Archive: February 2013

Cover Story

Violence in America Reflects a Militarized Society

Cover Story Cartoon

 A little girl sits in a classroom receiving her lesson for the day. Suddenly, through the door enters a man who shoots her teacher and her classmates. In the confusion she lies still among the bodies. When all is quiet, …

Editorial

Third Parties: From Impulse to Imperative

Corporate Money in Politics equals Corporate Control of Government

It is an American belief that our political parties will serve the interests of all Americans—that politicians are to serve the people of America as a whole. This idea comes from a time in American history where the driving forces …

Benton Harbor Schools are in Shambles

Benton Harbor Schools

  The Benton Harbor School system is in shambles. Some schools do not have heat. Others have no books. Test scores are the lowest in the history of the state. There is no order. When fights break out, the school …

Discarded as Yesterday’s News

Discarded

Women and Children in the Age of Welfare ‘Reform’—It’s Time to Redefine Our Values!   By Cathy Talbott CARBONDALE, IL—In her book “Flat Broke with Children: Women in the Age of Welfare Reform,” author and Professor of Sociology and Women’s …

I’m not going out without a good hard Fight

Good Hard Fight

  OAKLAND, CA—In May 2012, The U.S. Courts of Women on Poverty, Western Region, held the first United States’ court in Oakland, California. Since then, participant organizations such as the Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) has met with community members …

Houstonians Protest Racist Slumlord

Houstonians

  HOUSTON—For almost a year, Martina Grifaldo and Monica Rodriguez, President and Vice President respectively of Alianza Mexicana, an organization formed by Mexican origin residents in Houston, Texas, led efforts to give voice to primarily Latino immigrant tenants in apartment …

CABRINI EVICTIONS: Know Your Rights

CHICAGO—If you receive an eviction notice from the CHA (Chicago Housing Authority) or one of its private management firms, you must know your rights.  This could be the deciding factor in whether you remain in your apartment or are thrown …

Claiming Rights of Homeless People

Clainming Rights of Homeless People

Truth Commission documents Economic Human Rights Violations   CHATTANOOGA, TN—Over 150 people attended the December 10 Truth Commission at the public library in downtown Chattanooga, TN.  After hearing testimonies documenting a range of human rights violations, several participants and the …

Humanize our society, particularly the schools

Humanize Our Society

  ATLANTA—“No Child Left Behind” and “Race to the Top” are educational policies put into place by the government as “reform” measures. Actually these programs were designed to eliminate public education. They were designed to privatize the public school system. …

“Whose Names Are Unknown” by Sanora Babb

A Peoples Party

A Book Review Sanora Babb offered this explanation for the title of her novel, Whose Names Are Unknown. “The title of this book is taken from a legal eviction notice: To John Doe and Mary Doe Whose Names Are Unknown. …

Vision of Technology

If technology could
If it were in the people’s control
It could provide the means
For industry to work
Without the stress
So many laborers endure
On the assembly line

Black-Latino Unity Key to Working Class Unity

Black Latino Unity

Black History Month   With the start of a new year it is fitting to look back at history to see where we have been to get our bearings as to where we are headed. U.S. history is permeated by …

After Chicago Teachers’ Strike: Next Phase is School Closings

Chicago Teachers Strike

  When the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) voted to end their strike, teachers around the country applauded their accomplishments.  The union had resisted the corporate austerity reform program.  It developed an unprecedented unity among teachers and working class parents and …

Candidate Boycotts Debate Sponsored by TransCanada

Candidate Boycotts Debate

Maria Selva for Texas Senate:   HOUSTON—Maria Selva, the Green Party candidate in the special election for Texas Senate District 6, boycotted the January 11 debate held by the Houston East End Chamber of Commerce because it was sponsored by …

The People will Rise Up against Austerity

People Will Rise Up

An Interview with Shamako Noble   The Peoples Tribune interviewed Shamako Noble, the Racial and Economic Justice Organizer for Jill Stein’s 2012 Green Party campaign for President. He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Hip Hop Congress. Peoples …

Michigan Sizzles: Organize, organize, organize—that is the way out! 

Michigan Sizzles

  DETROIT—As Michigan sizzles—its cities of Pontiac, Saginaw, Flint, and Detroit burn. These cities represent, along with others, the face of industry—past.  Gone are the mega-plants responsible for outfitting the world with efficient mass production methods. They are replaced by …

A Danger to All: Militarization of US-Mexico Border

Danger To All

  SAN DIEGO, CA—In less than six weeks four tragic deaths—three civilians and one Border Patrol agent—have marred the U.S.-Mexico border. In the most recent case, 16-year-old Jose Antonio Elena Rodriguez was shot dead after allegedly being involved in a …

Foul Water and Fracked Politics

Foul Water and Cracked Politics

  This article is in two parts. Part two will appear in the March 2013 edition of the People’s Tribune CROSSVILLE, IL—Driving down a small road in Southeastern Illinois near the Wabash River, we were led to a cornfield atop …

Martin Luther King Jr. “Where do we go from here?”

Excerpts from his 1967 speech, “Where Do We Go From Here?” “Why are there forty million poor people in America? And when you begin to ask that question, you are raising questions about the economic system, about a broader distribution …

David Cobb and Move To Amend in PA & OH

David Cobb, 2004 Green Party presidential candidate and co-founder and spokesperson for the Move To Amend coalition is touring across PA and OH Jan 27-Feb 10. David will present a basic overview entitled “Creating Democracy & Challenging Corporate Rule.” The …