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Anger Boils Over at Denial of Healthcare

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| Posted: Jul 2017

Anger Boils Over at Denial of Healthcare

Healthcare is a life or death matter. We have a right to it. The healthcare crisis gives us an opportunity to fight forward. The entire healthcare system should be publicly owned and healthcare should be free and available to everyone. We can take the first step in that direction by enacting a national single-payer public insurance system: improve Medicare and expand it to cover everyone.

Why can’t HealthCare be Free in America ?

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| Posted: Apr 2017

In America health care has become a profit-making $3.2 trillion-a-year business, and you will be allowed to die if you don’t have insurance or money. It’s estimated some 45,000 people die every year in America because they lack health insurance.

Health care is a human right, and should be available to everyone who lives in our country. Health care can be a for-profit commodity, or it can be a human right, but it can’t be both.

Why I am joining the March for Science

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| Posted: Apr 2017

The national March for Science in Washington will be on Saturday, April 22, the annual Earth Day observance.

I have been a working research scientist for almost 50 years. I will join the March for Science in opposition to the current threat to science and scientific theory. The dangers faced by the scientific community are inseparably intertwined with the attack on democracy, justice and economic survival. These threats did not suddenly arise with Trump’s election and will not magically disappear when he is gone.

For more information, go to www.marchforscience.com

Democracy in Baltimore is being replaced by a Police State

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| Posted: Mar 2017

The billionaire ruling class has made several changes to lessen democracy in Baltimore and increase rule by a new form of police terror. 

Fascism is much more than the Neo Nazis. It is the corporate/military takeover of government and the destruction of our democracy. The old police terror found in the back of a police van is decried while a new police terror is implemented with little knowledge or discussion.  This is done with tax dollars and private capitalist grants.

This police state is for each of us, whether you protest Freddy Grey’s death, the pollution of the Bay, fracking or poor education, a system to deny your rights is being created.  Now is the time to stop it.

Whirlpool Corporation Closing Benton Harbor, MI schools

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| Posted: Mar 2017

From Rev. Pinkney at BROOKS/FREMONT CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

Let the truth be told. Capitalism generates inequality and wealth, status and power. You must recognize the unfairness of a system that allows wealth to accumulate to an unlimited degree and claim to provide equal opportunity for the people.

It is a system that undermines democracy by concentrating power and wealth in the hands of a few. The establishment no longer needs educated workers as it once did. Whirlpool set its sights on turning the city of Benton Harbor into a lakeside resort for the wealthy. Whirlpool and other corporations teamed up and began transitioning the area from an industrial based economy to a tourist, real estate and service-based economy.

I am afraid the parents, teachers and school board members have been misled and lied to by Whirlpool. Now we have three schools closing, overcrowded classrooms and there is no telling what kind of education the children will get. The economy and social equality is the essence of democracy and is the antithesis of capitalism. We must confront the Whirlpool Corporation at all cost.

Struggle for Democracy in America Intensifies

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| Posted: Dec 2016

The Struggle for Democracy in America Intensifies

The 2016 presidential election was one of the most divisive in our country’s history. This is no surprise, given the economic, moral, and political crisis.

The crisis can’t be solved within an economy controlled by corporations and billionaires. The corporations won’t support workers they don’t need. At the same time, masses of unemployed people are a threat to the system, so the billionaires use racism and every other divisive ideology to pit us against each other. Our fight for a program that can pull our whole society forward and put our country on a path to peace, prosperity, equality and democracy. A coopera`tive society, where the necessities of life are distributed based on need, not money.

Soldier of Truth, The Trials of Rev. Pinkney

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| Posted: Dec 2016

Soldier of Truth, The Trials of Rev. Pinkney

Editor’s note: Phillip A. Bassett‘s new book, Soldier of Truth, is about the author’s eyewitness account of the persecution of Rev. Edward Pinkney for his leadership in a fight against the takeover of a town by a corporate giant. Purchase the book on amazon.com.  
“This book gave me a new perspective on what my stepfather has been called by God to do. It gave me insight on what was done, what was said, some insight on what happened in court. This is a great read.” — Latoya Williams
Including interview with Phillip A. Bassett author of “Soldier of Truth”

Baltimore Mayor Candidate Pledges to Fight Corporations

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| Posted: Oct 2016

Candidate Pledges to Wrest Control of Government from Corporations

BALTIMORE, MD — In September, hundreds of people gathered in downtown Baltimore to support Green Party Candidate for Mayor, Joshua Harris. Years of one-party rule by the Democratic Party has left Baltimore in shambles.  Now many people want a new alternative. A lot of new energy and new people are developing around this campaign.

