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Archive: February | March 2016

Government Must House Our People

Elderly woman searches for food
From the editors  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  In an economy based on private property, government serves the owners of the means of production, who in our society are primarily the large banks and corporations. When those corporations begin to rely on automated production instead of human labor, they no longer pay the wages necessary for people to buy the bare necessities […]

“You Must Step Up!” Says Union Leader

Richard Monje speaking
Richard Monje  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  Richard Monje is Vice President of Workers United. He was master of ceremonies at the memorial for Nelson Peery, a revolutionary for over 75 years, who died in September, 2015. He gave these closing remarks. CHICAGO, IL — Nelson touched people on so many different levels. He touched people in so many ways. I […]

The Birth of an Activist

Eban Morales
Eban Morales  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  HIGHLAND PARK, MI — It is not a choice made, this birth.  It is the direct result of the implantation of injustices, fertilized by greed and unconcern, that impregnates certain individuals in life when injustices fall on their door step, and a realization that existence and humanity as a whole are under attack, and […]

The Police Murder of Laquan McDonald in Chicago

Marcha por Unidad en Honor a Lacquan McDonald
Andy Willis  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  “It’s time we show our power. People power is alive and real.” Rousemary Vega walks the walk she talks. A Chicago mother of four, Rousemary is uniting with many struggling for justice in the police murder of Laquan McDonald. She is on the front lines seeking justice for our city. Outraged citizens are fighting […]

The History and Struggle of the Street Vendors Popular Union

Juan |  Issue: February | March 2016

The struggle of the Street Vendors Popular Union came to life as the workers of the union decided to finally rebel against the wrongful police harassment, victimization and criminalization. Tired of unjustly losing their hard earned wages to the confiscation and seizure of their merchandise, of being wrongfully sent to jail and unfairly burdened with […]

Water for life, not for profit

agua contaminada
Tribuno Del Pueblo  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  “One day I turned on the faucet the water started coming out yellow,” said Lucia. She’s one of the 1,000 undocumented immigrants who are not going to water distribution centers, calling 211 or getting water deliveries. She is scared together with the rest of the undocumented residents in Flint. A few months ago when […]

Tens of Thousands Affected by Displacement in Silicon Valley

Salvador Muñoz del Sindicato Laborers Local 270
Peggy Elwell  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  Tenants and members of the homeless community protested early in the morning outside the hearing of the California Senate Committee on Transportation and Housing on Thursday, November 12 at the County Building in San Jose, California. The following speakers at the rally were interviewed by the Tribuno del Pueblo: Salvador Muñoz, Business Agent Local […]

Donald Trump — Huckster Extraordinaire

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Matt Sedillo  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  The clown prince of real estate, Donald Trump, has traded his most famous catchphrase, “You’re Fired!” for one more fitting to a 2016 presidential campaign: “Make America Great Again.” Trump — racist, misogynist, and American huckster extraordinaire — makes an appeal to people who feel America has been made ungreat. The threats to America’s […]

The Politics of Racism, Politics of Fear

Matt Sedillo |  Issue: February | March 2016

No single event really gives rise to an idea, unless nurtured and fostered by institutions, conditions, and repetition. To see a parallel to Trump’s popularity, one can look back to the election of 1828 and the introduction of whites-only “Jacksonian democracy.” It is a good place to begin to answer the question asked every election […]

A Housing ‘State of Emergency’

Los manifestantes en Berkeley, CA
Dave Ransom  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  Corporate landlords push millions into the streets, but a movement rises to confront them As the number of people that landlords are driving into the streets rises to crisis levels, the cities of Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle — and the whole state of Hawaii — have declared housing emergencies. The politicians are taking […]

El Pueblo Unido — Movement Develops Around Housing

Dave Ransom |  Issue: February | March 2016

Nothing so clearly demonstrates the failure of modern capitalism as its inability to keep a roof over people’s heads. And there is no reason to expect the “free market” to solve the problem — which, after all, it is creating. “If I don’t raise my rents,” one landlord asserted recently, “I leave money on the […]

Immigration is not the Problem, Capitalism Is

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From the editors  |  Issue: February | March 2016

  ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) welcomed the New Year by raiding and terrorizing our communities. Though raids won’t solve the problem of immigration, it does serve to terrorize our communities and keep them in check, so that people don’t protest injustice and organize for their human rights. Immigration is not the problem, capitalism is […]

Washington State: Community Group Launches Free Toll Number to Report Raids

From the editors |  Issue: February | March 2016

Tacoma, WA- “Immigration raids are not new, we see them everyday early in the morning when ICE waits in parking lots, when they knock at our doors and break into our homes and take our families” said Wendy Pantoja, an NWDC Resistance leader, “the new thing here is that DHS made an announcement to intimidate […]