Archive: February 2015

Cover Story

Police state grows from economic crisis

In recent months, economists warned that another economic crisis is coming.  In contrast, the U.S. government announced that job growth increased above expectations for the month of December, 2014, supposedly proving that the economy is strong and well on the …

Editorial

Homelessness demands a new society

In a wave of hard-hearted attacks, cities across the U.S. are adopting laws that criminalize homeless people for sitting, lying down, sleeping, asking for spare change, and other survival activities. They are also criminalizing people for sharing food or otherwise …

Black History Month: Lessons for Today

Black History Month is more than a time to set forth or celebrate the contributions of outstanding African Americans to American history. It is increasingly …

To Damo, With Our Love…

The news came on Friday. I wasn’t able to hear it as it broke. Later when I checked email, I read the excited comments. The United Nations Committee …

Either We Organize or We Die!

“Either We Organize, or We Die!” declared one protestor the night they announced no charges against Mike Brown’s killer, the cop Darren Wilson. I went to St. …

Fighting to stop water shutoffs

Bill Wylie-Kellermann: A private company, Homrich Demolition, was contracted by the Emergency Manager to do 129,000 shutoffs, 3,000 a week. …

Protect your people march

On December 18, the residents of San Jose, California held a diverse, spirited, and unified demonstration against the national epidemic of unpunished …

Free Marissa NOW!

Days after giving birth to her youngest child of three, Marissa Alexander fired a warning shot to stop Rico Gray, her estranged husband, who abused …

Peace Poem

Face your pale peace
And you’ll wish
That Your blood
Had been alive
In your silent
Rattlesnake throat…

Waiting: (Jan. 3, 2015)

On a cold, puddle-filled night
some folks wait for a bus
under the shelter of a train station. …

Voices from Benton Harbor

“They dismissed the latest mayoral recall because the mayor can’t be recalled in his last term. The recall effort was because the city is operating …