Archive: February 2014

Cover Story

Growing poverty demands new society

  Exclusive apartments in downtown Manhattan sell for $57 million while in the streets nearby people sleep (and die) in doorways. The market for champagne, yachts and other luxury items is booming, while people go hungry and lose their homes. …

Editorial

Black History Month and new ideas of class unity

    The French author Victor Hugo wrote, “Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.” This holds special significance for African American History Month 2014. American slavery, and the ideas of white supremacy and racism find …

Maine wants homeless families to go away

“Open for Business,” reads Governor LePage’s welcome sign as drivers enter Maine. It could read “Open for Rampant Family Homelessness.” This would be bad for business, but true …

Freezing to death in Silicon Valley

Five homeless people died of hypothermia in Santa Clara County in the recent record low temperatures. Yet Sunnyvale’s armory shelter—in which homeless would not have frozen…

Stop The Dying

Homeless people freezing to death in Silicon Valley is a national scandal. This, the richest area in the United States, is also the location of the largest homeless encampment in the country. Silicon Valley corporations make about $100 billion a …

Ban Fracking!

“I live in rural southern Illinois on a 5th generation family farm. The road I live on has 17 private wells, including my own, supplying each of my neighbors with drinking water. One fracking …

Gale School and Black History Month

At the far north end of Chicago sits the Rogers Park neighborhood, where the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) celebrates Black History Month – by slashing school funding. What distinguishes …

Police violence shows need for new society

Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man was murdered by Fullerton, CA police in July, 2011. A security camera recorded the relentless beating and tasing. Kelly is heard pleading 31 times for …

Public Education

Public education is in crisis. It supports an archaic hypothesis which assumes: all children reside in stable environments, live at home with parents, who are gainfully employed, earning …

The Unfinished Work of Healthcare for All!

A lot of people are tangled up defending the indefensible mess of the Affordable Care Act and its rollout also known as the ACA or ‘Obamacare.’ Behind the frustrations of technical …

Philadelphia World Courts of Women October 2013

The People’s Tribune met with four leaders of the World Courts of Women in Philadelphia: World Courts of Women Founder Corinne Kumar, Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign …

Hip Hop speakers bring a vision of a new society

Shamako Noble is an artist, organizer and author. He is best known for his work with the
Hip Hop Congress, which he co-founded, and he is currently the organization’s president. Shamako has performed …

Fresno immigrant youth at forefront

On 12/23/13 five members of the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance and I were chained to ladders blocking the exit to the Fresno County jail. We did this to prevent vans from taking …

The stage of civil disobedience

All around the country day laborers and largely immigrant youth are challenging the authorities and “business as usual.” Whether chaining themselves to the undercarriages of deportation buses …

Martin Luther King’s Vision

As thousands of articles extolling Martin Luther King Jr., are distributed on his birthday, most will fail to mention the Poor People’ Campaign, the most important crusade of his career and, …