UAW local backs BDS

By December 28, 2014

Berkeley, Calif., Dec. 10 — United Auto Workers Local 2865, a statewide University of California student-worker union local, became, according to their press release, the “first major U.S. labor union to support divestment from Israel by membership vote.” Sixty-five percent of the members at nine UC campuses voted yes on a ballot which read: “Should […]

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Call to beat back Wisconsin anti-labor bill

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Right-wing legislators in Wisconsin announced in December that they will push for passage of a right-to-work (for less) law in the 2015 legislative session. In response to this grave assault on all labor, community and youth organizations, the Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement issued this appeal on Dec. 7. The appeal leaflet and other […]

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On the picket line

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New labor regs speed up unionization process The National Labor Relations Board issued a new set of rules on Dec. 12 to streamline the process for workers who want to join unions. While previously, workers filing for union representation had to wait as long as a month before union elections could be held, the new […]

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Haiti protests continue despite U.N. troops’ bullets

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Haitians in Port-au-Prince demand president resign.

All over Haiti, people by the tens of thousands are putting their bodies in the streets and their lives on the line. They are demanding the departure of President Michel Martelly and the 6,500 Minustah troops currently occupying the country under a United Nations mandate. The resignation of Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and 40 members […]

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As resistance grows, Ukraine puts anti-fascists on trial

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Anti-fascists held in cages at Odessa court.Photo: timer.od.ua

A frame-up trial of 20 anti-fascist activists began on Nov. 27 in the Primorsky court in Odessa, Ukraine. The defendants are among 70 people jailed or held under house arrest since the May 2 massacre at the House of Trade Unions. Armed fascist goons from western Ukraine were bused into the southeastern city in April […]

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Mexico’s drug wars: Made in USA

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The disappearance and presumed murder of the 43 Mexican students of Ayotzinapa exposed to the world the relation between drug cartels and the violence of the state apparatus in capitalist Mexico. What is not publicized in the corporate media is the U.S. role in corrupting and impoverishing Mexico — and in causing the drug war […]

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‘Protesters are NOT the problem’

By December 22, 2014

An open letter to the head of the Durham, N.C., Police Department from Lamont Lilly. According to Chief Jose Lopez of the Durham Police Department, “outside agitators” have now penetrated Durham’s local protest and social justice movement. According to Chief Lopez, out-of-towners are the culprits causing trouble and influencing our city’s peaceful protesters to block […]

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Conference unites Southern Black movement forces

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Opening panel at Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference.WW photo: Dante Strobino

Savannah, Ga. — “The deep crisis facing Black people requires bold, radical action,” begins the Draft Manifesto for Black Liberation that was distributed at the Southern Human Rights Organizing Conference (SHROC X) held here Dec. 12-14. This powerful gathering brought together primarily Black activists from many Southern states to discuss campaigns and conditions of the […]

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Campaign builds to free Rev. Pinkney

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Berrien County support for Pinkney, Dec. 15.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

Michigan political prisoner the Rev. Edward Pinkney, now being held in Jackson State Prison, remains in good spirits despite the racist injustice that has landed him there. He was sentenced to up to 10 years for supposedly changing the dates on five signatures on a petition to recall Benton Harbor Mayor James Hightower. No material […]

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Statement of President Raúl Castro

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Photo: www.cubaminrex.cu

The Cuban government released the following statement by President Raúl Castro on Dec. 17. Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated on many occasions our willingness to hold a respectful dialogue with the United States on the basis of sovereign equality, in order to deal reciprocally […]

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