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Activists confront NYC mayor over killer cops

By August 6, 2014
WW photo: Greg Butterfield

New York — A flying squad of activists from New Yorkers Against Bratton confronted Mayor Bill de Blasio as he left the Preschool Nation Summit in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood Aug. 5. They chanted, “Hey, hey, De Blasio! Bratton’s got to go!” and “Justice for Eric Garner!” Democrat De Blasio swept to victory last year on his reputation as a […]

 

Syrians rally in NYC

By June 4, 2014
Syrians rally in NYC

Poet Rana Nasrallah recites a poem to members of the Syrian community of Allentown, Pa., who rallied outside the United Nations in New York City on May 31 to support the besieged government of Syria and the election process there. The U.S. is preventing Syrians living here from voting in their country’s elections. The gathering […]

 

NYC picketers say ‘Shame on Kenny Bakery!’

By May 21, 2014

After working for more than eight years at Kenny Bakery in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood, Moraima Ortiz was fired six months ago for requesting to be paid the minimum wage, an end to physical and verbal abuse, and respect on the job. After she joined the Laundry Workers Center for support, weekly pickets began, […]

 

NYC meeting kicks off actions on Ukraine

By May 14, 2014
LeiLani Dowell

Meeting at Riverside Church on May 10, anti-war activists from the New York metropolitan area gave a kick-start to three weeks of activities in solidarity with the anti-fascist movement in Eastern Ukraine and opposing new U.S.-NATO ­aggression against Russia. Former WBAI Program Director Bernard White introduced the organizers’ goal: to infuse the anti-war movement with […]

 

Unions hit education cutbacks

By March 30, 2014
Teachers at all levels protest in Brooklyn, N.Y.

The United Federation of Teachers, which represents kindergarten through 12th grade teachers and staff, and the Professional Staff Congress, which represents higher education teachers and staff in New York City, mobilized about 300 of its members on March 21 in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, for a demonstration. They were protesting across the street from state Sen. […]

 

Protest hits NYC Wendy’s

By February 21, 2014
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A lunchtime protest in downtown Manhattan, N.Y., offered a strong show of support for former Wendy’s worker Rynetta Bennett, who was fired for being an organizer of the campaign for $15-an-hour wages and a union. The Jan. 31 protest against Wendy’s was organized by 99 Pickets and Fight for 15. Participants chanted “Get up! Get […]

 

Protest hits NYC Wendy’s

By February 14, 2014
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A lunchtime protest in downtown Manhattan, N.Y., offered a strong show of support for former Wendy’s worker Rynetta Bennett, who was fired for being an organizer of the campaign for $15-an-hour wages and a union. The Jan. 31 protest against Wendy’s was organized by 99 Pickets and Fight for 15. Participants chanted “Get up! Get […]

 

NYC transgender community demands ‘Justice for Islan Nettles!’

By February 1, 2014
WW photo: Greg Butterfield

New York — Despite bitterly cold temperatures, more than 100 people — chanting “Not one more!” — protested Jan. 30 outside New York Police Department headquarters in lower Manhattan to demand justice for Islan Nettles. Nettles, an African-American transgender woman, was brutally beaten in Harlem on Aug. 17. She died from her injuries five days […]

 

NYC airport workers demand living wage

By January 24, 2014
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Local 32BJ of the Service Employees union organized a protest on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 20, to demand the day as a paid holiday for airport contract workers. Hundreds of workers marched across the LaGuardia Airport access bridge in Queens, N.Y., after the airlines and the Port Authority of New York & […]

 

Art aids struggle to keep NYC hospital open

By January 22, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

On the heels of 12 hospital closings in the last 10 years, a creative new tactic has emerged in an effort to stop the epidemic of hospital closings. The New Brooklyn Theater is showing Edward Albee’s play about 1930s Jim Crow Memphis and the famous blues singer, Bessie Smith, who died on the way to […]

 
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