“My program  is to shift the power from the corporate interests in city government to the people who are impacted most. It’s about giving power to people who have been neglected for too long.”

The People Demand a Humane Society

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The People Demand a Humane Society

Electronic production is rapidly eliminating human labor in all sectors of the economy. This is causing a political crisis. How will the ruling class control us when our labor is no longer needed. How will we , without money, eat, secure housing, be educated, have health care and have even water ? The corporations need the government to rule in their interests by privatizing public goods and services, transferring social welfare into corporate welfare.

We are demanding a humane society and a government that intervenes on our behalf to make that happen. We, the people must unite around our common interests for survival.

Standing Rock: the People vs Corporate Destruction

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| Posted: Oct 2016

Standing Rock: the People vs Corporate Destruction

When the Standing Rock Sioux of North Dakota discovered that a pipeline carrying fracked oil was to be built through their land. This ignited a resistance that has captured the world’s attention, and gathered the support of hundreds of tribes, and massed thousands of supporters to the site in the struggle for water and life.

Our stand is to hold the government responsible for protecting the Earth and its people. We can unite to create a cooperative society. A new Fire is burning.  This is what Standing Rock is to us all.

US Justice Department Condemns Baltimore Police

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| Posted: Oct 2016

US Justice Department Condemns Baltimore Police

The Justice Department ordered many cosmetic changes, but BCPD had the last laugh.
Under the nose of the US Justice Department, the BCPD operated an illegal spying operation that spied on all the people of Baltimore, including the Mayor and City Council.

Dropping the benign mask of “Serve and Protect,” the police stand exposed as the ”watchdogs of private property.” Militarized, divorced from society, striving to become a law unto themselves, their every brutal, illegal act shapes the American fascist police state.

Wide Scale Poverty makes Class Unity possible

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| Posted: Oct 2016

Wide Scale Poverty makes Class Unity possible

During the elections and beyond, we, the people, must continue making our political independence from the ruling class a reality. This is the only way we will have democracy, peace, and prosperity. We must put forward the demand that the government guarantee that the basic needs of the people are met.

Elections Raise the Demands of the People

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| Posted: Oct 2016

Elections 2016: Raise the Demands of the People

During the elections and beyond, we, the people, must continue making our political independence from the ruling class a reality. This is the only way we will have democracy, peace, and prosperity. We must put forward the demand that the government guarantee that the basic needs of the people are met.

The American people want an end to homelessness

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| Posted: Aug 2016

The American people want an end to homelessness

The demands of the homeless and the whole of our class for the absolute right to housing and all else we need, not just to survive but to thrive, is in reality a cry for the overturning of the profit-driven system of private ownership, and for a society of sharing controlled by the people. This is the ultimate demand of the struggle for homeless rights, and everyone’s basic rights, and its logical outcome.

Government Must Guarantee Our Basic Needs

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Government Must Guarantee Our Basic Needs

The question is: “Why does anyone have the “right” to privately own our natural resources?” If the corporations cannot provide for our needs, then we must demand that government will. The demand that government provides health care, housing, education and water and guarantees them for the people is nationalization—or government takeover of the corporations—in the people’s interests. These demands are a bridge to a new society where the abundance produced is distributed to all based on need.

The Elections – How do we end Corporate Rule

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| Posted: Aug 2016

The Elections – How do we end Corporate Rule?

Democratic and Republican parties are the twin parties of the corporations. They will tow the corporate line. The significance of this election lies in the unprecedented nature of our times, and that a section of the working class has taken a step toward declaring its political independence of the ruling class parties. The effort to push this independence forward must continue now and after the election. Revolutionaries can advance this process by putting forward the demand that the government guarantee the basic needs of the people.

Sojourner Truth Interview with Claire McClinton on Flint Water Crisis

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| Posted: Mar 2016

Program From Our Friends

KPFK 90.7 FM Pacifica Radio Program Sojourner Truth with Margaret Prescod interviews Claire McClinton on Flint Water Crisis, on March 16th 2016.

Water Warriors – Interview with Claire McClinton of Flint Mi

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| Posted: Mar 2016

Revolutionary Road Radio Show by Bruce Wright in Clearwater, Florida.

An Interview with Claire McClinton of Flint, MI, speaking about the fight for lead free water in the city of Flint — and the role of Michigan’s Emergency Manager model of dictatorial corporate rule in poisoning the water.

Water for Life, not for Profit

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| Posted: Feb 2016

Water for Life, not for Profit

Cities that lost jobs slipped into crisis as their tax bases dwindled. In Michigan the corporations have been moving to restructure these cities, including Flint. In this effort to restructure cities, Michigan’s Governor Snyder has institute a system of emergency management which eliminates democracy, and guarantee profits for corporations he represents. It was the appointed emergency manager of Flint who switched the city’s water supply to a polluted river water to “save money.”

