Protests force Marriott to cancel future SWAT weapons expos

By September 9, 2014
WW photo: Terri Kay

Oakland, Calif. — Close to 500 people blocked Broadway in front of the Marriott Convention Center in protest of an Urban Shield SWAT team training and weapons expo being held there. The negative publicity and pressure was so embarrassing for this urban hotel — especially in the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., rebellions — that […]


N.C. environmental injustice: ’We’re living with a ticking time bomb’

Naeema Muhammad

The following interview with Naeema Muhammad, interim director of the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, was conducted by Durham, N.C., WW correspondent Peter Gilbert. What is Environmental Justice? “Environmental Justice is the right to a safe, healthy, productive and sustainable environment for all, in which ‘environment’ is considered in its totality to include the ecological […]


Michael Brown & gov’t probe of Ferguson police


The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Sept. 3 that it will conduct a civil rights investigation beginning Sept. 4 into the Ferguson, Mo., police department in the wake of the Aug. 9 police murder of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown. As he held his hands up to surrender, Brown was shot at least six times […]


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 […]