Archive: August 2014

Cover Story

Water Wars and the Fight for a New Society

Detroit resident Nicole Hill, a single mother, recently told the L.A. Times what it’s like to not have water in your home. “It’s frightening, because you think this is something that only happens somewhere like Africa,” she said. At the …

Editorial

They are all our children

A humanitarian crisis involving Central American children seeking to enter the U.S. has been in the making for a long time. It only recently exploded onto the news, due largely to intentional coverage by media pundits and certain elected officials. …

Today It’s Ferguson, Tomorrow It’s You

Two young men leisurely walk down the street in their Ferguson, Missouri community. The police ride up and moments later one of the young men, college-bound 18-year-old …

“What’s the matter with Michigan?”

Somebody needs to write a book about, “What’s the Matter with Michigan?” Michigan and the emergency manager system is what we call, “a corporate coup de tat without firing a single shot.” …

Thousands denied water in Detroit, MI

How many people are having their water cut off in Detroit? Maureen Taylor: We’re told that it’s anywhere from 3,000 per month to 3,000 per week. But at our offices at Michigan Welfare Rights, we are …

DC’s Family Homelessness Crisis

The depth of the family homelessness crisis in Washington, DC “hit home” for me in mid-October, 2008. At a special meeting, DC City Council members were in a rush to make immediate …

For profit prisons: No More Lumpkins!

Stewart Detention Center is a private, for-profit prison run by the Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), located in Lumpkin, in rural South Georgia. Hundreds of immigrants are detained …

Organizing your life around your vision


A loved and respected revolutionary, General G. Baker, died in May 18, 2014 in Detroit, MI. The vision of a new world of peace and freedom crowned the struggles led by General. Here, Marian …

What is the value of a human life?

The positive discourse in liberal political circles surrounding the Affordable Care Act (ACA, popularly called “Obamacare”) sharply contrasts with the increasingly negative impact of the law on …

Stifling Dissent—Chicago Style

“Unreal. I am heartbroken and speechless. It is abhorrent to put a child and family through this!” says Nellie Cotton. In trying to get proper nursing care at school for her son, who was …

Fresno, CA: The Forgotten City

Although this problem has been around for ages, it appears to be on the rise in Fresno County! Properties are sold dirt-cheap to investors who are buying blind! Not knowing the responsibility …

Forward together: The fight for public education

Gale, Gresham and Dyett are three Chicago Public Schools. All were saved from the “to be closed list” last year. Dyett and Gresham are on Chicago’s South side, an area devastated by …

dream

I dreamed my young homeless friends
were squatting a FEMA camp
making it no longer a prison
but a decent place to live
sharing their food and dreams

NYC climate convergence and peoples climate march

An unusually broad cross-section of organizations is calling for the largest climate march in history in New York City this September 21. Their plan is to challenge Ban Ki-moon’s special climate …

Rainbow Gatherings: A New World Birthing

Since 1972, annual “Rainbow Gatherings” have been held in U.S. National Forests during the first week of July, bringing together thousands of people every year in one of the most …

Memphis Sanitation Strike

…everything that is responsible for creating something. out of nothing is a kind of poetry; and so all the creations. of every craft and profession are themselves a kind of poetry, …

The struggle for affirmative action

“Kids for Cash” is the name given to a scandal and to a new documentary film about what’s been going on in Luzerne County, PA, over the last decade. In 2011, two judges were convicted of …

Property Rights

Many raise the issue today that “You can’t tell someone what they can and cannot do with their property.” However, this is not true. We do it all the time. For common sense and the …