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Low-wage Workers Chalk Up Another Victory as CTUL Members Win Union

For the past decade, workers in fast food, retail and other low-wage industries have been pushing back against the notion they are condemned to jobs with lousy pay, no benefits and poor working conditions. In several communities, they have successfully organized for a $15 minimum wage and paid safe and sick time. On Thursday, they marked another victory, as workers who clean Target, Best Buy,...

1 Million in Haiti Urgently Need Humanitarian Assistance After Hurricane's "Apocalyptic Destruction"

In Haiti, the death toll from Hurricane Matthew has topped 1,000. Haitian interim President Jocelerme Privert is warning the country faces a possible famine from what he described as the "apocalyptic destruction" of Hurricane Matthew. The country is also battling a growing cholera outbreak. The storm hit a week ago, but many areas have still received no aid. Food and medicine have run out. Authorities...

US Campaign Against Columbus Day Gaining Steam

Native peoples movement gets fresh boost as Phoenix city decides to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day. Winslow, Arizona - A growing movement to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous People's Day, which aims to celebrate the culture of native peoples across the Americas, is gaining steam. Indigenous activists have campaigned for decades for the acceptance of the holiday, saying that celebrating the arrival of...

Not One More'; Dozens In Hartford Protest Police Violence

Aross from Mayor Luke Bronin's home Friday night, Bishop John Selders sat in a lawn chair tapping lightly on a drum, flanked by several dozen others who sang quietly. Their message: Stop the police violence. In the past seven days, two black men had been shot by police, first in Tulsa, Okla., then in Charlotte, N.C. "I want to be surprised," Selders said of the...

Activists Rally for Affordable Housing in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD -- A group of housing advocates held a rally outside Springfield City Hall Thursday evening, calling for expanded affordable housing and eviction reform. Members of the demonstration, organized by local activism groups Arise for Social Justice and Springfield No One Leaves, marched from the corner of Sherman and State Streets to Court Square, carrying banners and chanting slogans. "What do we want? Affordable housing!...

Civil Rights Suit Filed Against Denver Challenges Constitutionality of Homeless “Sweeps”

Homeless individuals and advocates in Denver have filed a lawsuit against the city after a dramatic increase in homeless “sweeps” that the suit claims violate constitutional rights. New reports from organizations like the National Coalition for the Homeless show that cities like Washington DC, Dallas, Saint Louis, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles are also trying to deter homelessness by criminalizing it. The Denver lawsuit...

Black Liberation and the Abolition of the Prison Industrial Complex: An Interview with Rachel Herzing

Rachel Herzing lives and works in Oakland, CA, where she fights the violence of policing and imprisonment. She is a co-founder of Critical Resistance, a national grassroots organization dedicated to abolishing the prison industrial complex and the Co-Director of the StoryTelling & Organizing Project, a community resource sharing stories of interventions to interpersonal harm that do not rely on policing, imprisonment, or traditional social services...

Orange is the New Black Podcast: Q&A with Jean Casella from Solitary Watch

Welcome to Solitary Confinement 101. We chatted with Solitary Watch co-director Jean Casella about the depiction of solitary in ‘Orange is the New Black’, how solitary can alter the brain, and how we can learn more. Throughout most of Orange is the New Black Season 4, beloved character Sophia Burset (Laverne Cox) was locked up in a small cell. Fans of the show were incredibly...

Protesters call on Providence City Council to act on proposed racial profiling ordinance

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — More than a hundred demonstrators packed the City Council chambers on Thursday to protest what they said has been City Council inaction on a 2014 profiling/police oversight ordinance, but city officials claimed that though the council hasn’t voted, progress has been made. About 10 minutes before Thursday’s council meeting was to start, the demonstrators filed into the chamber, filling the room and...

Student demonstrators Reflect on RNC, Gear up for DNC

NORWALK — It took the death of her 16-year-old brother for her parents to obtain residency here. Her father, from Ecuador, and mother, from Mexico, were undocumented immigrants struggling to obtain residency for years. “Such a harsh thing had to happen to us for them to be recognized, and for them to be given this dignity to obtain documentation,” said Katherine Villeda , a 19-year-old...

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