Videos: Summer 2020 webinars
Women & Gender Opressed Prisoners; Survival & Resistance
Webinar · Sept. 24, 2020
Women are the fastest growing demographic of incarcerated workers. Women and all people of oppressed genders face unique and intensifying cruelties within prisons, which are concentration camps for the poor and oppressed. Meanwhile, the racist and misogynist US justice system considers it a crime for women and gender oppressed workers to defend themselves from sexist, homophobic, and transphobic violence.
Black, Brown and Indigenous women face the brunt of the carceral state. Black women were imprisoned in 2017 at twice the rate for white women. Over half of all transgender prisoners report being sexually assaulted in prisons and face greater threat of forced prostitutions. Almost all transgender prisons are held in facilities that do not correspond with their true gender.
- Janetta Johnson, Executive Director of the Trans Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project (TGIJP)
- Janet and Janine Africa, MOVE Organization, two of the recently released MOVE 9 wrongfully incarcerated since 1978
- A statement from Vanessa Lee Naisha, a trans woman held in an all-men’s prison in Delaware
- Tribute to Leslie Feinberg, revolutionary communist and novelist, member of Prisoners Solidarity Committee
- Co-hosts: Mirinda Crissman, editor of Tear Down the Walls and PSC co-chair and Minnie-Bruce Pratt, WWP
Free Palestine: Susan Abulhawa and Khaled Barakat Speak
Webinar · Sept. 18, 2020
Free Palestine! No Normalization with Colonization or Occupation!
Part of the globally coordinated actions from September 18-26 defending Palestinian refugees’ right to return to their homes and lands throughout Palestine, reclaim their properties and ensure restitution and reparations.
These days of action will mark the commemoration of the Sabra and Shatila massacres, the September 1970 massacres in Jordan, the signing of the Oslo agreements and the continuing attacks, including the current farce touted as a “peace initiative”, against the rights and struggle of Palestinian refugees for return and liberation. All of these U.S. supported efforts promote militarism and delay the potential for true peace in the region–peace based on justice and human dignity.
Featuring (In order of first appearance):
- Ted Kelly: An organizer with Workers World Party and active in Solidarity with the Palestinian Struggle
- Charlotte Kates: International Coordinator of Samidoun Palestinian Prisoner Solidarity Network and organizer with the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel and Al-Awda, the Palestine Right to Return Coalition
- Susan Abulhawa: Palestinian novelist, poet, and member of WWP and US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel
- Khaled Barakat: Palestinian writer and activist whose work in Arabic and English has been widely published in a number of outlets, International Coordinator of the Campaign to Free Ahmad Sa’adat
Workers Defend Black Lives
Webinar · Sept. 10, 2020
From professional athletes in every sport, to unions demanding cops out of our unions, to labor calls for shut downs in defense of the most oppressed workers, a combative fightback is growing across the country. Anti-racist, working class power, expressed through our ability to shut down the capitalist’s profits by withholding our labor, is on the rise. This growing revolt, led by oppressed youth, is rapidly gaining new allies. This resistance deserves our unconditional support.
As extreme racist and fascist thugs operate with open police and presidential backing, new defense tactics are an urgent need. We will be discussing strategies for defending our class from vigilante attacks and mounting austerity.
It is time for the organized working class to defend the most oppressed of our class and put into action the famous slogan of the working class movement, “An injury to one is an injury to all!” In this Workers World Party webinar, we will hear from efforts across the U.S. to build this working class solidarity against racism.
