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On the picket line

March 6, 2015

ExxonMobil refinery after explosion Feb.. 18. Refinery explosion confirms need for greater safety An explosion and fire on Feb. 18 at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance, Calif., dramatizes the United Steelworkers’ demand to improve safety conditions in the oil industry to protect both workers [...]

Civil rights activist denied appeal bond

March 6, 2015

Rev. Edward Pinkney A motions hearing in Berrien County, Mich., on Feb. 27 denied bond to imprisoned community leader Rev. Edward Pinkney, pending the outcome of an appeal to overturn his conviction on five felony forgery charges. The courtroom was packed with Pinkney’s supporters. At least 30 [...]

Stop cops from killing people with disabilities

March 6, 2015

A case before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking police exemption from the Americans with Disabilities Act has critical importance for all those seeking to stop unwarranted police killings. This case involves police shootings of people with mental illnesses. Intervention is needed to stop the high [...]

Trans lives matter!

March 5, 2015

Taja DeJesus In the first two months of 2015, at least eight transgender women have been murdered in North America, including one trans woman in Canada. This killing spree, mired in hate and bigotry, doesn’t make the national corporate-owned news media. There is no mass outrage over the killings [...]

Women and the Flint sit-down strike of 1937

March 5, 2015

The Flint, Mich., sit-down strike achieved victory 78 years ago on Feb. 11, 1937. After a 44-day occupation of General Motors plants, the company was forced to recognize the United Auto Workers. Critical to the strike’s success was the Women’s Emergency Brigade, formed by a striker’s spouse, [...]

U.S. to join Colombia ‘peace process’ in Havana

March 5, 2015

On Oct. 24 in Havana, the FARC brought 18 new members to serve on the Technical Subcommittee on bilateral ceasefire and surrender of weapons.Photo: FARC-EP The U.S. State Department announced on Feb. 20 that it would send a representative to the peace talks between the Colombian government and the [...]

Three pigs that snatched $803 million

March 5, 2015

The three founders of the Carlyle Group — William Conway, Daniel D’Aniello and David Rubenstein — raked in $803 million last year. (New York Times, Feb. 26) Did this trio find a cure for cancer, perhaps? No, not exactly. With much less effort, they used other people’s money to gamble on the [...]

‘Palestine yes, Netanyahu no!’

March 4, 2015

WW photo: Greg Butterfield Angered that an invitation to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ­address the U.S. Congress means a new war drive against the Palestinian and Iranian ­people, a diverse crowd defied a snowstorm to demonstrate in front of Fox News in Manhat­tan on March 1. Fox [...]

Labor, community vs. Wisconsin anti-union bill

March 4, 2015

Protesters inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on Feb. 28.Photo: Ben Herrenbruck March 2 — As of this writing, the battle is raging in Wisconsin to defeat the misnamed “right to work” legislation. Workers and community members are packing the Capitol to testify to the Labor Committee of the [...]

Oscars & mass incarceration show why BLACK LIVES MATTER

March 4, 2015

Delphine Matthews, Monica Moorehead, Rain Robbins Africa, Berta Joubert-Ceciand Ikea Coney speak at Philadelphia Black History Month Forum on Feb. 24.WW photo: Joseph Piette On Feb. 24, two days shy of the third anniversary of the vigilante murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, an African American, [...]
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