MLK honored in Milwaukee

By January 29, 2014
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Milwaukee — St. Francis of Assisi Church in Milwaukee was packed Jan. 20 for the Justice Coalition’s 13th annual MLK Day program. Featured were longtime leaders within the social justice movements and a presentation on the fight of low-wage workers. Following the program, a march took place to a prominent Dr. King statue a few [...]

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Anti-NATO forces retake areas in southern Libya

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For nearly seven months in 2011, NATO planes — particularly from the U.S., France, Britain and Canada — carried out a massive bombing campaign in Libya intended to overthrow the government of Muammar Gaddafi. After getting the U.N. Security Council to pass a resolution imposing an arms embargo on Libya and then another authorizing a [...]

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Richard Sherman and the NFL’s exploitation

By January 28, 2014
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With 55.9 million television viewers watching the National Football Conference championship game on Jan. 19, Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman sealed his team’s dreams of going to Super Bowl XVIII by tipping away a last minute pass to San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree in the end zone. This game-changing play occurred within seconds [...]

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Struggles featured at MLK Day actions

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Following are reports by Workers World correspondents Bill Bateman, Jim McMahan and Gloria Rubac on a few of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day events that took place in the United States. The 32nd Annual Martin Luther King Day event in Seattle was infused with the demand for a $15-an-hour minimum wage for the U.S. working [...]

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Red Army broke siege of Leningrad 70 years ago

By January 27, 2014
Red Army snipers, Leningrad 1944: Snipers Faina Yakimova, Roza Shanina and Lidia Volodina

Editor’s note: The imperialist ruling class puts its plentiful resources into making humanity forget the enormous contribution of the Soviet Union toward defeating Nazi-led German imperialism in World War II. The people of Leningrad made historic sacrifices in that effort that should be commemorated by all supporters of socialism. Jan. 27 — Seventy years ago [...]

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Court nixes giveaway to banks

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Detroit — In what the corporate media have called a “stunning blow” to Wall Street, two of the biggest capitalist banks have been barred from making a deal that would take an additional $165 million from the people of Detroit. The ruling by a federal bankruptcy judge also prevents a third bank from getting another [...]

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The low-wage spark

By January 25, 2014

The struggle to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15 an hour, which is being embraced not only by many unions but by a wide range of popular and community-based organizations, is a struggle to reverse the decades-long trend in the United States to impoverish the working class. This is especially so where [...]

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On the picket line

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Low-wage workers in six states get raises While the federal minimum wage is stuck at $7.25 an hour, some low-paid workers in six states will get raises this year. The state of Washington’s minimum wage, highest at $9 an hour, rose to $9.32 in 2014, since it is tied to inflation. Other states are catching [...]

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‘Trayvon 2’ fight for justice

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Oakland, Calif. — More than 75 supporters packed the courtroom on Jan. 13 to support “the Trayvon 2,” Hannibal and Tanzeen, who were arrested during the massive protests after the George Zimmerman verdict, which let Zimmerman off scot-free for the killing of Trayvon Martin. Hannibal and Tanzeen, who, significantly, are both men of color and [...]

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Georgia rally demands Medicaid expansion

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Atlanta — From under a sea of umbrellas, a crowd of hundreds rallied here on Jan. 13, the opening day of the state legislature — the General Assembly — to press for the expansion of Medicaid in Georgia. With a steady rain falling, speaker after speaker pointed out that human suffering and death could be [...]

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