Community barbecue turns into police riot

By April 18, 2014
WW photo: Terri Kay

A community barbeque and speakout was held on April 12 in Stockton, Calif., organized by the Inter Council for Mothers of Murdered Children. Dionne Smith and Carey Downs led the speakout, providing updates on their struggle for justice in the Stockton police killing of their son, James Rivera Jr. Other families came to talk about [...]

 

Common Core and the educational-industrial complex

By April 17, 2014

The war on public education, part 2 In 2009, the Obama administration launched Common Core, which was a devastating attack on the entire K-12 curriculum and on all teachers, students and parents. It was called “Race to the Top.” Common Core was developed to scrap the entire curriculum of 41 — now 44 — states [...]

 

Rights for women or corporations? Part 2

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Part 1: Rights for women or corporations? The case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which was presented to the Supreme Court on March 25, involves the unprecedented, highly controversial issue of a for-profit company’s claim to “religious liberty” because it opposes paying for certain types of birth control for employees as mandated by the Affordable [...]

 

Automation threatens 47 percent of U.S. jobs

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A wakeup call for labor movement and working class Two scholars at Oxford University have made an exhaustive study of 702 U.S. occupations and new techniques in automation. They concluded that 47 percent of existing jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next decade or so. The authors, Carl Benedikt Fey and [...]

 

Judge says Detroiters owe banks $85 million

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The ruling on April 11 in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy by Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes awarded an $85 million payment to two banks that are heavily implicated in the financial ruin of Detroit and other cities throughout the United States. Rhodes ruled that the third negotiated attempt to terminate an interest-rate swap agreement [...]

 

La Cuestión Nacional y la Lucha de Liberación Negra

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A continuación presentamos un extracto de una charla pronunciada el 29 de marzo 2014, durante una conferencia en Durham, Carolina del Norte, bajo el lema “Tiempos difíciles son tiempos para luchar” en conmemoración de la muerte de Lenin hace 90 años. Así como Vladimir Lenin lo hizo en octubre de 1917, ahora es el momento [...]

 

Martin Luther King y empleos

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El 4 de abril de 1968, el Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fue asesinado en Memphis, Tennessee, mientras mostraba su solidaridad con más de 1.000 trabajadores de saneamiento en huelga con bajos salarios, todos afroamericanos. La chispa de la huelga fue la muerte de dos trabajadores de saneamiento, Echol Cole y Robert Walker, debido [...]

 

Strikers say ‘End poverty wages at Johns Hopkins Hospital’

By April 16, 2014
WW photo: Sharon Black

Baltimore — For three days, hundreds of workers picketed, marched and rallied at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Baltimore’s eastside from April 9 through April 11, chanting, “Poverty wages got to go!” The community was elated and electrified. Car horns honked and passersby joined the picket line, including a group of high school students. “Baltimore is [...]

 

New York actions push $15 minimum wage

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Workers’ solidarity at Herald Square.WW photo: Brenda Ryan

The People’s Power Assembly Movement, along with allies like OccuEvolve, took to the streets of New York City with signs and banners on April 12 for a speak-out in the busy midtown shopping area of Herald Square. There, the protesters displayed solidarity with the mushrooming national campaign of workers seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage and [...]

 

Los Angeles activists plan car caravan for low-wage workers

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Los Angeles activists, April 12.WW photo: Scott Scheffer

A “Low-Wage Campaign” community speakout was held April 12 in Los Angeles at the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, which houses the International Action Center. In spite at least two other compelling and competing events, the speakout was well attended, with calls for solidarity with low-wage workers and to raise the minimum wage to [...]

 
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