Saturday, August 16 - 2pm to 5pm
Lund Auditorium, Dominican University, 7900 Division Street, River Forest, IL
Another wave of food stamp cuts are underway, on top of federal food stamp cuts that hit millions of poor and working people twice since November. States are reinstating work requirements and ending waivers to allow less people to qualify. But there are no jobs, especially at decent pay with benefits! And most people report they already run out of SNAP benefits after two weeks.
Help us build the August 16 ‘Food is a Right’ People’s Assembly in Chicago this summer to demand money for food and jobs, not wars abroad. We will hold panels and plan actions to demand…
LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!
Lund Auditorium, Dominican University
Free and open to the public
To get involved or for transportation:
Ahed Atef Bakr 10 yrs old, Zakaria Ahed Bakr 10 yrs old, Mohammed Ramez Bakr 11 yrs old and Ismael Mohammed Bakr 9 yrs old.
Murdered by the Israeli military while playing football on a beach near Gaza’s seaport just hours ago, on July 16, 2014.
These children are the same age as my daughter and her friends.
They were killed with money and weapons provided by the United States government, by a racist settler regime propped up by the United States government.
The United States is similarly killing children, directly or by proxy, on the Mexican border, in southeastern Ukraine, in Syria, and in many other places.
Within U.S. borders, police and vigilantes have declared open season on Black and Brown children. Up to a quarter of children live in poverty Children in Detroit are deprived of water. Central American children that survive the border crossing are imprisoned in horrific conditions and deported.
The question is: What are we going to do about it? What are YOU going to do about it?
Gilberto Ramos wanted to leave his chilly mountain village for the United States to earn money to treat his mother’s epilepsy.
His mother begged him not to go. “The better treatment would have been if he stayed,” Cipriana Juarez Diaz said in a tearful interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. When he wouldn’t relent, she draped him with a white rosary for safe passage.
A month later, his decaying body was found in the Texas desert. Now, the boy has become a symbol for the perils faced by a record flood of unaccompanied children from Central America who are crossing illegally into the U.S.
UN rights experts on Wednesday slammed struggling US city Detroit for violating the basic human rights of its citizens by disconnecting thousands of people from water services over unpaid bills.
Cash-strapped Detroit, which last July became the largest US city to ever file for bankruptcy protection, has recently begun disconnecting water services on a large scale, for all households that have not paid bills for two months, the three experts said in a statement.
The birthplace of the US auto industry has accelerated the process since early June, with around 3,000 customers cut off each week, and some 30,000 households expected to be disconnected from water services over the next few months, they said.
"Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights," they insisted.
"The households which suffered unjustified disconnections must be immediately reconnected," they said.
The economic crisis in Europe and North America led to more than 10,000 extra suicides, according to figures from UK researchers.
A study, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, showed “suicides have risen markedly”.
t said suicides had been declining in Europe until 2007. By 2009 there was a 6.5% increase, a level that was sustained until 2011.
It was the equivalent of 7,950 more suicides than would have been expected if previous trends continued, the research group said.
Deaths by suicide were also falling in Canada, but there was a marked increase when the recession took hold in 2008, leading to 240 more suicides.
The number of people taking their own life was already increasing in the US, but the rate “accelerated” with the economic crisis, leading to 4,750 additional deaths.
The report said losing a job, having a home repossessed and being in debt were the main risk factors.
Athens, Greece: Unions representing private sector workers and state employees in Greece launched a 24-hour nationwide general strike against the austerity measures put through by the government, April 9, 2014.
HAPPENING NOW: Youth March for Jobs is gathering in Detroit, Michigan, April 4, 2014.
Photos by Kris Hamel
April 4, 1968: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assassinated.
“Our only hope today lies in our ability to recapture the revolutionary spirit and go out into a sometimes hostile world declaring eternal hostility to poverty, racism, and militarism. With this powerful commitment we shall boldly challenge the status quo and unjust mores and thereby speed the day when “every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low, and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain …”
— Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at Riverside Church on the Vietnam War, on April 4, 1967, exactly one year before his assassination.
Here are the speech and teaching ideas: http://zinnedproject.org/posts/548
Photo: March 25, 1967 anti-war march, Associated Press.
Via Zinn Education Project
In 2009, when Robert H Richard IV, an unemployed heir to the DuPont family fortune, pled guilty to fourth-degree rape of his three-year-old daughter, a judge spared him a justifiable sentence – indeed, only put Richard on probation – because she figured this 1-percenter would “not fare well” in a prison setting.
Details of the case were kept quiet until just the other day, as Richard’s ex-wife filed a new lawsuit accusing him of also sexually abusing their son. Since then, the original verdict has been fueling some angry speculation – shock, horror - that the defendant’s wealth and status may have played a role in his lenient sentencing.
I hate to shatter anyone’s illusions, but inequality defines our criminal justice system just as it defines our society. It always has and it always will until we do something about it, beyond just getting upset at local news stories.
America incarcerates more people than any other country on the planet,with over 2m currently in prison and more than 7m under some form of correctional supervision. The people who make up this outsize correctional population do not typically come from the Delaware trust-fund-creep demographic: more than 60% are racial and ethnic minorities, and the vast majority are poor.