‘We still need $15 and a union – now!’

By September 29, 2014

Organizations in Los Angeles are attempting to put a $15-an-hour minimum wage referendum on the ballot for that city. John Parker, who wrote this statement published on Sept. 9, is a coordinator of the Los Angeles Workers Assembly and main proponent of the $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative Ordinance. As many know, in solidarity with […]


National convergence in Ferguson Oct. 9-13

By September 28, 2014
“Hands up, don’t shoot” activist at Climate Change March, New York City, Sept. 21.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The following excerpts are from a statement released by the “Hands Up” coalition, comprised of mainly St. Louis County activists, including from Ferguson, Mo., who have announced a mass mobilization in Ferguson from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 to demand Justice for Michael Brown. Email handsupcore@gmail.com or go to handsupunited.org. We are in a movement […]


Where is justice for Michael Brown?

Michael Brown

Legal expert Lisa Bloom told Chris Hayes on his “All In” show on MSNBC on September 17: “Every time this prosecutor [Robert P. McCulloch] has had a choice of two different options, he has chosen the option that leans towards the defense [for Ferguson, Mo., cop Darren Wilson]. “He didn’t recuse himself. He didn’t file […]


Oct. 8: Protest the bosses


A protest will be held against the World Business Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 8, starting at 4 p.m. at Radio City Music Hall at 50th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan. The call for the protest was initiated by the People’s Power Assembly and endorsed by political, labor and community forces. On October 7-8, the […]


The meaning of Ferguson

By September 27, 2014

Aug. 31 — Before recent days, who among us had ever heard of Ferguson, Missouri? Because of what happened there, the brief but intense experience of state repression, its name will be transmitted by millions of Black mouths to millions of Black ears, and it will become a watchword for resistance, like Watts, like Newark, […]


Growing labor support for the Cuban Five

At the Climate Change March, New York City, Sept. 21.WW photo: G. Dunkel

The Service Employees union headquarters ground-floor meeting room in Washington, D.C., was standing-room-only on Sept. 13 for the premiere of Cuban 5 Antonio Guerrero’s newest watercolors, followed by music, spoken word, the debut of a three-minute “Discover the Five” animation video and a panel of speakers, including Cuban Interests Section Chief José Ramón Cabañas. Guerrero […]


Pack the courtroom Oct. 6: Drop charges against Boston school bus drivers’ leader

By September 26, 2014
Garry Murchison, Steve Kirschbaum, Andre Francois, Steve Gillis

The Boston School Bus Drivers Union fight against heartless union-buster Veolia is being waged on many fronts. It’s now a fight to get the frame-up felony charges on Grievance Chair Steve Kirschbaum dropped; to rehire the four unjustly fired leaders; and to win a just contract, which expired on June 30. On the frame-up charges, […]


Quitman 10+2 defendant acquitted

By September 25, 2014
Lula Smart

Quitman, Ga. — On Sept. 17, after three trials held over four years, Lula Smart, the first of the Quitman 10+2 to be tried, was found not guilty on all thirty-two counts. The main issue in the 19-day trial related to the use of absentee ballots by Black voters to insure that their votes were […]


Free Jamil Al-Amin

WW photo: Brenda Ryan

A standing-room-only crowd attended an evening of “Love and Resistance for Imam Jamil Al-Amin” at the 1199 SEIU auditorium in Manhattan, N.Y., Sept. 12. Al-Amin, formerly known as H. Rap Brown — a political prisoner falsely convicted of murder in Georgia — is in grave medical condition in a prison hospital in North Carolina. Speakers […]


Brooklyn, N.Y.: No library cuts!

WW photo: Anne Pruden

At the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza, librarians protested cuts in jobs and services in the New York Public Library system on Sept. 16. As several branch libraries in the Brooklyn area face closure, protesters say the main library will have to cope with increased pressure for services without an increase in funding […]