Nicaragua Today / Nicaragua Hoy

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A collection of articles from 2021 describing the contemporary situation in Nicaragua.

U.S. delegation says: ‘Hands off Nicaragua!’ (Workers World bureau)
Nicaragua, with free health care and education, challenges U.S. domination (Sara Flounders)
Nicaragua’s right to sovereignty, development (Monica Moorehead)
Nicaragua’s colonial history (Johnny Hodgson, guest author)
‘We became visible’ (Johnny Hodgson)
‘Unity, diversity, interculturality’ (Johnny Hodgson)

Una colección de artículos de 2021 que describen la situación actual de Nicaragua.

Delegación de EE.UU. demanda defender a Nicaragua (Equipo de Mundo Obrero)
Nicaragua, con atención médica y educación gratuita, desafía la dominación de EE.UU. (Sara Flounders)
Historia colonial de Nicaragua (Johnny Hodgson)
‘Nos hicimos visibles’ — Indígenas y afrodescendientes en Nicaragua (Johnny Hodgson)
‘Unidad, diversidad, interculturalidad’ (Johnny Hodgson)


The Lessons of Buffalo

The strategy and tactics that booted anti-choice bigots out of Buffalo

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This is a 1992 pamphlet about the struggle for reproductive rights in Buffalo, New York. It covers the strategy and tactics that booted anti-choice bigots out of Buffalo as well as:

  • Who is Operation "Rescue"
  • The birth of Buffalo United for Choice
  • Confronting bigotry & forging unity
  • The fight for a class perspective
  • Tactics and training sessions
  • The role of injunctions, cops and courts
  • The day-to-day street battle to keep the clinics open

Market Elections: How democracy serves the rich

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Every four years, big money chooses the presidential candidates. Their war chests filled to the brim, they are then packaged by the media as "the people's choice."

It's U.S.-style democracy—of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich.

But how do these chosen politicians win the votes of the millions as well as the millionaires?

In this fascinating tour through the history of U.S. presidential elections, Vince Copeland explains the devious art of capitalist politics. And he shows how mass movements can upset even the best-laid plans of the "king-makers."

Who has been excluded from voting? How were electoral politics used to betray Black freedom after the Civil War? How did two Roosevelts wield reform at home to facilitate empire-building abroad? Why did no 'normal' elections take place between 1960 and 1976? Market Elections takes us into smoke-filled rooms and raucous conventions to tell the story.


Chile 1970-1973

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From Allende's Election to the Fascist Takeover

From the 1973 edition preface:

The articles from Workers World newspaper that appear in this pamphlet are reprinted without omissions or additions, and carry their original headlines. They begin chronologically with the first article to appear in WW after the election victory of the Popular Unity coalition led by Salvador Allende in 1970, and end with a collection of articles from the first issue of the paper to come out after the fascist takeover. They are arranged in this pamphlet, however, with the post­coup articles first.

Some appeared as editorials in our paper, and are so designated. However, nearly all are of an editorial or polemical character; that is, they argue a viewpoint and a political approach to the events unfolding in Chile that reflect the world outlook of Workers World Party.

Since the last of these articles was written, the fascist junta has deepened its onslaught against the workers and peasants of Chile. The dissolution of the trade unions, the posting of a military guard at every plant gate, the bombing of workers’ quarters, and the immediate economic assault on the standard of living of the poor leaves no doubt that what is happening in Chile is all-out class war­fare. The dictatorship of the capitalist class has been revealed in its most naked and brutal form. This alone makes a study of this terrible setback a must for every serious worker militant and for every person who is struggling for an end to class oppression and exploitation.

This material is presented in the spirit of solidarity and comradeship with all who are now resisting the fascist repression in Chile. Many of the points raised in this pamphlet may now, after the coup, seem obvious. But this has not prevented many workers’ parties from continuing to follow basically the same line as that carried out with such tragic results in Chile.


Boston School Bus Union Victory

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USW 8751, side by side with the communities it serves, beats Veolia/Transdev

In October, 2013, the rank-and-file members of the Boston School Bus Drivers Union, United Steelworkers Local 8751, made a historic stand against the unfair and illegal practices of Veolia Transportation, Inc. On July 1, Veolia had taken over managing Boston school transportation from First Student. Grievances were piling up so fast that sixteen Unfair Labor Practices had to be filed before the school year started in September.

Against Veolia/Transdev, a powerhouse of privatization, just how did the Boston School Bus Drivers Union finally win after a 27-month struggle? That is a powerfully important question for today’s labor movement, which has suffered so many setbacks, and for all working-class and oppressed people. This pamphlet, which contains a selection of articles from Workers World newspaper written in the heat of the battle and concludes with excerpts from a post-victory conversation on “harvesting the lessons,” is an attempt to provide the answers.


Lessons of the Harvard Dining Hall Strike Victory

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Pages: 84

The 750 striking Harvard University Dining Service workers — cooks, dishwashers, servers and cashiers — brought multibillion-dollar Harvard University to its knees on Oct. 25, 2016. After a three-week strike, the university bosses caved, giving the members of UNITE HERE Local 26 even more than they had initially demanded.

