National actions say ‘Not one more deportation!’

By April 7, 2014

More than 80 events were held across the U.S. around the theme of “Not 1 More Deportation!” on April 5, the date immigrant rights activists estimated that the 2 millionth person would be deported under the administration of  President Barack Obama. The actions were coordinated by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, which says that […]


Marxism and long-term unemployment

By April 5, 2014

A study published by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in January compiled figures on unemployment that have important significance for the working class and for a Marxist analysis of the present dead-end crisis of capitalism. The figures in the study confirm that the bosses’ need for labor power at all skill levels and […]


Tweets, the Cuban 5 and the U.S. blockade


A widely distributed Associated Press article on April 3 revealed details of yet another covert U.S. program meant to undermine socialist Cuba. The AP’s investigative report, titled “U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest,” describes a multimillion-dollar program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that was meant to gather intelligence on cellphone […]


Right-wing extremist destroys clinic


The All Families Health Center in Kalispell, Mont., was operational for only three weeks when it was vandalized and destroyed on March 4. Susan Cahill, the clinic owner, reported that the building’s plumbing and heating systems and medical equipment were destroyed, along with artwork and awards. Family photographs were slashed with knives. Files were stolen. […]


Rights for women or corporations? Part 1


The Supreme Court heard arguments on March 25 about a highly controversial case involving two for-profit companies that object, on the grounds of “religious liberty,” to the free contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. If the justices affirm the companies’ religious claims, it could have far-reaching repercussions that go far beyond women’s rights and […]


‘Land grabs’

By April 4, 2014

Taken from a March 19 audio column at With the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, U.S. politicians have gone coo-coo, raising Cain about it, likening it to Hitler’s seizure of Poland, with Americans snarling about violations of international law, and “land grabs.” Almost immediately, Americans and Europeans, citing threats of “regional destabilization,” […]


‘Community feed’ remembers police victim


San Francisco — The monthly “Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation Community Feed” on March 23 fell on the 6th annual “Feed the People Weekend.” The community event provided sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice and other wholesome foods for distribution to the people. On July 16, 2011, 19-year-old Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. was brutally killed by the […]


Anti-equality backlash in Michigan

By April 3, 2014

Ding dong! The wicked reverend is dead! Fred “god hates f**s” Phelps died on March 19. Unfortunately, the spirit of hatred that Phelps embodied is alive and well among Michigan politicians. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Tea Party bigot, refused to accept the March 21 ruling of federal Judge Bernard Friedman that Michigan’s ban on […]


Washington State: Were the mudslide deaths inevitable?


Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy brought devastation that was not solely from natural causes, as was reported at the time in the pages of Workers World newspaper. The infrastructure of capitalism, driven by the need to maximize profits, was the source of much of the suffering and dislocation of those storms. The same is true for […]


Southern conference: ‘On to revolution and socialism’


The auditorium of the Durham Public Library could hardly contain the electric energy and revolutionary fervor of those who gathered for the “Hard Times Are Fighting Times: Building a Southern Movement for Revolution and Socialism” conference here on March 29. The conference was a testament to the momentous changes taking place in the working-class movement […]