Prisons aren’t sexy, say protesters

By July 8, 2014

San Francisco — A coalition of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer groups held a protest on the theme “Prison Breaks, Not Prison Parties” on June 28 during Pride weekend here. It was meant to shame the website kink.com for holding a “Prison of Love Pride Party.” Participants had been invited to “get arrested and [...]

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Grassroots actions defend Post Office

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As postal workers, we’re in for a fight — to protect our union jobs and the public Post Office that people have depended on since it was founded in 1775. Private companies, and their cronies in Congress and USPS headquarters, are scheming to dismantle and privatize this highly successful, $68-billion-in-annual-revenue operation. In the end, what they want is [...]

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Donetsk People’s Republic leaders reinforce defenses

By July 7, 2014
Rally in Donetsk People's Republic against Ukraine junta's war crimes, July 6.Photo: DNR Press

On the night of July 4-5, the militia of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DNR) withdrew from the embattled cities of Slavyansk and Kramatorsk. The volunteer self-defense forces made an orderly retreat to the south, where they took up positions in and around the regional capital city of Donetsk. The decision to withdraw came after weeks [...]

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Drop frame-up charges! Rehire four Boston school bus drivers!

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The city of Boston and the Veolia Corporation have responded to the Boston school bus drivers’ union show of strength at its June 30th Solidarity Day III demonstration with an outrageous set of trumped-up charges against one of the union leaders: driver and union founder Stevan Kirschbaum. With contract negotiations taking place, these frame-up tactics [...]

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Argentina ruling: U.S. court backs Wall Street vultures

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U.S. government actions to promote Wall Street banks, particularly in Latin America, have a long and sordid history. A highly decorated, retired Marine Corps general, Smedley D. Butler, confessed it quite bluntly in a famous article published in Common Sense magazine in 1935: “I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests [...]

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U.N. officials condemn Detroit water shutoffs

By July 4, 2014
Detroit’s Freedom Friday fights for water.WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

The shutoff of water to thousands of Detroit homes has become national and international news. An appeal to the United Nations by activists about the inhuman, profit-driven shutoffs has resulted in condemnation of these actions by U.N. officials involved in water and sanitation issues. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to [...]

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‘Threat to health of region’

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Dear Friends: Yesterday in my neighborhood, I saw a house with at least six kids on the porch with their water shut off. Then I watched a pregnant woman with a toddler plead with the man doing the shut-offs to not shut off her water for her $400 bill. It is inhumane to shut off [...]

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Golden Farm workers win contract

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WW photo: Anne Pruden

For nearly two years the workers at the Golden Farm Deli in the Kensington neighborhood of Brooklyn have been trying to get a contract. Finally, the Golden Farm owner gave up his attempt to get Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Local 338 decertified. He gave up trying to provoke the community support organized by [...]

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On the picket line

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Tentative transit agreement in San Francisco Transport Workers Union Local 250-A announced on June 27 that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency. Workers, after voting down the MTA’s first offer at the end of May, were so disgusted at being offered a contract that included a pay [...]

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Ukraine: Democracy of the minority

By July 3, 2014

Victor Shapinov of the Marxist organization Union Borotba (Struggle) analyzes the forces at work behind President Petro Poroshenko’s announcement officially ending the Kiev junta’s ceasefire with the Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics of the Donbass region. The article originally appeared on the website ActualComment.ru and was translated by Workers World contributing editor Greg Butterfield. By [...]

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