On the picket line

By December 14, 2013

Sign NYC transit workers’ petition A massive turnout of New York City transit workers and their supporters on Oct. 29, the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, put the Metropolitan Transportation Authority on notice that the workers plan to fight for a raise in their new contract, even if the MTA isn’t offering one. “We’re not [...]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 25

By December 13, 2013

Working-class marriage under capitalism In setting the stage for an examination of working-class marriage in the epoch of capitalist society, the words of Karl Marx in his “Genesis of Capitalism” constitute a good introduction: “The discovery of gold and silver in America, the extirpation, enslavement and entombment in mines of the aboriginal population, the beginning [...]


Only socialism can save Detroit

By December 12, 2013
Kris HamelWW photo: Brenda Ryan

  Talk given at WWP conference  on Nov. 16 by Kris Hamel. Workers World Party wants to expropriate the expropriators and overturn capitalism, an economic system whose demise is way overdue. In this age of imperialism and endless war, low-wage and dead-end capitalism, we fight for socialism — not as some utopian dream for a [...]


Corporations behind global warming


Over the course of international climate change conferences since the Kyoto Accords were established in 1997, a pivotal debate has been whether developed countries or developing countries should shoulder the primary responsibility for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) and other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The U.S. and other major industrialized countries have repeatedly rejected the idea [...]


The ‘Scottsboro Boys’: A horrific travesty of justice

The nine Black teens, aged 12 to 18 — Haywood Patterson, Roy Wright, Andy Wright, Charlie Weems, Clarence Norris, Ozzie Powell, Willie Roberson, Olen Montgomery and Eugene Williams, (not named in order) meeting with their lawyer, attorney Samuel Leibowitz in 1931.Photo: Fred Hiroshige

Eighty-two years after their arrests, the last three of the innocent “Scottsboro Boys,” Charles Weems, Andy Wright and Haywood Patterson, were posthumously exonerated by the state of Alabama. On Nov. 21, the long-overdue pardons, although merely symbolic gestures, were officially granted. In this case, “better late than never” amounts to “justice delayed is justice denied.” [...]


Pentagon abets French incursion in Africa


After a Dec. 8 meeting between U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and French Defense Minister Yves Le Drian while both were in Afghanistan, Hagel ordered the Pentagon to assist France’s military buildup in the Central African Republic. With the backing of the U.N. Security Council, the Francois Hollande government has more than doubled France’s [...]


Venezuela Enabling Law provides new hope for Bolivarian revolution


By depleting the stocks of basic goods and unleashing speculation, the oligarchy opposing the government has imposed great difficulties on the daily lives of the majority of the Venezuelan people. The corporate media focused on the shortage of cornmeal, essential in the making of arepas, a staple of the Venezuelan diet, and other everyday products [...]


South Africa: Which Road to Liberation?

By December 11, 2013

Eyewitness account written in 1993 by Monica Moorehead PDF pamphlet


International Revolutionary Day honors Fred Hampton


Chicago, Dec. 4 — Every year on this day, Chairman Fred Hampton Jr. and the Prisoners of Conscience Committee/Black Panther Party Cubs (POCC/BPPC) convene International Revolutionary Day (IRD). This anniversary memorializes the martyrdom of Chairman Fred Hampton Sr. and Defense Captain Mark Clark at the hands of the Chicago Police Department on Dec. 4, 1969. [...]


Rhode Island protests Wal-Mart, honors Rosa Parks


On Dec. 1, the 58th anniversary of Rosa Park’s refusal to move from her bus seat, which sparked the 382-day Montgomery bus boycott, Deborah L. Wray read an annual human rights statement for the Rhode Island Rosa Parks Human Rights Committee in the year of Rosa’s 100th birthday (Feb. 4, 1913). A Black Friday protest [...]