The Wars Come Home … to Detroit, Michigan. Flint, General Motors and the Water Crisis


Many people have been made aware of the corporate media reports about the purported rebirth and revitalization of Detroit.

The city during the period of 2012-2014 underwent the agony of a state-imposed “Financial Stability Agreement”, and later the appointment of an emergency manager who filed for bankruptcy, the largest municipality in the United States where this was carried out.

The underlying causes of these actions had more to do with the political agenda of the right-wing Republican Governor Rick Snyder than the actual financial situation in the city. After the 2010 mid-term elections, numerous conservative spokespersons took to the airwaves and leading publications calling for the elimination of defined pension systems, a wholesale assault on unions representing municipal employees and teachers, along with the passage of “right to work” legislation.



Philadelphians Against Police as Pride Grand Marshals 2016

“In 1969, the night of the Stonewall riot, was a very hot, muggy night. We were in the Stonewall [bar] and the lights came on. We all stopped dancing. The police came in.” – Sylvia Rivera

As members of Philadelphia’s queer and trans communities, we are writing in response to the decision by Philly Pride Presents to host GOAL (the Gay Officer Action League) as one of the Grand Marshals for this year’s Pride Parade. We are deeply concerned about the message that this decision sends about which LGBTQ lives matter and the impact this will have on accessibility and safety at the Pride event for the members of our community most harmed by police violence.  We urge the staff and volunteers of Philly Pride Presents to rescind their decision to make GOAL one of the Grand Marshals this year.

We believe that the honoring of GOAL is antithetical to the spirit and history of Pride, which grew out of the commemoration of the Stonewall riot – a riot against police violence -– started by Black and Brown trans women and drag queens, who were then and continue to be the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community. This choice is not only grossly ironic, but participates in a revision of history that erases queer and trans resistance to state violence as well as the ways in which the majority of queer and trans people have had to literally fight for survival in a system that has used every mechanism, including and particularly policing, to marginalize and harm us.

It is our understanding that GOAL grew out of a desire to recruit LGBTQ individuals to the police force. We are aware that institutionalized and interpersonal workplace transphobia, homophobia and racism harms LGBTQ police officers.  We support all queer and trans people in their struggle for freedom from violence and oppression. However, we refute the notion that LGBTQ cops’ ability to be out on the job is a measure of our movement’s progress when the police, as an institution, continue to carry out racist and transphobic violence. Just last month, the Boston pride parade revoked the invitation for an openly gay police officer to serve as a grand marshal after it was discovered that the officer had written racist messages online shaming poor residents of Boston. As civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer said, “nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”

In the midst of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, which affirms the value of Black life and fights anti-Black racism and police violence, choosing GOAL as the Grand Marshals for 2016 is a move that is at best privileged and isolated, and at worst directly undermines this critical work. It indicates a disturbing lack of awareness for the existence of marginalized queer and trans people of color and ignores both the symbolic and practical consequences of such a decision. The Pride festival at Penn’s Landing is already financially inaccessible to many due to its entrance fee, but to literally place the police (gay or not) at the front of the parade through the gayborhood into the Pride celebration creates an environment that is unwelcoming and even unsafe for many members of our community.  Additionally, it creates yet another barrier to accessing the critical resources available at Pride, such as free condoms, HIV testing, case managers, and information on community organizations for those who need them the most -– including LGBTQ youth.

So, as the theme of this year’s pride celebration is, “Are You Connected?,” we ask the organizers of Philly Pride Presents: What connections do you value? For at least the second year in a row, the marshals and friends of the parade have been chosen from the same pool of people, primarily centered in Center City and City Hall. Yet Philadelphia does not lack for inspiring leaders who are creating a new vision for the future. We are fortunate to have LGBTQ communities full of people and organizations doing transformative work to improve the lives of LGBTQ people, to create more space for marginalized voices, and to work towards a world with greater freedom from violence for us all.

It is for these reasons that we cannot condone Philly Pride Presents’ celebration of an institution that continually targets queer and trans people of color with deadly state violence. Instead, as stated above, we urge the staff and volunteers of Philly Pride Presents to rescind this decision, as well as listen to and engage with members of our communities who are working to dismantle the root causes of violence and create a new future for queer and trans liberation.


National Day of action for Verizon strikers June 2

From the CWA:
On June 2, the men and women on strike at Verizon and their families will have gone 51 days without pay and over a month without health insurance.
But the working people at Verizon aren’t giving in. We’re ramping up the pressure and holding a Verizon Strike National Day of Action on June 2.
Will you join us at an event in your community on June 2? Click here to RSVP.
We’ll be back in touch about events near you and how you can support the fight online.
This struggle isn’t just about Verizon and Verizon Wireless. This is about standing up to corporate greed for a better future for all the working people in this country. That’s why it’s so important that we have you helping us in this fight.

March on McDonald’s Shareholder Meeting

Today is THE day.

McDonald’s is holding their biggest meeting of the year tomorrow morning – the shareholder meeting where they decide how to spend their huge profits.

So we’re marching.

We’re marching straight to McDonald’s headquarters. We’re going to camp out right outside their door. We’re going to call them out.

Add your voice to ours – share this graphic on Facebook right now >>

Frankly, we’re tired. We’re tired of seeing McDonald’s and companies that follow their lead get filthy rich – while we struggle to survive.

As taxpayers, we’re tired of picking up the tab for the immense costs of McDonald’s low pay business model.

That’s why we #FightFor15. Share this now:

Today is filled with actions – we will be in touch later with updates straight from the field.

Thanks for standing with us.

George McCray
McDonald’s Employee
Chicago, IL
Fight for $15


Rockford, IL, June 4: March For Justice

Saturday, June 4, 4:00pm. Gathering @ 401 N. Main St.

Continuing the struggle to win justice for Valentia Fresco (aka Jovan Blake) we will gather at Beattie Park and march to the courthouse in downtown Rockford to demand:
– Press charges against the Metro Enforcement officers involved in murdering Valentia Fresco. Killers should not patrol our neighborhoods!
– Release the names of those involved!
– Release the autopsy report! How many times was Valentia Fresco shot and where on his body?

The fight for justice in this case is part of the struggle to win justice for all those killed or mistreated by the Metro Enforcement or police department!

Organized by:
Hear The ROCK Cry & Workers World Party
For more info or to list your organization as a supporter contact us on Facebook or by
Phone: 424-262-3478


Milwaukee, May 26: Press Conference re Christopher Davis & Mass Meeting

The Coalition for Justice will be hosting our next Mass Meeting on THURSDAY, May 26th at All Peoples Church, 5975 N. 40th Street at 6 p.m. At 6:30 approximately we will head to Graceland Cemetery, 6401 N. 43rd Street to support Christopher Davis’ family with a press conference. Christopher Davis was shot and killed over 2 months ago by a Walworth County Sheriff and the family still has no idea why Christopher was shot. Thursday they will demand answers. The press conference will be held in Lot 7 at 7 p.m.

We would love to get as many community members, organizations, unions, and churches in this space as possible so please invite your friends, family, and colleagues. Students and children are also welcomed.

We will continue the fight for justice! Change is coming!


C Davis