Youth march against capitalism at World Business Forum

By October 17, 2014
Photo: Desirée J. DeLoach

New York — The capitalist class held an event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 7-8 called the World Business Forum. Five thousand of the richest CEOs and bankers met there to share their experiences in how to slash benefits, lower wages and bust unions. Outraged by this display of vast wealth [...]

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A tale of two oppressed communities

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Taken from an Oct. 7 audio recording at prisonradio.org. At first glance, the communities of Ferguson, in Missouri, and of Gaza, in the Israeli occupied territories, share virtually nothing in common. One is situated in the richest country on earth.  The other sits on ancient lands, lands that are constantly shrinking under the occupation. One [...]

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‘Justice for Jennifer Laude! U.S. out of Philippines!’

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Justice for Jennifer. WW photo: Greg Butterfield

A rainy New York City rush hour didn’t deter over 50 Filipino-American activists, transgender people and supporters, who rallied outside the Philippines Consulate on Oct. 15, chanting “We say no to the VFA! Fight transphobia every day for Jennifer Laude!” Laude, a transgender Filipina woman, was found strangled in a hotel room in Olongapo City, the [...]

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Jeralynn Blueford: ‘The community is grieving’

By October 16, 2014
Facebook photo of Alan Blueford, https://www.facebook.com/groups/355178837879562/

Oakland, Calif. — Two and a half years after the death of her son by the gun of Oakland Police Department officer Miguel Masso, Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford are still struggling to make sense of this tragedy and find justice for their son, Alan Blueford. Workers World sat with Jeralynn Blueford on Oct. 7 [...]

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False alarm

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‘Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.’ – Graham Greene The “Great Pretenders” are at it again with their “the sky is falling” routine. Both the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police and key members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature are sounding a false alarm against Mumia Abu-Jamal, using the boy-who-cried-wolf syndrome to generate support [...]

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Mexico killings protested

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Dozens of people picketed the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 8 and spoke angrily about the Sept. 26 killings of six teacher education students (normalistas) by the municipal police of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and the kidnap of 43 other students. Unmarked graves were discovered Oct. 4 with more than [...]

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Philadelphia’s public education nightmare

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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 [...]

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Milwaukee protesters: ‘Charge killer cop!’

By October 15, 2014
Milwaukee protest, Oct. 10.Photo: Joe Brusky

Protests continue in Milwaukee to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old African-American man shot 14 times and killed by police officer Christopher Manney on April 30. After five months and repeated protests by the Hamilton family, their attorney and community supporters, Manney has still not been charged with any crime by Milwaukee County District [...]

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Solidarity caravan heads to U.S./Mexico border

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Solidarity caravan stops in Philadelphia, Oct. 11.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Historic Riverside Church in New York City was the location for the send-off on Oct. 10 of the “National Caravan in Solidarity with the Children and Families at the Mexico and Texas Borders.” The enthusiastic crowd of nearly 100 supporters cheered on caravan organizers and participants, jumping to their feet several times during the program. [...]

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Nat’l convergence in St. Louis, Ferguson: People resist police terror

By October 14, 2014
Wearing glasses, center, Leslie McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, leads Ferguson march. WW photo: Monica Moorehead

St. Louis, Mo. — An unprecedented weekend of mass resistance took place in St. Louis, Ferguson, Clayton and other parts of Missouri on Oct. 10-13. Many actions demanded an end to police terror and for real justice for Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Vonderrit Myers Jr. and countless others who have lost their young lives [...]

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