Thousands in Philadelphia protest attack on public education

By October 24, 2014

The battle of Philadelphia students and teachers has intensified in the wake of the shocking Oct. 6 School Reform Commission decision to cancel its collective bargaining agreement with Philadelphia public school teachers. The largest rally so far in the 15-year-long battle for education funding took place on Oct. 16, in the midst of talk of […]

 

Youth shut down anti-union film

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Youth shut down anti-union film.Photo: Philadelphia Student Union

At an Oct. 15 public event, members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission screened the film “Won’t Back Down” before an audience of students and parents. The film is a notorious union-busting propaganda piece aimed at generating support for pro-privatization “parent trigger” laws, which give parents the “power” to charterize underfunded public schools. Led by […]

 

Meeting celebrates Million Worker March Movement

By October 23, 2014
From left to right: Chris Silvera, Larry Holmes, Brenda Stokely, Clarence Thomas, Charles Jenkins and Sharon Black. All were either coordinators or organizers
for the 2004 MWMM rally.WW photo: Monica Moorehead

By Cheryl LaBash and Monica Moorehead Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. Founding members of the Million Worker March Movement held a 10th commemorative anniversary meeting Oct. 16 at Teamsters Local 808 in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. The guest of honor was Clarence Thomas, national co-chair of the MWMM and a long-time, rank-and-file leader of […]

 

Cuba, Ebola & the Cuban 5

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Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, Ramón Labañino Salazar, and Rene González Sehewert.

Revolutionary leader and former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s Oct. 17 reflection, “Duty calls,” explains Cuba’s urgent mobilization of medical personnel “to combat the brutal epidemic outbreak in Western Africa.” (Read the entire article at tinyurl.com/pta4u4k) He notes that calling on highly qualified staff to fulfill a risky task “is something far more difficult than sending […]

 

Why isn’t there more global aid to fight Ebola?

By October 22, 2014

Oct. 20 — Several United States congressional representatives have called for a ban on travel into the U.S. from the three West African states which have been the most severely impacted by the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. These proposals demanded that President Barack Obama prohibit travelers from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia from entering […]

 

Behind stock market swings: World capitalist slowdown looms

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Oct. 19 — A global capitalist slowdown has sent world stock markets into decline, from Wall Street to London, Berlin and Tokyo. This slowdown is a sure sign of world capitalist overproduction, and should be of deep concern to the working class. In the U.S., the stock market just had its fourth consecutive week of […]

 

Philadelphia: No to ICE

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Philadelphia: No to ICE

Erika Almiron, director of immigrant rights’ organization Juntos, spoke at an Oct. 16 press conference on the latest attacks by Immigration Customs Enforcement against the immigrant community in Philadelphia. Six months ago, Juntos won a historic victory in this city on what are called ICE “detainers” or holds — written demands from ICE that require […]

 

Supreme Court upholds racist Texas ID law

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Once again the right-wing majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has made an outrageous attack on the hard-won democratic rights of Black and Latino/a people. On Oct. 18, they let stand the Texas voter ID law, the most draconian and restrictive voter ID law in the country. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia ­Sotomayor and Elena […]

 

Demonstrators drown out Pa. Gov. Corbett who signed ‘Silence Mumia Law’

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Pam Africa leads march. WW photo: Joseph Piette

Philadelphia, Oct. 21 — Lots of media were on hand today in Philadelphia to record the moment when Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett put his signature on the “Revictimization Relief Act” — dubbed the “Silence Mumia Law” by civil rights activists. But Corbett had a problem: None of the media could hear him speak. Nearly 50 protesters, standing a short distance away […]

 

Stops cuts of teachers’ benefits in Philadelphia!

By October 21, 2014

Judge Nina Wright Padilla of the Court of Common Pleas issued a temporary injunction Oct. 20 barring the School Reform Commission from making changes to Philadelphia public school teachers’ health care plans.  After walking away from the negotiations table in July, the SRC unilaterally cancelled the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers’ union contract on Oct. 6. […]

 
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