Most importantly, all the health care takeaways the Harvard Corporation had demanded were off the table. The strike victory holds valuable lessons for the workers and oppressed in the age of global capitalism — particularly under the Trump administration and the rise of fascist, racist elements.

This collection contains several articles from Workers World covering the strike, as well as a 4-part series by Chief Steward Ed Childs, a cook and leader in Local 26 for more than 40 years, explaining how the workers won.


What Road to Socialism?

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WhatRoad2SocialismA new Workers World anthology, confronting the burning questions and key contradictions during this deadly pandemic and global capitalist meltdown.


  • COVID-19 and the deepening crisis of capitalism
  • Reform or revolution?
  • The state and building for revolution
  • The centrality of fighting racism
  • The working class will make history
  • Fighting all forms of oppression: gender, sexuality, disability, and age
  • Socialism or death: socialist countries lead the way to the future
  • What is socialism?

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The scope of the world class struggle heading toward us will require more than solidarity from the working-class movement. It will require a level of coordination among organizations and movements around the world in the struggle against capitalism that didn’t even exist in the early years of the Third International under the leadership of V.I. Lenin. Conditions and technology have made what was not possible, possible. But first, those of us in the United States, the center of world imperialism, have our work cut out for us.
The world capitalist economy, led by the U.S., is tumbling very quickly into a depression. It is likely to be more severe than any previous depression in the history of capitalism, because what is occurring now is the implosion of a system at its end stage. As staggering as the Covid-19 pandemic is on its own, in truth it has catalyzed a colossal world capitalist crisis that has been in the making for a long time.


After being revived 75 years ago by World War II, U.S capitalism has for the last half century been sliding into its end stage. Globalization and the development of generations of technology, combined with a relentless assault on the living standards of the working class, have failed to stop the system’s decline.


A Marxist Defense of the L.A. Rebellion

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Published in 1992. Reissued in 2020.

This pamphlet consists of three articles by Sam Marcy that originally appeared in Workers World newspaper. The two that appear first were written after the Los Angeles rebellion of 1992. The third was written nearly a quarter century earlier, and appeared on the heels of the many uprisings all across the country sparked by the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, in 1968.

The situation of African American people in the United States has in many ways deteriorated since then. The political and economic gains won precisely out of the militant struggles of the 1960s have been so deeply eroded that—​as Marcy points out—​the poverty rate is higher in South Los Angeles today than it was in Watts in 1965.

The rebellion in Los Angeles was touched off by the racist verdict in the Rodney King beating case, but it elicited sympathy and participation from other oppressed communities. Across the country, Latinos, lesbians and gays, poor whites — millions of people denied justice and dignity by the racist, sexist, homophobic ruling class — saw immediately that the rebellion was justified.

These articles defend the spontaneous revolutionary action of the masses against the monstrous repressive apparatus of the state. At the same time, Marcy points out that “No viable class or nation in modern capitalist society can hope to take destiny in its own hands by spontaneous struggles alone. Spontaneity as an element of social struggle must beget its own opposite: leadership and organization.”


Every Struggle Is A Woman’s Struggle

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This compilation of articles exploring the current breadth and depth of women’s oppression is from the pages of Workers World, the newspaper of Workers World Party, from late 2016 to Women’s History Month 2018. The booklet shows women rising up in a wide range of struggles that oppose the reactionary Trump administration and assert our rights: against racism and white supremacy; for quality, comprehensive health care and control of our own bodies; for ending the pay gap and union representation; and for recogition of transgender people’s rights. Articles on women in Cuba and the Democratic Republic of Korea show what’s possible for women building socialist workers’ states.

Today’s fight for women’s liberation is a vital, integral, essential component in the overarching struggle to overthrow patriarchial capitalist class society and establish egalitarian socialism. May this Marxist perspective about the role of women in the overall class struggle be a resource and a guide for, as well as a contribution to, that united struggle.


Women have risen up to oppose the reactionary Trump administration and to assert our rights. The outpouring of millions of women at the Women’s March, not just in the U.S but globally, on January 20, 2017, the day after his inauguration, signaled a new era. Now #MeToo and Time’s Up are leading the way, as women fight for justice and equality, in all areas of life, but especially in our personal lives— for bodily integrity and self-respect.


This pamphlet, a compilation of articles from the pages of Workers World newspaper from late 2016 to Women’s History Month 2018, reflects those many struggles. Struggle is the only way to bring about change, especially the thorough-going, multidimensional change that’s needed to bring about women’s liberation. Those leading the struggle for change include the activists fighting racist police violence, against sexual abuse, for living wages led by Fight for $15 and a union, for DACA and stopping deportations and raids, for a clean environment and the youth uniting coast-to-coast around the demand for safe schools and much more.

The many articles selected for this pamplet show the wide range of struggles that women in the U.S. are actively involved in— against racism and white supremacy; for the right to quality, comprehensive health care and control of our own bodies; for ending the pay gap and for union representation; and for recogition of transgender people’s rights. Articles on women in the Democratic Republic of Korea and Cuba show what’s possible for women building socialist workers’ states.

