All out for Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 60th birthday

By April 8, 2014
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Philadelphia — On April 24, political prisoner and world-renowned journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal turns 60. He has spent over half his life in solitary confinement on Pennsylvania’s death row, and most recently, since early 2012, he has been in general population at SCI Mahanoy where he still faces life in prison despite ample evidence of his innocence. In […]

 

Black Workers for Justice banquet

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Black Workers for Justice held their 31st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Support for Labor Banquet in Raleigh, N.C., on April 5. The Rev. John Mendez of Winston Salem delivered the keynote address at the banquet, which raised the struggle for dignity and democracy in North Carolina and the South, particularly in the context of […]

 

National actions say ‘Not one more deportation!’

By April 7, 2014
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More than 80 events were held across the U.S. around the theme of “Not 1 More Deportation!” on April 5, the date immigrant rights activists estimated that the 2 millionth person would be deported under the administration of  President Barack Obama. The actions were coordinated by the National Day Labor Organizing Network, which says that […]

 

Marxism and long-term unemployment

By April 5, 2014
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A study published by Heidi Shierholz of the Economic Policy Institute in January compiled figures on unemployment that have important significance for the working class and for a Marxist analysis of the present dead-end crisis of capitalism. The figures in the study confirm that the bosses’ need for labor power at all skill levels and […]

 

Tweets, the Cuban 5 and the U.S. blockade

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A widely distributed Associated Press article on April 3 revealed details of yet another covert U.S. program meant to undermine socialist Cuba. The AP’s investigative report, titled “U.S. secretly built ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest,” describes a multimillion-dollar program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that was meant to gather intelligence on cellphone […]

 

Right-wing extremist destroys clinic

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The All Families Health Center in Kalispell, Mont., was operational for only three weeks when it was vandalized and destroyed on March 4. Susan Cahill, the clinic owner, reported that the building’s plumbing and heating systems and medical equipment were destroyed, along with artwork and awards. Family photographs were slashed with knives. Files were stolen. […]

 

Rights for women or corporations? Part 1

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The Supreme Court heard arguments on March 25 about a highly controversial case involving two for-profit companies that object, on the grounds of “religious liberty,” to the free contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act. If the justices affirm the companies’ religious claims, it could have far-reaching repercussions that go far beyond women’s rights and […]

 

‘Land grabs’

By April 4, 2014

Taken from a March 19 audio column at prisonradio.org. With the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation, U.S. politicians have gone coo-coo, raising Cain about it, likening it to Hitler’s seizure of Poland, with Americans snarling about violations of international law, and “land grabs.” Almost immediately, Americans and Europeans, citing threats of “regional destabilization,” […]

 

‘Community feed’ remembers police victim

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San Francisco — The monthly “Kenneth Harding Jr. Foundation Community Feed” on March 23 fell on the 6th annual “Feed the People Weekend.” The community event provided sandwiches, fruits, vegetables, pasta, rice and other wholesome foods for distribution to the people. On July 16, 2011, 19-year-old Kenneth Wade Harding Jr. was brutally killed by the […]

 

Anti-equality backlash in Michigan

By April 3, 2014

Ding dong! The wicked reverend is dead! Fred “god hates f**s” Phelps died on March 19. Unfortunately, the spirit of hatred that Phelps embodied is alive and well among Michigan politicians. Attorney General Bill Schuette, a Tea Party bigot, refused to accept the March 21 ruling of federal Judge Bernard Friedman that Michigan’s ban on […]

 
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