Lessons of May Day & the migrant rights movement

By November 20, 2014
Talk by Teresa Gutierrez to the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York City.WW photo: G. Dunkel

WORKERS WORLD PARTY CONFERENCE Not too long ago, the movement in this country hardly remembered, much less commemorated, May Day. In 2005, however, a wonderful grouping of labor activists and communists sought to revive May Day and organized a Union Square demonstration. May Day 2005 was a great start in flexing working-class muscle: a call […]


What it takes to unite the workers & oppressed

By November 19, 2014
Excerpts from the talk given by Larry Holmes at the 2014 Workers World Party National Conference in New York City.WW photo: Brenda Ryan

WORKERS WORLD PARTY CONFERENCE Comrades, I want to start by saying a word about the immense Boston struggle. In the relationships between capital and labor at any given time there is a norm. We all know what it has been: givebacks, concessions, two-tier wage levels. From Detroit to Philadelphia, everywhere, the workers have been decimated. […]


Youth are the future!

Opening talk at the 2014 Workers World National Conference in New York City by Colleen Davidson, a member of the Baltimore Branch of Workers World Party and Fight Imperialism, Stand Together.WW photo: G. Dunkel

WORKERS WORLD PARTY CONFERENCE I would like to ask all the FIST members, in fact, all the young people in the hall, to stand — because you are the future of Workers World Party! This year’s conference comes at a critical juncture. Many of you who have gathered in this hall have been on the […]


WWP National Conference: ‘Down with capitalism!’

FIST youth lead the conference in singing the Internationale.WW photo: G. Dunkel

Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. — The stage banner in a school auditorium in Queens, N.Y., said it all: “Workers World Party stands in solidarity with Gaza, Ferguson and Ayotzi! Down with capitalism! Fight for socialism!” This theme resonated on Nov. 15-16 as the WWP annual national conference highlighted major struggles here and worldwide, including […]


Walmart workers ‘sit down to live better’

Sit-down in Los Angeles. Coming up: Black Friday.Photo: UFCW.org

Walmart workers carried out their first ever sit-down strikes at two different stores in Los Angeles on Nov. 13. After sitting down inside the store at Pico Rivera, workers marched outside, sat down in a busy intersection and refused to leave. Police struggled to free up the intersection and keep traffic and Walmart profits flowing, […]


Leslie Feinberg – A communist who revolutionized transgender rights

By November 18, 2014
Speaking in support of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Town Hall, New York, 1999.WW photo: Deirdre Griswold

Leslie Feinberg, who identified as an anti-racist white, working-class, secular Jewish, transgender, lesbian, female, revolutionary communist, died on Nov. 15. She succumbed to complications from multiple tick-borne co-infections, including Lyme disease, babeisiosis and protomyxzoa rheumatica, after decades of illness. She died at home in Syracuse, N.Y., with her partner and spouse of 22 years, Minnie […]


Boston school bus drivers versus capital, low wages

By November 16, 2014

On Nov. 24, the Boston school bus drivers will gather at a courthouse to show support for grievance chair and union founder Steve Kirschbaum. Kirschbaum will be on trial facing outrageous trumped-up charges — including felonious assault with a dangerous weapon — that are obviously being used by employer Veolia Corp. to try to bust […]


Los Angeles activists petition for $15 minimum wage

By November 15, 2014

The city of Los Angeles has a $15 Minimum Wage Ballot Initiative, introduced by the Los Angeles Workers Assembly, which will actively collect signatures until the end of January 2015. Upon voter approval, it would immediately lift the wages of 800,000 workers. This puts a spotlight on wage theft with enforcement and education clauses that […]


Lawsuit challenges Mumia-muzzling act


Attorneys representing political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal filed a lawsuit in federal court in Harrisburg, Pa., on Nov. 10 seeking to overturn a Pennsylvania censorship bill that had been quickly passed in October and then signed into law by outgoing Gov. Tom Corbett. The Pittsburgh-based Abolitionist Law Center, the Amistad Law Project and the Roderick and […]


Chained protesters say: ‘Freedom for Rasmea Odeh’

WW photo: Terri Kay

Outraged by the guilty verdict and immediate jailing of 67-year-old Palestinian activist Rasmea Odeh on Nov. 10, her supporters rallied and vowed to continue with their protests until she is released. Two days later, a group chained themselves to the doors of the Federal Courthouse at the Ron Dellums Federal Building in downtown Oakland. In […]