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Archive: July 2017

In Texas, there is no democracy

SB-4 protest
José Torres & Manuel Torres  |  Issue: July 2017

  On May 7, the Texas legislature and Governor Greg Abbott signed into law SB-4, which criminalizes members of law enforcement who do not comply with requests to hold detained immigrants for federal pick-up. It bans so-called sanctuary cities and it empowers individual officers to ask about the immigration status of people they detain. SB-4 […]

Forging alliances

stop deportations protest
Interview by Cathleen Williams  |  Issue: July 2017

Cross-border organizing and a broad sanctuary movement bring our social class together     Tribuno del Pueblo reporter Cathleen Williams interviewed longtime immigration-rights activist Nativo Lopez on a visit to the California state capital, Sacramento, in late May. TRIBUNO: Nativo, you are a leader of the organization, Hermandad Mexicana. Tell me about Hermandad Mexicana. NATIVO: […]

The root of the problem

stop deportations sign
Tribuno Del Pueblo  |  Issue: July 2017

  With all the scandal and controversy surrounding President Trump’s first months in office, talk of war and terrorist attacks abroad, and state sponsored vicious attacks on the defenseless here at home — it is easy to get lost in the details. As a consequence, we don’t see what is underlying the rapidly changing political […]

Lived experiences: On this side of the border

Interview by Laura Garcia |  Issue: July 2017

‘You did the hardest thing. Permission, whose president did you get permission from? From none, so you just keep on going.’ In her visit to Fresno, CA, Laura García, editor of the Tribuno del Pueblo, interviewed Rosemary Moreno, an activist for immigrants’ rights. Tribuno: Tell me about your community work. Rosemary: I help people with […]

‘We’re all under attack!’

Claudia Rueda supporters
Steve Teixeira  |  Issue: July 2017

  Two recent cases in the Los Angeles area show that the government’s attack on “undocumented criminals” is a threat to the rights of immigrants, and even citizens. Unless a broad movement can stop these raids and police-state type actions against the most vulnerable workers, such attacks will spread out against more kinds of people. […]

Texas: Community unites against Exxon Arabia Corp.

Raúl García |  Issue: July 2017

San Patricio County (TX), which includes the Gregory-Portland area outside of Corpus Christi, was selected recently by Exxon-Arabia Industries Corporation to build the largest petrochemical plant in the world. The plant will be built a mile from the small town of Gregory, which has a Hispanic population of less than 2,000, and from the nearby […]

Do the workers have leadership?

Baltazar Ávila |  Issue: July 2017

It is well known by economists and specialists in the field that capitalism has entered a final phase. Its markets have been exhausted. Its raw materials have been exhausted. Its countries have revolted. The mass production of goods no longer finds enough buyers. Poverty grows while wealth becomes increasingly concentrated. Today, only eight mega-millionaires have […]

Signs of political awakening

Interview by Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: July 2017

Automation, leveling of the middle class make socialism both necessary and possible TRIBUNO: Nativo, today, under these conditions, do you see positive signs of political awakening, where people are seeing their common interests? NATIVO: I do. I am actually optimistic in a strange, perverse way because of the leveling of the workforce under the Trump […]

Photos from May Day 2017

May Day 2017
Ted Quant  |  Issue: July 2017

NEW ORLEANS  –  People of all ethnic groups celebrated May Day as they should: marching, protesting and with music.            

Revolutionary technology builds a $10,000 house

3-D House Printing
Dave Ransom  |  Issue: July 2017

Benefiting from it may require a political earthquake as well It’s a technological solution to the housing crisis — now and forever. A San Francisco company is build-ing 400 square-foot houses for just over $10,000. Not only that, it takes less than a day. That’s because of a revolutionary breakthrough in construction technology, 3D printing — […]

Construction workers threatened by high-tech

Dave Ransom |  Issue: July 2017

“There is something wrong with our system” — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg They work with their hands as well as their brains, skilled workers in the construction trades, proud of what they build and their place in society — carpenters, electricians, ironworkers, laborers, plasterers, plumbers, pipefitters. Seven million are at work in the U.S. today, […]

Puerto Rico: Behind the smokescreen of the plebiscite and bankruptcy

Puerto Rico flag
Pedro Ángel Rivera Muñoz  |  Issue: July 2017

  By the time you read this press release, you will have learned about the results of the June 11 plebiscite vote in Puerto Rico.  The purported objective of this inquiry is to put an end to the political colonial status of Puerto Rico, in place since the U.S. military invasion of this Caribbean island […]

First, they came for the homeless

L.A. Skid Row community
Sandy Perry  |  Issue: July 2017

  The “First They Came for the Homeless” California speaking tour brought together some key leaders of the movement against homelessness. The April 22-24 tour was named after a grouping of houseless people that emerged from Occupy San Francisco and then organized a series of dramatic encampments confronting political officials in Berkeley. The name is […]

Families evicted from storage units receive help from the community

Juan Torres |  Issue: July 2017

DONNA, TX – Following the issuance of an eviction notice by the city, the tenants living in storage units at Fiesta Flea Market have made plans to move out. Though Fiesta Flea Market is classified as a commercial vending establishment for sellers, some storage units are used as living quarters. The media was called after […]