Apr 2021

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Movement rises to defend the vote and democracy itself

Rep Park Cannon arrested

The movement for a new America is standing up to defend democracy. Most of us are under no illusions. We see that the assault on voting rights is at the moment the leading edge of a drive toward dictatorship. Georgia’s …

Editorial

Abolish the filibuster — completely!

Southern senators who filibustered anti-lynching legislation in 1938

Earlier this year, the U. S. House of Representatives passed a comprehensive measure to expand voting rights and also passed an important change in labor law. Like all bills, these measures will have to be passed by both houses of …

Pandemic anywhere = Pandemic everywhere

health workers

Despite our progress, we are entering a fourth wave of the pandemic. Virus cases have increased 10% globally, and cases are rising in about half the states of the U.S. Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove of the World Health Organization attributes …

None of us are free until all of us are free

stop Asian hate demonstrator

The statement below is from Project South in Atlanta. On March 16, in the Atlanta area, we witnessed the calculated targeting and racist mass murder of Asian women at their workplaces. Although fueled by Trump and the constellation of media …

Mourning with Asian massage workers in the Americas

Stop Asian Hate demonstrators

Excerpts below are from a press statement by Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian and Migrant sex workers, organizing transnationally. “In the wake of the deaths of multiple Asian women massage workers in Georgia, we are sending radical …

George Floyd Square: A Return to the Commons

George Floyd mural

Editor’s note: Excerpts below are from comments made by community defenders at George Floyd Square (GFS) in Minneapolis, a space of protest and autonomous zone in the area where George Floyd took his last breath.See Unicorn Riot’s:Beyond the Barricades: A …

Witnessing a Murder

“I stay up nights apologizing to George Floyd,” 18-year-old Darnella Fraizer said through tears from the witness stand today. “It’s not what I should have done,” as she pointed at former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin, “It’s what he should …

‘Fight for the Good Life!’

Bonnie Contreras

Homeless Union demands rights of the homeless be respected CHICAGO, IL — Me becoming homeless was because I was in a domestic violence relationship, so I had to make a choice. I worked as a registered nurse for 15 years …

Like You

Like you ILove love, life, the sweet smellOf things, the sky-blueLandscape of January days. And my blood boils upAnd I laugh through eyesThat have known the buds of tears.I believe the world is beautifulAnd that poetry, like bread, is for …

Tent community and supporters stand up to riot-clad police

Tent community

LOS ANGELES, CA — “They have deemed people like this a lower dredge of society, even when a majority of people are a paycheck away from the same thing…this is a really painful moment.  You’re watching my things being ripped …

Echo Park Lake residents and supporters resist a brutal sweep

homeless man packing up belongings

LOS ANGELES, CA — “This was one of the most successful housing actions ever.” — Steve Diaz, LA CAN, referring to the protestors who gathered to oppose the Echo Park sweep, one of Los Angeles’s largest encampments. One hundred people …

Year Seven of Flint Disaster:

Flint residents march in 2018

Michigan Poor People’s Campaign Seeks Justice The statement below is from the Michigan Poor People’s Campaign. We demand restorative justice for Flint in the wake of the water crisis of 2014 and 2015. During those years, thousands of Flint residents …

Water Is Life: An Indigenous Perspective

Water is Life

People’s Tribune Water Discussion Webinar Series The People’s Tribune water discussion group presented a webinar on water titled “Water Is Life: An Indigenous Perspective“on March 25. This webinar, sponsored by the People’s Tribune/Tribuno del Pueblo, Our Illinois Revolution, People’s Water …

The magnitude of Al Rojas’s contribution: A tribute

Al Rojas

The Sacramento community has lost Al Rojas, who passed away Saturday, March 20, 2021 in Sacramento. He came from the fields of the valley and now he has returned to these spaces in spirit. We honor him by following his …

The real crisis is not a ‘border crisis’

Luis Garcia painting

By the Editors In a recent article in Common Dreams, Jessica Corbett described how U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to social media March 30 about the root causes of Central Americans and other migrants seeking asylum at the United States’ …