Archive: February 2016

Cover Story

Water for life, not for profit

  The poisoning of the people of Flint, Michigan—especially the children—with lead and other toxins in the drinking water is just the latest ugly example of how corporate control of America is destroying human life. Lead poisoning can cause irreversible …

Editorial

Defending homeless defends us all

  Homelessness is on the rise in America. In Los Angeles, 15,000 become homeless monthly. No longer relegated to primarily urban centers, the homeless population in suburbs, small towns and rural areas is also growing, despite government statistics, which claim …

The crisis in the streets of Flint

The crisis that is flowing through the streets of Flint, MI has galvanized the soul of the country in a way that we are all encouraged yet overwhelmed by the response to this …

cold rain

cold rain
here you come again
and my friends’ shoes not dry
from the last one

Speakers on the poisoning of a city

  Claire McClinton, born and raised in Flint, Michigan, UAW retiree, and in the thick of the battle for safe, clean water for all has joined Speakers for a New America! She brings analysis of what the poisoning of Flint’s …

The trial of the Homrich 9

This is an interview with Marian Kramer, one of the Homrich 9 water warriors in Detroit, MI, arrested for disorderly conduct while blocking city trucks setting out to …

The homeless stand up for their rights

Here’s a true story I want to tell you. It all started on September 25, 2015. Merced, California was having a Homeless Connect event. A lot of us …

Victory for the Homeless

On December 15, 2015, after 18 months of struggle, the homeless in Santa Clara County won written commitments from the San Jose …

Homeless leader speaks on homeless realities

During police sweeps you have a few minutes to save your belongings if you are lucky. Cities have no intention of preserving or keeping it for you. The intention is to purposely …

On the rising police state

The underpinning of the rising police state is the changing economy and the mass poverty it produces. Given American history, it could not be otherwise that the victims of police brutality are disproportionally people of color. History also shows that …

Speak your piece: A campaign against hate

Today (July 20, 2015), near the small community of Zinc, Arkansas, the Ku Klux Klan begins a training camp for participants ages 16 and up with the goal of creating …

African American History Month, 2016

African American History Month 2016 finds society becoming more polarized around wealth and poverty as the economy continues to replace workers with automated production …

We have the capacity for a happy human race

There’s a difference between dreams and visions in the political sense. A dream doesn’t have any foundation, it’s fantastic glory… For example, every Wednesday night I buy …

do you remember when

do you remember when
they called a blanket
and a piece of cardboard
a structure?

Greetings from Rev. Pinkney!

Over New Year’s, we drove from Chicago to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan (near Canada) to visit Rev. Edward Pinkney. Isolated in a prison that looks like a 19th century castle …

The Dharma

He slings through trash
On every block
He only finds refuse
No food
I watch him
From the other sidewalk

A Friend and Comrade Passes

When Scott Dutton of Seattle, Washington, died in early December a voice for clarity and understanding about the current economic and political system passed from among us. As a young man, Scott had taken to the streets alongside others of …

We demand the real criminals go to jail

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King shared a prophetic speech to millions of people called, “I Have A Dream.” In it, he quoted the Old Testament Prophet Amos: “But let justice …

Free Rev. Pinkney!

Defender of the poor and a political prisoner—Rev. Pinkney sounded the alarm early on about the threat of the iron fist of the emergency manager system of corporate …