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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 […]

 

On the picket line

By December 14, 2013

Sign NYC transit workers’ petition A massive turnout of New York City transit workers and their supporters on Oct. 29, the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, put the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on notice that the workers plan to fight for a raise in their new contract, even if the MTA isn’t offering one. “We’re not […]

 

On the picket line

By October 27, 2013

Baltimore longshore workers strike Hundreds of members of the International Longshoremen’s Association Local 333 voted to strike Oct. 16 over such local contract issues as workplace safety. Earlier this year, the ILA signed a six-year contract with the United States Maritime Alliance that generally covers East Coast and Gulf Coast ports, but local work rules, […]

 

Occupy protests mark movement’s 2nd anniversary in NYC

By September 20, 2013
NYC, Sept. 17.WW photo: Caleb Maupin

New York — Hundreds of people took to the streets Sept. 17 to celebrate the second anniversary of  Occupy Wall Street. The protests began at 8 a.m., when Sumumba Sobukwe, the leader of Occu-Evolve, along with the People’s Power Assembly, held a picket line in front of the McDonalds restaurant facing Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan. […]

 

On the picket line

By August 1, 2013

Raise the federal minimum wage NOW! On July 24, during a national day of action in more than 30 cities, a broad coalition of labor, faith, civil rights and community activists demonstrated to raise the minimum wage, stuck at $7.25 an hour since 2009. The so-called Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, introduced in Congress […]

 
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Boston: This is what a police state looks like

Boston — Using war jargon associated with Iraq and Afghanistan, authorities have repeatedly described the blasts that killed three people and injured 176 at the crowded Boston Marathon on “Patriots Day,” April 15, as “IED bombings,” for improvised explosive devices. Many of the injured suffered horrific amputations and shrapnel wounds. Since then, a common sentiment shared among people here has been, “This must be what it looks like every day in Iraq and Afghanistan. […]

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