Solidarity activists honored in Cuba

By October 11, 2014

The Friendship Medal of the ­Republic of Cuba has been awarded to two hard- working solidarity activists from the United States, according to the newspaper Granma of Oct. 3. Alicia Jrapko, U.S. coordinator of the In­ter­national Committee for the Freedom of the Five, and photographer Bill Hackwell were honored for their unwavering efforts to gain [...]

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Pennsylvania legislature tries to stop Mumia Abu-Jamal from speaking

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Mumia Abu-Jamal

  More often than not college commencement speakers are corporate CEOs, bankers or politicians — the people who will exercise control over students’ futures by exploiting their labor, piling mountains of student loan debt on them or starting endless wars that threaten the very futures of them and their families. On Oct. 5, graduates of [...]

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Detroit U.S. Attorney threatens supporters of Rasmea Odeh

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Rasmea Odeh

The following is a press release from the Committee to Stop FBI Repression, located in Minneapolis. In a bizarre and desperate move, prosecutors in the case of Palestinian American leader Rasmea Odeh filed a motion in Federal Court Oct. 3, which characterized the efforts of an important leader of the Rasmea Odeh defense campaign, Hatem [...]

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NYC faces crisis over tunnel repairs

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Superstorm Sandy has not finished disrupting life in this city, even though it blew out to sea two years ago. Its storm surge — along with a high tide made higher because of a full moon and a general rise in sea levels indisputably due to global warming — flooded four Amtrak tunnels. Two of [...]

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Defending disability rights

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Activists with disablities build solidarity with labor and community struggles.Photo: Alberto Cardona

Activists with disabilities and allies from New York, Rhode Island and Massachusetts gathered at an 1199 Service Employees union hall in Dorchester, Mass., in August to commemorate people with disabilities whose collective struggle led to the Americans with Disabilities Act being signed into law on July 26, 1990. Organized by the People with Disabilities caucuses [...]

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Abortion rights curtailed in Texas

By October 10, 2014

On Oct. 2, with a wave of its judicial wand, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals shut down 14 of the 21 abortion clinics serving women in the state of Texas. Its long-awaited, but not unexpected, reactionary decision upheld the harsh, medically unnecessary restrictions on abortion services in the Texas bill known as HB2. The [...]

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Detroiters confront federal housing chief

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These housing activists went inside to tell Mel Watt: ‘Bail out people, not banks!’WW photo: Abayomi Azikiwe

Detroit — Mel Watt, head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), was confronted by protesters as he convened a “town hall” meeting in Detroit on Oct. 2. Recently appointed by President Barack Obama, Watt oversees the federally controlled Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage giants. He was in Detroit to promote federal mortgage relief [...]

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Anti-drone protest: ‘Stop U.S. wars!’

By October 9, 2014
Don't Bomb Syria or Iraq

Syracuse, N.Y. — In continued resistance to escalating U.S. wars, 75 people marched and rallied at the gates of Hancock Air Force Base here on Oct. 5. The marchers came from across the region, including Buffalo, Rochester, Utica, Albany, Ithaca, Binghamton and Syracuse itself. Speakers, signs and fliers at the rally called for an end [...]

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WW forum links Ferguson, Palestine

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Clarence Thomas

“What’s happening in Ferguson isn’t rioting, it’s rebellion. And this isn’t the first time in our history we’ve rebelled,” declared Clarence Thomas, a rank-and-file member of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and co-chair of the Million Worker March. Thomas was speaking at a Workers World Forum held at Laney College in Oakland, Calif., on [...]

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Morocco public workers strike

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Morocco

Moroccan workers in the public sector are under attack by the state, which has decided not to talk to their unions, just to impose pension cuts and other changes that will make the workers much poorer. Four of the five major public sector unions walked off the job on Sept. 23. The only one that [...]

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