Justice denied for 7-year-old Aiyana Jones

By October 25, 2014
Aiyana Jones

Detroit police officer Joseph Weekley remains unscathed after a second attempt to prosecute him ended in a mistrial on Oct. 10. Weekley killed 7-year-old Aiyana Stanley Jones during a raid at the wrong residence in a two-family house on Detroit’s eastside during the early morning hours of May 16, 2010. Weekley was charged with involuntary [...]

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Thousands in Philadelphia protest attack on public education

By October 24, 2014

The battle of Philadelphia students and teachers has intensified in the wake of the shocking Oct. 6 School Reform Commission decision to cancel its collective bargaining agreement with Philadelphia public school teachers. The largest rally so far in the 15-year-long battle for education funding took place on Oct. 16, in the midst of talk of [...]

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Youth shut down anti-union film

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Youth shut down anti-union film.Photo: Philadelphia Student Union

At an Oct. 15 public event, members of the Philadelphia School Reform Commission screened the film “Won’t Back Down” before an audience of students and parents. The film is a notorious union-busting propaganda piece aimed at generating support for pro-privatization “parent trigger” laws, which give parents the “power” to charterize underfunded public schools. Led by [...]

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Anti-fascists massacred in Odessa to be remembered, honored

By October 23, 2014

November 2 marks six months since the horrific massacre of at least 48 anti-fascist activists and trade unionists in Odessa, Ukraine. On May 2, neo-Nazi gangs directed by the U.S.-backed Kiev junta attacked an Occupy-style protest encampment in the multinational port city of Odessa. After the fascists set fire to the camp on Kulikovo Field, [...]

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Meeting celebrates Million Worker March Movement

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From left to right: Chris Silvera, Larry Holmes, Brenda Stokely, Clarence Thomas, Charles Jenkins and Sharon Black. All were either coordinators or organizers
for the 2004 MWMM rally.WW photo: Monica Moorehead

By Cheryl LaBash and Monica Moorehead Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. Founding members of the Million Worker March Movement held a 10th commemorative anniversary meeting Oct. 16 at Teamsters Local 808 in Long Island City, Queens, N.Y. The guest of honor was Clarence Thomas, national co-chair of the MWMM and a long-time, rank-and-file leader of [...]

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Cuba, Ebola & the Cuban 5

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Gerardo Hernández Nordelo, Antonio Guerrero Rodríguez, Fernando González Llort, Ramón Labañino Salazar, and Rene González Sehewert.

Revolutionary leader and former Cuban President Fidel Castro’s Oct. 17 reflection, “Duty calls,” explains Cuba’s urgent mobilization of medical personnel “to combat the brutal epidemic outbreak in Western Africa.” (Read the entire article at tinyurl.com/pta4u4k) He notes that calling on highly qualified staff to fulfill a risky task “is something far more difficult than sending [...]

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Fidel Castro on Ebola crisis: ‘Duty calls’

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In 2005, 1,586 Cuban doctors wait, ready to assist Hurricane Katrina survivors.

The following statement, written by the former president of Cuba on Oct. 17, can be found at the Granma website at tinyurl.com/nstntk2. Our country did not hesitate one minute in responding to the request made by international bodies for support to the struggle against the brutal epidemic which has erupted in West Africa. This is [...]

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Why isn’t there more global aid to fight Ebola?

By October 22, 2014

Oct. 20 — Several United States congressional representatives have called for a ban on travel into the U.S. from the three West African states which have been the most severely impacted by the recent Ebola Virus Disease outbreak. These proposals demanded that President Barack Obama prohibit travelers from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia from entering [...]

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Ebola, Cuba and capitalism

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It is impossible to ignore that the capitalist for-profit system is the greatest obstacle in the effort to control the Ebola epidemic. Capitalism has sown abject poverty and malnutrition, dismantled existing public health systems, crushed human solidarity, based the development of vaccines and cures on their profit margin and weakened human ability to survive diseases. [...]

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Behind stock market swings: World capitalist slowdown looms

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Oct. 19 — A global capitalist slowdown has sent world stock markets into decline, from Wall Street to London, Berlin and Tokyo. This slowdown is a sure sign of world capitalist overproduction, and should be of deep concern to the working class. In the U.S., the stock market just had its fourth consecutive week of [...]

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