New York protests Gaza siege

By August 14, 2014
WW photo: Joseph Piette

New York, Aug. 9 — Once again, midtown Manhattan became the setting for a powerful demonstration of solidarity with the people of Gaza today. Even as many angry thousands rallied outside CNN headquarters at Columbus Circle and then marched across town to fill the United Nation’s Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Israel was once more launching missiles […]


Action set to blockade Israeli ship in Oakland, Calif.

Action set to blockade Israeli ship in Oakland, Calif.

San Francisco Bay Area people and organizations in solidarity with Gaza announced “a massive and powerful ‘Boat Blockade’ for Aug. 16 to block the Israeli Zim ship from unloading in Oakland!” Organizers have formed a huge coalition led by the Arab Resource and Organizing Center, including upwards of 60 organizations. The demonstrators plan to meet at […]


Racist horrors at Rikers Island

By August 13, 2014

New York City’s Correctional Facility at Rikers Island is at the center of a growing scandal. The number of reported incidents of extreme cruelty and wrongful death are beginning to add up. A recently released document from the city’s independent Department of Investigation has added fuel to the fire. Jeremy Murdough, a 75-year-old homeless African-American […]


Renisha McBride’s killer: ‘Guilty’

Renisha McBride

Detroit — A Wayne County jury on Aug. 7 found Theodore Wafer, 55, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., a Detroit suburb, guilty on all charges, including second-degree murder, in the death of 19-year-old ­African- American Renisha McBride. Wafer could face up to life in prison after a sentencing hearing scheduled for Aug. 25. McBride’s killing on […]


Eric Garner & the capitalist state

Eric Garner

“The prevailing ideas [in society] are those of the ruling class,” said Karl Marx. Carried a step further, this stroke of profound clarity can deeply influence and govern the behavior of a myriad of societal institutions, both public and private. Underlying hostility exists in many of them, particularly toward people of color, yet whites outside […]


‘Water for Gaza and Detroit!’


In an effort to calm the storms related to the massive water shutoffs in Detroit, corporate Mayor Mike Duggan issued a so-called “10-point plan” at a press conference on Aug. 7. Included in Duggan’s plan were steps to give residents a (mere) one-week notice before shutoff; to reduce the down payment required on arrearages from […]


The blue plague

Michael Brown

Justice for Michael Brown! The grim news that police have killed yet another unarmed African-American youth comes this time from Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Michael Brown, just 18, had expected to enter college in a few weeks. Police have not yet come up with any explanation for why officers riddled Brown’s body […]


NLRB ruling: Workers 1, McDonald’s 0

By August 9, 2014

Labor organizing involves fighting injustice — on the picket lines, in the streets. When the bosses retaliate — and they always do — workers and unions need to use every resource to fight for their rights. Thanks to the hard-fought labor struggles of the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, setting […]


An ironic name

By August 7, 2014

In mid-July there was a vigil in a South Albany, N.Y., housing complex — named the Ezra P. Prentice Homes — for the victims of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. This poor, African-American neighborhood is just a few yards away from a rail complex holding hundreds of dangerous oil train cars containing volatile crude […]


Brigade defies U.S. travel ban on Cuba

WW photo: Garrett Dicembre

Buffalo, N.Y. — Twenty-two courageous U.S. citizens, members of the 45th Venceremos Brigade, crossed the Peace Bridge from Erie, Ontario, Canada, into Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 3, proudly declaring that they had defied their own government’s ban on travel to Cuba. Along with groups of supporters, they held demonstrations on both sides of the border, […]