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Detroiters reject austerity

By April 3, 2014
WW photo: Kris Hamel

April 1 — More than 500 loud and angry workers marched at the federal bankruptcy court in Detroit to voice their objections to the planned slashing of City retirees’ pensions by 34 percent along with other draconian cuts. The demonstration was called by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee. Workers, […]


Detroiters object to austerity plan

By April 1, 2014

The city of Detroit bankruptcy case is being played out in a courtroom far removed from the real future of the city and the destiny of its workers, retirees and residents. Yes, the federal bankruptcy court is in downtown Detroit. But the lawyers representing the emergency-management-run city and the bankers who are trying to squeeze […]


Protests demand U.S. hands off Russia, Ukraine, Venezuela

By March 21, 2014
San DiegoWW photo: Carl Rices

In response to a call from the International Action Center, demonstrations, outreach and other actions took place in cities and areas across the United States in mid-March to demand U.S. hands off Venezuela and no U.S. intervention in Ukraine or Russia. These actions also countered the lies and distortions of the big-business-owned media regarding the […]


‘People’s objections’ to be filed in Detroit bankruptcy case


Detroit, March 16 — The last day to file objections to the city of Detroit’s austerity “Plan of Adjustment” in its bankruptcy case is April 1. Organizers with the Moratorium NOW! Coalition and Stop Theft of Our Pensions Committee are holding a meeting March 17 to help city residents, workers, retirees and other concerned people […]


‘Lifting our voices’ against oppression

By March 13, 2014

Detroit — A “Lifting Our Voices” speakout against capitalism and imperialism took place in Detroit on March 8 for International Women’s Day. The meeting hall at 5920 Second Ave. was packed with women and men of varying ages, nationalities, backgrounds and abilities. Women attended from National Action Network who are petitioning for a $15 minimum […]


Court nixes giveaway to banks

By January 27, 2014

Detroit — In what the corporate media have called a “stunning blow” to Wall Street, two of the biggest capitalist banks have been barred from making a deal that would take an additional $165 million from the people of Detroit. The ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge also prevents a third bank from getting another […]


Court rules against giveaway to banks in Detroit

By January 16, 2014

Detroit,  Jan. 16 — With a decision community activists called “a major victory for the people of Detroit,” U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes ruled today that the City of Detroit could not go forward with its loan deal with Barclays Bank that would have cost the city millions more in order to pay off […]


Detroiters reject $165 million payout to big banks

By January 2, 2014

Detroit, Jan. 2 — A statement issued Jan. 1 by the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs has put the spotlight on Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s sworn testimony that he was allegedly set to legally challenge Bank of America and United Bank of Switzerland on the grounds of fraud and […]


Trial lifts lid on banks’ looting of Detroit

By December 30, 2013
Detroit protesters outside of court Dec. 17.WW photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer

Something unexpected happened in the city of Detroit bankruptcy case in court on Dec. 18. Judge Steven Rhodes adjourned the trial, which had been called to get approval for a settlement on “termination fees” that the city allegedly owes to Bank of America and United Bank of Switzerland. The banks claim they’re owed the money because […]


Only socialism can save Detroit

By December 12, 2013
Kris HamelWW photo: Brenda Ryan

  Talk given at WWP conference  on Nov. 16 by Kris Hamel. Workers World Party wants to expropriate the expropriators and overturn capitalism, an economic system whose demise is way overdue. In this age of imperialism and endless war, low-wage and dead-end capitalism, we fight for socialism — not as some utopian dream for a […]

Chemical weapons arsenals and the hidden truths about the ‘Convention’

The hammering by politicians and the corporate media about chemical weapons use in Syria, which, according to secret CIA “evidence” was used by government forces, has generated the widespread false impression that it is only Syria that now possesses such weapons and threatens the rest of the world with them. That’s the power of the weapon of mass distraction, which is able to focus public attention on a single point, making everything else vanish. Germany, in 1915-1917, was the first to use chemical weapons: […]