Belgium: 150,000 march against austerity

By November 16, 2014

Workers in Belgium showed that they had had enough. The latest cuts to their living standards brought them out in the streets in massive numbers at the call of the main trade unions in the country. They would refuse to accept raising the retirement age from 65 to 67 or breaking the link between wages […]

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German rail workers strike

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The German train drivers’ union, the GDL, struck the German railroad company Deutsche Bahn on Nov. 6 for the third time in a month. The strike was scheduled to last four days, the longest in DB history. The union called it off on Nov. 8 as a “friendly gesture,” according to GDL leader Claus Weselsky. […]

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On elections in Donestsk and Lugansk

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On Nov. 2, against the backdrop of the U.S. and NATO’s provocative “Iron Sword” war games in nearby Lithuania, residents of the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics (DNR and LC) went to the polls for the first elections since declaring independence from Ukraine. Donetsk Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko won 75 percent of the vote, while […]

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U.S. to double troops in Iraq

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President Barack Obama more than doubled U.S. participation in the new war on Iraq on Nov. 7 by ordering an additional 1,500 “advisers and trainers” be sent there. Washington’s pretext for this expansion is the need to train the Iraqi national army and the Peshmerga in Iraqi Kurdistan to fight against Islamic State fighters. On […]

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Los Angeles activists petition for $15 minimum wage

By November 15, 2014

The city of Los Angeles has a $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative, introduced by the Los Angeles Workers Assembly, which will actively collect signatures until the end of January 2015. Upon voter approval, it would immediately lift the wages of 800,000 workers. This puts a spotlight on wage theft with enforcement and education clauses that […]

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Lawsuit challenges Mumia-muzzling act

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Attorneys representing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 10 seeking to overturn a Pennsylvania censorship bill that had been quickly passed in October and then signed into law by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. The Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project and the Roderick and […]

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Chained protesters say: ‘Freedom for Rasmea Odeh’

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WW photo: Terri Kay

Outraged by the guilty verdict and immediate jailing of 67-year-old Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh on Nov. 10, her supporters rallied and vowed to continue with their protests until she is released. Two days later, a group chained themselves to the doors of the Federal Courthouse at the Ron Dellums Federal Building in downtown Oakland. In […]

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Community activist elected in Providence

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Mary Kay HarrisPhoto: Robert Malin

Providence, R.I. — African-American activist Mary Kay Harris won the general election for City Council from Ward 11 on Nov. 4, defeating her Republican opponent by 1,669 to 258, or better than six to one. This is despite support for the Republican from the incumbent machine Democrat, whom Harris had defeated in the primary. Harris […]

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On the picket line

By November 14, 2014

Nurses strike to demand Ebola preparedness Nurses in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia plan a national day of action on Nov. 12 to demand better patient care and Ebola preparedness. “Every RN is one patient away from being exposed to Ebola. The message nurses are being given across the nation is […]

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Justice now for Dontre Hamilton

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Photo: Joe Brusky

Members of the Coalition for Justice and its supporters packed a Milwaukee Fire and Police Commission meeting Nov. 6 to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton, who was shot 14 times at Red Arrow Park in Milwaukee by Christopher Manney, a Milwaukee police officer, on April 30. When officials of the so-called “police union” attempted to […]

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