Death penalty abolished in Virginia, victory for workers

Vol. 85/No. 16 - April 26, 2021

“There is no place for the death penalty in this commonwealth, in the South or in this nation,” Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told the press as he signed a bill abolishing capital punishment March 24 in front of the Greensville…

Italy: Amazon workers strike over conditions

Vol. 85/No. 13 - April 5, 2021

Thousands of Amazon workers across Italy struck for 24 hours March 22 after talks over onerous schedules and working conditions for delivery workers broke down. This was the first national strike against Amazon there, involving warehouse workers, drivers and those…

Report blames Aurora cops in killing of Elijah McClain

Vol. 85/No. 11 - March 22, 2021
Above, July 3, 2020, protest in Aurora, Colorado, against cop killing of Elijah McClain a year earlier. Inset, June 27, 2020, protest included musicians who came to Aurora to play violin to honor McClain, who himself played the violin, often making music to calm animals in local shelters. As police confronted protesters with pepper spray, violinists kept playing. “Elijah believed in humanity,” his mother, Sheneen McClain, said at release of new report holding cops responsible for the killing.

A 157-page independent investigative report on the 2019 cop killing of Elijah McClain commissioned by the Aurora, Colorado, City Council was released to the public Feb. 22. “This report confirms what we have been saying from the start. The Aurora…

Amazon workers fighting for union in Alabama need solidarity!

Vol. 85/No. 9 - March 8, 2021
Workers who recently won a union at the Philadelphia Museum of Art joined Feb. 20 Philadelphia action in solidarity with Amazon workers fighting for union representation in Alabama.

Some 80 unionists and others turned out in Philadelphia Feb. 20 for a solidarity action with workers fighting for a union at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama. Almost 6,000 workers there began voting Feb. 8 on whether the Retail,…

Ohio cop charged with murder of Andre Hill

Vol. 85/No. 7 - February 22, 2021

Adam Coy, the 19-year veteran Columbus, Ohio, cop who shot and killed Andre Maurice Hill in December, was arrested and arraigned on charges of felony murder Feb. 3. The night of the Dec. 22 killing Coy and another cop were…

Tunisian youth protest lack of jobs, police brutality

Vol. 85/No. 5 - February 8, 2021

“The people want the fall of the regime!” chanted hundreds of demonstrators at an anti-government protest in Tunis, the capital of Tunisia, Jan. 23. Discontent over massive unemployment, rising inflation, lack of social services and police brutality have led to…

Despite protests, US government executes first woman since 1953

Vol. 85/No. 3 - January 25, 2021
Jan. 12 protest at Terre Haute, Indiana, federal prison against execution of Lisa Montgomery. Opponents of death penalty are fighting to prevent two more scheduled executions.

Lisa Montgomery, the only woman on federal death row in the U.S., was executed by lethal injection at 1:31 a.m. on Jan. 13. The Supreme Court  vacated three different stays by appeals courts, including an order for a competency hearing…

Ohio protest: ‘Prosecute cop who killed Casey Goodson’

Vol. 85/No. 1 - January 4, 2021

Rallying at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus Dec. 19, dozens of people protested the killing of Casey Goodson Jr. by Franklin County, Ohio, sheriff’s deputy Jason Meade. Tamala Payne, Goodson’s mother, has led protests demanding authorities charge Meade for the…