March for $15 minimum wage takes place in Bay Area

By April 1, 2014
March 27 protest.WW photo: Terri Kay

Oakland, Calif. — Organized by UNITE HERE Local 2850, on March 27 several hundred East Bay hotel, restaurant and stadium workers marched for jobs, rights and power under the call of “The Town Hella Needs A Raise.” (“Hella” is a common slang term in the Bay Area, meant to convey a strong and emphatic expletive.) […]

 

San Francisco cops kill again

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The father of slain Alex Nieto, March 29.Photo: Daniel Arauz

People demand justice for Alejandro Nieto The San Francisco’s Mission District community was shocked and angered by the news of the killing of Alejandro (Alex) Nieto by the San Francisco police on March 21. Nieto, just 28 years old, had stopped on his way to his security guard job to enjoy his favorite spot at […]

 

Women march for justice

By March 31, 2014
Women demand rights, March 26.WW photo: Liz Green

Boston — Despite temperatures hovering around freezing and 50-mile-per-hour wind gusts, the Women’s Fightback Network commemorated International Working Women’s Month with a militant march and street rally on March 26. From a speakout at the Park Street transit station, participants marched right through the doors of a nearby McDonald’s restaurant. They chanted, “What’s outrageous? McDonald’s […]

 

The people protest Albany, N.Y., oil trains

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At the urging of Albany, N.Y., neighborhood residents who were joined by several environmental organizations, on March 12 Albany County Executive Daniel McCoy placed a moratorium on oil company Global Partners’ plans to install seven boilers to heat tar sands oil here before loading it onto barges to ship down the Hudson River. At the […]

 

Unions hit education cutbacks

By March 30, 2014
Teachers at all levels protest in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and staff, and the Professional Staff Congress, which represents higher education teachers and staff in New York City, mobilized about 300 of its members on March 21 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for a demonstration. They were protesting across the street from state Sen. […]

 

Ruling says university football players are workers, can form union

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The following is an abridged version of “The Northwestern University Football Union and the NCAA’s Death Spiral” written by Dave Zirin. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lyx99vl to read the entire article.   By Dave Zirin The experts said that the efforts of the Northwestern University football team to form a union would crash and burn. The experts scoffed […]

 

Solidarity shown with East Harlem residents in wake of killer gas explosion

By March 29, 2014
WW photo: Joyce Chediac

New York — A group of people from several New York City-based organizations came to East Harlem on March 23 to show their solidarity and support for the community in the wake of the March 12 gas explosion that killed eight people and injured more than 50. They also demanded reparations for this mostly Latino/a […]

 

Postal unions unite against privatization

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In the face of unprecedented attacks from Congress, corporations and postal management, the four major postal unions have created a fightback coalition with the goal of saving the people’s postal service. The presidents of the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), the National Postal Mail Handlers Union (NPMHU) and […]

 

‘Fight for 15’ kicks off in Appalachia

By March 28, 2014
Ethan Young, president of Students for Appalachian Socialism, addresses the audience March 25.WW photo: Benji Pyles

Huntington, W.Va. — A coalition of activists from Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), Workers World Party, Students for Appalachian Socialism, the Jewel City Solidarity Network and Service Employees union Local 32BJ held a public meeting on March 25 to kick off a “Fight for 15 at Marshall University!” campaign. The meeting was attended by campus […]

 

McDonald’s icon busted for wage theft

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WW photo: Anne Pruden

New York — A large group of fast-food workers and their supporters held a flash protest on March 18 in a midtown Manhattan McDonald’s and shut it down. Workers joined members of the community and immigrant rights activists to fight for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and union rights for fast-food workers. As they went in, […]

 
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Thousands protest murder of NYC gay man Thousands protest murder of NYC gay man

Thousands of people marched through New York’s Greenwich Village the evening of May 20 to protest the murder of Mark Carson. Shortly after midnight May 18, Carson was shot to death by a man yelling anti-gay slurs. Carson, a 32-year-old African American described by family and friends as “a proud gay man,” had been strolling through the springtime Village streets with a friend when he was gunned down. […]

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