Andy Stapp, a thorn in the Pentagon’s side

By September 8, 2014
From left, Terry Klug and Andy Stapp leaving Klug’s court-martial at Fort Dix, 1969.

Andrew Dean Stapp could have been an archaeologist, a historian or even a stand-up comic. Instead, he chose to focus his broad spectrum of talents on fighting the military brass and ending the Vietnam War. Andy, as everyone called him, died on Sept. 3 at the age of 70. When only 23 years old, while […]


Fast food workers doing ‘Whatever it takes’ to win


Thousands of fast food workers fighting for a $15 hourly wage and union protection walked off their jobs on Sept. 4 in more than 150 U.S. cities. Some 465 workers and their supporters were arrested during the one-day strike for engaging in acts of civil disobedience, blocking streets around McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Taco […]


Walking while Black — U.S. society divided by racism


The “crime” of walking while Black — and driving, shopping, sitting, standing and merely existing while Black — in the United States is often punishable by death.  This means death by police bullets from cops trained to shoot and kill. Control of and infringement on the right to freedom of movement is common.  Too often, […]


‘Drill, baby, drill’? Not so fast!

By September 7, 2014

Michigan is not exactly a state that an oil and gas industry executive would call “unwelcoming.” In fact, there is a still a 1930s state law on the books stating that it is “the declared policy of the state … to foster the development of the [gas and oil] industry along the most favorable conditions […]


Victory against Detroit school dictator


The Detroit Public School system has been in the clutches of an emergency manager since March 2009. It is not the same situation but similar to the emergency manager assigned to the city. Once the state declares an entity is in deficit, it becomes available for takeover or — as many in Detroit feel — […]


On the picket line


UFCW on mother of Michael Brown On Aug. 22, Joe Hansen, international president of the Food and Commercial Workers union, which represents more than 1.3 million workers primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries, issued a solidarity statement of support for UFCW Local 88 member Lesley McSpadden, the mother of Michael […]



By September 6, 2014

Taken from an Aug. 25 audio column at As the body of Michael “Mike” Brown is consigned to the earth, network newscasters and broadcasters are packing their gear, canceling their hotel rooms and setting their sights on new wonders, new images and new stories. That the tragic saga in Ferguson struck national newscasters is […]


People’s Climate March

By September 5, 2014

The People’s Climate March, which organizers expect will attract 100,000 people, is set for Sept. 21 in New York City. This action takes place two days before the United Nations summit of world leaders on the global climate crisis. The blog states that U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is “urging governments to support an […]


Support Jamil Al-Amin

Support Jamil Al-Amin

Preparations are underway for an evening of “Love and Resistance for Imam Jamil Al-Amin,” on Sept. 12 in New York City. Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown, is suffering from serious illnesses and is currently being held at the Butner Federal Medical Center in North Carolina. This world-renowned political prisoner has been imprisoned for […]


Activists defend fired workers


Oakland, Calif. — Labor and community activists, carrying signs and chanting, marched inside a Jack in the Box restaurant on Telegraph Avenue and 45th Street here on Aug. 29 demanding that three fired workers be reinstated, with no penalties or retaliation. Two of the three had just signed union cards the day before their firing. […]