Sarah Lazare

The Untold Story of Memorial Day: Former Slaves Honoring and Mourning the Dead

Union General John Logan is often credited with founding Memorial Day. The commander-in-chief of a Union veterans’ organization called the Grand Army of the Republic, Logan issued a decree establishing what was then named “Decoration Day” on May 5, 1868, declaring it “designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land.”

Keep reading... Show less

Farmworkers Fight Back Against Sexual Violence Only to Be Accused by Wendy's of 'Exploiting' #MeToo

The fast food giant Wendy’s provoked outrage on Wednesday when its spokesperson accused the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW)—a farmworker organization that has spent decades fighting sexual abuse and modern-day slavery—of “exploiting” the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.

Keep reading... Show less

This Is the Best Chance Yet to Stop the U.S. War on Yemen - Where Are the Major Human Rights Orgs?

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, the most powerful human rights organizations in the world, are declining to endorse a political push to end U.S. participation in the catastrophic Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Keep reading... Show less

#MeToo In the Fields: Farmworkers Show Us How To Organize Against Sexual Violence

Lupe Gonzalo works in the tomato fields of Immokalee, Fla., worlds apart from the Hollywood celebrities whose #MeToo testimony is exposing widespread sexual violence and toppling powerful men. Yet, Gonzalo says that it is women like her, “with no platform and no voice, invisible and vulnerable,” who bear the brunt of workplace sexual assault—and who offer lessons in how to band together to defeat it.

Keep reading... Show less

Unbelievable: One Chicago Cop Accused of Framing 51 People for Murder

Horrific acts of Chicago Police Department brutality, from killings to racial profiling to harassment of youth, do not spring from a few bad apples alone. Mounting evidence from city residents, grassroots organizations like We Charge Genocide and even the Department of Justice shows that the problem is system-wide, extending from streets to courts to jail cells and condoned by the chain of command, all the way up to the mayor’s office. However, focusing on the bad behavior of individual cops, and examining how the system responds, can be instructive.

Keep reading... Show less

Rahm Emanuel's Outrageous New Graduation Requirements Would Help the Military Recruit from the Very Schools He Guts

Mayor Rahm Emanuel provoked ire Wednesday when he announced a new requirement that Chicago Public School students must prove that they are enrolled in “postsecondary pathway like a university, community college, or an apprenticeship in order to graduate. A “military acceptance/enlistment letter” is included among the options for meeting the criteria, raising concerns that Emanuel is helping the Department of Defense recruit from one of the most impoverished and racially segregated school districts in the country.

Keep reading... Show less

Look Beyond Caitlyn Jenner: Transgender Women of Color Are Fighting for Their Lives

Last Thursday marked the eighth annual International Transgender Day of Visibility, an occasion aimed at pushing back against the exclusion and isolation this community has been forced to endure.

Keep reading... Show less

Social Justice Groups Unite Against Trump's Deadly, Bloated War Budget

Fifty years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. denounced the triple evils of poverty, racism and militarism, a coalition of racial, social, economic and gender justice groups is condemning Donald Trump’s proposal to dramatically increase funding for the greatest purveyor of violence in the world: the U.S. military.

Keep reading... Show less

This Could Happen to You: Revenue-Hungry Cities Mess With Traffic Lights to Write More Tickets and Make Driving More Dangerous

As privately operated red-light cameras proliferate across the country, cities and towns shortening yellow lights spike the number of tickets, and thereby increase revenue. The profits come at a social cost, as shorter yellow light times have been associated with an increase in car accidents.

Keep reading... Show less

Diverse Protest Groups Unite As 'The Majority,' Aiming for Large-Scale Demonstrations on May 1st

On April 4, 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “Beyond Vietnam” speech in which he denounced the scourges of “poverty, racism, and militarism.” Exactly one year later, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while organizing alongside black sanitation workers and preparing to launch the Poor People’s Campaign.

Keep reading... Show less
BRAND NEW STORIES