Archive: May 2014

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May Day 2014: Fighting for Victory Over the Corporations

As we mark International Workers’ Day May 1, the ruling classes of the world are attacking the working class everywhere. People demonstrating against the unemployment and poverty that characterizes the capitalist world today are beaten and arrested. The police are …

Editorial

Assault on pensions demands a new society

The national attack on pensions for US workers has surged from Detroit to Chicago. These two cities are setting precedents that will be used to attack pensions across the country. Pensions are deferred wages and thus belong to workers. In …

When is murder justified?

When is murder justified? When you carry an Albuquerque Police Department (APD) badge, or so it seems? A homeless man, James Boyd, was killed for allegedly threatening …

Confronting the American Police State

The police murder of James Boyd is a wakeup call for the American people. As the economy automates and uses less human labor, the government is abandoning its …

“Crying for mercy”

“I watched firsthand, standing toward the front of a crowd of perhaps a hundred unarmed protesters on the edge of Civic Plaza late Sunday night, as we were almost …

Homeless stand up to criminalization

So now I’m a criminal. My crime is poverty and being homeless. I’m a wanted man in San Francisco. Or to put it more accurately, the city doesn’t want me, or thousands like me …

Leader of ‘Bad Ass Moms’ speaks out

“How can you celebrate anything when you kill schools and over test our children . . . Stop threatening students and teachers, stop over testing and closing schools …

It’s Fighting Time

If not now, then when is the question everyone should be asking today. We can no longer sit on the sideline and say this is somebody else’s fight. No, this is my fight but …

Rakiba Brown—May you R.I.P.

Oh Rakiba. You were, with me, almost equal parts sharp and cutting, and warm, soft, and loving. You sugarcoated nothing, conceded rarely, and loved fully. I knew …

No Sleep for the Poor

No sleep for the poor.
Only sleep for the rich.

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As people walk,
as people ignore, …

We need Medicare for all

In 2010, the 35 th UAW Constitutional Convention supported the ACA. It’s exclusion of 12 million undocumented immigrants from medical insurance was ignored. Half of the states have …

California Drought

This has been the driest year in recorded history. The Sierra snowpack is 12% of normal. Delta water may be unavailable for many Central Valley farmers. In some …

Benton Harbor is becoming a police state

The Berrien County Sheriff’s department has created a police state surrounding the legal recall of Benton Harbor’s Mayor James Hightower. A Benton Harbor resident, …

How it feels to be homeless

I want you to know how it feels to be homeless, sleeping up under a bridge, in vacant houses and doorways; and how it feels to never know who is coming. In the long, sleepless nights, you doze off in fear and without comfort. Street people always carry some kind of weapon out of fear—fear of enemies, ..