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March 2012

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Isn’t there something horribly wrong with an economic system that leaves people homeless when there is plenty of housing? And what about a system that throws people out of their homes when they lose their jobs? That’s what is going on .... (read)

Readers have asked us, “What does it mean to take over the corporations?” and,  “Are you raising this as a slogan or as a practical tactical demand?” In any far-reaching political struggle, slogans precede political demands. Slogans are .... (read)

The HealthCare-NOW national-strategy conference was a powerful gathering in the fight for health care for all!  Medical workers, together with labor, community, immigrant-rights, and Occupy-OWS organizers blasted .... (read)

The Michigan Medicaid program covers 1.8 million Michigan residents and is expected to grow to 2 million people by 2013 out of a population of 9.8 million. That is 18% of the population covered by Medicaid whose income is .... (read)

“I received the January issue and it's fine!  I'd love to donate more to allow you to expand your paper but I'm saving my money to return to Washington, D.C., at the end of March for the major occupation.  I was at Freedom Plaza .... (read)

Some recent meetings held in each of Flint's nine Council Wards, along with a recent City Council meeting, have turned into clashes with the newly appointed Emergency Manager, Mike Brown. Brown came in December, 2011. He suspended .... (read)

In United Auto Workers 2011 Special Convention On Collective Bargaining, we sank deeper into the quicksand called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The convention health care resolution contained two contradictory statements .... (read)

Western Regional Advocacy Project (WRAP) and USA-Canada Alliance of Inhabitants (USACAI) are calling on our members and allies throughout the United States and Canada to join us on April 1 for a bi-national day of action to protest .... (read)

On February 16, 2012, the Chicago Tribune reported, "CHA had pledged to remodel all 586 of its Near North Side row houses for public housing.  Now plans have changed, and residents in the un-rehabbed units .... (read)

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation, visited Sacramento on a fact-finding mission in February 2011 investigating access to water and sanitation. This visit was part of .... (read)

Back in 2006, you couldn’t have told most California community college teachers that anything was on the horizon to threaten our colleges. Yet, as this article is being written, preparations are under way for huge student-led actions .... (read)

As tuition fees continue to rise, and class cuts threaten to deprive students of long awaited degrees, many are wondering what can be done to stop the crisis in education. Over the past few years it has become clear that .... (read)

On January 28, in the Lesar Law Courtroom at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, one giant corporation with a history of disregard for the health and well being of the worlds’ peoples, Monsanto, was put on “trial” in a “Peoples’ Hearing” to .... (read)

Mon. Santo. Mon Santo. My saint. Oh, but you are no saint of mine. There is nothing holy in your works, no mercy in your hands. Your heart does not sing the Great Song; it does not shine with Being— it does not even beat; I cannot speak to .... (read)

What are your thoughts about the importance of seizing and occupying a public space—such as Tranquility Park? .... (read)

On Friday, February 17, Chicago parents took a stand to prevent the privatization of their schools. The parents of Piccolo Elementary and Casalas Elementary, both in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood, have been trying to work with .... (read)

While Republican candidates, bolstered by enormous billionaire-funded super-PACs, pander to hard-right-wing voters, most Americans continue to live through the most devastating recession since the Great Depression .... (read)

The following interview with James Stidle tells the alarming story of how he was badly beaten by hospital security officers at Stroger Hospital in Chicago on August 9, 2010. Stroger Hospital, previously called .... (read)

In her 2007 book, Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein exposed the economic agenda of a powerful gang of corporate leaders within the U.S. government, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in every crisis for the past 40 years .... (read)

Last week in St. Joseph, Michigan, as I was standing in the card aisle, two men were talking. One said he has not had a job and worked in seven years. The other guy mentioned he has not had a job and went back to college to get his masters .... (read)

It is our constitutional duty as Americans to hold our elected officials accountable for their words, as well as their inactions and wrongdoings. However, Mr. Joseph Harris, the Emergency Financial Manager in Benton Harbor .... (read)

Protest the corporations and bankers at the Senior PGA Championship tournament at the Benton Harbor golf tournament May 23-27, 2012. .... (read)

On February 4, the National Park Police began a partial teardown of the Occupy DC encampments. The occupiers, however, continue to meet and are reorganizing. Occupiers are meeting in smaller groups at indoor locations and continue .... (read)

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