Ambiguity, inaccuracy and the ‘mentally ill’

By August 6, 2013

Some people in the community of people with disabilities — including this reporter — who have an emotional, psychiatric or mental disability are now using the term “so-called mentally ill.” This reporter was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia in 1975 and was improperly medicated for six years. Finally another psychiatrist corrected the misdiagnosis and gradually weaned me [...]


Comunidad batalla contra bancarrota de Detroit y exige pensiones


¡”Esto es guerra”! fue el titular de un volante emitido por la ‘Coalición ¡Moratoria Ahora! para Detener las Ejecuciones Hipotecarias, los Desalojos y Cierres de Utilidades’ convocando a una manifestación el mediodía del 26 de julio en el Centro Municipal de Coleman A. Young — el Ayuntamiento. “La indignación nacional por la absolución de George [...]


Trabajadores/as de comida rápida demandan mejores salarios


29 de julio — ¡”No podemos sobrevivir con $7.25″! y ¿”Qué es escandaloso?  ¡Salarios de miseria”! gritaban cientos de huelguistas de restaurantes de comida rápida y sus partidarios/as frente a un McDonald’s en la plaza Union Square en la ciudad de Nueva York.  Acciones similares tuvieron lugar en otros lugares de la Cd. de Nueva [...]


Zimmerman a hero? No way!

By August 4, 2013

There’s a good chance you dismissed the ridiculous media reports of July 22 that Trayvon Martin’s killer, George Zimmerman, “emerged from hiding” to save a family from an overturned SUV. Why waste time on such nonsense? You might be spending your time more productively — supporting the Tallahassee sit-in of the Dream Defenders, for instance, [...]


Beyond Trayvon: When the personal ain’t political


Column written on July 21st. The Trayvon Martin case is rightly the straw that broke the camel’s back, for it shows, with unusual clarity, how Black life is so easily trivialized. But it is not alone in this endeavor. How the corporate media have responded to this tragedy is its own form of trivialization: a [...]


Central Park 5: Merry-go-round for justice

Outside the courtroom, July 23. WW photo: Anne Pruden

For the umpteenth time, another “Central Park 5” court hearing/status conference was adjourned on July 23. Again, the Manhattan courtroom was filled with supporters, including New York state Sen. Bill Perkins; City Councilmember Charles Barron’s assistant; and Sharrone Salaam, the mother of Yusef Salaam, one of the “Five.” In 1989, five Black and Latino teens, [...]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 11


Domesticating the hunters – Knight’s hypothesis British anthropologist Chris Knight has joined a host of militant workers in capitalist society who have lost their jobs for standing up to “the boss.” We touched on his acts of political defiance against the imperialist ruling class — which cost him his livelihood as a professor— in Part [...]


Bernie Dwyer, presente


The following is based on a statement from the International Committee to Free the Cuban Five. At 7:30 a.m. today, July 10, Irish journalist and beloved compañera Bernie Dwyer died surrounded by her family. Bernie was based in Cuba and worked for years at Radio Havana Cuba. She made several important documentary films, including “Mission [...]


Berkeley, Calif., says: Save the People’s Post Office

By August 1, 2013
WW photo

About 200 people rallied on July 27 “in direct defense of our post office” on the steps of the threatened historic main post office building in downtown Berkeley, Calif. The rally was part of a national weekend of action to save the U.S. Postal Service, including actions at threatened post offices in the Bronx, N.Y.; [...]


Postal bill draws protests in U.S. cities


Bronx, N.Y. — No more door-to-door mail delivery. The end of Saturday mail. Those are just two of the severe cuts approved July 24 by the Congressional committee that oversees the U.S. Postal Service. The National Postal Mail Handlers Union, the Rural Letter Carriers Union, the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of [...]

Shutdown = war on workers, poor

Media headlines did not convey the human toll of the federal government shutdown. Congressional rightists’ 16-day action affected millions of people, especially those with low incomes, depriving them of essential programs and benefits. These reactionaries are all too eager to cruelly gut, even eliminate safety net services for poor and working people. […]