Revolutionary Worker Scholar


A Column of Short Stories about the world of work

New York Uproots Private Crops in Manhattan Park

(Editor's note: This story is reprinted from the New York Times June 24, 2011 issue for educational purposes only.  Photos by Ozier Muhammad and Angel Franco)

 

 

Poem for a Brother who Tends to Overtalk me

We’ve known each

Other for a

Short time

 

But it seems we’ve

Stuffed years into

That short space

 

He speaks of women, his

Military service, more about

Women, his health

Women…and women again

 

Takes 9-10 pills a

Day for as many

Ailments

 

Sometimes we’ll speak

On politics or something

Heavier and his voice

Will rise

Snails

Snails

By RWS

 

 

 

We’re two working

Men going at our

Own pace

 

He’s just a

Janitor

 

We’re both born

In this city and work

At an apartment complex

Housing the affluent

 

He mops and sweeps the

Marble floors while I greet

Residents who inquire about the

Status of their dry cleaning

 

What Good is a Security Job?

What Good is a Security Job?

 

What good is a

security job when

an unarmed guard is

getting such little pay

to risk their life

 

To protect a rich

man's plantation

with their life

 

And they can treat

you any way they

like and get away

with it while you're

there

 

On the plantation

with them working

for then guarding

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Reno, Nevada-
“He is my favorite fighter,” Santiago, 7, looked up at me. Not a young man of many words, that’s all Santiago said and then showed me a color photograph of him with his father, small hands covered in boxing gloves bigger than him. Through Santiago’s eyes, I saw the love and hope of thousands of Mexicano young boys and their fathers in diaspora, past the lies of Amerikkka false borders, and low or no wage work, to the dreams of the first Mexicano heavyweight boxing champion to be, Chris Arreola, from Riverside, Ca, by way of East La

Eating is an Agricultural Act

Eating is an Agricultural Act

 

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