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While Minneapolis burned immigrant prisoners in Sherburne County jail started hunger strike

While Minneapolis burned immigrant prisoners in Sherburne County jail started hunger strike

In this Aug. 28, 2019, photo shows detainees waiting to be processed at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center in Adelanto, Calif. The facility is a privately operated immigration detention center run by the GEO Group, which can house up to about 1900 total immigrant detainees, both male and female. Before the coronavirus outbreak, the immigrant jail was already crowded, but now it's become a major health danger. | Chris Carlson / APEditor’s note: This article is reprinted from Workday Minnesota.In a press statement, announced that immigrant detainees had begun a hunger strike at the Sherburne...

May 29, 2020
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‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’: Trump revives segregationist war cry

‘When the looting starts, the shooting starts’: Trump revives segregationist war cry

"The shooting starts": Minneapolis Police officers deploy to a parking lot near the Minneapolis 3rd Police Precinct, following a rally for George Floyd on May 26, 2020. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander's video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man's neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. | Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Star Tribune via APOn the day following George Floyd’s lynching by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department, President...

May 29, 2020
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McCOVID protest combo: McDonald’s workers PPE strike hits stores, shareholders meeting

McCOVID protest combo: McDonald’s workers PPE strike hits stores, shareholders meeting

Ben Margot / APOAK BROOK, Ill.—Lack of protection against the ravages of the coronavirus, including no masks, no paid sick leave, and no hazardous duty pay, led thousands of McDonald’s workers from coast to coast undertake a “virtual strike” of their giant fast-food employer on May 20.And pickets—spaced six feet apart to prevent spread of the virus—actually appeared at the firm’s headquarters in Oak Brook, Ill., to take their cause to the firm’s front door the day before its annual shareholders meeting.Fight For $15 And A Union, which again organized the protests, reported 20 other actual...

May 22, 2020
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Using “economic recovery” excuse, Trump trashes all federal rules and regulations

Using “economic recovery” excuse, Trump trashes all federal rules and regulations

President Donald Trump holds up a signed executive order issuing a blanket limit on federal regulations to "support economic recovery" during a Cabinet Meeting in the East Room of the White House, May 19, 2020, in Washington.| Evan Vucci / APWASHINGTON—Catering to corporate chieftains and right-wing ideologues, GOP President Donald Trump ordered all federal departments and agencies, large and small, to trash rules and regulations, and their enforcement. He used the excuse that doing so would help stimulate the economy to recover from closures due to the coronavirus pandemic.Trump did not...

May 21, 2020
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Little Steel Strike: Remembering the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre

Little Steel Strike: Remembering the 1937 Memorial Day Massacre

Police using guns, clubs, and tear gas attack marching strikers outside Chicago's Republic Steel plant, May 30, 1937. | Carl Linde / APSouth Chicago, Memorial Day 1937: Mollie West was there with a group of high school seniors. Curtis Strong was there for the hell of it. Aaron Cohen was there because of the responsibilities assigned to him by the Communist Party.“There” was the field fronting the Republic Steel plant in South Chicago, site of the Memorial Day Massacre of May 30, 1937.It was the first warm day of spring. Hundreds of steelworkers, on strike against the “Little Steel”...

May 22, 2020
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Wildcat strikes spreading in Yakima, Wash. over unsafe working conditions

Wildcat strikes spreading in Yakima, Wash. over unsafe working conditions

Workers in the Yakima area's fruit plants are demanding better working conditions. | Familias Unidas Por La JusticiaYAKIMA, Wash.—On May 7, over 100 workers at Allen Brothers Fruit in Naches, Wash., near Yakima, went on strike, protesting unsafe and unhealthy working conditions. This took place at their packing and shipping facility. The workers are demanding safer working conditions and $2-an-hour hazardous duty pay. Dozens of workers have left work due to contracting the COVID-19 virus.Within a few days, they were joined by hundreds more workers at other Yakima area warehouses, at the...

May 26, 2020
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100,000 dead – The cost of Trump’s failed COVID response

100,000 dead – The cost of Trump’s failed COVID response

As the nation mourns 100,000 lives lost, President Trump prefers to look away and cover his ears, repeating excuses for his failures and casting blame on everyone else. | APIf the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the United States has not yet surpassed 100,000 when you are reading this, tragically, it soon will. In the space of the first five months of this year, we have long passed the milestone (just under 60,000) of Americans killed in the long Vietnam War. We know, of course, that some people died of the pandemic in the early part of 2020 before health authorities even knew what they...

May 27, 2020
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Israeli forces trained cops in ‘restraint techniques’ at Minneapolis conference

Israeli forces trained cops in ‘restraint techniques’ at Minneapolis conference

A police officer points a hand cannon at protesters who have been detained pending arrest on South Washington Street, May 31, 2020, in Minneapolis. | John Minchillo / APOfficers from the U.S. police force responsible for the killing of George Floyd received training in restraint techniques and anti-terror tactics from Israeli law enforcement officers. Floyd’s death in custody on Memorial Day, the latest in a succession of police killings of African Americans, has sparked continuing protests in U.S. cities.At least 100 Minnesota police officers attended a 2012 conference hosted by Israel’s...

June 3, 2020
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After attacks by police, journalists fight to defend First Amendment

After attacks by police, journalists fight to defend First Amendment

A federal officer was caught on camera punching a reporter who was wearing a clearly visible press ID when troops were sent in to clear Washington's Lafayette Park for President Donald Trump's Bible photo op on Monday. | WJLAJournalists alarmed by dozens of incidents where reporters were shot at, manhandled, gassed, or arrested while covering demonstrations touched off by the death of Minnesota man George Floyd are fighting back legally.A freelance journalist, backed by the American Civil Liberties Union, Wednesday against the city of Minneapolis, and dozens of news organizations urged...

June 4, 2020
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Against fascism and war: The Communist Party USA’s third decade

Against fascism and war: The Communist Party USA’s third decade

A CP-sponsored rally in support of Abraham Lincoln Brigade volunteers fighting for democracy against fascism in Spain. | People's World ArchiveAs the Communist Party USA’s second decade ended, World War II, the greatest war in human history, began. In all major capitalist countries, the mass media blamed the war on the Soviet Union’s signing of a non–aggression pact with Nazi Germany and condemned Communist Parties’ support for the Soviet Union. Was there truth to the allegation that Communists—both in the Soviet Union and around the world—had helped Hitler start the war?The first question...

August 28, 2019
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