Archive: January 2016

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Foreclosure: symptom of a dying society

  For most of us, home ownership is the epitome of the American dream. In a 2015 Wells Fargo survey, 65% felt that homeownership is “an accomplishment to be proud of” and/or a “dream come true.” The growing nightmare of …

Editorial

Why the fascist attacks on our youth?

  Children and young people are a sacred generation in any society. They embody the hope and potential that the society holds for its future. Then what does it say about American society that one in five of our children …

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 …

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 …

The Birth of an Activist



It is not a choice made, this birth. It is the direct result of the implantation of injustices, fertilized by greed and unconcern, that impregnates certain …

I slept three hours

I slept three hours
on the BART train
last night he said
to keep warm …

Water Wars Escalate In Flint, MI

“The thought of people being put out of their homes because the water has been cut off and it’s been cut off illegally is very emotional to me.” — Val Washington, Flint …

Attacks on homeless are an attack on us all

“Battling Fresno’s Panhandlers” is a program that aired on a Fresno, California news station. Its mean-spirited message is: “Don’t feed the homeless. Don’t give them …

Police with guns in high schools

I am a high school student in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Even back in middle school, I have always been aware of police on my …

“You must step up! says union leader

Nelson touched people on so many different levels. I’ve seen him with children. I’ve seen him with families, not just with comrades who bring their children …

Celebrate the life of Nelson Peery

Saturday, January 30, 2016 • 2:00 p.m. Reception • 3:00 – 5 p.m. Program; Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Aspen Hall, 2100 S. Grand Ave., L.A., CA 90015 …

A nation of immigrants

“The United States IS a nation of immigrants. The colonization of America was the result of revolutionary changes taking place in the methods of producing the necessities …

Why we need the People’s Tribune

If you are a community person, you need to be able to interpret local events as a reflection of what’s happening in the rest of the country. I distribute 50 …

Moral Mondays

The church folk are gathering on Mondays now.
Have you seen them?
Marching through downtown,
Linking arms outside the Board of Trade to block the entrances,
Shutting down business as usual,

Benton Harbor rally for Rev. Pinkney

On Nov. 24, 2015, Benton Harbor activists gathered in front of the Berrien County Court House to rally for Rev. Ed Pinkney’s freedom. He has been …