Automation threatens 47 percent of U.S. jobs

By April 17, 2014

A wakeup call for labor movement and working class Two scholars at Oxford University have made an exhaustive study of 702 U.S. occupations and new techniques in automation. They concluded that 47 percent of existing jobs are at high risk of being automated in the next decade or so. The authors, Carl Benedikt Fey and [...]


Judge says Detroiters owe banks $85 million


The ruling on April 11 in the Detroit municipal bankruptcy by Federal Bankruptcy Court Judge Steven Rhodes awarded an $85 million payment to two banks that are heavily implicated in the financial ruin of Detroit and other cities throughout the United States. Rhodes ruled that the third negotiated attempt to terminate an interest-rate swap agreement [...]


La Cuestión Nacional y la Lucha de Liberación Negra


A continuación presentamos un extracto de una charla pronunciada el 29 de marzo 2014, durante una conferencia en Durham, Carolina del Norte, bajo el lema “Tiempos difíciles son tiempos para luchar” en conmemoración de la muerte de Lenin hace 90 años. Así como Vladimir Lenin lo hizo en octubre de 1917, ahora es el momento [...]


Martin Luther King y empleos


El 4 de abril de 1968, el Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. fue asesinado en Memphis, Tennessee, mientras mostraba su solidaridad con más de 1.000 trabajadores de saneamiento en huelga con bajos salarios, todos afroamericanos. La chispa de la huelga fue la muerte de dos trabajadores de saneamiento, Echol Cole y Robert Walker, debido [...]


Strikers say ‘End poverty wages at Johns Hopkins Hospital’

By April 16, 2014
WW photo: Sharon Black

Baltimore — For three days, hundreds of workers picketed, marched and rallied at Johns Hopkins Hospital on Baltimore’s eastside from April 9 through April 11, chanting, “Poverty wages got to go!” The community was elated and electrified. Car horns honked and passersby joined the picket line, including a group of high school students. “Baltimore is [...]


New York actions push $15 minimum wage

Workers’ solidarity at Herald Square.WW photo: Brenda Ryan

The People’s Power Assembly Movement, along with allies like OccuEvolve, took to the streets of New York City with signs and banners on April 12 for a speak-out in the busy midtown shopping area of Herald Square. There, the protesters displayed solidarity with the mushrooming national campaign of workers seeking a $15-an-hour minimum wage and [...]


Los Angeles activists plan car caravan for low-wage workers

Los Angeles activists, April 12.WW photo: Scott Scheffer

A “Low-Wage Campaign” community speakout was held April 12 in Los Angeles at the Harriet Tubman Center for Social Justice, which houses the International Action Center. In spite at least two other compelling and competing events, the speakout was well attended, with calls for solidarity with low-wage workers and to raise the minimum wage to [...]


Justice for Alfred Wright! Stop racist lynchings!

Alfred Wright with his two children.

After the dragging death of African-American James Byrd Jr. in 1998, three white supremacists were convicted of one of the most heinous racist murders in the U.S. since 14-year-old Emmett Till was murdered in Mississippi. Just as people learned about Money, Miss., in 1955, the East Texas town of Jasper was known around the world [...]


National Urban League report illustrates decline in employment and wages for African Americans, Latinos/as


Even though the administration of President Barack Obama has said that the Great Recession has been over for four years, large-scale unemployment and underemployment persist in  African-American and Latino/a communities. The annual National Urban League report, “One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America,” makes the not-too-surprising claim that the underemployment rate for African-American workers is 20.5 [...]


Milicias marchan en defensa de la Revolución Bolivariana


“Cada 11 tiene su 13”. Bajo este lema se celebró el Día de la Dignidad Nacional y Día de la Milicia Bolivariana el pasado domingo, 13 de abril en Venezuela. El lema se refiere al golpe de estado que la oligarquía con asistencia de los EUA, llevó a cabo para remover al presidente Hugo Chávez [...]

Cuba, si! U.S. racism, no!

As the Black community and others reel still from the unjust and racist verdict allowing a killer to walk free, as George Zimmerman did July 13 in Sanford, Fla., the people of this country would do well to look at the revolutionary island of Cuba for inspiration. Socialist Cuba shows us the potential and possibility of living in a society where the system puts equality and justice for the working class front and center, by putting the needs of the people first before capitalist profits. […]