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Archive: October | November 2014

ICE and the Pentagon militarize police

El ICE y el Pentágono militarizan la policía
by the Editors  |  Issue: October | November 2014

     We, the People, have become the new enemy. While the vigor of people’s protest against the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown was a surprise to some, the real shock was that police in Ferguson, Mo., a small town of 20,000 outside St. Louis, had heavy-duty war weapons and vehicles which they didn’t hesitate […]

Police target working-class youth

La policía ataca a la juventud de la clase obrera
por los Editores  |  Issue: October | November 2014

  The ruling class is fomenting racism to break growing protest Police are killing working-class youth in America. In Santa Rosa, Calif., 13-year-old Andy Lopez (Latino), walking to a friend’s house with a BB-gun, is shot seven times by a sheriff’s deputy, as he turns to see why the deputy is yelling at him. In […]

Fascism: Why?

by the Editors |  Issue: October | November 2014

Merging of the Government and the Corporations We in the U.S. are going through a deep political, social, cultural, moral and economic upheaval. At the heart of this is income inequality. Income inequality between the rich and the working poor is becoming more apparent so that a more hopeful tomorrow for all seems more like […]

DACA: A Temporary Tool for Political Convenience

DACA: Un uso temporal con conveniencia política
Gloria M. Sandoval  |  Issue: October | November 2014

  August 15, 2014 marked the two-year anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals — the program, not a law—which was President Obama’s executive order surprise just before his re-election in 2012. Many Dreamers felt that all their hard work at coming out and protesting as well as explaining their story publicly in person […]

U.S. government is preparing for civil war

by the Editors |  Issue: October | November 2014

Many people see the solution to police violence is more training of police, more recruiting of minority officers, and the use of tasers instead of guns. But none of these gets to the root of the problem that exploded into public view in Ferguson, Mo. The basic function of law enforcement in the United States […]

Mexico: Narco State Part 1

Mexico: Narco Estado Parte 1
Arturo Gómez Santamaría  |  Issue: October | November 2014

  Neoliberalism began to take shape in the mid-1980’s accompanying Mexican globalization and deepened with the onset of NAFTA. It facilitated the spread of organized crime into the tissues of the Mexican State, which had already been infected many years previously. However, from 1988-2014, that is, from the government of Carlos Salinas de Gortari to […]

The U.S. is the largest market for illegal drugs

Salvador Sandoval M.D. |  Issue: October | November 2014

The United States is the largest market for illegal drugs in the world. Yet, the “Drug War” has focused on attacking the supply in Colombia, Mexico, and other parts of Latin America, rather than limiting demand at home, including prevention and drug treatment. The results have been catastrophic: soaring death, destruction, destabilization, and forced migration […]

Trail for Humanity: 360-Mile Trek to the U.S./ México Border

Caminata por la humanidad- 360 millas a la frontera EE.UU.-México
Eduardo Castro  |  Issue: October | November 2014

  In response to inaccurate media reports of violent protests by vigilantes against migrant refugee children at the U.S./Mexico border, a group of young women completed a 360-mile trek starting in Merced, CA and ending at the border in San Sedro/Tijuana. The march was a call for a humanitarian approach to the crisis at the […]

Statement by David Vasquez & Migrant Workers Defense Committee

Llamado a la acción en defensa de David Vázquez
David Vasquez & Migrant Workers Defense Committee  |  Issue: October | November 2014

  HOUSTON, TEXAS—Call to Action to stop the low-wage, and slave labor working conditions and the unjust detention of human-rights/ labor leader David Vasquez. Vasquez at one of the largest detention centers for undocumented men appealing their pending unjust deportation orders in U.S. Vasquez helped organize one of the largest hunger strikes ever at a […]

America is Angry!

Juan Torres |  Issue: October | November 2014

WESLACO, TX—America is angry! The present humanitarian crisis along our southwest borders in general and the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas in particular has created polarity amongst the American working class to the point of desperation. Due to misinformation and slanted media coverage, it is pulling our country apart. From the angry housewife, to […]

OURWalmart Leaders from California Attend Union Conference in Brazil

Líderes de OurWalmart en California asisten a conferencia sindical en Brasil
Chuck Parker  |  Issue: October | November 2014

  For Marilola Ledesma and Graciela Blancas, their recent trip to a union conference in Sao Paolo, Brazil proved to be a voyage of discovery. What they found was that Walmart employees in all these other countries enjoy the protection of union membership and the benefits of union contracts. Some of the benefits include medical […]