an introductory statement by Rana Baker followed by the full text of a Palestinian solidarity message to the people of Ferguson, Mo. To read Baker’s entire introduction and the list of signers, go to The Electronic Intifada blog at tinyurl.com/ljuknm3. Palestinian groups and individuals inside and outside of historic Palestine […]


The racist militarization of Ferguson, Mo.

By August 20, 2014
‘Hands up, don’t shoot’, Ferguson, Mo.

Aug. 18 — The air was again choked in Ferguson, Mo., with smoke bombs and tear gas. Protesters’ chants competed with bursts of firearms shooting rubber bullets. This was in late evening, after Saturday, Aug. 16, passed into the early moments of Sunday, shortly after the curfew took effect. Residents of Ferguson, a small suburb […]


‘Justice for Michael Brown & all victims of police brutality’

WW photo: Greg Butterfield

Several hundred people rallied at One Police Plaza in New York City Aug. 18 to demand justice for Michael Brown and to support the rebellion of youth against police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. The rally also demanded justice for those people of color killed by New York police such as Eric Garner, Ramarley Graham and […]


Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

Atlanta — The crowd had been organized by college and high school students. Estimated by the Atlanta police at 5,000, they gathered at CNN on Aug. 18 to denounce its scurrilous news coverage of the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson cop — with sensationalized images of “violent” protesters in the face of heavily […]