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Open Diplomacy 1917: Lenin and Trotsky Comment

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How the Russian Revolution Ended Imperialist Secret Treaties As Wikileaks continues to release the U.S. documents labeled “secret,” “confidential,” etc., embarrassing governments around the world, the following statements by Trotsky and Lenin, made shortly after the Soviets took power, gain particularly keen relevance. As both illustrate, the Bolsheviks denounced secret diplomacy. Nor could they do […]

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Superman is Already in the Classroom

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Kyle Cooke As a 4th and 5th grade teacher, I was told to watch an episode of the Oprah Winfrey show that dealt with the controversial documentary Waiting for Superman (September 20, 2010). One comment from the show really stood out to me: “… We set them [the students] up for failure.” I completely agree, […]

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The American Federation Of Teachers At The Crossroads

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Allan Fisher The 1.5 million member American Federation of Teachers (AFT) can be a powerful force in opposition to the corporate agenda that has gripped this nation. Tensions over the direction of AFT have been brewing and the 2010 National Convention reflected these philosophical and political divides. The 2010 convention featured a challenge to AFT’s […]

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All Out for October 2nd, But For Which Demands?

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Workers Emergency Recovery Campaign The official organizing for the October 2nd Washington, D.C. demonstration, which we hope will be massive, has allowed us to catch a glimpse of a crucial ambiguity underlying the event. Will this demonstration be aimed at demanding that the government finally address the real needs of working people, now that it […]

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Justice Denied for Oscar Grant

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Two years ago, with the election and inauguration of the first African American President, the corporate media in the U.S. was giddy with excitement that America had entered a post-racial era. The hollowness of that claim was revealed today with the sentencing of white transit policeman Johannes Mehserle for the killing of African American resident […]

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Bloody Sunday: Put Britain in the Dock

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Bernadette Devlin McAliskey I witnessed the events of Bloody Sunday and its violent legacy. The British government, not soldiers, should be held to account. The outcome of the Saville inquiry has been published. A second British prime minister has apologised for the killing of unarmed and innocent protesters. This time the British government acknowledged the […]

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Building the March 4 Strike/Day of Action in Defense of Public Education and all Public Sector Services

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Introduction by Workers Action The resolution below, passed by the San Francisco Labor Council on January 11, 2009, represents another important step in the creation of a powerful statewide California coalition, consisting of students and labor unions, aimed at defending quality, accessible public education and public social services, given the massive cuts both sectors have […]

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Venezuelan President’s Speech on Climate Change in Copenhagen

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Introduction by Workers Action Below is the text of the speech given by Hugo Chavez, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, at the Copenhagen Summit on Climate Change. The speech is remarkable in several aspects, and we believe it is indispensable reading for all those involved in the struggle for a sustainable human environment, […]

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Venezuela’s Chavez Calls for International Organisation of Left Parties

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By Kiraz Janicke Republished from Venezuela Analysis Workers Action Introduction Below, we have reproduced two documents. The first is a report, published by Venezuela Analysis, of a conference of left political parties held in Caracas, Venezuela at which Hugo Chavez, President of Venezuela, called for the formation of a Fifth International in order to promote […]

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Beneficiaries of Venezuelan Missions March Against Threats by Opposition Governor-Elect

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Radio Mundial YVKE Republished from: VenezuelaAnalysis.com Translated by Kiraz Janicke Beneficiaries, teachers, adults, disabled people, students and workers came out on Friday to defend the social missions and programs of the national government in the face of threats to close them down by the new governor-elect of the state of Miranda, Henrique Capriles Radonski. (more…)

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We Can Win!

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“Let us demand real change and insist that California operate in the interests of the majority. And the majority of the people of California, who are ordinary working people, want taxes raised on the rich, for a change, not on themselves. Majority rule does not mean that Democrats should have the right to continue their […]

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National Front Against the Coup: Appeal to the World Working Class

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On June 28, 2009, when the people of Honduras were preparing to participate in an election to decide whether or not to convene a Constituent Assembly, thousands of troops kidnapped President Manuel Zelaya Rosales and forced him out of Honduras to neighboring Costa Rica. These troops then took the Presidential Palace and violently shut down […]

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The California Budget Crisis and the Assault on the Working Class

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Tobias Michaels The California budget crisis is a phenomenon that applies to the approximately 24 billion dollar shortfall in the state budget. This number cannot possibly begin to explain the misery that will be inflicted upon the working class of California. The real question for the discerning readers is to ask themselves, why is this […]

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With Dignity, We Will Stand Up For Our Rights!

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Cynthia McKinney The path leads in the same direction it always has: agitation, organization, and confrontation with Power. Cynthia McKinney chose a Harlem church to announce the formation of DIGNITY, to bring the Black body politic back from its current comatose state. “Dignity is attempting to show real change is possible” – if people fight […]

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How New York Fought the Budget Deficit and Won

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Document of the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) Countries for the 5th Summit of the Americas

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Introduction by Workers Action The following historic document by the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA), dated April 17, 2009, appeared on the Socialist Voice website with their translation, which was based on an earlier text by Federico Fuentes. We are reproducing their translation here with very minor alterations in order to […]

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Troops Home Now from Iraq and Afghanistan!

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National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations The National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations is joining with other coalitions, organizations, and networks to organize a united MARCH 21 NATIONAL COALITION to mobilize people across the United States to take part in a March on the Pentagon […]

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An Inteview with Jack Rasmus

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The following is an interview with Jack Rasmus, a professor of economics at St. Mary’s College and Santa Clara University in Northern California. Prof. Rasmus is a member of the newly formed National Steering Committee of the Workers Emergency Economic Campaign. The interview was conducted on March 2, 2009, by Alan Benjamin, organizer for the […]

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Victory to the Workers of Guadaloupe!

