John Heartfield—-1932 German Election, the Last Free Election Before the Nazis Seized Power.
Communist Party of Germany (KPD)
Chicago, Illinois: Stop School Closings!
The mayor and Board of Education want to destroy 54 school communities. This will be the largest destruction of schools in U.S. history. We need our neighborhood schools and we should all fight together to save them. Join parents, teachers, students, public school workers, clergy, activists and others in the three day citywide march across the city. They want to divide us. But this is our city, our schools, and together, we’ll use our voice to tell the mayor and the world that we intend to fight back.
New York City: More than 200 striking members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA) and supporters picket outside the main office of Legal Services NYC, May 16, 2013.
Members of the Legal Services Staff Association (LSSA), the union representing over 200 attorneys, paralegals, secretaries, process servers, and other professionals employed with Legal Services NYC (LSNYC), today rejected management’s contract proposal which demanded unprecedented cuts to health care and retirement benefits. Employees at LSNYC, the nation’s largest provider of low-income civil legal services, are on strike for the first time in nearly 20 years.
Photos by redguard
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Rally and news conference announces upcoming march to Harrisburg to demand ‘A People’s Budget, Not a Prison Budget,’ May 14, 2013.
Info on the march, which kicks off May 25 at Love Park
Photo: Decarcerate PA
Poor People’s Campaign 41-mile march from Baltimore arrives in Washington, D.C., May 12, 2013.
Photos by Resa Sunshine
Raleigh, NC: Demonstrators are arrested during an act of civil disobedience opposing the Republican legislature’s attacks on workers, people of color and the poor, May 13, 2013, at the North Carolina State Legislative Building. Forty-nine activists were arrested by Raleigh and General Assembly police. More than 90 people have been arrested since “Moral Monday” demonstrations started three weeks ago.
PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Kermit Gosnell, a West Philadelphia doctor known for performing late-term abortions, was found guilty on Monday of three out of four counts of first-degree murder.
The verdict came after a five-week trial in which the prosecution and the defense battled over whether the fetuses Dr. Gosnell was charged with killing were alive when they were removed from their mothers.
Dr. Gosnell was acquitted of one first-degree murder charge involving an aborted fetus and was also acquitted of third-degree murder in the death of a 41-year-old patient.
Whatever Gosnell’s demerits as a doctor — and they were many — the conviction is a serious attack on women’s reproductive rights and a racist attack as well. Gosnell and most of his patients are African Americans in a poor Philadelphia neighborhood.
Note that he was acquitted of the charge of killing an adult patient, but convicted of “murdering” fetuses. This is an ominous legal precedent for healthcare providers.
By Monica Moorehead
Washington, D.C. — The second day of the Poor People’s March for Jobs and Justice, May 12, began with excitement as 13 young people, who had been walking all night from Baltimore, met up with the main group just 10 miles north of Washington. The 13 were activists from the Occupy movements of Baltimore, Washington and New York.
The people who had started marching the previous morning greeted the overnight marchers with cheers, applause and a welcoming speech by Larry Holmes, one of the leaders of the national campaign. Together, the two groups — about 100 people — then marched the last segment of the 41-mile trek from Baltimore to Washington, D.C.
Those able to stay in Washington ended the march with a strategy session to discuss future actions. Rev. Witherspoon and Sharon Black, a leader of the campaign from Baltimore, raised three proposals, all of which were greeted with enthusiastic applause.
1. To hold a national tribunal on police terror (in a place not decided yet). It would be both a gathering in person and a speak-out via the internet.
2. To demand a hearing in the U.S. Congress on police brutality in the United States.
3. To support the OUR Walmart upcoming week of activities from May 28 to June 7, which include a march to Walmart’s Bentonville, Ark., corporate offices, and will culminate in a call for a strike of the underpaid Walmart workers and a demand for unionization.
WASHINGTON (WUSA9) — The 45th anniversary of the “Poor People’s Campaign and March” began yesterday in Baltimore and ended today in Freedom Plaza.
“Our feet hurt but it’s for justice and freedom and we’re really glad we did it.”
You can see some people were limping around barefoot with blisters on their feet after they finally made it to Freedom Plaza.
But they say it’s worth it if it helps raise awareness about the most pressing issues facing poor people today — high unemployment, cuts in benefits, and the growing gap between the rich and poor.
“We decided to hold the march because in 1968 when the march originated, 1 in 7 people lived in poverty in this country and today 1 in 6 people live in poverty.”
The organizers of this march - the Poor Peoples March - say it’s that kind of community collaboration that Dr. King inspired when he started this walk 45 years-ago.