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

By July 7, 2014

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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Women, yes! Corporations, no!

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Women, yes! Corporations, no!

The International Working Women’s Day Coalition held an after-work protest in Union Square on June 30. The group denounced the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision giving for-profit corporations the right, based on “religious liberty,” to limit the contraceptives their employees could select under the Affordable Care Act. Granting religious rights to corporations is a precedent-setting decision, [...]

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Mississippi after 50 years: The struggle keeps on . . .

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WW photo: Anne Pruden

Jackson, Miss. — Freedom Summer changed the course of U.S. history in 1964, when more than 1,000 students and youth, predominantly white, descended on the state of ­Mississippi. Fifty years ago Mississippi was a state where racism, segregation, horrific brutality, bombings, burnings, lynchings and Klan violence were the order of the day. “Segregation now, segregation [...]

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We march in Pride

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WW photo: Brenda Ryan

Year after year, many among the million-plus people who line the streets to watch the Pride parade in New York City crave a fightback perspective along with the celebration of their sexual and gender identities. The revolutionary contingent organized by Workers World Party was a refreshing display of struggle in the midst of attempts by [...]

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‘What do we want? Transjustice!’

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‘What do we want? Transjustice!’

The 10th annual Trans Day of Action brought together hundreds of mainly transgender youth and young workers of color, along with their allies, on June 27 in New York City. The militant march and two rallies were organized by TransJustice, a program of the Audre Lorde Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, two-spirit, trans and gender [...]

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