We must demand that the government guarantee food, clothing, housing, healthcare and safe water for all in our country who need it. The only solution is a cooperative society where the needs of all the people are met.

Nelson Peery an American Revolutionary

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| Posted: Jan 2016

Nelson Peery an American Revolutionary

Today a program From Our Friends at KPFK Pacifica Radio Program Beautiful Struggle

Aired on January 19th 2016

The program discuss the thoughts and contributions of Nelson Peery an American revolutionary.

Cost of Higher Education

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| Posted: Jan 2016

Cost of Higher Education

Labor-replacing electronic technology is permanently eliminating jobs and destroying the foundation of the capitalist system. The result is less labor needed for production.

Fewer highly educated workers are needed to support robotic technology. As the jobs go, education as a birthright is being taken away. We are becoming a dispossessed group of the working class that capitalism no longer has any use. We need a vision of a new education system where everyone has the right to a quality education.

We must demand that the government provide equal funds for every student.

Free tuition to guarantee our future and forgiveness of out standing student Debts.

An Education denied because of the inability to pay robs us all of away to maximize our efforts, our abilities and our contributions to the future of our planet.

Education must be Free !

Water Wars – Detroit Homrich 9 Trial

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| Posted: Jan 2016

Water Wars – Detroit Homrich 9 Trial

Threat to democracy and jury system in water trial.

The United Nations contends that water is a human right (UN Resolution 62/242)

Providing water that is poisonous as in Flint Mi, denying water to families and children as in Detroit or jailing leaders, like Rev. Pinkney who fought corporate control of his community in Benton Harbor, these are just a signs of a system in decay.

A system based on the private property of the billionaire class who holds political power.

The only solution is a cooperative society where the needs of all the people are met.

Struggle for justice in Baltimore

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| Posted: Nov 2015

The public view of police brutality is challenging the way police do their business. Video from phones and Twitter continue to expose police brutality. The rulers still have the power. The public is trapped between capitalism, drug gangsters whose gunfights kill every day, and police brutality. The murder rate, mainly of Black men, has risen to the highest in 40 years.

Housing is the Cure for Homelessness

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| Posted: Jul 2015

Housing is the Cure for Homelessness

“From the Pages” – July Cover Story of the People’s Tribune

In the movie “99 Homes,” real estate shark Rick Carver relays this message to an evicted suburban homeowner: “America doesn’t bail out the losers. America was built by bailing out the winners, by rigging a nation of the winners, for the winners, by the winners. .”

Since the foreclosure crisis began, 5.5 million homes have been lost nationwide. And the crisis isn’t over. But it is Michigan that clearly illustrates that this crisis cannot be resolved without a radical break with a social system that guarantees necessities like homes only to those who can pay.

Once the industrial capital of the world, today new labor-replacing technology in the form of robots and computers is destroying the industrial economy and the society built around it. Hundreds of thousands have lost their so-called ‘middle-class’ jobs that in the past supported a stable tax base.

Michigan’s Emergency Manager System, put in place by corporate backers, guarantees billions of dollars to corporations and turns over public assets to private interests. Meanwhile, formerly productive workers and their families fight for their human rights to housing and water. They join a growing class of workers worldwide who cannot compete with robots and computers.

Homeless in San Francisco

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| Posted: Jul 2015

Homeless in San Francisco

“From the Streets”, a series of podcast of personal experiences

Presented here is the personal experience of Julianna Cheng as she speaks about her experiences of homelessness in San Francisco at SF Coalition on Homeless, A launching party of their study on the homelessness titled ‘Punishing the Poorest’ on June 18, 2015 Find the this publishation @ http://www.cohsf.org/Punishing.pdf

I never thought it could happen to me. I came from a hard working but also privileged family; and I was taught that if I got my education, and did what I was supposed to do, this would never happen to me. Until I came to San Francisco, and it DID happen to me.

Interview with Immortal Technique

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| Posted: Jul 2015

Interview with Immortal Technique

“From the Heart” a series of Podcasts of Revolutionary Cultural.

Here presented from our friends Revolutionary Radio Road Shows, WTAN, 1340 am, Clearwater Fla. We have an interview with Immortal Technique a widely recognized revolutionary Hip Hop artist from New York Ciy. In a live interview at the recent US Social Forum taking place in Philadelphia, June 25, 2015,

Listen to a wide ranging discussion of current events, revolutionary politics, the creative process, the role Hip Hop in society and the state of music industry.

