Armed with a Pen

Views from a worker and student

Category: North America

Police Wage War Against the Citizens of Florida, Nation Shrugs Its Shoulders

An armed robbery in south Florida ended in bloodshed last Thursday after police unloaded their weapons in the middle of a busy highway, creating a 360 degree killzone which claimed the lives not only of the man taken hostage but also of one innocent bystander caught in the crossfire. Video taken at the scene shows police recklessly waving guns in all directions while ducking behind packed cars, using bystanders as human shields. Several law enforcement agencies including the FBI confirmed that 19 officers from five different agencies fired over 200 rounds at the truck, killing a total of four people: Lamar Alexander and Ronnie Hill, the two hijackers, Frank Ordenez, the UPS driver taken hostage, and Rick Cutshaw, a local union rep who was struck by police bullets while in his car.

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Memorial Day and the Myth of US Unity

Memorial Day is something we Americans are supposed to take very seriously. Every year, countless civilians enjoying their three-day weekend are inevitably shamed by pundits, especially conservative ones, for forgetting what it’s “really about.” What it’s “really about”, of course, is mourning our brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom or whatever. We’re supposed to believe that it’s not a time for beer and barbecue and it certainly isn’t a time for petty political differences. But what is Memorial Day really about?

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Supreme Court Strips Worker Protections

Should employers be allowed to force employees into behind doors, one-on-one arbitration, or should workers be able to bring their claims into court in class or collective actions? This was the question being asked in one of the most important workers rights cases of the term.

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Remembering John Brown

There are many great figures in the American anti-slavery movement. Most notable abolitionists, people like Harriet Tubman and Nat Turner, were once themselves slaves. Few white men ever shed blood for the freedom of black people. John Brown was one of those few.

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