San Francisco solidarity with Korean workers’ strike

By February 27, 2014
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 […]


Detroit declares war on pensioners


Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s “Plan of Adjustment” is a declaration of war on the city of Detroit’s 20,000 retirees and their pensions. The plan, filed Feb. 21 in the city’s bankruptcy case, calls for a 34 percent cut in monthly pension payments to non-uniformed retirees. At a Feb. 22 meeting of the American Federation of […]


First Trayvon, now Jordan: No justice, no peace!


Yet another travesty of justice has just occurred in a Florida courtroom.  On Feb. 15, a surprising verdict was announced by a jury in Jacksonville.  Barely seven months after a jury in that state acquitted George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin’s killer, Michael Dunn, another racist shooter, escaped conviction for murdering 17-year-old Jordan Davis, although he was […]


A U.S. Truth And Reconciliation Commission on Racism

By February 24, 2014

In the United States, a country ruled by the ideology and practice of white supremacy since its inception, a Truth and Reconciliation Commission on racism is being proposed. Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, an associate professor of constitutional law at New York City’s John Jay College of Law and the author of “Race, Law, and American Society: 1607 to Present,” […]


On the picket line


Fightback of locked-out Kellogg workers The 226 workers at Kellogg’s cereal plant in Memphis, Tenn., made Fruit Loops and Frosted Flakes until the $14 billion company locked them out on Oct. 22. Why did Kellogg, whose workers earn $28 an hour and do not have to pay for health care, suddenly start playing hardball? Kellogg […]