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Justice for Samuel Harrell!

September 1, 2015

A “beat-up squad” of up to 20 prison guards killed Samuel Harrell on April 21 at Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon, N.Y., charge his family and community supporters. They are seeking justice for this 30-year-old African-American prisoner. No charges have yet been filed against any [...]

Rising struggle lifts pay, rights

September 1, 2015

Low-wage workers are winning big victories in their continuing struggle to raise wages and strengthen rights for those in the lowest-paid jobs in the U.S. After steady pressure from “Fight for $15,” the City Council of Birmingham, Ala., passed an ordinance on Aug. 17 to raise the city minimum [...]

Autoworkers speak out against concessions

August 29, 2015

Several dozen autoworkers expressed their feelings at the “Autoworker Speakout” in Detroit on Aug. 23. This annual event, organized by the rank-and-file advocacy group “Autoworker Caravan,” is an opportunity for autoworkers to voice their anger about the concessions they have made and the [...]

Federal gov’t: ‘College athletes don’t deserve rights’

August 29, 2015

Nearly a year and a half after the regional director of the National Labor Relations Board declared that Northwestern University football players have the right to unionize, the national board reversed that decision. Citing the need for “stability in labor relations,” the NLRB claimed that it [...]

Joe Johnson, a fighter for workers and the oppressed

August 29, 2015

Picture this: You have fallen in your own home and can’t get up. You live alone and the telephone is at one end of a long hall. You are lying at the other end. Joe Johnson with Ed Childs, Larry Hales and Bryan G. Pfeifer of Workers World Party. Joe Johnson of Chippewa Falls, Wis., a longtime [...]

Jailhouse death still unexplained

August 26, 2015

Ralkina Jones was found dead in a Cleveland Heights jail cell on July 26. Only 37 years old, this African-American woman was a mother and friend to many people. As more information is forced out of the Cleveland Heights Law Department, suspicion grows that gross neglect and official indifference [...]

Justice for Rekia Boyd!

August 26, 2015

By Danielle Katz and Andy Katz Hundreds packed and ultimately shut down a Chicago Police Board hearing Aug. 20 as they delivered over 10,000 petitions demanding the termination of Detective Dante Servin. Rekia Boyd In March 2012, Servin fired shots into a group of unarmed Black people, killing [...]

Tased man dies from fall

August 26, 2015

Atlanta — On Aug. 21, a crowd of family members and community activists gathered at the DeKalb County Courthouse to protest the death of 32-year-old Troy Robinson, who died after being Tasered by police on Aug. 6. Robinson was a passenger in a car that was stopped in a neighborhood where [...]

STOCK MARKET CRASH

August 25, 2015

Symptom of capitalist decay Aug. 25 — If anything dramatically shows the irrationality of the capitalist economic system, it is a financial market crash. This happens after a period of euphoria in the markets has driven prices to all-time highs and huge sums of money have been changing hands [...]

From Selma to Boston: ‘I’m fighting for the union!’

August 25, 2015

Georgia Scott of Steelworkers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Drivers Union, spoke on Aug. 21 with Workers World reporter Minnie Bruce Pratt about the drivers’ ongoing struggle against union-busting corporate giant Veolia/Transdev. The company has illegally fired four union leaders and [...]
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