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In Los Angeles: My experiences working on $15 an hour initiative

November 6, 2014

Sara Benjamin with her daughter Imari.WW photo: Sharon Black I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Los Angeles for the “$15 Minimum Wage” campaign, which includes a ballot initiative that demands a livable minimum wage of $15 an hour for the city of Los Angeles, to take effect immediately [...]

On the picket line

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 [...]

One month a slave: the case of Lewis Little

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, [...]

Solidarity Day 2 versus unionbuster

January 31, 2014

Boston workers picket Veolia.Photo: Garry Murchison The attempt by Veolia, an international conglomerate, to bust the Boston School Bus Drivers Union has created a widespread fightback movement. Its next focus is Solidarity Day 2 (SD2), a demonstration set for Feb. 1 outside the company’s [...]

Protesters demand justice for Corey Stingley, slain by vigilantes

January 21, 2014

WW photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer Milwaukee — Outraged community members are responding with ongoing protests to a Jan. 10 announcement by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chrisholm that he would not file criminal charges against three white men who killed Corey Stingley, a 16-year-old [...]

Dr. King’s struggle legacy and today’s crisis of the cities

January 20, 2014

The federal holiday that commemorates martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes on added significance this year in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students in public educational [...]

A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 28

January 18, 2014

Women and revolution “As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days, The rising of the women means the rising of the race. No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes, But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.” In 1912, the women [...]

City bankruptcy one of many attacks on Detroiters

January 9, 2014

Jan. 5 — The new year began with the swearing in of Detroit’s first white mayor in 40 years and a city council elected in geographical districts. What is notable about Mayor Mike Duggan is how quickly he came to a working agreement with Kevyn Orr, the city’s appointed emergency manager, and [...]

African Americans still not recovered from Great Recession

November 10, 2013

Despite claims that the country is in a gradual economic recovery, millions are being thrown into poverty and prolonged joblessness. A recent report highlights the continuing oppression of African-American people. The Center for American Progress says that continuing gaps in wealth and job [...]

Detroit assembly fights banks and austerity

October 10, 2013

WW photo: Kris Hamel “We’re calling on the banks to refund the money they stole from our community. Make the banks pay!” With those words Wayne County Commissioner Martha G. Scott kicked off the first International People’s Assembly Against Banks and Against Austerity at Grand Circus Park [...]
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