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Articles by Larry Hales

Objective conditions that gave rise to Ferguson

November 22, 2014

Larry HalesWW photo: Brenda Ryan Excerpts from the talk given by Larry Hales at the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York City Nov. 15-16. I believe in comradely and revolutionary love, but also in the power of hating oppression and those that oppress. I believe in letting that [...]

The legacy of Thomas Sankara

November 12, 2014

Excerpts from a talk given by Larry Hales to a New York City meeting of Workers World Party on Nov. 7. Thomas Sankara, president of Burkina Faso, 1984-1987. In Burkina Faso since the uprising that drove Blaise Compaore from office, Thomas Sankara’s name and contribution to revolutionary thought [...]

Ferguson struggle emblematic of national oppression

October 30, 2014

Book-length analyses could be written on the developments in Ferguson, Mo., the majority Black enclave outside St. Louis where Michael Brown was shot by Ferguson cop Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. There is the killing itself and then the callous way 18-year-old Michael Brown’s body was left to lie in [...]

The racist militarization of Ferguson, Mo.

August 20, 2014

‘Hands up, don’t shoot’, Ferguson, Mo. Aug. 18 — The air was again choked in Ferguson, Mo., with smoke bombs and tear gas. Protesters’ chants competed with bursts of firearms shooting rubber bullets. This was in late evening, after Saturday, Aug. 16, passed into the early moments of [...]

The racist militarization of Ferguson, Mo.

August 18, 2014

Aug. 18 — The air was again choked in Ferguson, Mo., with smoke bombs and tear gas.  Protesters’ chants competed with bursts of firearms shooting rubber bullets. This was in late evening, after Saturday, Aug. 16, passed into the early moments of Sunday, shortly after the curfew took effect. [...]

Honor Chokwe Lumumba

March 11, 2014

Chokwe Lumumba Build a people’s assembly Jackson, Miss. — On March 8, hundreds of people, especially from the South and particularly Jackson, Miss., came to mourn and reflect on the life of Mayor Chokwe Lumumba, who died suddenly on Feb. 25 at the age of 66.  Starting with a March 5 [...]

New investigation, reparations sought for Clarence Moses-El

January 10, 2014

Clarence Moses-El In November 1996, Clarence Moses-El, who is imprisoned at Kit Carson Correctional Facility in Burlington, Colo., expected to be vindicated of the rape for which he had been convicted in Denver. Ever since his conviction in 1987, Moses-El has upheld his innocence. From the [...]

Fighting for people’s power

December 9, 2013

  Larry Hales Talk given at the 2013 WWP conference by Larry Hales. What drives us as revolutionaries is our ability to generalize from our individual hardships — to see them not as personal misfortunes, but as stemming from systemic exploitation and oppression in an uncaring system, one [...]

Anatomy of two shootings in Washington, D.C., and Chicago

September 26, 2013

There were two shootings within days of one another in the United States that have been classified as mass shootings.  The first was on Monday morning, Sept. 16, at the Washington Navy Yard, allegedly committed by Aaron Alexis.  The other was early Friday, Sept. 20, in Chicago, allegedly [...]
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