STIR CHANGE IN YOUR WORLD
The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) is committed to attaining economic human rights for all people. In a land of abundance, there is no reason anyone’s basic human needs should not be met. WEAP is diligently working to organize the poor, low-income workers, and unemployed into a movement to achieve a vision of a world without poverty and despair, a world that Martin Luther King Jr. dreamed of in his Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.
Dear Friends & Allies,
The Women’s Economic Agenda Project (WEAP) continued in 2014 to raise community and activist awareness about growing corporate success in pushing more workers out of the economy by attacking democracy itself, and by preaching austerity while privatizing – and profitizing – everything in sight. The corporate drive to control public and civic institutions, including government, is perhaps most advanced in Michigan, where the human right to water is shut off to the poor, and appointed Emergency Managers strip local elected officials of their power in low-income and minority areas. But its successes are being copied elsewhere, including California. WEAP brought activists from Michigan for a week-long speaking tour warning Californians to fight against local forms of corporate dictatorship that strip away the rights of workers.
Our vision of social and economic justice for all calls for the microchips that steadily destroy jobs to be put into the service of creating abundance for everyone, instead of record corporate profits. WEAP has never had the money to make our mission easy. We need funds to continue this path-breaking visionary work. If our vision of a better future looks good to you, please support this important work by clicking on the DONATE button above. To read more about WEAP’s vision, click on the A SPECIAL APPEAL headline above.
Watch the video “Humans Need Not Apply,” a dramatic look at the future of work, and why we need a transformative movement to put what’s good for people ahead of what’s good for profits.
PINKNEY SENTENCED, ANOTHER TRAVESTY OF JUSTICE
See why truthout called his conviction “a typical case of the white power structure icing an “uppity Negro” with trumped up charges” To read the latest People’s Tribune analysis, click here.
Why does Rev. Edward Pinkney, Benton Harbor’s best known African American activist, draw 30 months to 10 years of jail time on an all-white jury conviction with no evidence — while grand juries refuse to indict white police officers who kill unarmed African Americans? A Pinkney supporter asked that after a judge sentenced Pinkney, 66, to a minimum of 2-1/2 years in prison. Pinkney declared again he is not guilty of changing dates on petitions he and others circulated to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. Pinkney is a leader in supporting the poorest workers in Benton Harbor, MI. He said he was convicted on no evidence because the Whirlpool Corp. headquartered there wants to gentrify Benton Harbor, and wants him silenced. His conviction is another example of the national corporate determination to crush dissent from workers as they pressure politicians to give corporations favorable treatment. Pinkney said he will appeal his conviction on 5 felony fraud charges on grounds that a juror failed to disclose personal ties to a prosecution witness. Watch the video above for comments from Marian Kramer, co-chair of the Michigan Welfare Rights Union.
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