Archive: May 2015

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Water is a human right

Mark Twain once said “whisky is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” He was only half-joking. Nations have gone to war over water. Today, there is some kind of fight over water under way in almost every country, including …

Editorial

Mothers’ hunger strike shows need for class unity

“Free me. Free my children. We came looking for refuge and we’re being treated like criminals.” With this cry, 78 mothers staged a hunger and work strike at the Karnes Detention Center in Karnes, Texas (a private, for-profit ICE detention …

May Day, 2015: The fight is for a new world

May Day, the day when the workers of the world put forth demands and express their international solidarity, is of special significance this year. One hundred twenty-eight years have passed since the first, massive demonstration in Chicago for the 8-hour …

Chicago elections: A movement, not a moment

The $30 million dollar man, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, defeated Cook County Commissioner Jésus “Chuy” Garcia in the April 7 mayoral runoff election. Despite Emanuel’s …

Dictatorship in Michigan: a harbinger for all America?

The drive to dismantle Democracy as we know it is wreaking havoc all over Michigan (17 municipalities and school districts and counting). A law passed in 2011 authorizes the Governor to dispatch ‘Emergency Managers’ to cities, townships, and school districts …

Resistance to Police State Growing

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 overwhelmingly minorities. History also shows that as this …

Teen killed by Texas police

After entering the police station lobby and allegedly threatening officers with a knife, police chose to shoot her four times. We have to ask why police killed this girl. Why could they not take a knife from a small 17-year-old …

Freddie Gray died in police custody

Freddie Gray died on April 19, after being violently subdued, and then subjected to one of the Baltimore Police Department’s infamous “rough rides.” …

Save the Earth. Save Humanity

We are fast approaching a point of no return. The weather extremes caused by burning fossil fuels will continue to worsen, causing drought, floods, and more killer storms. Our fresh water supplies are disappearing as they are privatized for the …

Michigan needs a drink

Throats choke
On privatized
Dust.
Change fills the lake
But there are no wishes
Left here.

Rev. Pinkney and the struggle for a new society

On the morning of his April 14 hearing, Rev. Edward Pinkney entered the courtroom in prison garb, handcuffed and shackled. His attorney asked the judge to remove his handcuffs, but the judge commented that it was up to the guard …