Archive: May / June 2021

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We can stop the rise of a police state

Woman protesting holding a megaphone

In what many considered a surprise move, a Minnesota jury in late April convicted former police officer Derek Chauvin of all three counts of murder and manslaughter for his sadistic killing of George Floyd in May 2020. The decision was …

Editorial

Our communities can get us herd immunity

map of vaccinated areas of Chicago

CHICAGO, IL — There is a simple, cost-effective solution readily available to get us herd immunity that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot refuses to implement and acknowledge. The “Take the Vaccine to the People” Chicago City Ordinance was introduced by Alderman …

Words from Visionaries

2 demonstrators

“This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no need for silence, and no room for fear. We do language. That is how civilizations heal.” — Toni Morrison …

The people defy the attempts to silence them

BLM Protest in WashingtonD.C.

In the past year, the people have taken up both the vote and the mass street protest in record numbers to defend themselves against police violence, racism, and an encroaching police state, and to demand that government meet their needs …

Evictions: ‘I’m praying I receive help’

Cancel the rent rally

Leylany, a 29-year-old resident of the Pico-Union area in Los Angeles, told Spectrum News 1 recently about the crisis the pandemic imposed on her family. They lost their jobs and savings, and now they are seven months behind on rent …

Stop the attacks on Austin’s unhoused people!

stop prop B protest

AUSTIN, TX — Last Saturday we marched on Matt Mackowiak’s office, the genocide-supporting Republican strategist behind Prop B and Save Austin Now. We first rallied at the Texas State Capitol with a small camp tent, and distributed literature against Prop …

Meditation

LOS ANGELES, CA — I was meditating at the LA River/Los Feliz Blvd. The great blue heron flew by and told me to make some more tamales for the young homeless dudes in the tents. They might also need some …

Michigan Speaks: Frontline Communities on Lead in Water

Andy Willis cartoon

The People’s Tribune water discussion group is presenting a series of webinars on the fight for clean water as a human right. Sponsors include the People’s Tribune/Tribuno del Pueblo; Our Illinois Revolution; People’s Water Board; Denmark Citizens for Safe Water; …

Palestine and the global fight against oppression

pro Palestine protest sign

As this is written, people across America and the world are demanding that Israel stop its brutal oppression of the Palestinians. In a recent article in Truthout, Lea Kayali, a Palestinian community activist and writer, noted that the dispossession of …

In praise of long lines

Welcome to Detroit sign

As an elder in Detroit, I regret that younger people will not know the feeling of waiting in lines for the things The State imposed on us. As a young pregnant woman from Detroit at a time when auto factory …

I Want the Wide American Earth

Carlos Bulosan

Before the brave, before the proud builders and workers,I say I want the wide American earth,Its beautiful rivers and long valleys and fertile plains,Its numberless hamlets and expanding towns and towering cities,Its limitless frontiers, its probing intelligence,For all the free. …

Biden administration deports 300,000 in first 100 days

Protest against the immoral treatment of immigrant families

Rights group United We Dream warned April 27 that unless he takes immediate steps to improve his administration’s treatment of immigrants, President Joe Biden is at serious risk of repeating the destructive failures of former President Barack Obama, who deported …

Cinco de Mayo memories . . .

Crystal Rose Sanchez's grandmother

Been a tough day. So a little of my family history. This is my grandma. Her grandma (my great great grandma) use to hide Poncho Villa.  He was on the run from the law. My great great uncles fought with …