On the picket line

By February 24, 2014

Fightback of locked-out Kellogg workers The 226 workers at Kellogg’s cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn., made Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes until the $14 billion company locked them out on Oct. 22. Why did Kellogg, whose workers earn $28 an hour and do not have to pay for health care, suddenly start playing hardball? Kellogg […]


One month a slave: the case of Lewis Little

By February 21, 2014
Lewis Little

Durham, N.C. — It was late evening on July 15, 2013, when 19-year-old North Carolina Central University sophomore Lewis James Little was finally released after a month of incarceration for a murder he did not commit. Several charges against Little — including first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with […]


The trillion-dollar student loan bubble


A recent issue of Bloomberg Business Week ran a feature headline: “Student Loans, the Next Big Threat to the Economy?” Being the mouthpiece of big business, it did not occur to Business Week to run the more appropriate headline: “Student Debt, Huge Crisis for Students.” But Business Week was much more concerned with potential problems […]


Victory at Domino’s

WW photo: Anne Pruden

Domino’s Pizza workers, some shown here, announce a $1.3 million settlement agreement and a victory Feb. 12 in holding Domino’s Pizza Corporation accountable for the labor-law violations of its franchise.


Protest hits NYC Wendy’s


A lunchtime protest in downtown Manhattan, N.Y., offered a strong show of support for former Wendy’s worker Rynetta Bennett, who was fired for being an organizer of the campaign for $15-an-hour wages and a union. The Jan. 31 protest against Wendy’s was organized by 99 Pickets and Fight for 15. Participants chanted “Get up! Get […]


Trans community: ‘Health care now’


Chanting “Transphobia is bad medicine,” dozens of transgender activists and allies rallied on Valentine’s Day outside the offices of the New York state Department of Health in lower Manhattan. The action, led by trans people of color, called on State Health Commissioner Nirav Shah to repeal regulations that exclude trans and gender non-conforming people from […]


Volkswagen workers lost. Why?

By February 20, 2014

From Feb. 12 to 14, hourly workers at Volkswagen’s four-year-old plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., voted on whether or not to be represented by the United Auto Workers. The final tally showed an unexpected 712-626 rejection of the UAW. Business writers are calling this a “devastating” (Detroit Free Press) and “crushing defeat.” (Wall Street Journal) It […]


Rhode Islanders build ‘Women of All Colors’ Assembly for International Women’s Day

By February 19, 2014
Some of the organizers gather for photo, Feb. 8.

Providence, R.I. — A multinational grouping of women came together on Feb. 8 for the first Women’s Assembly Planning Committee meeting. The committee is organizing a Women of All Colors Assembly in Providence on International Women’s Day, March 8. The Women of All Colors Assembly will be a wonderful gathering of amazing women on one day […]


Malcolm X and global Black struggle

Malcolm X

In March 1964, Malcolm X announced his official departure from the Nation of Islam. He had spent 12 years working on behalf of the organization led by Elijah Muhammad. Malcolm had been suspended and silenced for 90 days after he delivered an address at the Manhattan Center on Dec. 1, 1963, entitled “God’s Judgment of […]


Salute to Yuri Kochiyama


With raw courage on one hand, and a comrade’s love in the other, she rushed onto the stage, literally, before the gun smoke had cleared, and cradled the head of “Our Shining Black Prince,” as he lay dying at the Audubon Ballroom, that fateful Sunday afternoon of Feb. 21, 1965. Urgently, she pleaded with her […]