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

By 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 after it’s passed. The campaign also supports the struggle of low-wage workers for a union. […]


On the picket line

By 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 playing hardball? Kellogg […]


One month a slave: the case of Lewis Little

By 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, first-degree kidnapping, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon with […]


Solidarity Day 2 versus unionbuster

By January 31, 2014
Boston School Bus Drivers

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 headquarters. The struggle to rehire the four illegally fired leaders of United Steelworkers Local 8751 has become […]


Protesters demand justice for Corey Stingley, slain by vigilantes

By 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 African-American, in 2012. Since the announcement, a series of community protests have occurred, statements have been […]


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

By 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 institutions are facing massive layoffs and school closings, while local government employees […]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 28

By 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 textile workers […]


City bankruptcy one of many attacks on Detroiters

By 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 how thoroughly and […]


African Americans still not recovered from Great Recession

By 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 opportunities between the white population and the oppressed Black and Brown nations […]


Detroit assembly fights banks and austerity

By 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 in downtown Detroit on Oct. 5-6. Organized primarily by activists from the […]