‘Fight for 15’ kicks off in Appalachia

By March 28, 2014
Ethan Young, president of Students for Appalachian Socialism, addresses the audience March 25.WW photo: Benji Pyles

Huntington, W.Va. — A coalition of activists from Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST), Workers World Party, Students for Appalachian Socialism, the Jewel City Solidarity Network and Service Employees union Local 32BJ held a public meeting on March 25 to kick off a “Fight for 15 at Marshall University!” campaign. The meeting was attended by campus [...]


McDonald’s icon busted for wage theft

WW photo: Anne Pruden

New York — A large group of fast-food workers and their supporters held a flash protest on March 18 in a midtown Manhattan McDonald’s and shut it down. Workers joined members of the community and immigrant rights activists to fight for a $15-per-hour minimum wage and union rights for fast-food workers. As they went in, [...]


Marxism explains long-term jobless growth


Five years into the capitalist recovery, the crisis of mass, long-term unemployment will not go away. The Labor Department defines long-term unemployment as being 27 weeks or longer without a job. The official number of long-term unemployed in February was 3.8 million workers. (Los Angeles Times, March 20) “To grasp what that means for the [...]


Protesters tell looters for 1%: ‘Detroit is NOT for sale’

WW photo: Brenda Ryan

The ultra-right-wing, anti-union, anti-people Manhattan Policy Institute hosted the notorious looters of Detroit’s pensions and treasury, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, on March 24 at the Roosevelt Hotel. New Yorkers with the People’s Power Assembly Movement welcomed them only as they should be — with a “Detroit is NOT for sale” [...]


Stop the anti-people legislation in Georgia


Atlanta, March 20 — For the ninth consecutive week, Moral Monday Georgia staged actions on March 18 opposing reactionary legislation and demanding expansion of Medicaid for some 650,000 low-income workers in the state. The coordinated acts of civil disobedience throughout the day — in the Senate gallery, blocking the governor’s office door and sitting in [...]


Philippine government attacks Communist Party, arrests two leaders

By March 27, 2014
The revolutionary women’s group Makibaka marches in downtown Manila demanding freedom for CPP leaders Wilma Austria and Benito Tiamzon, March 25.Photo: Boy Bagwis

The following statement was issued on March 23 by the Communist Party of the Philippines. The Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) condemns in the strongest terms the reported arrest yesterday of Benito Tiamzon and Wilma Austria. Tiamzon and Austria are both senior cadres of the CPP Central Committee and consultants of the National Democratic [...]


Moscow rally supports Ukraine anti-fascists


Hundreds of communists and other leftists turned out for a rally and concert in Moscow entitled “Ukraine without Fascists or Oligarchs” on March 22. The event was initiated by Red TV to establish an “Antifascist Resistance Center” in solidarity with those organizing against the U.S.-backed coup in Ukraine. The action grew out of a “Statement [...]


Libya faces further imperialist intervention


Three years after the massive eight-month bombing campaign against Libya was carried out by the Pentagon and NATO, divisions within the rebel forces that served as ground troops for the imperialist war of regime change are prompting greater foreign intervention. The seizure of an oil tanker, the Morning Glory, off the coast of Cyprus, by [...]


Workers in Spain demand dignity


Demanding dignity and “food, a job and a roof over everyone’s head,” hundreds of thousands of people marched on Madrid on March 22. Organizers estimated that 2 million people took part in the protest. The government started off with a ridiculous estimate of 35,000-50,000 and then mumbled a vague retraction. The organizers rented four trains [...]


Colombia rightist’s illegal maneuver threatens peace talks


Using illegal methods, Colombia’s rightist Inspector General removed Bogotá’s popularly elected mayor from office, throwing the future of the vital peace talks with the political guerrilla movement, the FARC-EP, and the future of democracy in Colombia into question. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights had granted “precautionary measures” to Bogotá’s popularly elected Mayor Gustavo Petro [...]