Leonard Peltier’s message to National Day of Mourning

By December 5, 2013
Indigenous peoples and their supporters gathered in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov. 28, the so-called “Thanksgiving” national holiday, for the annual National Day of Mourning commemoration.WW photo: Liz Green

Supporters of Leonard Peltier, the longest-imprisoned Native political prisoner, are campaigning hard for executive clemency for the ailing 69-year-old hero. They request solidarity messages be sent to Leonard Peltier, #89637-132, USP Coleman I, U.S. Penitentiary, P.O. Box 1033, Coleman, FL 33521. The following are excerpts from Peltier’s message to the 44th annual Day of Mourning […]


Veolia guilty of union-busting! Contribute to campaign to reinstate the fired Boston school bus drivers

By December 4, 2013
USW Local 8751 members point to illegal lockout on Oct. 19.

On Dec. 2, “Friends of the School Bus 5” launched a crowd-sourcing fundraising effort to raise money for the families of the four fired Boston school bus drivers’ union leaders. Go to the Friends of the School Bus 5 fundraising link at bit.ly/1invSKE. Already, District 35 of the Painters and Allied Trades in Boston has led the way […]


Dec. 7 & 9: ‘Free Mumia’ activities


On the 32nd year of Mumia Abu-Jamal’s wrongful incarceration, a press conference is set for noon on Dec. 9 in front of the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office at 3 South Penn Square to outline the case for Abu-Jamal’s innocence, call for his immediate release and announce the launch of the Campaign to Bring Mumia Home. […]


Federal judge rules in favor of banks and political dictatorship in Detroit bankruptcy decision

By December 3, 2013

Dec. 3 — Judge Steven Rhodes has ruled that a state-imposed emergency manager was acting legally when bankruptcy was filed over and above the objections of the people of Detroit. The judge also said that pensions guaranteed under the Michigan constitution could be diminished. Rhodes stated that even though Kevyn Orr, the emergency manager and […]


More solidarity with Boston union against Veolia


Veolia Transportation fired four leaders of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, Steelworkers Union Local 8751, in mid-November for an alleged illegal walkout on Oct. 8. In reality, Veolia locked out the workers in the midst of a protected labor action, and is using the incident to try to bust  Local 8751. The following actions […]


Marissa Alexander released on bail, granted new trial


Marissa Alexander, the 34-year-old African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending herself against her abusive former spouse, was released on $200,000 bail on Nov. 27.  She will remain under house arrest and electronic monitoring in her Jacksonville, Fla., home until her retrial, which is tentatively set for this coming March […]


Film review: “12 Years a Slave” illustrates horrors of U.S. slavery

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong’o and Steve McQueen

Africans were enslaved by Britain and the United States in continental North America for nearly 250 years (1619-1865). The profits accrued from the Atlantic slave trade led to the rise of industrial capitalism and the worldwide exploitative system of imperialism. (See “Capitalism and Slavery” by Eric Williams, 1944) A new film directed by Steve McQueen, […]


Solidarity with Rasmea Odeh

Philadelphia, Nov. 13.

At a Nov. 13 rally called by the Philadelphia Boycott, Divest and Sanctions group and the Philadelphia International Action Center, activists stood in solidarity with Rasmea Odeh to demand all charges against her be dropped. On Oct. 22, Odeh, a Palestinian-American community activist, was arrested by Department of Homeland Security agents. Her supposed “crime”? U.S. […]


All out Dec. 17 in Detroit to ‘stop the criminal banks’


Protesters will be gathering Dec. 3 outside the courthouse as Judge Stephen Rhodes issues his ruling on the Detroit municipal bankruptcy eligibility. Another major demonstration in downtown Detroit is in the works for Tuesday, Dec. 17, starting at 9 a.m. in front of the federal courthouse at 231 W. Lafayette St. Called by the Moratorium […]


‘No detentions, deportations of migrants’

By December 2, 2013
Chained to fence with bicycle lock around his neck, immigrant youth is arrested.

On Nov. 19, in a bold action directed at the detention and deportation practices of the Obama administration, 15 undocumented immigrants and citizen supporters chained themselves to the fence surrounding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters in Atlanta. Sponsored by the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights, Southerners on New Ground (SONG) and Project […]