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February 2012

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Corporate America’s election propaganda will be dominating the news, advertising time and space, filling our waking hours with election chatter until Election Day on November 6, 2012. The twin parties of the capitalist class .... (read)

Populism is arising now because of fundamental changes in the economy. More and more people are becoming aware that the top 1% of Americans own 42% of the wealth while another, growing section—those who create the wealth .... (read)

Outside City Council Chambers on January 18, hundreds of locked out protesters— Occupy Rogers Park, the South Side, the Barrio, and Chicago, along with trade unions and community organizations—shouted “We vote no!” .... (read)

William Watkins put together a toolkit for teachers and other activists in the trenches fighting for world class schools. He is editor of the book, The Assault On Public Education, a title which accurately describes .... (read)

It started when we bought a modest home instead of spending money on a honeymoon. We were so naive; no money, no tools and no experience. But we were young. We were going to do it damn it! .... (read)

Will we have a vision of the future where all children will be educated in order to fulfill their potential or will we step back into the 1800’s before the Child Labor Laws were passed and dictate .... (read)

“Ricktatorship is Dictatorship” was one of the slogans of the 1500 folks protesting Public Act 4 January 16, 2012. This protest descended on the Ann Arbor, Michigan neighborhood of Gov. Rick Snyder to rally .... (read)

Michigan’s Department of Human Services cut over 11,000 families from cash assistance. This is the first wave of a plan to cut all single mothers and children off cash assistance, whether they live or not .... (read)

It is with great sorrow that I share the news that our own Ruth Williams,was carried away by the angels. Ruth has been the consummate organizer and housing champion for decades, learning HUD policies .... (read)

In August of last year, the remaining 31 families in the Southeast corner of the Cabrini Row Houses received 180-day notices from the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) to vacate their apartments .... (read)

In the immense corn and wheat fields of the Midwest, unmanned tractors seed and harvest crops. In California’s Silicon Valley, high-tech new industries produce world-changing products with only handfuls of workers .... (read)

African American History Month, 2012, presents the propagandists for capitalism with a serious dilemma. How can they explain to America and to the world the contradictory conditions of African Americans? .... (read)

In the beginning I felt so small. My voice was so weak. I grew hoarse ranting at and about Chase Bank. "Won't you help me? Can't anyone do something? I can't meet this mortgage." .... (read)

Our politicians are running on platforms appealing to the "middle class."  In reality, there is no "middle class." The "middle class" is just the more highly paid section of the working class. Their loyalty to capitalism was bought .... (read)

First Amendment law encompasses far more than principles, tests and concepts.  It arises from real people in real circumstances, from the turbulence of history and culture of particular times and places .... (read)

A big sigh of relief swept over the Black Farmers and Agriculturalists, Inc. (Pigford II) membership in December, 2010, when President Obama ordered Congress to approve the $1.25 Billion settlement .... (read)

What are thousands of Houstonians saying about the economic system?  Capitalism is "dying," unconscionable, "not functioning," " broken," a millstone around the neck of humanity, "a system based on massive .... (read)

It was a cold and rainy morning on January 17 as occupiers congregated on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol. After the first fifty people arrived, everyone began to do mic checks .... (read)

While visiting family members in Money, Mississippi in 1955, 14-year-old Emmett Till, an African American from Chicago, was brutally murdered for flirting with a white woman. He was not prepared .... (read)

OWS
FEED THE HUNGRY
CLOTHE THE NAKED
HOUSE THE HOMELESS
HEAL THE SICK .... (read)

Joseph Harris, the Emergency Manager with dictatorial powers to “straighten out” the Benton Harbor books,” had predicted a $400,000 surplus in 2011, according to the Herald Palladium .... (read)






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