North Carolina burning

By February 15, 2014
Mumia Abu-Jamal

They call it Moral Mondays and in North Carolina this means a movement of civil disobedience led by the Rev. Dr. William Barber, a local head of the NAACP. Why protest? That’s because for the first time since 1870 the Republicans have their hands on all the levers of power there — the governor’s office [...]

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Debt, Cuba and Detroit

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Photo: Daymon J. Hartley

The following is excerpted from a talk by Cheryl LaBash, an organizer for last summer’s Five Days for the Cuban 5 and co-chair of the National Network on Cuba. LaBash highlighted the relationship between the struggle to free the Cuban 5; the development of economic solidarity structures throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, particularly the [...]

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Honduras: People resist despite fraud and violence

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Police threats can’t stop movement.Photo: hondurasresists.blogspot.com

The people of Honduras have much in common with the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean: a culture rich in art, music and food in a land with warm, loving people. Like many other nations in the Americas, Honduras also suffers from extreme violence against the working class, widespread corruption from a greedy oligarchy, [...]

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Why Debbie Dogskin died

By February 14, 2014
The Fort Yates, North Dakota, mobile home where Debbie Dogskin was found dead of exposure to extreme cold. The temperature inside was -1 degree Fahrenheit and the propane tank was empty.

As propane prices soar, 25 states have declared an energy emergency, but it came too late for Debbie Dogskin. And it’s not just the extreme cold that puts thousands of poor people at risk. Debbie Dogskin, an Indigenous woman in her fifties, froze to death in a mobile home after the propane tank ran dry. [...]

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Protest hits NYC Wendy’s

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A lunchtime protest in downtown Manhattan, N.Y., offered a strong show of support for former Wendy’s worker Rynetta Bennett, who was fired for being an organizer of the campaign for $15-an-hour wages and a union. The Jan. 31 protest against Wendy’s was organized by 99 Pickets and Fight for 15. Participants chanted “Get up! Get [...]

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Leaked documents tell what NSA spy programs do

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Revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency spy programs have appeared in German and Dutch magazines.  The articles’ source appears to be former NSA contractor and now whistleblower Edward Snowden. On Dec. 29, the German magazine Der Spiegel published a lengthy article titled “Documents Reveal Top NSA Hacking Unit.” The article describes a secret NSA [...]

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Fifty years after ‘war on poverty,’ class divisions widen

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Poor People's March at Lafayette Park and Connecticut Avenue in Washington, D.C., June 1968.

Some five decades after President Lyndon B. Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” class divisions inside the U.S. are widening. Today, the conditions of poor and working people are rarely addressed in Congress, the White House or the boardrooms of the transnational corporations and financial institutions. President Barack Obama touched on this issue during his [...]

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Demand justice for Central Park 5

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News conference and rally, Feb. 4.WW photo: Greg Butterfield

New York – Supporters packed the steps of City Hall on Feb. 4 to demand that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio make good on his promise to finally settle the case of the Central Park 5 and bring an end to the 25-year ordeal of these men and their families. The Central Park [...]

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Anti-fascist protesters march in Ukraine

By February 13, 2014
Young communists in Kiev carry photos of Komsomol resistance fighters executed by Nazis in occupied Ukraine 71 years before, on Feb. 8, 1943.

The Communist Party of Ukraine reported that more than 1,000 people joined the anti-fascist march in Kiev on Feb. 8. “Most were young people who oppose the attempts to seize power by the neo-Nazi groups that have settled in the center of Kiev and captured the regional administration in Western Ukraine.” The CPU reported that [...]

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Lifelong communist Frances Dostal remembered

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Frances Dostal in June 2010.WW photo: Bryan G. Pfeifer

Frances Dostal, a founding member of Workers World Party who died Dec. 26, was remembered Feb. 1 in Cleveland by more than 100 comrades, friends and movement activists. The comments, anecdotes and solidarity messages wove together a number of common threads. Frances and her life partner Ted Dostal — who died in 2003 — were [...]

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