Demanding answers to East Harlem explosion

By June 29, 2014
From left, Bruce Farina of Utility Workers of America Local 1-2, Eileen Gonzalez of El Barrio
Community Action and Johnnie Stevens.Photo: Rosa Grable

At a June 18 City Council public hearing, an ad hoc coalition of tenants and activists stepped up the fight to make Con Edison accountable for the East Harlem gas explosion in March that killed eight residents and left more than 80 homeless. The hearing, on assessing the economic impact of New York’s failing infrastructure, [...]

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And still the Ukraine – an interim report

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The following article is by Kai Ehlers, a German-based expert on the former Soviet Union. We publish it as a progressive contribution to the discussion on Ukraine and food for thought about the developments there. Translation by Workers World managing editor John Catalinotto. June 25 — This one even Petro Poroshenko’s sponsors were unable to [...]

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U.S.-backed wars displace tens of millions

By June 27, 2014

June 20 is World Refugee Day. This year, a report issued by the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees revealed that the number of displaced persons has reached a post-World-War-II high. More than 51 million people have been forced out of their homes as a result of war and instability. The leading conflicts [...]

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A tribute to ‘Ancestors of the Middle Passage’

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Ancestors of the Middle Passage

Brooklyn, N.Y. — On June 14 from noon to sunset, the 25th annual “Tribute to Our Ancestors of the Middle Passage” took place at the “Ancestors’ Circle” on Brooklyn’s Coney Island boardwalk. The takeaway message from the organizers was: “We will never forget you and we will never turn our backs to you.” The tribute [...]

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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‘NO’ to privatization in Philadelphia

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‘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 [...]

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Remembering Juneteenth, police victims

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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 [...]

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Boston: Fight union busting, racism

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The Veolia Corporation’s campaign to break the Boston School Bus Drivers Union and rip up their contract is part of a broader austerity attack that targets the unions, public education and Boston’s African-American, Latino/a and immigrant communities. Workers World supports this all-important fight against union busting and austerity cutbacks. The mostly Haitian, Cape Verdean and [...]

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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 [...]

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