NLRB ruling: Workers 1, McDonald’s 0

By August 9, 2014

Labor organizing involves fighting injustice — on the picket lines, in the streets. When the bosses retaliate — and they always do — workers and unions need to use every resource to fight for their rights. Thanks to the hard-fought labor struggles of the 1930s, the National Labor Relations Act was passed in 1935, setting [...]

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Capitalism increases Ebola dangers

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Aug. 7 — Ebola was identified 40 years ago in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, then called Zaire. Two hundred and eighty people died in this first reported outbreak, on the banks of the river Ebola, out of 318 infected, for a fatality rate of 88 percent. For the next 40 years, Ebola was [...]

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Ukrainian Nazis and the ‘Commissar Order’

By August 8, 2014

Victor Shapinov, of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle), makes the connection between the Nazi practice of extermination of communists and commissars in 1941 and the latest news about the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” that is currently targeting communists and leftist activists in Ukraine. The article originally appeared on the website ActualComment.ru and was translated by Workers [...]

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An assassination that announced World War I

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July 31 — One hundred years ago today a brutal assassination announced the outbreak of World War I. No, it was not the killing in Sarajevo of Archduke Ferdinand, representative of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The June 28, 1914, shooting of this inconsequential political figure, who was scorned by his own royal family and despised by [...]

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Solidarity with Palestinian people

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By Professor Jose Maria Sison Chairperson, International League of the Peoples’ Struggle Aug. 7 — We, the International League of People’s Struggle (ILPS), renew our call to all our member organizations, our allied organizations and the broad masses of the people of the world to sustain the mass actions in solidarity with and support for [...]

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Remember the Tonkin Gulf lie!

By August 7, 2014

Aug. 4 is the 50th anniversary of the infamous Gulf of Tonkin incident. On that day in 1964, officers of a destroyer, the USS Maddox, which had been gathering intelligence data in North Vietnamese waters, claimed that three North Vietnamese Coast Guard patrol boats fired at them without provocation. It was a bald-faced lie. The [...]

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An ironic name

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In mid-July there was a vigil in a South Albany, N.Y., housing complex — named the Ezra P. Prentice Homes — for the victims of the 2013 Lac-Mégantic oil train disaster. This poor, African-American neighborhood is just a few yards away from a rail complex holding hundreds of dangerous oil train cars containing volatile crude [...]

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Brigade defies U.S. travel ban on Cuba

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WW photo: Garrett Dicembre

Buffalo, N.Y. — Twenty-two courageous U.S. citizens, members of the 45th Venceremos Brigade, crossed the Peace Bridge from Erie, Ontario, Canada, into Buffalo, N.Y., on Aug. 3, proudly declaring that they had defied their own government’s ban on travel to Cuba. Along with groups of supporters, they held demonstrations on both sides of the border, [...]

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New York retail workers rally for justice

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Zara worker Sharlene Santos says, ‘$10.50 is not enough!’

As New York City’s working class takes on more defense of working conditions for restaurant, grocery, airline, car wash, fast food and other low-wage workers — most of whom are people of color and/or immigrant workers — some of these workers came to a July 29 rally to cheer on workers at a Zara clothing [...]

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Struggle wins temporary water shutoff moratorium

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Detroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

New developments took place at the end of July around the struggle for water in Detroit. A class-action lawsuit was filed on July 21 in federal bankruptcy court involving victims of the mass water shutoffs and four community organizations: Moratorium NOW! Coalition, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization, People’s Water Board and the Michigan chapter of the [...]

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