Maribel Garcia's rent went from $1,095 to $1,400 in one single increase, for the two-bedroom apartment she and her family have on Pleasant Avenue. “I can't leave, I'll be on the street with my children,” said Garcia in the Star Tribune, August 4, 2017. These rapid rental increases are a form of violence. “What the market will bear,” is all the capitalists have to justify … [Read more...]
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Today, the lines are blurring between the middle class, the working poor and those unable to find work. The housing crisis, the lengthy recession, wage stagnation and a “recovery” in which the well-paying jobs that evaporated have been replaced by low-wage, contingent jobs have led to more Americans slipping down the rungs of the economic ladder. – Randi Weingarten We … [Read more...]
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton accurately called the August 5, 2017 bombing of Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, Minnesota’s largest mosque, an “act of terrorism.” However, Minnesota media did not use the term until after the governor used it in his press conference. As Americans of color, we understand better and more quickly, that terrorists are acting with malice whether … [Read more...]
Fifty years ago, this summer, an urban rebellion took place. One hundred and fifty-nine riots erupted in African American cities across the country. The civil unrest took place in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Birmingham, and Boston, to name a few. The worst riots that summer were in Newark, New Jersey and Detroit, Michigan. The movie Detroit attempts to capture … [Read more...]
It is time for some honest talk about gender politics in Black America. With the rise of “Trumpism,” our community needs all hands on deck to engage in the struggle. All available human resources are needed, requiring that we not push women to the background in order to maintain male dominance as the preferred social order. Very few Black men can truthfully deny that they … [Read more...]