Almost five decades ago 30,000 people, mostly working class Chicanos from East Los Angeles, marched against the Vietnam War, down Whittier Blvd. to Lorena Park, where they were subjected to a police attack, dispersed by bullets and tear gas. I was a member of the East Los Angeles Health Task Force (ELAHTF), a coalition of community organizations, and in the aftermath of the Chicano Moratorium the organizations were grappling with how to respond to this attack. At one meeting of the ELAHTF, near the end of the meeting, the chair José Duarte called an African American man to the front to say a few words.
Dressed in dusty work clothes and work boots, the man told his audience that he had come straight from work. He lived in Watts, a community which, a few years earlier, had suffered a similar attack by the police which had ravaged the community for days. He said that he brought solidarity from the workers in Watts, offered whatever support they could give, and promised the support of the paper he and his friends had started. That was my introduction to the People's Tribune, and I knew at once I wanted to become connected to any organized effort to bring communities together, that understood that separately we didn't stand a chance. A year or so later I met Nelson Peery, the man who spoke that night, and started writing for and distributing the People's Tribune. I'm still doing that. Diana and I met almost 30 years ago in a study group in Chicago that used the People's Tribune. We are still using that paper and its sister paper, Tribuno del Pueblo.
These papers have been carrying stories of the poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan from before anyone else was doing that; about water shutoffs in Detroit for years before major media noticed. From Standing Rock to the Caravans at the Southern Border; from the education trenches in Los Angeles, Oakland, Chicago and the "Red State revolts"; from the housing crisis and homelessness in Los Angeles to Silicon Valley to Chicago's tent cities; from the various fronts of electoral insurgency around the country, the reporters have been grassroots activists.
We are raising funds to expand the distribution of the newspapers. Reaching the goal in this campaign will allow us to double our distribution of the papers in the Chicago area to places that cannot afford to pay for them. These papers survive only on the donations of the supporters and the readers. We need your support! Give a birthday gift in our name! Give a holiday gift in our name! And thanks!
We are offering special premiums at different levels of contribution, but no amount is too small. We will respond to every contribution with a "You are awesome" thank you!
***The People's Tribune is a national paper published monthly from Chicago. Its sister paper, Tribuno del Pueblo, is a bilingual paper published every two months, focusing on stories of particular interest to the Latino community. Both papers are vehicles to bring the movements to meet the needs of the people together, to create a vision of a better world and a strategy to achieve it.
- Sophia Mihic
- Janis White
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more