Disability rights in the age of austerity

By July 31, 2014

In 2007, archaeologists Lorna Tilley and Marc Oxenham found the bones of a young man who lived 4,000 years ago in what is now northern Vietnam. He had been profoundly ill. He had fused vertebrae, weak bones and other evidence that he was paralyzed from the waist down before adolescence as a result of a […]


U.S. protests decry Israel’s terror, support Gaza

By July 30, 2014
Philadelphia, confronting Zionists, July 23.WW photo: Scott Williams

Protests on and around Al-Quds Day, the last Friday of Ramadan on July 25, took place in a number of U.S. cities. Some demonstrators linked the war on children in Gaza to the attacks on children from Central America who are crossing the U.S./Mexican border to seek refuge. Here are descriptions of some of the […]


Eric Garner to occupied Palestine: A common enemy & struggle

By July 29, 2014

Against the illuminating backdrop of the Dred Scott Decision of 1857, there exists disturbing parallels between the cowardly New York Police Department’s racist killing of Eric Garner and the on-going, genocidal assault against the heroic Palestinian people by the Zionist garrison state of Israel. These parallels are fervently anchored in the ideology of exceptionalism, imperial […]


Staten Island, N.Y., protest demands ’Justice for Eric Garner!’

WW photo: Anne Pruden

More than 100 people gathered July 26 to protest the brutal killing-on-video of Eric Garner in Staten Island, N.Y. They met at the site of Garner’s death from a cop’s chokehold to demand justice and “stop killer cops!” Outrage over Garner’s killing has been expressed around the U.S. At the protest were representatives from Rebel […]


IFCO/Pastors for Peace: On the road to Cuba


Since 1992 the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment caravan has challenged the U.S. blockade of Cuba, casting a solidarity net to every corner of the United States and into Canada and Mexico. On July 23, caravanistas marched across the border to join their brightly painted vehicles. Without U.S. government permission or an […]


New Jersey health workers threaten to strike

Milly Silva, executive vice president of 1199 SEIU, Jersey City, July 23.Photo: 1199 SEIU

Excerpted from a July 23 press release. For more information, go to 1199 SEIU website at tinyurl.com/neajdrw. A multinational, multigendered delegation of 1199 Service Employees healthcare workers, including certified nursing assistants, housekeepers, dietary and recreation aides, and licensed practical nurses, held a press conference in the Journal Square area of Jersey City, N.J., on July […]


Theft of Detroit retirees’ pensions gets one step closer

By July 28, 2014

The results of retiree voting on pension cuts in the Detroit bankruptcy proceedings were announced on July 21. It was reported that 73 percent of the voters approved the cuts while 27 percent voted “no.” The fix was in from the start. Only about half of tens of thousands of retirees voted. This is not […]


When children are ‘the enemy’


Printed from a July 13 audio column aired by Prison Radio at prisonradio.org. I’ve been watching for days now, as media reports display the growing hatreds at the arrival of Central American children across the Mexican-U.S. border. American voices crackle with bile as they begin the drumbeat for their immediate deportation. Vile names are called […]


In Kansas, tax cut means austerity


The state of Kansas is running out of money in its rainy-day fund because it made huge cuts in  income tax rates in 2012. It took in $338 million less than expected in the 2014 fiscal year. Governor Sam Brownback pushed for these cuts, claiming they would pay for themselves with increased economic growth. His […]


Microsoft announces massive layoffs

By July 26, 2014

Microsoft founder Bill Gates established the Gates Foundation, a supposedly “nonprofit” enterprise that describes its mission this way online: “We live in a globally connected, information saturated world. To thrive, our students need to learn in and out of school, in person and online, together and independently. Students need learning experiences that meet them where […]