On February 17, Twin Cities’ area janitors representing Local 26 of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) conducted a 24-hour strike after contract negotiations had broken down. The demands of the SEIU were to increase the hourly wage (currently $14.62) for full-time workers by $1 during each of the next three years. The union’s proposal also asked that part-time … [Read more...]
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President Obama’s visit to Cuba, and the recent efforts to normalize relations between the U.S. and Cuba, give us a chance to both learn about and appreciate the Cuban revolution and see even clearer the U.S.’ role in the world. Cuba, like the U.S., was founded by European explorers who subsequently eliminated the native populations and then brought … [Read more...]
Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. will call the shots Black Lives Matter Minneapolis (BLM) and the Minneapolis chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), on April 4, 2016, called for Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman to reconsider his decision not to convene a grand jury in the police-involved killing of Jamar … [Read more...]
Mike Freeman’s decision not to charge the officers for the killing of Jamar Clark shows once again that reforms of law enforcement policies and practices have proven inadequate remedies to the long-standing, systematic police repression of Black communities. Some 40 years ago, Black activists raised the demand for Black community control of policing practices and who patrols … [Read more...]
In Minneapolis, “Mississippi” on March 30, “1936” the Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced at a press conference: N***ers are violent and they ain’t [sh*t] and sometimes we have to kill one just to keep the others in place. Jamar Clark deserved what he got, besides he was a woman beater. He was a criminal and a dope fiend. So we decided he shouldn’t be … [Read more...]