Worldwide protests condemn U.S. plans to attack Syria

By September 9, 2013

On the Sept. 7-8 weekend, reflecting deep opposition to the U.S. plans to attack Syria, anti-war demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities around the country and worldwide. New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are just a few of the U.S. cities where people demanded “Hands off Syria!” and “Money […]


Harlem, N.Y., rally says no to U.S. attack on Syria


An emergency protest rally was called Sept. 3 to inform the Harlem, N.Y., Black community of the impending U.S. attack on Syria. The rally was organized by the Black-led December 12 Movement and the Freedom Party in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street.       Passersby heard that a U.S. […]


AFL-CIO Convention draws low-income workers


At a time of record poverty and massive government cutbacks, and under the threat of another war in the Middle East, the AFL-CIO opened its quadrennial national convention in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. Delegates from as many as 57 national unions listened to labor officials as well as religious, civil rights, women and LGBTQ […]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 15

By September 8, 2013

From matrilineal clan to patriarchy, polygyny in transitional societies The transition to sedentary life and agricultural production was a process carried out in different ways and at different times in different parts of the planet’s inhabited areas. Up to this point, we’ve been drawing on anthropological reports dealing with contemporary foragers and hunters and the […]


Activists honor post o

WW photo: Johnnie Stevens

A delegation from Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services attended the national convention of Postal Office Women for Equal Rights, held at the National Association of Letter Carriers headquarters in New York on Aug. 24. The CLUPJS members saluted the work of POWER in affirming and advancing women in the workplace and fighting to […]


Open letter to the AFL-CIO leaders — Oppose war on Syria

By September 6, 2013

The following is an open letter from the first secretary of Workers World Party, Larry Holmes, written to the AFL-CIO leadership on the eve of their organization’s national convention Sept. 8 in Los Angeles. If you agree with this statement, write an email to Sept. 6 — At this critical moment, the number one […]


Women speak out against U.S. intervention in Syria


The following is a statement from the International Women’s Alliance, of which the Women’s Fightback Network, New York Chapter, is an executive board member, on the planned U.S. assault on Syria. We, the  member organizations of the International Women’s Alliance, raise our collective voices against the impending interventionist war that the United States is planning […]


Will changes in AFL-CIO aid workers’ struggles?

By September 5, 2013

Taken from a speech by Workers World Party First Secretary Larry Holmes to a WWP forum in New York City on Aug. 22. The AFL-CIO leadership says its Sept. 8 through 11 convention will be an important landmark, where they will discuss changing their whole orientation. When organized labor, as represented by the AFL-CIO or […]


With one-day strike for $15 an hour, fast-food workers shut it down!


Fast-food workers turned off the grills, closed the cash registers and walked off their jobs on Aug. 29 to demand a living wage and the right to unionize. Thousands of workers in 60 cities, from Boston to San Diego and Raleigh, N.C., to Oakland, Calif., staged a one-day strike at 1,000 restaurants — the largest […]


On the picket line


Walmart warehouse workers win raises, benefits After an unrelenting two-year struggle, the 75 workers at the Walmart warehouse in Mira Loma, Calif., won a pay increase in mid-August from $8.50 an hour to $13.50 (a whopping 60 percent increase), health insurance, and paid sick days and vacations. How did these mostly immigrant, officially unorganized workers […]