On March 4, perhaps a million people across the country demonstrated in
support of quality public education as a right. Those who protested no doubt speak for
millions of others who are saying, implicitly or explicitly, that education is a
human right that must be guaranteed by the government. The money is....
The state budget shortfalls show no signs of abating. On the chopping
block are education, health care, help for the poor and disabled, mental institutions,
libraries, city services, fire departments, and more. Already, the pain and suffering
of millions of people is escalating....
First of all, let me say that Bessie was an exceptionally dedicated and
gifted revolutionary. She grew up poor in the Kentucky coalfields and she learned many
hard lessons about what it means to be working class in North America. And she was one
of the few people I have known who consciously lived according to her working class.....
Pastor Brian Bennett and his wife Cindy Bennett of the Overflow Church,
in Benton Harbor are being sued by the Orchard Mall. Can you imagine someone suing a
church? The Orchard Mall management feels that the Overflow Church is going to ruin
Forty people from across the country met in New York City on January 28-29,
to organize a nationwide takeover of vacant properties during the month of May. The
meeting was organized by Take Back the Land, an organization successful in acquiring
As June 2010 fast approaches, the importance of the U. S. Social Forum,
which will be held in Detroit, Mich. from June 22-28, is becoming clear. The editorial
entitled “American Politics Begins To Polarize”
(October 2009 issue of People’s Tribune) is certainly right....
for Brisenia Flores, murdered by anti-immigrant vigilantes in Arivaca,
Arizona and ali Kanani, murdered by Blackwater mercenaries at the Nisour Square
On March 4th, 2010, tens of thousands of students, professors,
teachers, other education workers, and community members, took to the streets
and the campuses to demand that the government fully fund quality and accessible
public education, kindergarten....
Like eternal teenage sagas
we are addicted to drama
the state decided
to depend on problems....
Up to a million Americans participated in the March 4 Strike and Day of
Action to defend public education. Demonstrations, in various forms, occurred in at
least 32 states. Sympathy demonstrations occurred in Japan, Mexico, Brazil, France,
Scotland, Algeria and Russia....
A firestorm of protest from teachers and the neighborhoods erupted after
January 19, when Chicago Public Schools (CPS) announced their plan to close,
consolidate or “turn around” 14 schools. CPS uses the “turnaround”
model “because of poor academic performance”....
A round of attacks on public education have surfaced and hit even
the mainstream media headlines. First there was the dismissal of the entire
teaching staff in Rhode Islands’ Central Falls High School....
The health care ‘reform’ bill that passed the US House of
Representatives on March 21 was not a healthcare reform bill, but an insurance reform
bill. For those thousands of fighters for health care justice, this bill may very
well serve to push....
If a gang of drug dealers was getting people high, then beating them up,
stealing their money, and leaving them bleeding in the streets, we’d think they
were a menace to society. If the cops were looking the other way, we’d have to
find a way....
Of course, it’s not new that capitalists—industrial and
financial—use the government and the police to gang up on the working class.
When this country was industrializing, they did so in every key industry—railroads, coal,
From April 4th to June, the Poor People’s Economic human Rights
Campaign (PPEHRC) will be marching in solidarity with the world’s poor and struggling masses. Hip Hop Congress is an organization that supports and connects
artists, organizers, educators....
Aye yo, cat’s is broke,
You act like that’s a joke
Like these cats will not grab the gat and smoke
for like, half a coke and that jacket, loc....
Editors note: The following are excerpts from an interview with
Steven Ross, a long time resident of Cabrini Green who was evicted in 2008.
Steve shares some of his memories of the community which go back fifty years.
He is currently homeless.....
In the Nation’s Capitol, there is an alternative voice and vision
emerging around community organizing. Its roots germinate from Ella Baker’s approach
to organizing. She understood that for far too long, those who were directly affected
by the issues (poverty, homelessness....
Berrien County, Michigan needs to start a county homeless court program.
We need a special superior court session held at local shelters for the homeless
defendants to resolve outstanding misdemeanor criminal cases.....
“If the state could grant us a $5 million Fiscal Stabilization Bond,
it would solve our problems,” said Benton Harbor City Manager Ron Carter. “
We could do that,” said State Treasurer Robert J. Kleine....
“The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts, think only on those
things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. that is
why we must stop the take over of our city. We must show the governor and whirlpool....
A new booklet published by the People’s Tribune discusses the
victories and next steps in the struggle against the corporations in Benton Harbor.
A battle has been won, and this should be celebrated, but....