‘Lamothe, Sean Penn don’t speak for us’

By December 2, 2013

The Haiti Action Committee held a demonstration against Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe and actor Sean Penn (named “Ambassador at Large for Haiti” by President Michel Martelly), who were guests at a Salesforce.com convention in San Francisco on Nov. 19. HAC spokesperson Pierre LaBossiere stated: “The people of Haiti are still in the midst of […]


A new global revolutionary workers’ movement in the making


There is a new workers’ movement developing. It’s bold and it has revolutionary potential from the point of view of politics and ideology. What we do, along with others, can make a difference for it. First, regarding USW 8751, we have to make sure that Veolia fails to bust this great union and is forced […]


Charges filed in killing of Renisha McBride

Renisha McBride

A Dearborn Heights, Mich., homeowner, Theodore P. Wafer, has been charged with second-degree murder in the Nov. 2 shooting death of Renisha McBride, a 19-year-old African-American woman who was recently employed by the Ford Motor Company. McBride had been in a traffic accident in the suburb west of Detroit and was seeking assistance when she […]


Racist cops protested

Gabrielle Melton at Nov. 20
protest.WW photo: Kris Hamel

Vile racism is on the rise in metropolitan Detroit. First, there was the seemingly cold- blooded shooting death of young motorist Renisha McBride in the westside suburb of Dearborn Heights, Mich. Now, it’s reared its ugly head on the eastside in the Grosse Pointes, a series of small wealthy suburbs adjacent to Detroit. In both […]


More than 800 protest racist Washington football team name


By Chris Getowicz Minneapolis Over 800 people gathered here, Nov. 7, to demand the Washington Redskins change their racist name. Marching from the Minneapolis American Indian Center on Franklin Avenue south of downtown to the Vikings stadium, the protesters rallied in front of the Metrodome chanting, “Hey hey, ho ho, little red Sambo’s got to […]


Why build workers’ assemblies

Sharon BlackWW photo: Brenda Ryan

Talk given at the WWP conference by Sharon Black. The new low-wage workers movement is really a movement in embryo form that is taking on the global problem of fighting low wages. In some parts of the world, like Bangladesh, the workers are way ahead. They have been engaging in revolts to raise the minimum […]


The time is now to free Oscar López!

More than 200 people marched across New York City’s Williamsburg Bridge Nov. 23 to demand freedom for Puerto Rican political prisoner, Oscar López Rivera. The 70-year old Rivera has already spent 32 years in federal prison, five years longer than Nelson Mandela’s time in apartheid jails. The Community Coalition for the freedom of Oscar López Rivera organized the march that coincided with a march of 50,000 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Among the speakers at the concluding rally were representatives of the Sundiata Acoli Freedom Campaign, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, newly-elected Councilperson Antonio Reynoso and René Pérez Joglar from Calle 13 who called for the independence of Puerto Rico. — Stephen Millies

The campaign to free Puerto Rican political prisoner Oscar López Rivera is reaching new heights with the Nov. 23 demonstrations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. The campaign and the demonstrations have had the solidarity of many organizations in many countries throughout the world. There are some crucial issues that unite the Puerto Rican people […]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 24

By December 1, 2013

Sexual repression as an instrument of class domination The ruling classes of the early state societies had written legal codes that “legitimized” their power, property and privileges, and that circumscribed and curtailed the rights of their subjects. Behind these legal documents stood what gave the laws their teeth: the threat of physical force, up to […]


Could a Cuban vaccine have prevented a Princeton epidemic?

By November 30, 2013

Eight Princeton University students have contracted type B meningitis since March. Meningitis, which inflames the lining around the brain and nerves, is a deadly disease to which young people are particularly susceptible. Even with prompt treatment, 10 percent of all cases are fatal and among those who survive, impairments are common. About 500 people died […]


Protest at Georgia detention center


Lumpkin, Ga. — For the seventh year, hundreds of protesters gathered Nov. 22 in Lumpkin, Ga., to march to the Stewart Detention Center, a for-profit prison operated by the Corrections Corporation of America. Named as one of the 10 worst immigration detention facilities in the U.S., it holds close to 2,000 men who are in […]