Fighting the austerity program behind Detroit water shutoffs

By July 8, 2014

Massive water shutoffs have drawn attention to the humanitarian crisis in the city of Detroit. Even though the United Nations commission dealing with water resources and access to potable water has condemned the conditions prevailing in the majority African-American municipality, the main response to the documentation of gross human rights violations has been a public relations […]


Prisons aren’t sexy, say protesters


San Francisco — A coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer groups held a protest on the theme “Prison Breaks, Not Prison Parties” on June 28 during Pride weekend here. It was meant to shame the website for holding a “Prison of Love Pride Party.” Participants had been invited to “get arrested and […]


Grassroots actions defend Post Office


As postal workers, we’re in for a fight — to protect our union jobs and the public Post Office that people have depended on since it was founded in 1775. Private companies, and their cronies in Congress and USPS headquarters, are scheming to dismantle and privatize this highly successful, $68-billion-in-annual-revenue operation. In the end, what they want is […]


Drop frame-up charges! Rehire four Boston school bus drivers!

By July 7, 2014

The city of Boston and the Veolia Corporation have responded to the Boston school bus drivers’ union show of strength at its June 30th Solidarity Day III demonstration with an outrageous set of trumped-up charges against one of the union leaders: driver and union founder Stevan Kirschbaum. With contract negotiations taking place, these frame-up tactics […]


U.N. officials condemn Detroit water shutoffs

By July 4, 2014
Detroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit homes has become national and international news. An appeal to the United Nations by activists about the inhuman, profit-driven shutoffs has resulted in condemnation of these actions by U.N. officials involved in water and sanitation issues. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to […]


‘Threat to health of region’


Dear Friends: Yesterday in my neighborhood, I saw a house with at least six kids on the porch with their water shut off. Then I watched a pregnant woman with a toddler plead with the man doing the shut-offs to not shut off her water for her $400 bill. It is inhumane to shut off […]


Golden Farm workers win contract

WW photo: Anne Pruden

For nearly two years the workers at the Golden Farm Deli in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn have been trying to get a contract. Finally, the Golden Farm owner gave up his attempt to get Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338 decertified. He gave up trying to provoke the community support organized by […]


On the picket line


Tentative transit agreement in San Francisco Transport Workers Union Local 250-A announced on June 27 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Workers, after voting down the MTA’s first offer at the end of May, were so disgusted at being offered a contract that included a pay […]


Women, yes! Corporations, no!

By July 3, 2014
Women, yes! Corporations, no!

The International Working Women’s Day Coalition held an after-work protest in Union Square on June 30. The group denounced the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision giving for-profit corporations the right, based on “religious liberty,” to limit the contraceptives their employees could select under the Affordable Care Act. Granting religious rights to corporations is a precedent-setting decision, […]


Mississippi after 50 years: The struggle keeps on . . .

WW photo: Anne Pruden

Jackson, Miss. — Freedom Summer changed the course of U.S. history in 1964, when more than 1,000 students and youth, predominantly white, descended on the state of ­Mississippi. Fifty years ago Mississippi was a state where racism, segregation, horrific brutality, bombings, burnings, lynchings and Klan violence were the order of the day. “Segregation now, segregation […]