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December 2015

Seventy miles from the Mexican border in dirt-poor Brooks County, Texas, the human remains of hundreds of asylum seekers, mostly from Central America and Mexico, were uncovered in 2014 in a mass grave. Hundreds more are believed elsewhere in South Texas.

Desperate people died while escaping police violence, civil war, all-powerful street gangs, and take-no-prisoners drug cartels in their home countries. They were seeking asylum.

December 2015

In the 25th anniversary reissue of his book Hammer and Hoe, Robin D.G. Kelley tells the absorbing story of the courage and perseverance of Black communists working underground in the dangerous Depression-era South.

December 2015

Thousands of government workers protested proposed cuts to education and freezing of public union wages and hiring in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Sept. 11, 2015. Photo: Alvin Baez / Reuters

December 2015

Public sector unions face a threat to their existence from a case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in early 2016. As the day of decision approaches, union leaders seem to be resigned to watching the wrecking ball headed their way. However, rank-and-filers don’t care for this defeatist approach, and they are beginning to push their unions to launch a fight by organizing a national march on the Supreme Court.

February 2, 2016

Left: Pro-choice demonstrators clearly stating their demands. Steve Rhodes. Right: Tea party rally basics: God, money and guns. Ed Reinke / AP.

December 2015

Bastions of higher education are quaking as Black students target relentless racism. And college administrations should shake. Despite paying lip service to diversity, most U.S. campuses have done away with affirmative action programs and currently feature overwhelmingly white faculty and student bodies. Today’s young organizers of color have no interest in keeping this status quo.

October 2015

If you have not been an undocumented immigrant from Central America making your dangerous way through Mexico only to face vigilante hate groups and la migra at the U.S. border, you don’t know what hell is.

Fleeing poverty or persecution at home, you are exploited and persecuted again by Mexican police trying to rob your last coins. If you’re broke, you wind up in a Mexican jail, charged with a fabricated list of crimes from A to Z.

October 2015

Message to international friends of the U.S. working class: No, despite the rise of Donald Trump to the top of the Republican heap of presidential candidates, we haven’t lost our minds. Well, maybe a little.

The Trump phenomenon has two sides. On one hand, there’s no denying that Trump has some support based on his racist, sexist, and anti-immigrant proclamations. In other ways, though, there’s less here than meets the eye.

October 2015

The campaigns across the U.S. for a $15 an hour minimum wage won’t end the economic hurt of low-paid workers but they will sure help. Winning higher wages will also raise expectations.

Imagine if everyone had a job, worked less, and earned more.

That’s the inspiration behind “30 for 40,” a logical next step that ties the fight for better pay to working fewer hours.

October 2015

On an August day, activists with 15 NOW Tacoma huddled at a Safeway grocery store before hitting the neighborhoods of this blue-collar city. Rehearsing for doorbelling, one volunteer asked, “Do you support a $15 an hour minimum wage?” Between now and November, campaigners will knock on hundreds of doors, asking this question to find support for Initiative One. The measure proposes to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Tacoma, Wash., with no phase-in. If passed, it will set another high bar for the nation.

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