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Philadelphia’s public education nightmare

By October 16, 2014
Philadelphia students walked out of classrooms in May 2013 to protest the proposed elimination of all extracurricular programs in the city’s public schools. Thousands of students from 27 high schools and middle schools took to the streets, chanting, “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” and “No education, no life.”WW photo: Joseph Piette

All five unelected members of the School Reform Commission voted to cancel the School District of Philadelphia’s contract with the more than 15,000 teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors and other members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. This Oct. 6 vote was a sneak attack at a virtually unannounced meeting. The SRC’s immediate pretext was to […]

 

Nashville, Tenn., youth rebel against mass incarceration

By September 9, 2014

The scene could have been scripted by Hollywood, except this time the prison guards and cops were certainly not the heroes. In the late night hours of Labor Day, Sept. 1, during a guard shift change, 32 young men, Black, Brown and white, broke through the walls of their dorms and slipped out underneath the […]

 

Syria’s elections: Big setback to imperialist war plans

By June 11, 2014

Damascus, Syria — Nearly 12 million Syrians cast their ballots on June 3 at 9,601 open polling sites across Syria and in Syrian embassies around the world. With a turnout of 72 percent, President Bashar al-Assad from the Ba’ath Party won over 88 percent of the vote. Communist legislator Maher Hajjar got 372,301 votes (3.2 […]

 

Syrian people elect president by wide margin amid insurgent attacks

By June 5, 2014

Damascus, Syria —  On June 3, nearly 12 million Syrians cast their ballots at one of the 9,601 polling sites across Syria. With turnout out at 72 percent, including the millions of Syrian refugees who live across the world, President Bashar al-Assad from the Ba’ath Party won the election with over 88 percent of the […]

 

Northwestern football players can unionize

By April 18, 2014
Kain Colter, football union organizer.

In a move that could change the rights of many of the 420,000 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) athletes, the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, Peter Ohr, declared on March 28 that football players at Northwestern University have the right to unionize. By debunking the concept of “student-athlete” promoted by the NCAA, […]

 

Philadelphia rally demands: ‘Reinstate Dr. Monteiro!’

By March 21, 2014
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“Some will say, ‘You’re a Marxist and a socialist. That you teach W.E.B. DuBois’ magnum opus “Black Reconstruction in America.” That you teach C.L.R. James and Amiri Baraka.’ Are you telling me that you can have a Department of African-American Studies without teaching the radical tradition and the traditions of socialism? And, if that’s what […]

 

Richard Sherman and the NFL’s exploitation

By January 28, 2014
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With 55.9 million television viewers watching the National Football Conference championship game on Jan. 19, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sealed his team’s dreams of going to Super Bowl XVIII by tipping away a last minute pass to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone. This game-changing play occurred within seconds […]

 

Desempleo juvenil global: barril de pólvora contra el capitalismo?

By January 15, 2014

Las estadísticas son alarmantes.  Las/os jóvenes constituyen el 17 por ciento de la población mundial pero el 40 por ciento de las/os desempleados.  Los reportes oficiales dicen que la tasa mundial de desempleo es de 4,5 por ciento mientras que la tasa mundial de desempleo juvenil es un 12,6 por ciento.  Sin embargo, en realidad […]

 

Global youth unemployment: powder keg to explode capitalism?

By January 9, 2014

The statistics are alarming. Young people make up 17 percent of the world’s population, but 40 percent of its unemployed. Official reports say the global unemployment rate is 4.5 percent, while the world youth unemployment rate is 12.6 percent. However, it’s really much higher. Global youth unemployment/underemployment: myths vs facts The world has 1.2 billion […]

 

Small Supreme Court victory for unions, big challenges ahead

By January 6, 2014

The legality of card-check neutrality was recently raised in the highest body of the U.S. government, the Supreme Court. Taking it very seriously, Harvard labor law professor Benjamin Sachs told the New York Times that Mulhall vs. UNITE HERE Local 355 could be “the most significant labor case in a generation.” (Nov. 10) There are […]

 
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