Orlando Barrantes. Photo courtesy of Orlando Barrantes Orlando Barrantes has dedicated his life to improving the conditions of poor and working people in Costa Rica. For many years he was the General Secretary of the National Council of Banana Workers (CONATRAB) and is currently a leader of the Movement of Workers and Campesinos (MTC). Now… Read more »
civil liberties & police
As the third year of Nestora Salgado’s unjust imprisonment begins, her supporters continue to organize in Mexico, the USA and internationally for her release. Salgado, a U.S. citizen, was jailed in Mexico in 2013 on manufactured kidnapping charges. It was a political attack on the indigenous community police of Guerrero state. She headed the Olinalá… Read more »
President Peña Nieto of Mexico brags about his neoliberal policies to privatize public resources, cut social services, and force anti-union education “reforms.” His government has also been exposed for its ties to drug cartels and the killing and jailing of political activists. There’s a connection. Increasingly, Peña Nieto’s economic plans hinge on crushing all opposition… Read more »
Odeh, a Palestinian and community organizer, won a partial victory against the U.S. government’s attempt to deport her.
“Es un enorme apoyo tener la solidaridad de otros países”, me comentó Arturo Campos mientras nos encontrábamos dentro de la cárcel donde está detenido ilegalmente en Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero, México. El co-prisionero Ángel García añadió: “Enviamos un saludo a nuestros seguidores internacionales.” Campos y García son dirigentes encarcelados de la fuerza de policía… Read more »
“It is enormous support to have solidarity from other countries.”
Political prisoner news, a salute to Heidi Durham, thanks for the article on Puerto Rico, and more.
An organizer against drug lords and corrupt politicians is finally released. It’s a good start!
Last November, New York-based civil rights and criminal defence attorney Lynne Stewart was sent to prison. Stewart had been convicted in 2005 of providing support to “terrorist” Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, whom the court had appointed her to defend. He had been found guilty a decade earlier of conspiring to attack the United Nations along… Read more »
August 16, 2006: Seven young women from New Jersey are attacked on a night out on the town in Greenwich Village, a traditionally safe place for young working class people and the queer community. They are minding their own business until they’re accosted by a man, Dwayne Buckle, who hurls insults at them and makes… Read more »