Police Violence – Freddie Gray Died in Police Custody

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| Posted: Jun 2015

Police Violence – Baltimore Freddie Gray Died in Police Custody

From the Pages – May 2015

BALTIMORE, MD — Freddie Gray died on April 19, after being violently subdued, and then subjected to one of the Baltimore Police Department’s infamous “rough rides.” The Freddie Gray case is different only because many people witnessed and recorded his arrest. You could hear him pleading for medical assistance as he was cuffed and thrown into a police van. Forty-five minutes later he was unconscious with a severed spinal cord. Hispanics and whites are also receiving Baltimore police clubs and bullets. Those who want Justice for Freddie Gray are learning several lessons. We need an organization that will represent us all.

The Ghost of Dred Scott Awakens

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| Posted: Jun 2015

Program, From the Pages.

Less than four miles from the intersection where Mike Brown was killed—a ten-minute drive down Florissant Ave—is the Calvary Cemetery in St. Louis, where Dred Scott is buried. Visitors have left pennies on his grave—Lincoln faces up—for good luck.
Dred Scott was a slave who sued for his freedom in 1846. Over the course of a decade his case made its way up from local Missouri courts to the Supreme Court, which ruled that Scott, as a slave, “had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.” The court also moved to expand slavery throughout the nation, catalyzing the American Civil War.

Ronnieman Johnson Gunned Down by Police

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Program from the Page:

CHICAGO IL — Dorothy Holmes wants to know why. Why, on October 12, 2014, did a Chicago Police detective, George Hernandez, fire seven shots at the back of her son, Ronald “After Chicago Police gunned down her son, she says: ‘I’m holding them accountable for his murder. Johnson was unarmed and had no criminal record. He was 25 years old with five kids
We unite with grieving mothers who, like Dorothy Holmes, hold the police accountable for their attacks on our liberty and our lives. We must fight against these attacks with the understanding that this system must and will be replaced with a new society built on justice for all.

The Future Is Up To Us by Nelson Peery

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| Posted: May 2015

The Book is Now at the Printers !

Place Orders at; http://www.speakersforanewamerica.com/

Campaign to Reprint THE FUTURE IS UP TO US by Nelson Peery’s

From Speakers for a New America

Even thirteen years after its initial release, The Future Is Up To Us is more timely than ever—yet it is out of print. We want to reprint Future for a new generation of revolutionaries that has joined the movement, and we need your help to do it.

The Future Is Up to Us contains many insights, some great personal stories, and vividly conveys the author’s heartfelt certainty that the human race can do away with exploitation, creating a new world where everyone can lead a happy, fulfilling life. When The Future Is Up to Us first came out, it was read and discussed by many people involved in the fight for a new society. It sparked some lively debates and made people think. We need more debate and more critical thinking in this country today. You can help make that happen.

A Vision of Class Unity by General Baker

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| Posted: May 2015

From the Past

This is a rebroadcast of a historic speech presented to commemorate the first year anniversary of the passing of General G. Baker II, born September 6, 1941— passing away on May 18, 2014.

General G. Baker II was an internationally known and respected revolutionary, labour and community leader. He fought to organize the demands of the exploited into a vision. He fought to organize the fighters around that vision. He fought for a movement guided by the vision of a new world of peace and freedom.

His vision was of the working class reaching out to take each others hand, to come together arm-in-arm, to march shoulder-to shoulder, regardless of our sex, age, and shades of our skin, to ignore all those who attempt to divide us; to combine with all who side with their class; and to pursue our own class interest.

What the ruling class, fears most is General Baker’s vision guiding the movement of the exploited: the fight for an economic system that meets the needs of the people.

Fighting the Corporate Dictatorship; WDBX 91.1fm

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| Posted: Apr 2015

From Our Friends;

An interview with Larry Pinkney and Claire McClinton discussing the dictatorial Emergence Manager law pa436, its effects in Michigan and beyond
and its relationship to the corporate attack on Rev. EdwardPinkney.

Common Poverty: Basis for Class Unity

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| Posted: Mar 2015

From the Pages:

The conditions for class unity are maturing. Automation is economically pushing society toward an irrepressible conflict. Commonly shared poverty and the permanent denial of the necessities of life by the owning class are giving rise to common demands. Whether you are Black and protesting in Ferguson or white, on welfare in Appalachia, the demand is the same for food, housing, health care, etc. None of these demands can be met without a cooperative society where social production is owned publicly and distributed according to need. The next step in that direction is for the new section of workers to become conscious of themselves as members of a class and unite on that basis.