We Can’t Breathe! Keep It In the Streets
Webinar organized by UNAC · Aug. 30, 2020
After the DNC and RNC: We Can’t Breathe. Keep it in the streets against racism, evictions and war
Webinar organized by United National Antiwar Coalition
COVID can be Defeated: Cuba, China, Venezuela & Vietnam Lead the Way
Webinar · Aug. 20, 2020
- On China: Siu Hin Lee, China US Solidarity Network, National Immigrant Solidarity Network
- On Cuba: Rosemari Mealy, NY-Jersey Cuba Si Coalition, Board of IFCO/Pastors for Peace
- On Venezuela: William Camacara, Bolivarian Circle Venezuela Solidarity
- On Vietnam: Ngô Thanh Nhàn, Viêt Solidarity & Action Network, Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage uncontrollably in the U.S., we must understand that it doesn’t have to be this way. Many countries around the world, and above all countries building socialism, have been able to effectively combat the pandemic, using the tools of a planned economy and robust national healthcare system to prioritize the health of their populations.
The U.S. has the highest rate of infections and highest death count in the world because the health and survival of working and oppressed people is secondary to profits for the ruling class. More than 160,000 have died, millions have lost their jobs and many renters face eviction. But the wealth of U.S. billionaires has grown at least $637 billion during the pandemic!
From Black August to Black Lives Matter
Webinar · Aug. 13, 2020
- Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Historic video footage of George Jackson
- Yvonne Orr-El, born of both the MOVE Organization and the Black Panther Party, daughter of Delbert Africa
- Mirinda Crissman, Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party
- Monica Moorehead, Managing Editor of Workers World newspaper and editor of Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle
- Makini Iyapo: Never Forget, Never Again, Never Alone; California Prison Focus/KAGE Universal; From Cell Blocks 2 City Blocks; and the Black August Organizing Committee
War on the Working Class: Education Workers & Socialists Respond
Webinar · Aug. 6, 2020
As the ruling class prepares to send children back to school in the coming weeks despite the worsening COVID-19 pandemic, education workers around the country are fighting back! Join Workers World Party and our allies as we learn from one another and take inspiration from the many struggles of workers here and abroad.
- Big E & John Guzda: Teachers in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Rank and file members American Federation of Teachers. New Orleans Workers Group
- Andre Francois & Steve Gillis: President and Financial Secretary, Boston School Bus Drivers, USW Local 8751
- Lorraine Liriano: Educator in NYC. Member of MORE Caucus of United Federation of Teachers & Call to Action on Puerto Rico
- Devin Cole: President of Strive (Socialist Trans Initiative) a transgender advocacy organization in Pensacola. WWP Central Gulf Coast
- Judy Greenspan: Retired Teacher, Oakland Education Association & California Teachers Association. WWP Bay Area
- Summer Smith: Educator & member of Utah Education Association, Salt Lake City
- Alyssa Faith: Preschool teacher, Salt Lake City
Smash Ableism, Racism, & All Bigotry & Oppression!
Webinar · July 30, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is teaching able-bodied people what it’s like to be disabled: endless unemployment, quarantined at home, finding ways to get food delivered, isolation from friends and family. Of those who survive infection, many become disabled to some extent and remain disabled for the rest of their lives. We ALL have just gotten a taste of disability in the last few months.
Join members of the WWP Disability Rights Caucus this Thursday to discuss the struggle against ableism and it’s connections with racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, capitalism and imperialism. Contact the WWP Disability Rights Caucus at [email protected]
- Anita Cameron: Black Disabled Lesbian who has been arrested 139 times for nonviolent civil disobedience fighting for disabled folks civil rights. Director of Not Dead Yet Minority Outreach. 34 year organizer for ADAPT. Co-chair ADAPT Intersectional Justice Committee. National Disability Leadership Alliance Steering Committee & its Racism Task Force
- Sasha Blair-Goldensohn: Rise and Resist Elevator Task Force Action Group, co-founder and member
- Terrea Mitchell: People’s Power Assemblies NYC
- Marie Hickey: Member and Co-Coordinator of Long Island ADAPT
- Jean Ryan: President Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York
- Kathleen Collins: Board of Directors of Disabled In Action of Metropolitan
- Rasheta Bunting: Member, Disabled in Action of Metropolitan New York
- Kristin Turgeon: Member of Disability Rights Caucus, Workers World Party
Why we defend China against U S attacks
Webinar · July 16, 2020
Join Workers World Party and our allies as we discuss the following questions:
- Why are US threats against China escalating?