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Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) Guadaloupe Third International Appeal from LKP General Strike Committee Appeal to the International Workers’ and Democratic Movements From Liyannaj Kont Pwofitasyon (LKP) Guadaloupe ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Sisters and Brothers: As we wrote in our last international appeal of February 6, 2009: “The bosses and the representatives of the French State are hoping […]

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Mobilizing Against Racism in “Post-Racial” America

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Jack Heyman Some say this country has entered a post racial period with the election of the first African American president. Yet, the New Year’s Day killing of Oscar Grant III by BART police was protested in Oakland by thousands who saw the shooting as racially motivated. And this month, in Woodland (Yolo County), two […]

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Victory for Worker Solidarity

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Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC) Media Release: The Congress of South African Trade Union is pleased to announce that its members, dock workers belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) achieved a victory last night when they stood firm by their decision not to […]

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Black Nationalism and the Struggle for Self Determination

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A Statement by Workers Action The Experience of Race The scourge of racism pervades our society, even as we step into the 21st century, although not in the blatant form of past decades. Vicious racists now feel somewhat compelled to restrain themselves, although with exceptions, and the more mild versions of racism are not so […]

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Oppose Escalation of the War in Afghanistan

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Peace & Justice Committee, Professional Staff Congress/ American Federation of Teachers Local 2334 (City University of New York) Resolution as adopted by Delegates Assembly of Professional Staff Congress, AFT Local 2334, at City University of New York (see below for original text). WHEREAS, NYSUT at its 2008 Representative Assembly and the AFT at its 2008 […]

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Chavez Turns Into Palestinian Hero

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Venezuelan flags and portraits of President Hugo Chavez have been flying high during protests in the West Bank against Israel’s assault on the Gaza Strip. The Venezuelan president’s decision on January 6 to expel Israel’s ambassador from Caracas — the only country apart from Mauritania to take such a step — has made the left-wing […]

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Of Course Israel Targets Civilians, Of Course Israel Engages in Routine State Terrrorism

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“As a former Israeli Defense Forces chief of staff said in 2002: “The Palestinians must be made to understand in the deepest recesses of their consciousness that they are a defeated people.” In fact, these acts of terrorism, which are war crimes, have only served to steel the resolve of the Palestinian people.”

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Let Gaza Live Speech

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Christine Gauvreau National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations Speech by Christine Gauvreau, representing the National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations, at the January 10 Let Gaza Live rally at the White House. I am here today because if the U.S. antiwar movement does not embrace […]

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Interview with Mariela Castro on the Future of Sex and Socialism in Cuba

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Mariela Castro is Director of the National Center for Sex Education in Cuba. She is the daughter of two prominent Cuban revolutionaries, Vilma Espín and Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, (the brother of Fidel Castro Ruz). Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz is the President of the Cuban Council of State and the President of the Council of […]

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Stop the Bombing and Blockade of Gaza!

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National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars and Occupations Stop the Bombing and Blockade of Gaza! End All U.S. Aid to Israel! Bring the Troops Home Now from Iraq and Afghanistan! As of January 3, the Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza has killed over 450 Palestinians – the largest number of people […]

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A Statement Issued by National Assembly to End the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars & Occupations

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As of January 3, the Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza has killed over 450 Palestinians – the largest number of people killed by Israel in such a short time in decades. 1,600 more have been wounded, an overwhelming number of whom are civilians – women, children and the elderly. The massing of soldiers and […]

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Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees Urges Labor/Education Boycott Of Israel, Divestment Of Bonds Stocks

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Union urges immediate boycott following Gaza university bombing Appeal, Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees, 30 December 2008 The following appeal was issued on 29 December 2008: The Palestinian Federation of Unions of University Professors and Employees condemns in the strongest possible terms the bombing today of the campus of the Islamic […]

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OSLP Executive Board in Response to Carl Davidson’s Article

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Statement by the Ohio State Labor Party (OSLP) Executive Board in Response to Carl Davidson’s Article Submitted by Jerry Gordon, OSLP Chair Recently an article by Carl Davidson titled The Bumpy Road Ahead: The New Tasks of the Left Following Obama’s Victory.” [See below.] has been widely circulated. We are writing to express our strong […]

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The Great Debate on Obama: Is the Obama Phenomenon Good or Bad for Black America?

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Ever since Barack Obama became a candidate for president, many of his unquestioning supporters have labeled his critics on the Left as conscious or unconscious allies of, first, Hillary Clinton and, later, John McCain. As a result, Obama was left free to gravitate as far to the Right as he felt convenient – and he […]

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Why is the U.S. Government at War in the Middle East?

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Now that the dust has settled, there can be little doubt that the U.S. war on Iraq was launched on the basis of multiple lies and deceit. Rather than the elimination of weapons of mass destruction, which the U.S. government itself has in abundance, Iraq’s oil was above all else in the crosshairs of those […]

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How to Win Strikes

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The 1934 truck drivers strike in Minneapolis was a model of how to fight and win. We brought truck traffic to a standstill in the city, we drove the scabs off the street and we won a decisive victory. We gained union recognition, won our first contract and came away with wage increases and improved […]

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Venezuelan elections: a victory for the PSUV, but a warning for the revolution

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The reasons for this setback are not technical but political. This is what we have been arguing for some time. These results need to be analysed in a sober minded way as another warning to the revolution. Unless the concrete problems of the masses are solved, disillusionment, demoralisation and scepticism can set in and create […]

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