• More than 10,000 people marched in the streets of Moscow in early September protesting the government’s drive to raise the retirement age authorized by President Vladimir Putin. The move to raise the age Russians are eligible to receive a state pension is deeply unpopular with working class adults in their 50s.
(“Putin Appeals to Russians to Accept ‘Painful’ Pension Changes,” Guardian, Aug. 29, 2018; “Russian Pension Reform Hits Vulnerable Age Group,” AP News, Sept. 7, 2018)
• Coming back from his Labor Day vacation, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek a third term as mayor. After 7 years in office, Emanuel, a former top aide to Bill Clinton and Barack Obama faced a tough fight for reelection. He’s opposed by a growing grassroots movement that has resisted budget cuts in communities of color and outraged over Emanuel’s handing of the police killing of unarmed 17 year-old African American, Laquan McDonald.
(“Mayor Rahm Emanuel Explains the Surprise That Shook the City and Why He Won’t Seek Reelection.” Chicago Tribune, Sept. 5, 2018; “After Rahm Emanuel’s ‘Neoliberal Nightmare’, the Next Chicago Mayor Must Embrace Reparations,” In These Times, Sept. 5, 2018)
• In a longshot appeal in the murder conviction of Patrick Murphy, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, a federal appeals court has ruled that the state of Oklahoma should not have tried him for murder. Instead the court concluded that his case should have been heard in federal court, because the crime occurred on land belonging to a member of the Creek Nation.
(“Who Owns Tribal Lands?” Christian Science Monitor, Sept. 10, 2018)