Because these articles originated in Workers World, the newspaper of Workers World Party, they reflect a Marxist perspective about the role of women in society. Women are seen as a vital, integral component in the overarching struggle to end capitalism and classism. The basis of women’s oppression and inequality is rooted in patriarchy, which arose at the same time as classes developed, with rich owners lording their wealth over those without property. Today’s struggle for women’s liberation is essential to overthrowing patriarchial capitalist class society and establishing egalitarian socialism.

Some in the progressive movement, in the name of condemning capitalism, assert that so-called “identity politics” have no place in the struggle to end class oppression and exploitation. But all people must understand why patriarchy should be dismantled and obliterated, at the same time that all people must unite against racism and LGBTQ bigotry so that all forms of class oppression can be smashed and dumped into the wastebin of history.

As Monica Morehead stated in a talk at an International Working Women’s Day meeting in Boston on March 17: “WWP holds the view that all oppressed nationalities and workers will eventually win their empancipation through socialism — no matter what road they decide to take to get there, up to and including separation. But if we want to win our class to this view about socialism, we undertand that this is a process that will only be achieved by building genuine solidarity within our class— the working class — through patience and perserverance.

“And in order to deepen that solidarity, we must avoid at all costs, the mistakes of the past. The most central mistake was not recognizing that within the working class, there is not equality. That one should not have to marginalize or put to the side one’s identity as a person of color, a woman, a queer person, a person with disability, all for the sake of ‘class unity.’ Some characterize this as ‘identity politics,’ which is a cop out from doing the necessary work to build this unity.”

Working-class unity, based on solidarity, is needed for victory against the bosses and bankers who run the capitalist world and pull the strings of politicians and media moguls. Soldiarity is the glue that binds together the many separate struggles fighting against capitalist rule. It is our most potent weapon in forging a better world.

This compliation of articles exploring the breadth and depth of women’s oppression is intended to hasten and inspire the struggle of women and of the overall class struggle. May it be a resource, a guide for and a contribution to that united struggle.


Class War in W.Va.: Education Workers Strike, Win

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  • Education workers fighting back in West Virginia!
  • Statewide education strike looms in West Virginia
  • Workers shut down West Virginia schools!
  • Class war in West Virginia: School workers strike and win raise
  • West Virginia education workers, teaching how to fight
  • From a teacher to West Virginia educators: An open letter
  • Lessons of the West Virginia strike
  • Is a ‘Defiant Workers’ Spring’ coming?
  • Battle of Blair Mountain still rings true

In West Virginia, famous for pitched battles between unionminers and the coal barons, class war is raging. This time it’s teachers and all school employees on one side and right-wing capitalist politicians on the other. To quote the old labor song, “Which Side Are You On?” — “there are no neutrals.”

Education workers were still out on the picket lines at the end of the day, continuing their historic statewide strike for better wages, as well as blocking health care takeaways and other union-busting attacks. West Virginia ranks 48th in the U.S. for teacher wages — teachers earn less in only two other states. Starting pay is around $32,000 a year, and teachers with families must often apply for food assistance.

The strike in all 55 counties, which began Feb. 22, will continue indefinitely until the state Senate passes a bill granting state education workers a 5 percent raise.


On Feb. 28, the House approved the 5 percent pay raise, which billionaire Republican Gov. Jim Justice approved in talks with the three unions the day before. But on March 1, the right-wing Senate proposed taking away the pay raise and diverting it toward supposedly “fixing” the health insurance plan. The legislature must believe the workers will fall for this as if it’s a magic trick. This capitalist fakery only made the workers angrier.

Members of both the House and Senate are heavily influenced by the coal, oil and gas company owners of West Virginia.

For three days, including a Saturday when a special session was called, the Senate failed to pass the 5 percent raise. Then they tried to substitute a 4 percent raise under the cover of giving it to all state workers.

A joint statement from the striking unions explained why that was unacceptable: “You do not equalize pay for different groups by simply taking from one group and passing it to another. The purpose of this is clear — to divide us and to pit us against each other.”

The three unions are the American Federation of Teachers-West Virginia, the West Virginia Education Association and the West Virginina School Service Personnel Association.

A Senate clerical error actually endorsed the 5 percent increase briefly before pro-business senators rushed to erase the raise. One striker’s social media comment was that the legislators seemed to need a teacher to help them check their figures and their draft language.

The strikers’ impact was felt early when the governor approved, and the Republican-majority House passed, the pay hike. The governor had to back away from pushing bills that gutted seniority, promoted charter schools, prevented unions from deducting union dues from members’ paychecks, and would expand “Teach for America” — a program that hires new college graduates without teaching degrees at a lower rate of pay. These types of bills are part of a national anti-union campaign funded in part by the far-right billionaire Koch brothers.

The governor’s offer did not create a permanent fix for the Public Employees Insurance Agency, only proposing a temporary “freeze” on health care insurance premiums and a “task force” to find more funding sources. However, the worst legislative changes to PEIA, mostly various excuses to raise premiums, are paused for the time being.

The strength of what is essentially a general strike of education workers was demonstrated March 2 when 45 county school superintendents told Republican legislators that schools would stay closed until the 5 percent increase passed. Now all 55 superintendents have taken that position.

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