Dr. King’s struggle legacy and today’s crisis of the cities

By January 20, 2014
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The federal holiday that commemorates martyred civil rights, social justice and peace activist Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. takes on added significance this year in light of the renewed attacks on municipalities throughout the United States. Workers and students in public educational institutions are facing massive layoffs and school closings, while local government employees […]

 

Water still unsafe after Elk River chemical spill

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Charleston, W.Va., Jan. 19 — A chemical spill into the nearby Elk River has caused hundreds of local residents to be hospitalized. Now, 10 days after the initial spill, many of the 300,000 people who had to avoid tap water since Jan. 9 find it is still contaminated. People are still being burned and suffering […]

 

A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 28

By January 18, 2014

Women and revolution “As we come marching, marching, we bring the greater days, The rising of the women means the rising of the race. No more the drudge and idler — ten that toil where one reposes, But a sharing of life’s glories: Bread and roses, bread and roses.” In 1912, the women textile workers […]

 

IFCO /Pastors for Peace resists IRS attacks

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Once again the U.S. government is targeting the solidarity movement with harassment in an attempt to silence the progressive movement in this country. IFCO (the Interreligious Foundation for Community Organization)/Pastors for Peace says it has become the victim of “political persecution and an aggressive harassment campaign by the IRS.” At the root of this recent […]

 

Georgia rally demands Medicaid expansion

By January 17, 2014

Atlanta — From under a sea of umbrellas, a crowd of hundreds rallied here on Jan. 13, the opening day of the state legislature — the General Assembly — to press for the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia. With a steady rain falling, speaker after speaker pointed out that human suffering and death could be […]

 

Setback for Veolia boosts Solidarity Day 2 for bus union

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The fight to reinstate the wrongly fired leaders of United Steelworkers Local 8751, the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, got a boost on Jan. 8 when Veolia Transportation lost the contract to run Massachusetts’ commuter rail system. The loss by Veolia, the vicious French-based, global union-busting company that runs Boston’s school bus system, of the […]

 

Autoworkers, community activists demand ‘people’s recovery’

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For the fifth year in a row, the rank-and-file autoworker advocacy group Autoworker Caravan protested outside the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Hall, in Detroit, on Jan. 12. This protest’s theme was the demand for a “people’s recovery.” In an Occupy-style mike check and skit, the question of “whose recovery?” was asked several […]

 

Celebrate the life of Comrade Frances Dostal

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Frances Dostal, RN, a founding member of Workers World Party, died Dec. 26, 2013, in Cleveland at the age of 85. She, along with her late companion, Ted Dostal, spent her entire life as a fighter for the workers and oppressed. Her life will be celebrated by comrades and friends on Saturday, Feb. 1, from […]

 

Court rules against giveaway to banks in Detroit

By January 16, 2014

Detroit,  Jan. 16 — With a decision community activists called “a major victory for the people of Detroit,” U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes ruled today that the City of Detroit could not go forward with its loan deal with Barclays Bank that would have cost the city millions more in order to pay off […]

 

Big Apple airport workers demand paid King holiday

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On Dec. 19, hundreds of contract workers at Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark airports rallied outside the New York headquarters of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and presented a petition to the PA signed by more than 2,000 workers. It had a list of demands and a deadline by which the workers […]

 
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