Tribute to Leslie Feinberg

By December 14, 2014
Leslie Feinberg in 1992.Photo: Bill Hackwell

She brought ‘trans’ into labor’s vocabulary In 1895, the year that Frederick Engels died, a 25-year-old V.I. Lenin wrote a tribute as an introduction to the first Russian language edition of Engels’ works. He opened with two lines from Russian poetry: “What a torch of reason ceased to burn, What a heart has ceased to […]

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CIA ‘exposed’ but protected; Bush and company off the hook

By December 13, 2014

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA torture reveals in detail the unrestrained brutality its operatives have carried out at secret sites around the world. Reading the disclosures in the 500-page executive summary of the committee’s findings is somewhat comparable to witnessing the strangling of Eric Garner by the police in Staten Island or hearing […]

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NATO powers threaten re-attack on Libya

By December 12, 2014

Recent reports claim that Islamic State camps have been set up in Libya, the North African country in chaos after the U.S./NATO-led bombing and ground war in 2011 ousted the Gadhafi government and destroyed Africa’s most prosperous and stable state. At present there are two identifiable centers of neocolonial power in Libya: the Islamic-oriented government […]

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Mass protests by Haiti’s people

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Port-au-Prince, Nov. 25.Photo: Daniel Tercier, Haïti Liberté

Tens of thousands of Haitians have come out into the streets repeatedly in the last month. They demand that President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe leave office and that the 6,000 troops of the United Nation’s occupation force, called Minustah, leave Haiti. Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Petit Goâve, Cap-Haïtien, Fort-Liberté, Ouanaminthe and Aux Cayes — […]

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Why unions need Black youth

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The new youthful explosion demanding justice and battling police racism and terror is offering new life to the existing labor movement. We write “existing” to make it clear we are aware of its historic political weaknesses, especially with its predominantly white, male leadership at the highest levels. Hundreds of thousands of young people in the […]

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Operation restore trust?

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Dec. 2 — The flames of Ferguson have eaten their fill, and its eerie glow has cast light on how impotent is the Black political class, who cannot solve a problem that is a bane of Black existence. Usually, when they speak, they seem to be ventriloquists, who mouth the words of white politicians, drowning […]

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On the picket line

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By Matty Starrdust and Sue Davis Minn. janitors strike on ‘Black’ Friday Joining other strikers on “Black” Friday, Nov. 28, contracted janitorial workers who clean big-box stores in the Twin Cities area walked off the job at more than 50 retailers to declare, “Enough is enough.” At least 150 janitorial workers and community allies held […]

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Michigan struggle demands transgender civil rights

By December 11, 2014

Detroit — The victories for marriage equality represent a huge advance for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer movement in the United States. Two-thirds of the U.S. population now live in states that permit or recognize same-sex unions. It is wholly possible that the U.S. Supreme Court will compel states that still discriminate against same-sex […]

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‘We are the resistance!’ say Syracuse students and community

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Syracuse, N.Y., Dec. 8.WW photo: Minnie Bruce Pratt

Syracuse, N.Y. — In bitter cold, 300 protesters marched from Syracuse University into downtown Syracuse in a militant outcry against racism and police brutality. Bridging campus and community, the protest brought together local activists, parents with babies in strollers and Snuglis, children on scooters and a core multinational crowd of students. This Dec. 8 march […]

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Stop police harassment of Ferguson protest organizers

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Philadelphia — As protests continue to spread across the U.S. and around the world in response to police brutality and epidemic murders of unarmed Black and Brown people, it is becoming increasingly clear that just trying to reform policing practices won’t be enough. Rather than taking measures to curb police abuse and harassment, police appear […]

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