Letter to the Editor: Another pro-abortion-rights movie

By June 27, 2014

June 20, 2014 Dear Editor, In her article “Obvious Child” about abortion and films, Sue Davis overlooked a great film with a powerful pro-abortion plot, “Dirty Dancing.” The 1987 popular movie showed a dancer getting an abortion without being blamed or maimed. In fact the two main characters and other friends pull together to help […]


Milwaukee activists shut down ICE

By June 26, 2014

June 24, Milwaukee — Activists led by “Youth Empowered in the Struggle” shut down the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in downtown here, June 19. At 6 a.m., 10 activists chained their arms together through PVC piping and sat in front of the building’s garage doors to block ICE vehicles from leaving to arrest more […]


‘NO’ to privatization in Philadelphia

‘NO’ to privatization

A large crowd of Philadelphia Gas Works workers and their supporters rallied outside City Hall on June 19 to stop the privatization of the city-owned utility. Utility Workers Local 686 organized the demonstration, which included a number of politicians and labor leaders, including Pat Eiding, president of the Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO. Speakers emphasized that the […]


Remembering Juneteenth, police victims

Remembering Juneteenth, police victims

A large crowd gathered June 19 on the central plaza of the downtown cathedral in San Antonio, Texas, to celebrate Juneteenth, a state holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when word finally reached enslaved people in Texas that they had been freed two and a half years earlier. Patricia Castillo, with the P.E.A.C.E Initiative, opened […]


TransJustice’s points of unity

By June 25, 2014
WW photo: Monica Moorehead

Following is edited text from Trans­Justice of the Audre Lorde Project, a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color Center for Community Organizing on the 10th Annual New York City Trans Day of Action for Social and Economic Justice. Go to alp.org to read the 10 points of unity in their […]


No intervention in Iraq


Washington promotes deadly divisions Thirty-five years of U.S. subversion, intervention and then direct occupation of Iraq are the primary cause of the violent sectarian divisions now pulling that country apart. Any further U.S. intervention will have even more disastrous consequences for the population as a whole and the entire region. This may well be Washington’s […]


Protests demand: ‘U.S. stay out of Iraq!’

Photo: Alyssa Eisenberg

SAN FRANCISCO  Many national and local organizations, including the Answer Coalition, the Bay Area Latin American Solidarity Coalition, the International Action Center, Veterans for Peace, Codepink, World Can’t Wait and Workers World Party, came together in San Francisco on June 22 to demand “No new U.S. war on Iraq!” Over 200 people rallied at the […]


How Voting Rights Act was set back

By June 24, 2014

At his Escambia County polling site on June 3, 93-year-old African-American Willie Mims was disenfranchised by Alabama’s strict new voter ID law. Mims was turned away because he did not have a photo ID. He explained that he no longer drives, so his license had expired. He was not offered a chance to cast a provisional […]


Casey Kasem kept his feet on the ground

Casey Kasem on the front banner of the Jan. 19, 1991, Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East protest.

Entertainer and political activist Casey Kasem, 82, died on June 15 after a long illness. Kasem was “more likely to be listening to a speech by Malcolm X on his cassette player than music by Miami Sound Machine,” according to a 1989 profile in the Los Angeles Times. Born Kemal Amen Kasem in Detroit, of […]


Labor appeal for Boston school bus drivers’ union

By June 23, 2014

The following June 11 letter was sent out to the labor movement and signed by Myles Calvey, business manager, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2222; Rich Rogers, executive secretary-treasurer, Greater Boston Labor Council; Dumond Lewis, president, United Steelworkers Local 8751; Steven A. Tolman, president, Massachusetts State AFL-CIO; Andrew Slip, staff rep., District 4 USW; […]