Walmart – Poverty-Wage Workers Energize the Movement

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| Posted: Jan 2015

From the Pages

An Editorial; Walmart workers are more than simply fighting for a wage increase, this movement represents a section of the working class that has been robbed of a future in this economy and is at the forefront of fighting for a new society. They are fighting for the right to survive and thrive when all other options have been taken away.

Fighting the Corporate Dictatorship; Rev. Pinkney’s Trial Day 1

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| Posted: Nov 2014

Fighting the Corporate Dictatorship; Rev. Pinkney’s Trial, Day 1, October 27th, 2014

From the Streets;

We bring you interviews from Benton Harbor community and supporters from other cities about event’s on Day 1 of trial against Rev. Edward Pinkney. Impressions and concerns are expressed about the possible verdict based on the events during the first day of the trail. Return to People’s Tribune Radio for updates.

Fighting the Corporate Dictatorship; On the Significance of Rev. Pinkney Trial

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| Posted: Nov 2014

From the Editors; On the Significance of Rev. Pinkney Trial

Free Pinkney

The People’s Tribune has been in this fight since 2005, when we began to report on the dismantling of democracy in Michigan. As the economy in the Rust Belt (and nation) worsens, naked corporate rule in Michigan has continued to rear its head. Fascism takes hold by victory after small victory.

Hear what the people are doing about it !

Super Poverty at a Time of Super Abundance

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| Posted: Oct 2014

The 2015 National Security budget exceeds 1 trillion dollars, more then one third of the entire National Budget. Our tax dollars are used to protect corporate private property interest. The U.S. Corporate welfare funding is at over $100 billion, while cuts of billions are made to social programs designed to help Americans lead productive lives.

Update – Benton Harbor, MI: Fighting the Corporate Dictatorship

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| Posted: Aug 2014

Update: Events Surrounding Rev. Pinkney’s Trial and the Recall Election of the Mayor of Benton Harbor, Mi.

Reverend Pinkney has become the face of resistance to the notion that the working class has no rights that the corporation is bound to respect. Any and all efforts must be made to overturn the charges against Pinkney as a step toward overturning the spread of this model to the rest of Michigan and the nation.

Truth be told, the charges leveled against Reverend Edward Pinkney in Benton Harbor, MI are but the latest saga in a ruthless pursuit of naked corporate rule that is gripping the state of Michigan

They are All Our Children

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Children who Qualify under United Nations International Protections as Refugees are being Deported.

A humanitarian crisis involving Central American children seeking to enter the U.S. has been in the making for a long time. It only recently exploded onto the news, due largely to intentional coverage by media pundits and certain elected officials.

Today It’s Ferguson Tomorrow It’s You !

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| Posted: Aug 2014

Michael Brown’s Murder in Ferguson, Mo. Aug. 9, 2014

The People’s Tribune discusses the root of the wave of police violence and murder in America. The fact is, our automated economy no longer needs us, and human life is therefore cheapened to zero. A new, militarized, fascist police state is put in place to crush the demands of the people for justice and a decent life. Injustice will end when the economic system that has given rise to these conditions is gotten rid of and replaced by a cooperative economy that will end poverty. Imagine the justice in a new world of abundance, peace and freedom for all. As a first step, let’s insure killer cops are indicted!

Detroit: Water is a Human Right!

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| Posted: Jul 2014

Detroit: Water is a human right!

Maureen Taylor, chairperson of the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and
Domico Williams, a spokesperson for the Detroit Water Brigade discuss the city’s immoral cut off of water to 1,500-3,000 families a week. They discuss the city’s effort to privatize water for their corporate friends. Michigan, with its dictatorial emergency managers that replace democratically elected officials, is ground zero for the fight against the corporate fascist assault on our lives. What is happening in Michigan can come to your town too!

Moral Monday Movement Fights for a Better World

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| Posted: Jul 2014

John Slaughter, from the Moral Monday movement in Georgia, speaks with Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor about the commonality of their struggles and the vision of a better world. For more from John Slaughter read the article tilted “The Morality Deficit in Georgia” January 2014 People’s Tribune at; http://peoplestribune.org/pt-news/2014/01/morality-deficit-georgia/

Benton Harbor, MI: Fighting the Corporate Dictatorship

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| Posted: Jul 2014

Rev. Edward Pinkney, an embattled minister, speaks about his arrest on bogus vote fraud charges.

What’s the Matter with Michigan ?

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| Posted: Jul 2014

Martial Law in Michigan

Claire McClinton, a retired autoworker and labor leader from Flint, MI, speaks about the state’s dictatorial emergency manager law. More than 17 municipalities and school districts in Michigan have been pulled into the mire of dictatorship.