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Archive: May 2014

Prison Hunger Strike to End Deportations

Prison Hunger Strike to End Deportationsphoto
Jolinda Stephens  |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  Forty-two people deported every hour of every day, more than 1,000 families torn apart every day had become just too many for immigrants and migrant rights activists law professor Angelica Chazaro, community organizer Carino Barragan, political strategist Maru Mora Villalpando, and immigration attorney Sandy Restrepo. They invited comrades in the struggle to join them […]

Immigration Reform: A movement losing its traction

Immigration Reform: A movement losing its traction photo
from the Editors  |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  What’s needed is more than just a plea for mercy What happened to the vibrant movement for immigrant rights of 8 years ago? In 2006, millions of Latinos and Polish, Irish, FIlipino, Korean and other immigrants and their supporters took to the streets. People who had lived in the shadows came out chanting and […]

May Day: What are we fighting for?

May Day: What are we fighting for? photo
from the Editors  |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

As we mark International Workers’ Day May 1, the ruling classes of the world are attacking the working class everywhere. People demonstrating against the unemployment and poverty that characterize the capitalist world today are beaten and arrested. The police are waging a campaign of terror and murder against the poor and anyone who voices opposition […]

Immigrant Students Won’t Sell Out Their Communities

Immigrant Students Won’t Sell Out Their Communities photo
Steve Teixeira  |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  Together they can build the world that the musician Santana calls “without borders, flags or wallets.” Across America, undocumented high school seniors prepare to leave school not knowing what’s in store for them. President Obama’s DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) order allows many young immigrants to work now, but will it expire, or […]

Envisioning a Society Where Children Grow Up Safe

Envisioning a Society Where Children Grow Up Safe photo
Tribuno Del Pueblo  |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  On March 16, 2014 Albuquerque police used excessive force when they shot and killed James Boyd, a 38- year- old homeless man who had been camping out in the foothills. A video of the incident has gone viral on the Internet.  What follows is an interview about the incident with Emma Sandoval, a community […]

Confronting the American Police State

from the Editors |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

The murder of James Boyd is a wakeup call for the American people. As the economy automates and uses less human labor, the government is abandoning its responsibility to meet the needs of its people. Many become homeless, but instead of helping them, the system isolates, scapegoats, and attacks them. Police murder is the most […]

Trinational Coalition to Defend Public Education Meets in Chicago

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  At first glance, struggles over schools in México, Canada and the U.S. seem totally separate: Mexicans protesting a national law causing funding cuts and testing of teachers; Canadians protesting an Ontario law freezing teacher salaries; Americans fighting against schools closed or turned over to charter schools. But these attacks all serve a relentless campaign […]

Public Education Should Be a Right Not a Commodity

Steven Miller |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

Twenty years ago, NAFTA declared that public education was no longer a social right; instead it was declared a “service” that could be traded, bought and sold as a commodity. Since then, corporations have seized control of public education from Canada to Argentina. Governments have openly collaborated with corporations to privatize public education in multiple […]

Puerto Rican Teachers Face a Decisive Battle

Pedro Ángel Rivera (translated by Félix Cortés) |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

“They are taking our life away”. That’s how Eulalia Centeno Ramos, elementary school teacher for more than 25 years, described the struggle against the latest assault by the bosses on Puerto Rico’s public school teachers. Christmas Eve, 2013, will always be remembered as a disastrous night for public school teachers in Puerto Rico. On that […]

When is murder justified?

Monika Monje |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  ALBUQUERQUE—When is murder justified? When you carry an Albuquerque Police Department (APD) badge, or so it seems? A homeless man, James Boyd, was killed on March 16 for allegedly threatening officers in the desolate mountain area where he was camping out. The justification, according to the police department, was that the knives in each […]

Albuquerque erupts

Mike Smith |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

After police kill homeless camper, mainstream media misses protests’ point   Editor’s note: Albuquerque police have shot 37 people in the past four years, killing 23. The recent killing of a homeless camper ignited street protests on the weekend of March 29-30. This slightly edited commentary originally appeared in Weekly Alibi and Alibi.com, Albuquerque’s Alternative […]

“Imagine a New California”

Tribuno Del Pueblo |  Issue: Volume 41, Number 3

  Luis J. Rodriguez for Governor The Luis J. Rodriguez campaign for California governor is heating up! After fielding teams of supporters, we obtained close to 5,000 signatures of registered voters and fund donations in a little more than two months to make the June 3 primary ballot. The only Green Party endorsed candidate for […]