Worldwide march planned against Monsanto

By May 26, 2013

On May 25, activists from around the world will unite to march against Monsanto, the largest manufacturer and promoter of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Organized largely via Facebook, Twitter and other social media, the March Against Monsanto protests will reflect the mounting global concern over GMO foods. Events are scheduled in more than 235 U.S. [...]

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West weaves web of lies over Syria

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There is mythology of Western interventionism in Syria: The role of the United States and other Western nations has been to bolster moderates within a broad anti-government coalition fighting for freedom against a tyrannical regime. As late as Feb. 28 of this year, Secretary of State John Kerry claimed the U.S. was for the first [...]

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U.S. gov’t taps AP phones to repress truth

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The U.S. Attorney General’s office announced on May 10 that the government had secretly “tapped” the phone records of a large number of Associated Press reporters’ office and home phones over a period of two months in April and May of 2012. “It was a very large number of records that were obtained including phone [...]

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Antonio Guerrero’s new paintings unveiled

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Hyattsville, Md. — What are the impressions of 15 years of imprisonment? ”Me muero como viví” (“I shall die as I lived”) is the new watercolor exhibit produced by Antonio Guerrero, one of the Cuban 5, for the upcoming 15th anniversary of their initial arrest on Sept. 12, 1998. Unveiled at Casa de Maryland on May [...]

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Tornadoes and capitalism devastate Oklahoma

By May 25, 2013

On the afternoon of May 20, a force equal to 600 times the Hiroshima atomic bomb’s power struck the city of Moore, Okla. The giant tornado, 1.3 miles wide, cut a swath over 17 miles long, killing at least 24 people, ten of them children, and injuring 327 others. Over 13,000 homes and other structures [...]

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Philadelphia workers say, ‘We will shut city down’

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Philadelphia AFSCME workers protest at Mayors’ Summit May 23.WW photo: Betsey Piette

“Welcome to the city that doesn’t pay their workers.” That’s how Pat Eiding, Philadelphia council president of the AFL-CIO, introduced the “Mayors’ Innovation Summit” of the U.S. Conference of Mayors held in Philadelphia on May 22-24 and hosted by its president, Philadelphia’s “Mayor 1%” Michael Nutter. Nutter has recently overseen the closing of 25 Philadelphia public schools, along [...]

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San Diego labor demands immigrant rights

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WW photo: Bob McCubbin

More than 550 janitorial workers in San Diego lost their jobs on May 17 as a result of employment audits by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The same day, in protest against this anti-worker attack, SEIU United Service Workers West organized a militant protest at the city’s Civic Center. The flyer announcing the protest [...]

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Farm workers, supporters protest Wendy’s

By May 24, 2013
WW photo: G. Dunkel

Some 300 farmworkers and their supporters from New York’s labor and progressive community marched and rallied May 18 to tell Wendy’s to join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers’ Fair Food Program like other fast-food chains have. Since tomato pickers are farmworkers, they are not covered by labor law in Florida or federally. They have no [...]

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New York Legal Services workers strike

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After working nearly a year without a contract, the 270 members of the Legal Services Staff Association, United Auto Workers Local 2320, who work at Legal Services NYC, voted 173 to 13 to strike on May 15. They set up picket lines in all five boroughs, where they help the most vulnerable poor and elderly [...]

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Grocery workers say no to wage theft

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Some 50 grocery workers and their supporters held occupations at four Brooklyn, N.Y., grocery stores on May 18. The actions were organized by New York Communities for Change, with workers taking the lead. The protesters convened at a church, where an old school bus picked them up so they could travel together to the targeted [...]

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