Charlotte: DA Releases Footage of Frankie Jennings’ Murder, Will Not Press Charges Against US Marshal

By Sarah Ahmed On June 29, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather released security footage from the killing of Frankie “Pop” Jennings at the hands of law enforcement in March, announcing that he will not press charges against the US Marshal responsible. In response to the decision, activists with Charlotte Uprising and Feed the Movement organized a protest demanding justice and answers for Jennings’s family. … Continue reading Charlotte: DA Releases Footage of Frankie Jennings’ Murder, Will Not Press Charges Against US Marshal

Charlotte: Vigil Held for Karon Golightly, Found Dead in Mecklenberg County Jail

By Dontay Stevenson On June 27, family members and activists with Feed The Movement CLT held a vigil for 20 year-old Karon Golightly, who died on May 14 under mysterious circumstances in Mecklenburg County Jail while awaiting trial. The vigil was held outside of the jail where Golightly spent the last year of his life. The vigil began with a speech written by Golightly’s mother, … Continue reading Charlotte: Vigil Held for Karon Golightly, Found Dead in Mecklenberg County Jail

North Carolina: Elizabeth City Workers Win Pay Increase After Going on Strike

Photo: Activists stand in support of the striking city workers (Source: @andrearovenski on twitter) By Sarah Ahmed On Tuesday, city workers for Elizabeth City went on strike after the City Council rejected a budget which would have provided a 4 percent pay raise for city employees. After workers refused to carry out important services such as garbage collection over the course of two days, the … Continue reading North Carolina: Elizabeth City Workers Win Pay Increase After Going on Strike

North Carolina: Over 200 Workers Face Layoffs in ABB Manufacturing Plant Closure

Photo: An ABB building located in Germany By Dontay Stevenson Over the course of the month following July 5, ABB plans to lay off all 265 workers at their electrical industrial motor plant in Kings Mountain, closing it completely on August 5. ABB is a multinational electrical equipment manufacturer headquartered in Switzerland. In statements to ruling-class media, the company cited “negative market conditions in both … Continue reading North Carolina: Over 200 Workers Face Layoffs in ABB Manufacturing Plant Closure

Charlotte: Workers at Frankie’s Fun Park Walk Out in Protest of Racist Manager

By Sarah Ahmed A group of workers at Frankie’s Fun Park in Huntersville, a suburb of Charlotte, North Carolina, staged a walkout on May 22 after their complaints against an unnamed white manager making racist comments against Black workers were repeatedly ignored by the company. Frankie’s, an amusement park chain with five locations across North Carolina, retaliated against the predominantly Black workers by firing them … Continue reading Charlotte: Workers at Frankie’s Fun Park Walk Out in Protest of Racist Manager

North Carolina: Activists Denounce Failure to Charge Police Who Murdered Andrew Brown Jr.

Cover Photo: Meko Williams, a mother of a man killed by police, speaks at a Charlotte rally. By Sarah Ahmed Rallies were held in Charlotte and other cities across North Carolina this past Tuesday in protest of the Pasquotank County District Attorney’s (DA) decision last month to not charge the sheriff’s deputies that murdered unarmed Black man Andrew Brown Jr. as he fled police in … Continue reading North Carolina: Activists Denounce Failure to Charge Police Who Murdered Andrew Brown Jr.

North Carolina: Trench Collapse Kills Taylorsville Construction Worker

Photo: Shane Sharpe, via Facebook By Sarah Ahmed On Wednesday, May 19, Shane Sharpe, a 38-year-old construction worker, died while working on a project to repair a drainage pipe in Taylorsville. A Tribune investigation has determined that Sharpe was a worker with Barnes Backhoe and Grading, Inc., a fact so far unmentioned in local ruling-class news coverage of the incident. Sharpe was working on a … Continue reading North Carolina: Trench Collapse Kills Taylorsville Construction Worker

Worker Correspondents: UPS Workers Face Work Speedups, Hazardous Conditions

By Dontay Stevenson Workers at the UPS facility in Charlotte have been subjected to dangerous working conditions related to increasing workloads and work speedups ordered by supervisors and corporate management. In just the past week, four workers have been injured. One worker had a large stack of packages fall on him while using a load stand, causing him to fall off of the stand. Afterwards, … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: UPS Workers Face Work Speedups, Hazardous Conditions

Charlotte: Police Refuse to Grant Even Minor Concessions

Photo credit: WBTV Charlotte By Julian Oddo After several months of an internal examination of policies, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department (CMPD) announced that they would not be enacting any changes to their search warrant procedures. This ‘internal examination’ was nothing more than a charade to deceive those who took part in May Uprisings—the promise of potential reforms was used in an attempt to demobilize … Continue reading Charlotte: Police Refuse to Grant Even Minor Concessions

Charlotte: US Marshals Shoot and Kill Unarmed Black Man, Family Holds Vigil 

By Julian Oddo Early Tuesday morning, US Marshals in Charlotte murdered Frankie Jennings, an unarmed 32-year-old Black man in front of his son at a gas station in Plaza Parkwood. Jennings’ family and friends, who called him “Pop,” held a vigil in the evening following the killing, the same day they were originally preparing to celebrate Jennings’ birthday. Tribune spoke with eyewitnesses at the Den’s … Continue reading Charlotte: US Marshals Shoot and Kill Unarmed Black Man, Family Holds Vigil