Bury Jim Crow! Organize the South!

By March 7, 2014

The following excerpted remarks were made by Eva Panjwani, a leading member of the Durham, N.C., branch of Workers World Party and a national organizer of the youth group Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) at a Feb. 28 WWP forum in New York. I am a queer, first-generation ­immigrant. Structural racism and national oppression have […]


Public forum addresses W.Va. chemical spill crisis

Cathy Kunkel, of Energy Efficient WV, speaks at the “Water Unites Us” public forum on Feb. 20 at Marshall University.WW photo: Benji Pyles

Huntington, W.Va. — A public forum titled “Water Unites Us” on Feb. 20 at Marshall University addressed public concerns about the Jan. 9 Freedom Industries spill of a coal purification chemical into the Elk River, affecting the tap-water supply for 300,000 people. The chemical spill was the largest to affect a water supply in U.S. history. […]


UAW loss at VW: unions must not vacillate on racism

By March 6, 2014

Several weeks after the United Auto Workers lost a close election at Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga, Tenn., the discussion continues on why workers rejected union representation. The setback has prompted a healthy discourse — online and on the shop floor — among rank-and-file autoworker activists. With the union’s national convention set to begin June 1, […]


Venezuelan revolution defended

Photo: Ernesto Leon

In a strong show of support for Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, Houston activists gathered at the Venezuelan consulate on Feb. 28 for a “Day of Solidarity with the Venezuelan Government.” The gathering was opened with remarks by Ernesto Leon, an activist from Caracas who lives in Houston, and Workers World Party activist Gloria Rubac. Both […]


Venezuelans pay tribute to Lumumba

Chokwe Lumumba

The following statement was released on Feb. 26 by the Embassy of the ­Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela located in Washington, D.C. Go to venezuela-us.org The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela wishes to express its heartfelt condolences on the passing of our dear brother Mayor Chokwe Lumumba on February 25, 2014. We remember him […]


Hiding stagnation and ‘missing workers’

By March 5, 2014

Here is a major headline item that never made it to the headlines: The Commerce Department has revised downward by 25 percent its estimate for the growth of the U.S. economy in the last quarter of 2013. This is a huge downward revision. What was originally announced as a 3.2 percent growth rate, on an […]


Detroit meeting opposes bankruptcy plan

By March 4, 2014

Detroit — A standing-room-only audience at Central United Methodist Church participated in an Emergency Town Hall meeting March 2 in response to the “Plan of Adjustment” in the Detroit federal bankruptcy case. The document is designed to institutionalize corporate rule over the people of this majority African-American city. The event was planned by a coalition […]


The Cuban Five: Fernando the Giant

Gerardo Hernández

The following statement was released by Gerardo Hernández, one of the Cuban Five who remains unjustly imprisoned in the U.S. Fernando González was released on Feb. 27 and returned to Cuba. In each of the Five there is something more or less unique about us. For example, Ramon [Labañino] is the tallest one, closely followed by […]


Spike Lee said the right thing

By March 3, 2014
Spike Lee

Brooklyn, N.Y. — When filmmaker Spike Lee made a series of pithy, crowd-pleasing observations opposing the racist effects of gentrification in Brooklyn, the capitalist media wasted no time in attacking him. Lee’s comments — which received multiple rounds of applause and laughter at a Feb. 25 Pratt Institute Black History Month event in Brooklyn — […]


Class war in western Pennsylvania

Nurses strike at Medical Center in Altoona, Pa.

Altoona, Pa. — For more than three months, 142 locked-out members of Utility Workers Union Local 102 have walked the picket line in the freezing cold here in western Pennsylvania, demanding that Penelec — a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. — give them back their jobs. The lockout began on Nov. 25, 2013, after the workers […]