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Bronx rally denounces school closings in Puerto Rico

By August 22, 2014
WW photo: Johnnie Stevens

Bronx, N.Y. — A busy plaza in the Bronx was the site of a street meeting on Aug. 21, in solidarity with the growing fight for educational rights in Puerto Rico.  Parents and activists denounced the banker/governor’s austerity program that has closed 80 schools, where 45 percent were students with disabilities. Other targets of ongoing […]


Union leader responds to tragedy in Ferguson

By August 21, 2014

This Aug. 14 message, posted at cwa-union.org, is from Claude Cummings, Communication Workers of America vice president of District 6 and Executive Board Diversity Committee chair of the same union. CWA members live and work in every part of Missouri, including Ferguson. They deserve, and our union will support them in securing: A full and […]


Night of pain — night of rage

Durham, N.C. Photo: Meeko Elliott

Once again, a Black unarmed youth has been killed by a cop. And while the facts surrounding the shooting are presently unclear, what is clear is that a cop shot 18-year-old Michael Brown eight times. According to at least one eyewitness, Brown was shot as he stood with his hands up in the air. To […]


Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

By August 20, 2014
Thousands march on CNN to denounce its Ferguson coverage

Atlanta — The crowd had been organized by college and high school students. Estimated by the Atlanta police at 5,000, they gathered at CNN on Aug. 18 to denounce its scurrilous news coverage of the killing of Mike Brown by a Ferguson cop — with sensationalized images of “violent” protesters in the face of heavily […]


Racist horrors at Rikers Island

By August 13, 2014

New York City’s Correctional Facility at Rikers Island is at the center of a growing scandal. The number of reported incidents of extreme cruelty and wrongful death are beginning to add up. A recently released document from the city’s independent Department of Investigation has added fuel to the fire. Jeremy Murdough, a 75-year-old homeless African-American […]


The blue plague

Michael Brown

Justice for Michael Brown! The grim news that police have killed yet another unarmed African-American youth comes this time from Ferguson, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis. Michael Brown, just 18, had expected to enter college in a few weeks. Police have not yet come up with any explanation for why officers riddled Brown’s body […]


Baltimore mayor chased off stage at curfew forum

By August 5, 2014

Following the City Hall protest of the Baltimore chapter of “Fight Imperialism, Stand Together” against a new repressive youth curfew law, the city government has been on the defensive. FIST has led the struggle against the curfew, uniting several community groups and generating significant media attention on the issue. The new law will increase the […]


NY City Hall confrontation

By July 16, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

New York City’s pro-Zionist politicians held a news conference July 14 to declare their solidarity with the Israeli onslaught against Palestinians in Gaza. Some 150 pro-Palestinian people, mostly youth, gathered to protest in groups at each gate and in City Hall Park directly across from the steps where the racist press conference was held. The […]


No deportations of migrant youth!

By July 9, 2014

Refugee status for detained children NOW Activists put a sardonic but accurate twist on the Fourth of July so-called celebration.  It is called the “Fourth of You-Lie.” This is certainly apropos of the current crisis on the U.S./Mexican border, which played out in Murietta, Calif., on July 4 and earlier on July 1. Racist, right-wing […]


Mississippi after 50 years: The struggle keeps on . . .

By July 3, 2014
WW photo: Anne Pruden

Jackson, Miss. — Freedom Summer changed the course of U.S. history in 1964, when more than 1,000 students and youth, predominantly white, descended on the state of ­Mississippi. Fifty years ago Mississippi was a state where racism, segregation, horrific brutality, bombings, burnings, lynchings and Klan violence were the order of the day. “Segregation now, segregation […]