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Victory! Cuban 5 are reunited and free at last

By December 18, 2014
The Cuban 5 united in Havana, Dec. 17.

Dec. 17 — The government of the United States has done what it repeatedly swore it would never do: It has freed the last of the Cuban 5.  Today Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino and Gerardo Hernández were finally released from U.S. jails after more than 16 years of unjust imprisonment. René González and Fernando González had […]

 

Meeting in Harlem says Black lives matter, from Ferguson to West Africa

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Sahid KoromahWW photo: Brenda Ryan

Harlem, N.Y. — An all day rainstorm could not keep people from attending a Solidarity Rally Against Ebola, Stigma and Racism at the National Black Theatre in Harlem, N.Y. on Dec. 9. The program sponsored by the African Ebola Crisis Committee and the International Action Center showed what a people’s response to an epidemic, led […]

 

Athletes break their silence

By December 17, 2014
Andrew Hawkins

The current national uprising against police violence dominates the U.S. political terrain. The revolt began with the Ferguson, Mo., rebellion, ignited by the broad daylight police murder of African-American 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white cop on Aug. 9. Black youth who racist white police officers humiliated, terrorized and demonized day in and day out […]

 

Court rules for Albert Woodfox, now let him go!

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Albert Woodfox

Forty-two years in solitary confinement is 42 years too long. Albert Woodfox should be released now from a Louisiana prison. On Nov. 20, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals agreed. The three-judge panel ruled unanimously to uphold a lower court’s decision to overturn Woodfox’s conviction for killing a prison guard. On Feb. 26, 2013, […]

 

Mass marches affirm that ‘Black Lives Matter’

By December 16, 2014
Oakland, Calif.

The four-month uprising against police violence received a tremendous boost on Dec. 13 — a national day of actions called by Ferguson and St. Louis, Mo., organizers.  In many U.S. cities, thousands — and even tens of thousands — of determined and militant activists and ordinary people took to the streets to demand justice for […]

 

Ramón Labañino Salazar: a prison visit with a Cuban hero

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Free Ramón Labañino Salazar.

Ashland, Ky. — We sat in the last three seats of the last neat row of red plastic chairs.  It was the visitors’ room of the federal prison here on a rainy but not so cold Saturday morning in December. A door across the room opened and there he was, Ramón Labañino Salazar. Although other […]

 

Tribute to Leslie Feinberg

By December 14, 2014
Leslie Feinberg in 1992.Photo: Bill Hackwell

She brought ‘trans’ into labor’s vocabulary In 1895, the year that Frederick Engels died, a 25-year-old V.I. Lenin wrote a tribute as an introduction to the first Russian language edition of Engels’ works. He opened with two lines from Russian poetry: “What a torch of reason ceased to burn, What a heart has ceased to […]

 

Mass protests by Haiti’s people

By December 12, 2014
Port-au-Prince, Nov. 25.Photo: Daniel Tercier, Haïti Liberté

Tens of thousands of Haitians have come out into the streets repeatedly in the last month. They demand that President Michel Martelly and Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe leave office and that the 6,000 troops of the United Nation’s occupation force, called Minustah, leave Haiti. Port-au-Prince, Léogane, Petit Goâve, Cap-Haïtien, Fort-Liberté, Ouanaminthe and Aux Cayes — […]

 

‘We are the resistance!’ say Syracuse students and community

By December 11, 2014
Syracuse, N.Y., Dec. 8.WW photo: Minnie Bruce Pratt

Syracuse, N.Y. — In bitter cold, 300 protesters marched from Syracuse University into downtown Syracuse in a militant outcry against racism and police brutality. Bridging campus and community, the protest brought together local activists, parents with babies in strollers and Snuglis, children on scooters and a core multinational crowd of students. This Dec. 8 march […]

 

Meeting commemorates Chairman Fred Hampton

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Fred Hampton

With the 45th annual International Revolutionary Day on Dec. 4, people commemorated the 1969 assassination of Illinois Black Panther Party Chairman Fred Hampton and Defense Captain Mark Clark by a Chicago Police Department/FBI/Illinois State’s Attorney’s Office death squad.  They held the IRD at Ground Zero, 2337 W. Monroe, where the deadly raid took place, against […]

 
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