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August 2011

In this issue:

The August 2 federal budget agreement expresses bipartisanship taken to an extreme level. Bipartisanship? What is that? When Americans go to the polls they do not vote for half .... read

A hunger strike begun July 1 by prisoners in the notorious maximum-security prison Pelican Bay, on the north coast of California, has spread to at least 11 of California's 33 prisons .... read

Chanting “Tax the rich, Tax the rich, don’t put seniors in the ditch” and “Tax the corporations, don’t starve the population,” Oaklanders of all colors, ages and .... read

California’s budget is important to the rest of the nation—and to the world—because it illustrates how corporate interests are attempting to capture elected officials of both major parties .... read

July 4, 2011. In 1852, Frederick Douglass spoke at a 4th of July celebration in Rochester, New York. Douglass asked the crowd: “What, to the American slave, is your Fourth of July?” .... read

Well, it's been 3 months since several homeless people and their allies began to hold weekly meetings in the basement of Washington, DC's CCNV (Community for Creative Non-Violence) Homeless Shelter. As you may recall .... read

The industrialization that took place in the Midwest with the explosion of auto and appliance production was the pivotal thing that spurred growth in the 1930s, 40s, 50s. .... read

We live in a capitalist society where things such as the land, factories and water—socially necessary means of production—are privately owned by a handful of giant corporations. .... read

On March 29, 2011 with less than three months in office, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed Senate Bill 5 into law. Senate Bill 5 is Ohio’s anti-collective bargaining law that eliminates .... read

This Call is being issued to every person who reads these words. The world waits for us to move toward a progressive path that ensures humanity’s existence. OUR VERY EXISTENCE IS ON THE LINE! .... read

This year’s slogan is: “Still Searching For Safe Ground”. Last year’s slogan was “It’s Been a Year and We’re Still Here”. It has been two years and we are still hoping and praying .... read

The firing of the District Superintendent, and the dissolution of the School Board of the Pulaski County Special School District is causing quite a stir in the small township of McAlmont, Arkansas .... read

Since I started teaching in 1985, I have worked with the HipHop Generation from its very beginning. Oakland has played an inspirational role both nationally and internationally .... read

In 1829, Sir Robert Peel, who was a member of the British House of Lords, drafted the Metropolitan London Police Act. The “Nine Principles of Policing,” which were included in this law .... read

San Jose, California, may become the Wisconsin of the West, with the declaration of a fiscal emergency by Mayor Chuck Reed and several city council members. A virulent anti-union campaign .... read

Around the rotunda you gathered,
voices raised resolutely,
as resolutely as iron-girded muscles. .... read

Change cannot occur until the people achieve a vision of the kind of new society that is possible and that they want. In America vision has played a greater role than perhaps .... read

At a time when there are record numbers of home foreclosures with record numbers of layoffs and companies going out of business, why are public housing authorities trying to convince .... read

Recently my Dad was put into a nursing home in St. Joseph, Michigan for rehabilitation for physical therapy/occupational therapy twice a day Monday through Friday. He gets breakfast .... read

Whirlpool has destroyed the city of Benton Harbor by buying up Black leaders and bringing in the Emergency Financial Manager to run the city. .... read

The People’s Tribune has been involved in the struggle in Benton Harbor, MI since 2002. Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor has said of the People’s Tribune, “we used the newspaper for our cause .... read






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