Workers assembly plans for spring actions

By February 28, 2014

Baltimore — The “We Deserve Better” Workers’ Assembly convened a very dynamic and enthusiastic regional workers speak-out on Feb. 22 in Baltimore to commemorate the third anniversary of the Wisconsin Capitol occupation and to set plans for actions in the spring. Youth activists from North Carolina’s Moral Monday struggle; Peoples Power Assem­bly representatives from New […]


Broad backing for minimum wage raise


Low-wage workers are carrying out a determined and heroic struggle to force giant corporations like McDonalds, Starbucks, Walmart and others to increase their pay beyond the current starvation wages. Many workers have been penalized. Some have been fired. But they have also won important victories. For example, on Feb. 19, Gap Inc. announced that they […]


Documents unsealed for FBI raids on solidarity activists

By February 27, 2014
Sign at Milwaukee protest, January 2012.WW photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer

The following is a statement issued by The Committee to Stop FBI Repression on the release of FBI documents which reveal a McCarthyite-like attack on free speech and the right to organize. The committee has been defending movement activists targeted by FBI raids starting in September 2010, and also defending other political prisoners. For more […]


Chokwe Lumumba: ‘The people must decide’

Chokwe Lumumba

Workers World was saddened to learn that Mayor Chokwe Lumumba of Jackson, Miss., died at the age of 66 on Feb. 24, before he finished the first year of his term. His death is a great loss to the progressive movement in the U.S. and worldwide — as could be seen a week earlier when […]


San Francisco solidarity with Korean workers’ strike

Youth support strikers in south Korea, Feb. 25.Photo: Alice Loaiza

The Korean Consulate in San Francisco was the site of a militant demonstration in support of the Korean general strike called by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU) on Feb. 25. There was a loud cheer when the spirited drummers from the Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project marched in. Lo Hobak spoke from the […]


UAW & VW: Class struggle versus class collaboration


Following the vote against union representation at Volkswagen’s plant in Tennessee, the United Auto Workers filed an appeal with the National Labor Relations Board. The union is challenging the results based on “a firestorm of interference from politicians and special interest groups,” submitting a detailed description of a “coordinated and widely publicized coercive campaign” to […]


Philadelphia’s workers and oppressed denied education, jobs


Why does Philadelphia, a major center of university education in the U.S., have so much poverty? This city has the second-largest student concentration on the East Coast, with over 420,000 college and university students in the metropolitan area. Temple University is one of more than 80 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools that together have […]


Pipeline activists to be sentenced

Lisa Leggio, Vicci Hamlin and Barb Carter in courtroom.Photo: Jeph Farr

Three environmental activists will be sentenced by a Michigan judge March 5 after their Jan. 31 felony convictions for protesting at a tar sands pipeline construction site. Vicci Hamlin, Lisa Leggio and Barb Carter had their bail revoked and were immediately sent to jail by Ingham County Judge William Collette following their jury trial. They […]


The great railroad strike of 1922

Railroad workers walking off the job in the July 1922 strike. Photo from Labor Herald [Chicago] Aug. 1922.

Ninety-one years ago railroad workers employed in shops and roundhouses revolted against a 12 percent wage cut. Nearly 400,000 workers walked off the job on July 1, 1922. President Warren G. Harding and his incredibly corrupt administration smashed the strike. At least 10 workers were killed by the National Guard and private detectives across the […]


North Carolina students fight cuts with walkout

By February 25, 2014

“If they won’t let us dream, we won’t let them sleep.”— Anders Lustgarten, playwright  Frederick Douglass once said: “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.”  History is riddled with stories of courageous marches, protests and too many martyrs. Most think that we don’t make history anymore. This is not […]