Militias march to defend Bolivarian Venezuela

By April 18, 2014

“Every 11 has its 13.” Under this slogan, the Day of National Dignity and the Day of the Bolivarian Militia was held on April 13 in Venezuela. The slogan refers to the coup d’état carried out by the oligarchy with U.S. assistance, to remove President Hugo Chávez on April 11, 2002, but which the people, [...]


Philadelphia teachers’ seniority rights stripped away

WW photo: Joseph Piette

After failing to settle a contract with the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers for over nine months, on March 24 the Philadelphia School Reform Commission dropped a bombshell by announcing plans to eliminate seniority in hiring. Claiming that the establishment of the SRC in 2001 gave them the power to “unilaterally impose new work rules,” school [...]


Community barbecue turns into police riot

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


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


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


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


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


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 [...]

A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 17

From matrilineal clan to patriarchy — Feasting as an instrument for deepening social inequality The dissolution of the matrilineal clan effectively isolated the woman from her mothers, sisters and brothers. She, rather than her husband, became the outsider: first, as a new addition to her husband’s patrilineal, patrilocal clan, and later, as growing economic inequality tore asunder all vestiges of clan society, as an agricultural worker and household slave in a patriarchal family unit. […]