Posts in: U.S.

Len Stephan, 1936-2014

December 2014

A music and math aficionado, lover of nature and computers, and committed environmentalist, Len Stephan passed away in September, a few weeks shy of his 78th birthday, after a valiant battle with cancer. Born in Regina, Canada on October 12, 1936 to socialist parents, he moved to Vancouver, B.C. “as a tot” as his daughter… Read more »

Harlem community battles developers, privatization of schools and housing

December 2014

In his 1951 poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asks: “What happens to a dream deferred?” More than half a century later, with hedge fund honchos and real estate moguls calling the shots, the pursuit of profit is turning Harlem’s unfinished dream of Black liberation into a struggle by residents to block transformation of the neighborhood into… Read more »

Soldiers are Uncle Sam’s most disposable workers

December 2014

Clearly war is still hell, since every day 22 U.S. veterans take their lives, and the suicide rate for active duty soldiers is more than 50 percent higher than for civilians. But politicians and military commanders just slap a “hero” label on those returning from battle or leaving the service. Then these same soldiers are… Read more »

Curb police violence through community control

February 2015

Let’s be upfront: These measures won’t eradicate police violence, which will only end when the system that needs it to protect private property and hold down workers and the oppressed ends. But they would make an enormous difference to the survival of Black and Latino communities, the safety of strikers and protesters, the lives of… Read more »

Roots of the Ferguson explosion — and what’s next for the movement

February 2015

The whole world watched as long-suppressed Black grievances came to a head after Darren Wilson, the cop who killed unarmed Black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., went unindicted. But police violence is far from the only abuse that Blacks face; community control of the police is an urgent need, but only part of the… Read more »

Native Lives Matter campaign takes off in South Dakota

April 2015

Native Americans are more likely to be killed by police than any other racial group, reports the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. But this fact is virtually unknown because most news media ignore these killings. While the rate of killings by cops among all races and ages is 1.2 per million, it is 5.6… Read more »

Boston school bus drivers vs. Veolia — Steelworkers’ local refuses to bow to union-busting moves

April 2015

In this era of union-busting and concessions, school bus drivers are bucking the trend as they resist a wrecking operation conducted by Veolia/Transdev and Boston’s political establishment. United Steelworkers Local 8751 represents about 800 school bus drivers, the majority Black, Latino, Asian, and immigrant, including from Haiti and Cape Verde. Founded in 1977 during the… Read more »

What’s up (and down) with ballot access today

April 2015

On March 8, 2015, thousands commemorated the 50th anniversary of the historic civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery. It led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Today ballot access is again under racist attack. From 2011 to 2015, almost 400 new voting restrictions have been introduced and 22 states — most… Read more »

Updates: Mumi Abu-Jamal, Rasmea Odeh, Marissa Alexander

April 2015

Silence Mumia Abu-Jamal? Never! “Social change and social transformation form the raison d’etre of Goddard.” Mumia Abu-Jamal spoke these revolutionary words by phone from his prison cell during his commencement speech to Goddard College on Oct. 4, 2014. Abu-Jamal, a renowned journalist skilled at exposing crimes of the U.S. “justice” system, was framed for the… Read more »