Worldwide protests condemn U.S. plans to attack Syria

By September 9, 2013

On the Sept. 7-8 weekend, reflecting deep opposition to the U.S. plans to attack Syria, anti-war demonstrations erupted in dozens of cities around the country and worldwide. New York, Washington, Boston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia and Atlanta are just a few of the U.S. cities where people demanded “Hands off Syria!” and “Money [...]


Harlem, N.Y., rally says no to U.S. attack on Syria


An emergency protest rally was called Sept. 3 to inform the Harlem, N.Y., Black community of the impending U.S. attack on Syria. The rally was organized by the Black-led December 12 Movement and the Freedom Party in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. State Office Building on 125th Street.       Passersby heard that a U.S. [...]


AFL-CIO Convention draws low-income workers


At a time of record poverty and massive government cutbacks, and under the threat of another war in the Middle East, the AFL-CIO opened its quadrennial national convention in Los Angeles on Sept. 8. Delegates from as many as 57 national unions listened to labor officials as well as religious, civil rights, women and LGBTQ [...]


South Korea arrests progressives

By September 8, 2013

South Korea’s secret police — the hated National Intelligence Service — launched two days of raids on Aug. 28 against the United Progressive Party, a left electoral bloc with six representatives in the legislature. Ten UPP offices and homes were raided and three party officials were arrested on treason and sedition charges. Travel bans were [...]


Korean autoworkers wage courageous resistance

These Hyundai workers have occupied utility pylons at their plant for almost a year, protesting layoffs.

Since the global recession began in 2008, the world’s auto companies have been aggressively restructuring the process by which vehicles are made. This has meant the lowering of wages, with multiple categories of workers doing similar labor for dissimilar pay and benefits. The restructuring has also meant the expansion of temporary — also known as [...]


Unions must reach out to youth


The AFL-CIO Convention should put on its front burner how to win the loyalty of youth to organized labor. To win them, the unionists will have to do the right thing, the courageous thing. Taking this step is vital for the very survival of the movement. At one time, the children of most union members [...]


A brief history of ‘marriage,’ part 15


From matrilineal clan to patriarchy, polygyny in transitional societies The transition to sedentary life and agricultural production was a process carried out in different ways and at different times in different parts of the planet’s inhabited areas. Up to this point, we’ve been drawing on anthropological reports dealing with contemporary foragers and hunters and the [...]


Activists honor post o

WW photo: Johnnie Stevens

A delegation from Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services attended the national convention of Postal Office Women for Equal Rights, held at the National Association of Letter Carriers headquarters in New York on Aug. 24. The CLUPJS members saluted the work of POWER in affirming and advancing women in the workplace and fighting to [...]


Open letter to the AFL-CIO leaders — Oppose war on Syria

By September 6, 2013

The following is an open letter from the first secretary of Workers World Party, Larry Holmes, written to the AFL-CIO leadership on the eve of their organization’s national convention Sept. 8 in Los Angeles. If you agree with this statement, write an email to Sept. 6 — At this critical moment, the number one [...]


Women speak out against U.S. intervention in Syria


The following is a statement from the International Women’s Alliance, of which the Women’s Fightback Network, New York Chapter, is an executive board member, on the planned U.S. assault on Syria. We, the  member organizations of the International Women’s Alliance, raise our collective voices against the impending interventionist war that the United States is planning [...]

On the picket line

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 gonna settle for a contract that puts us behind the 8 ball. […]