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Freedom Socialist Letters to the editor August 2015

August 2015

MICK PARSONS Illegally fired The interview with Mick Parsons was a real eye-opener [Adjunct professors: academia’s overstressed, underpaid labor force, Vol. 36, No. 3]. Since the article was published, Parsons has been illegally fired because of his high profile activism to improve working conditions of adjuncts across the state of Kentucky. He was fired less… Read more »

End the racial wealth gap — Restore affirmative action and job training

August 2015

Every day it seems, the headlines carry another story of racist violence, from police gunning down unarmed Black men to white supremacists bombing Black churches — or killing parishioners! This is only the most outward expression of the ugly and deep color line that runs through U.S. society. Less publicized, but no less destructive, is… Read more »

Organizers in Tacoma, Wash., stick to their guns for $15 an hour NOW

October 2015

On an August day, activists with 15 NOW Tacoma huddled at a Safeway grocery store before hitting the neighborhoods of this blue-collar city. Rehearsing for doorbelling, one volunteer asked, “Do you support a $15 an hour minimum wage?” Between now and November, campaigners will knock on hundreds of doors, asking this question to find support… Read more »

Freedom Socialist Letters to the Editor — October 2015

October 2015

RASMEA ODEH Support her appeal Show your support for Palestinian rights activist and political prisoner Rasmea Odeh at a rally in front of the courthouse on Wednesday, October 14, and then fill the courtroom immediately thereafter. Rasmea’s defense and the prosecution each present their oral arguments to a three judge panel of the U.S. Court… Read more »

Labor Weather Report — October 2015

October 2015

September 2015 — Making the public pay. Confronted with $72 billion in debt, Puerto Rico’s government is calling for “shared sacrifice.” Thousands of public-sector unions protest because the public is being expected to shoulder the entire burden. Plans include school closures and contracting for-profit companies to run public roads and ports. Resistance and rage is… Read more »

El gobierno Dominicano detiene, reprime y deporta a miles de inmigrantes Haitianos y sus descendientes

octubre de 2015

Yesibon Senatus, 70 años de edad, haitiano de nacimiento, cortador de caña, desde hace tiempo lucha por la pensión y residencia Dominicana. Quesnel Michell, 22 años, hijo cañeros, nacido y criado en Dominicana, registrado por sus padres en la Oficialía del Batey Magdalena, propiedad del Central Romana, a quien la Junta Central Electoral le negó… Read more »

Voters in Tacoma, Wash., pass $12 minimum wage

December 2015

15 NOW Tacoma activists stir up support and publicity for a higher minimum wage as the general election nears. Core members included workers who stood to gain a raise if $15 an hour passed. Photo credit: 15 NOW Tacoma On Nov. 3, voters in Tacoma continued the trend begun in nearby SeaTac, of hiking their… Read more »

Business interests foil Worker Bill of Rights

December 2015

A volunteer for the Worker Bill of Rights campaign distributes flyers calling for desperately needed raises in Spokane. Photo: Courtesy of Sagi Bresgal Spokane, Wash., the second largest city in the state, saw a fight this year for a first-in-the-nation initiative guaranteeing basic worker rights. Despite being outspent by 12-to-1, the Worker Bill of Rights… Read more »