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  • Latinos are changing the politics of … Nebraska

    Latinos are changing the politics of … Nebraska

    by David Bacon If the winds of political change are starting to blow in Nebraska, the center of the storm is a third-floor office on 24th Street in South Omaha. There, huge maps of eight targeted precincts in Ward 4 line the walls of the Heartland Workers Center (HWC), covered in red dots for all

  • “We’re homeless and we vote!”

    “We’re homeless and we vote!”

    Homeless people want a voice in this election by David Bacon Berkeley, California — By the time you read this, Berkeley’s intentional mobile homeless community will probably have been forced to migrate again, in yet one more forcible relocation. A week ago, at 5 a.m., six city trucks and a U-Haul van pulled up at

  • In ‘uncharted’ period of violence, police change tactics but keep perspective

    In ‘uncharted’ period of violence, police change tactics but keep perspective

    by Josh Siegel As police around the country grapple with recent violence against their own, Chief Brandon del Pozo of the Burlington Police Department in Vermont is requiring his officers to pair up when responding to calls for service, as a method for added safety and support. “It’s important for cops to have someone to

  • 8 myths and atrocidies Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day

    8 myths and atrocidies Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day

    by Vincent Schilling On the second Monday of October each year, Native Americans cringe at the thought of honoring a man who committed atrocities against Indigenous Peoples Columbus Day was conceived by the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic Fraternal organization, in the 1930s because they wanted a Catholic hero. After President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed

  • Younger voters don’t trust candidates or the system

    Younger voters don’t trust candidates or the system

    (And thus too willing to give up their own power) by Mark Trahant Will young people vote in 2016? And, more important, at least for our purposes, how about the younger generation of American Indians and Alaska Natives? Let’s explore the first question. Younger voters are perplexing. They are, or should be, the largest group

  • Obama advocates for UN gun treaty ratification

    Obama advocates for UN gun treaty ratification

    by Fred Lucas The Obama administration upped its commitment to get the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty ratified, a tall order since a bipartisan coalition of 50 senators have already said they oppose the gun treaty Secretary of State John Kerry signed three years ago. Second Amendment advocates are concerned the treaty could provide an

  • Dangerous dynasties – Nicaragua on the lens

    Dangerous dynasties – Nicaragua on the lens

    by Fred Lucas President Barack Obama will be speaking this week for the last time during his presidency to annual dinners for black and Hispanic members of Congress, even as his record for the two largest minority groups in the country is at best questionable, based on government numbers. A Census Bureau report this week found

  • The Obama Administration temporarily blocks the  Dakota access pipeline

    The Obama Administration temporarily blocks the Dakota access pipeline

    by Robinson Meyer The FreeThoughProject.com The surprise move came after a federal judge declined to stop the 1,100-mile fossil fuel project’s construction. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the hundreds of Native protestors who have joined them in rural North Dakota won a huge but provisional victory in their quest to stop the Dakota Access

  • No other way to struggle

    No other way to struggle

    The farmworker-led boycott of Driscoll’s berries by Felimon Piñeda Interviewed by David Bacon Felimon Piñeda is vice president of Familias Unidas por la Justicia, the independent farm workers union in Washington State. He was one of the original strikers when the union was organized in 2013. The union, together with the union of striking farm

  • Blood in the textbooks

    Mexico’s striking teachers stand firm against state repression by David Bacon OAXACA- Since the killing of eleven demonstrators at a street blockade in the Oaxacan town of Nochixtlán on June 19, Mexico has been in an uproar over the use of force against teachers resisting corporate education reform. As the Mexican school year is starting,