Defying racists, group welcomes refugees

By July 15, 2014

When some young Houston activists discovered that a racist, anti-immigrant group called Stop the Magnet was going to be on a pedestrian bridge over a busy freeway again, the Women and Children Welcoming Committee was formed. We showed up at 6 a.m. the next day, one hour before they were to appear, and took up the best […]


Widespread solidarity with Gaza shown across U.S.

By July 14, 2014
New York

July 14 — As the Israeli bombing assault murdered what is now approaching 200 people in Gaza, about three-quarters of them civilians according to United Nations estimates, and with the Israeli army poised for a land invasion, people in solidarity with Palestine and against the Israeli war held demonstrations across the United States from Boston to […]


Long after explosion, East Harlem tenants fight on


New York, July 8 — More than four months after the gas explosion in East Harlem, tenants are still suffering from the disaster.  The blowup affected more homes than just those in the two buildings that were completely demolished by it. “A lot of people think that only those living in the two buildings destroyed […]


Lac-Mégantic blast victims remembered

By July 13, 2014

Three hundred people gathered July 6 at the Ezra Prentice Basketball Court in South Albany, N.Y., a poor, predominantly Black neighborhood. They came to mark the one-year anniversary of the explosion and fire that killed 47 people in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec. That explosion was from a trainload of DOT-111 oil tanker cars carrying thousands of gallons […]


Oil trains seen as ‘mile-long bombs’


A runaway train carrying Bakken formation crude oil derailed last year on July 6. The resulting explosion killed 47 people and demolished the town center of Lac-Mégantic, Quebec, Canada. The severity and frequency of crude oil train derailments since then has sparked a call for a week of protests this year beginning July 6, in […]


Detroit protesters arrested for blocking water-shutoff trucks

By July 11, 2014
Protesters block streets in front of Homrich, July 10.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

July 10 — Detroit activists concerned about the massive water shutoffs across this economically devastated city blocked entrances to the yard of Homrich Co., a firm given a nearly $6 million contract to terminate water services for hundreds of thousands of people. The company was hired by emergency manager Kevyn Orr, who was appointed by […]


Behind the Supreme Court’s reactionary rulings


The Supreme Court finished its spring term with a reactionary siege on women’s and workers’ rights. The court assailed women’s reproductive rights in two major decisions plus an injunction, bestowed “religious rights” on corporations, and then directed a glancing blow at labor unions. These and other recent court decisions have established fundamental policies while eviscerating […]


Occupy activist exposes Riker’s Island

By July 10, 2014

New York — Occupy Wall Street activist Cecily McMillan was released from the Riker’s Island Correctional Facility on July 2. McMillan had been sentenced to 90 days in jail this spring after being convicted of assaulting Grantley Bovell, a New York Police Department officer. McMillan and her supporters say Bovell sexually assaulted her and that […]


No deportations of migrant youth!

By July 9, 2014

Refugee status for detained children NOW Activists put a sardonic but accurate twist on the Fourth of July so-called celebration.  It is called the “Fourth of You-Lie.” This is certainly apropos of the current crisis on the U.S./Mexican border, which played out in Murietta, Calif., on July 4 and earlier on July 1. Racist, right-wing […]


Oakland, Calif., groups denounce immigrant detentions

Youth demand refugee status for children seeking asylum at the border.WW photo: Terri Kay

Oakland, Calif. — The East Bay Immigrant Youth Coalition and the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance held a press conference July 3 at the Oakland federal building to demand President Barack Obama not deport children seeking asylum at the border. The groups’ press release declared, “In the wake of troubling reports that President Obama will […]