Silicon Valley 10: Workers 0

By May 30, 2013

The writer is a May 1 Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights ­co-coordinator. The momentum for achieving so-called immigration reform continues to grow in Congress to the point where some Washington insiders describe it as ­“unstoppable.” On May 21, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to approve what a May 22 Reuters article called “the [...]

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Arpaio guilty of racial profiling

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Tucson, Ariz. — In a ruling that came as no surprise to Arizona’s oppressed and terrorized Latino/a community, a federal judge ruled on May 24 that Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his officers are guilty of racial profiling. This decision was in response to a class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of five Latino drivers who [...]

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A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 2

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The challenge of uncovering human prehistory Part 1 of this series focused on the counterrevolution in anthropology that arose in response to the work of Lewis Henry Morgan and Frederick Engels, whose findings outlined an evolutionary history of human development. In this installment, we’ll raise some preliminary considerations toward an objective, scientific investigation of human [...]

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Gay scouts in the BSA

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On May 23, 61 percent of 1,400 voting members approved a measure to allow openly gay youth to participate in the Boy Scouts of America — one of the largest youth organizations in the U.S., with the participation of more than 2.6 million young people. The new membership policy, set to go into effect on [...]

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D.C. actions to demand: Free the Cuban Five!

By May 29, 2013

The writer is a logistics volunteer with the Inter­national Committee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5. May 29 — Worldwide support for the Cuban 5 political prisoners has been pouring in to bolster a week of scheduled solidarity activities here in the political capital of world imperialism from May 30 through June 5. Parliamentarians, [...]

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Gerardo Hernández: We will always be the Cuban Five

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Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, Ramón Labañino Salazar, and Rene González Sehewert.

A May 3 message about his Cuban 5 comrade René González, who is being allowed to stay in Cuba. He could have used the same reasons of those who very soon decided to plead guilty and cooperate with the authorities. After long years of separation, he already had at his side Olga and Irmita and [...]

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Protest invades ‘Banana Republic’

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Demonstrators demanding safety measures protecting Bangladesh garment workers filled the Banana Republic, then moved to the Gap and Old Navy retail stores in Manhattan with chants, “mic checks” and Rude Mechanical Orchestra sounds (see photo of Banana Republic protest). This May 27 action demanded these stores — along with Walmart, Sears, Target and other U.S. [...]

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Sweden’s immigrant communities rebel

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Protest against police violence in Husby, northern Stockholm, Sweden, on May 22.

Many were shocked at the week of rebellion that began May 19 in the suburb of Husby just outside Stockholm, Sweden, a city which is known for its social services programs, clean commercial districts and neighborhoods. The rebellion that spread to other regions of the country illustrated the anger and frustration of young people, who [...]

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U.S. hands off Syria, Venezuela!

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Recent U.S. threats against Iran, Syria and, yes, Venezuela show that this time of capitalist economic crisis brings with it the danger of new imperialist wars and interventions. In late May — in news that got more publicity in the Israeli media than in the U.S. — the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution backing [...]

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Las mentiras del occidente sobre Siria

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Hay el siguiente mito sobre el intervencionismo occidental en Siria: el papel de Estados Unidos y otras naciones occidentales ha sido el de reforzar elementos moderados dentro de una amplia coalición contra el gobierno para luchar por la libertad contra un régimen tiránico. Tan reciente como el 28 de febrero de este año, el secretario [...]

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