Jeralynn Blueford: ‘The community is grieving’

By October 16, 2014
Facebook photo of Alan Blueford,

Oakland, Calif. — Two and a half years after the death of her son by the gun of Oakland Police Department officer Miguel Masso, Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford are still struggling to make sense of this tragedy and find justice for their son, Alan Blueford. Workers World sat with Jeralynn Blueford on Oct. 7 […]


False alarm


‘Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.’ – Graham Greene The “Great Pretenders” are at it again with their “the sky is falling” routine. Both the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police and key members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature are sounding a false alarm against Mumia Abu-Jamal, using the boy-who-cried-wolf syndrome to generate support […]


Mexico killings protested


Dozens of people picketed the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 8 and spoke angrily about the Sept. 26 killings of six teacher education students (normalistas) by the municipal police of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and the kidnap of 43 other students. Unmarked graves were discovered Oct. 4 with more than […]


Philadelphia’s public education nightmare

Philadelphia students walked out of classrooms in May 2013 to protest the proposed elimination of all extracurricular programs in the city’s public schools. Thousands of students from 27 high schools and middle schools took to the streets, chanting, “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” and “No education, no life.”WW photo: Joseph Piette

All five unelected members of the School Reform Commission voted to cancel the School District of Philadelphia’s contract with the more than 15,000 teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors and other members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. This Oct. 6 vote was a sneak attack at a virtually unannounced meeting. The SRC’s immediate pretext was to […]


Milwaukee protesters: ‘Charge killer cop!’

By October 15, 2014
Milwaukee protest, Oct. 10.Photo: Joe Brusky

Protests continue in Milwaukee to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old African-American man shot 14 times and killed by police officer Christopher Manney on April 30. After five months and repeated protests by the Hamilton family, their attorney and community supporters, Manney has still not been charged with any crime by Milwaukee County District […]


Solidarity caravan heads to U.S./Mexico border

Solidarity caravan stops in Philadelphia, Oct. 11.WW photo: Joseph Piette

Historic Riverside Church in New York City was the location for the send-off on Oct. 10 of the “National Caravan in Solidarity with the Children and Families at the Mexico and Texas Borders.” The enthusiastic crowd of nearly 100 supporters cheered on caravan organizers and participants, jumping to their feet several times during the program. […]


Nat’l convergence in St. Louis, Ferguson: People resist police terror

By October 14, 2014
Wearing glasses, center, Leslie McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, leads Ferguson march. WW photo: Monica Moorehead

St. Louis, Mo. — An unprecedented weekend of mass resistance took place in St. Louis, Ferguson, Clayton and other parts of Missouri on Oct. 10-13. Many actions demanded an end to police terror and for real justice for Michael Brown, John Crawford III, Vonderrit Myers Jr. and countless others who have lost their young lives […]


Ebola & failure of for-profit medical care

By October 13, 2014

Oct. 13 — With the death of Thomas Eric Duncan in the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Oct. 8, the political dynamics of the Ebola Virus Disease outbreak have taken on wider dimensions. Nina Pham, a nurse who was providing care for Duncan, has tested positive for the virus and is being treated in […]


Ebola hits U.S. amid charges of racism


Thomas Eric Duncan died on Oct. 8 at a Dallas hospital from the Ebola virus. He had traveled to Dallas from his home country of Liberia to see friends and family members. Duncan’s family is asking why he did not receive optimal care from the first day he sought treatment at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, […]


In ‘war on ISIS,’ the main enemy is at home


The Turkish government decided Oct. 12 to permit U.S. fighter-bombers to launch attacks on Syrian targets from Incirlik Air Force Base near the Turkish-Syrian border. This decision marked the latest escalation of the U.S.-led “war on ISIS.” It is a further step toward a major U.S. invasion into Syria and Iraq. Meanwhile, two key battles […]