- Why is Trump promoting anti-China racism?
- Why did both Democrats and Republicans unanimously vote for new sanctions on China?
- What are US aircraft carriers, destroyers, nuclear subs doing just off coast of China?
- Why is there such a different impact of COVID-19 virus in China vs. US?
- Siu Hin Lee – China US Solidarity Network, National Immigrant Solidarity Network
- Dr. Sharat G. Lin – San Jose Peace and Justice Center writer and researcher
- Calvin Deutschbein – International Action Center activist in North Carolina
- Dave Welsh – Delegate to San Francisco Labor Council
- Monica Moorehead – Editor, Workers World Newspaper
- Sara Flounders – Contributing Editor, Workers World Newspaper
Introduction to Revolutionary Deep Organizing
Webinar · July 9, 2020
In order for a revolution to succeed, the working class must be organized. Whether it is community organization, or workplace struggle, uniting the working class is essential. And this requires ‘deep organizing’, creating connections with a majority of workers and community members and building power from the bottom up. As we enter into a revolutionary period, the need for deep organizing is more pressing than ever.
- Sofia Sepulveda: a first-generation Mexican American Trans Latina Healthcare organizer for the Texas Organizing Project
- Megan Smith: Whole Foods worker, member of Whole Worker & Workers World Party, Philadelphia
- Dante Strobino: organizer with UE Local 150, North Carolina Public Sector Workers Union
- Ed Childs: Retired Harvard food service worker and UNITE HERE Local 26 shop steward
Free Mumia! Free Them All!
Webinar · July 2, 2020
A new, historic phase in the struggle against white supremacy and capitalism has begun. Millions have taken to the streets, the largest uprising against racist police terror and exploitation in decades. And yet there are still revolutionaries from the last major Black, Brown and Indigenous national liberation struggles of the 1960s and 1970s who are still behind bars like Leonard Peltier, Jalil Muntaqim, Dr. Mutulu Shakur, Ruchell Magee, Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin and many more.
Mumia Abu-Jamal is one of those revolutionaries. Held in a Pennsylvania dungeon for nearly 40 years, Mumia is an internationally renowned political prisoner. Within his story are all the elements of the current struggle. This webinar was put on by the newly re-formed Prisoners Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party. Speakers and moderators were as follows:
- Pam Africa: MOVE Organization; International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal
- Larry Holmes: Workers World Party First Secretary
- Shafeah M’Balia: Imam Jamil Abdullah al-Amin Action Network
- Monica Moorehead: Managing Editor of Workers World newspaper, editor of Marxism, Reparations and the Black Freedom Struggle
- Mirinda Crissman: Co-Editor of Tear Down the Walls prisoner page for Workers World newspaper, Prisoner Solidarity Committee of Workers World Party
LGBTQ2S+ & the Black Lives Matter Movement
Webinar · June 25, 2020
This meeting is dedicated to the militant history of the LGBTQ2S+ struggle which arose from the fight against police terror, murder and oppression in the 1960’s. The movement was founded by our trans bothers, sisters, and others who fought in the streets against police raids and terror. This history is tied to the current rebellions of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
- Sofia Sepulveda: a first-generation Mexican American Trans Latina Healthcare organizer for the Texas Organizing Project
- Mumia Abu-Jamal (recording of “When Trans Women Die”): a world renowned author, journalist and radio personality. Mumia is a political prisoner for 39 years. He taped this recording “When Trans Women Die”.
- Teresa Gutierrez:-a leading member of Workers World Party and FIRE (Fight for Im/Migrants and Refugees Everywhere), now living in San Antonio, Texas
- Minnie Bruce Pratt: a Managing Editor of Workers World newspaper, poet, and author, who came out as a lesbian in North Carolina in 1975.