On the picket line

By October 17, 2014

Atlantic City casino workers protest health care rollbacks As many as 700 UNITE-HERE Local 54 casino workers at Trump Taj Mahal blocked off the Atlantic City Expressway, chanting “No health care, no peace!” on Oct. 8. The workers were protesting attempts by Trump Entertainment Resorts, which owns the Taj Mahal, to roll back workers’ hard-won [...]

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Slam dunk for Palestine

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WW photo: Anne Pruden

Protesters, including many from the Jewish community, voiced support for Palestine outside Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Oct. 7, when the Israeli basketball team Maccabi Tel Aviv was there to challenge the Brooklyn Nets. Previously, on Aug. 11, a large multinational force of people had protested Zionism at the same venue because its namesake, Barclays Bank, [...]

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Seattle protesters tell Biden: ‘No more war!’

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Photo: Jack Smith

Demonstrators in Seattle protested the wars against Iraq and Syria when Joe Biden visited the city on Oct. 9. The U.S. vice president was speaking at a Democratic Party fundraiser at the Washington State Convention Center. Biden was also targeted for past U.S. crimes of war, occupation, sanctions, genocide and ecocide against both countries. The [...]

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Youth march against capitalism at World Business Forum

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Photo: Desirée J. DeLoach

New York — The capitalist class held an event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on Oct. 7-8 called the World Business Forum. Five thousand of the richest CEOs and bankers met there to share their experiences in how to slash benefits, lower wages and bust unions. Outraged by this display of vast wealth [...]

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A tale of two oppressed communities

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Taken from an Oct. 7 audio recording at prisonradio.org. At first glance, the communities of Ferguson, in Missouri, and of Gaza, in the Israeli occupied territories, share virtually nothing in common. One is situated in the richest country on earth.  The other sits on ancient lands, lands that are constantly shrinking under the occupation. One [...]

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‘Justice for Jennifer Laude! U.S. out of Philippines!’

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Justice for Jennifer. WW photo: Greg Butterfield

A rainy New York City rush hour didn’t deter over 50 Filipino-American activists, transgender people and supporters, who rallied outside the Philippines Consulate on Oct. 15, chanting “We say no to the VFA! Fight transphobia every day for Jennifer Laude!” Laude, a transgender Filipina woman, was found strangled in a hotel room in Olongapo City, the [...]

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Jeralynn Blueford: ‘The community is grieving’

By October 16, 2014
Facebook photo of Alan Blueford, https://www.facebook.com/groups/355178837879562/

Oakland, Calif. — Two and a half years after the death of her son by the gun of Oakland Police Department officer Miguel Masso, Jeralynn Blueford and Adam Blueford are still struggling to make sense of this tragedy and find justice for their son, Alan Blueford. Workers World sat with Jeralynn Blueford on Oct. 7 [...]

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False alarm

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‘Heresy is another word for freedom of thought.’ – Graham Greene The “Great Pretenders” are at it again with their “the sky is falling” routine. Both the Philadelphia Fraternal Order of Police and key members of the Pennsylvania State Legislature are sounding a false alarm against Mumia Abu-Jamal, using the boy-who-cried-wolf syndrome to generate support [...]

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Mexico killings protested

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Dozens of people picketed the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco on Oct. 8 and spoke angrily about the Sept. 26 killings of six teacher education students (normalistas) by the municipal police of Ayotzinapa in the state of Guerrero, Mexico, and the kidnap of 43 other students. Unmarked graves were discovered Oct. 4 with more than [...]

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Philadelphia’s public education nightmare

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Philadelphia students walked out of classrooms in May 2013 to protest the proposed elimination of all extracurricular programs in the city’s public schools. Thousands of students from 27 high schools and middle schools took to the streets, chanting, “No ifs, no buts, no education cuts” and “No education, no life.”WW photo: Joseph Piette

All five unelected members of the School Reform Commission voted to cancel the School District of Philadelphia’s contract with the more than 15,000 teachers, nurses, librarians, counselors and other members of the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers. This Oct. 6 vote was a sneak attack at a virtually unannounced meeting. The SRC’s immediate pretext was to [...]

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