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August 2, 2012 Vol. 54, No. 30 $1
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SYRIA
Attack on gov’t
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AFRICA & CHINA
Joint summit
 
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INDIA & SPAIN
Workers resist
 
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o a a n Mé
 
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by lay Has
The most important question raised by the latestmassacre in Colorado remains unasked by the corpo-rate media: What is it about social conditions in theUnited States that promotes these terrible tragedies?Late on the evening of July 19, theatergoers in Au-
rora, Colo., sat down to watch an “event” lm — the
kind whose opening at midnight showings is preced-ed by saturation ads placed by Hollywood studios.
“The Dark Knight Rises” is the nal in a lm se
-ries based on Batman comic books. The protagonistis a billionaire vigilante whose primary objective isto “clean” the streets of a metropolitan area of crimi-nals, who for the most part commit crimes of oppor-tunity. On occasion, he tangles with oddly named and
outtted master criminals with murky rationales.Twenty minutes into the lm, survivors said a young man outtted in full-body tactical gear — in
-cluding a helmet with gasmask, vest, leggings, throat
and groin protectors — threw gas canisters and beganshooting into the crowd. Aurora police say he ed out
a back door, but was quickly captured in the parking
lot. They have identied the alleged shooter as James
Holmes, 24.In the initial confusion Holmes was thought to bea prop associated with the screening. But the screamsof those shot soon alerted others to what was happen-ing. In all, 70 people were reportedly shot; 12 werekilled, the youngest a six-year-old girl. A dozen of the wounded remain in critical condition.
Holmes made his rst appearance in court on July 23; formal charges will be led on July 30.
Survivors told of great acts of heroism. Family members, friends and complete strangers shieldedand ushered one another out of the theater, while
Holmes shot at random, rst with an AR-15 assaultrie, which is a shortened version of an M-16, and
then with a 12-gauge shotgun and two Glock 40-cali- ber semi-automatic pistols. He is reported to havepurchased them over a period of several months inpreparation for the massacre.
Why sn’ Hms a a s?
Holmes grew up in an upper-middle-class areaof San Diego, Calif., raised by a computer scientist/mathematician father and a mother who is a nurse. According to police, he had booby trapped his apart-ment in Aurora and left his door unlocked. If tripped,the intricate traps could have killed many in the
 building and the nearby Anschutz Medical Campus
of the University of Colorado.The media have been cautious not to use the word“terrorist” because “there is not enough informationas to motive.” Would they be so reserved if the sus-
pect were a Muslim from almost anywhere? What if Holmes were a person of color? Mightn’t
labels like thug, gang member or terrorist have beenhastily applied, regardless of how much informationpolice had? In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, peoplescrambling to survive were labeled criminals andlooters. The media constantly reported false storiesof rape and mass murder, eager to believe the worst when describing Black people.If Holmes had an Islamic name, or one uniquely  African or Southeast Asian, would he have been ableto purchase and stockpile massive amounts of ammo,
four weapons including an assault rie, tactical gear,accelerants and large commercial reworks? If he hada known afliation with a progressive or leftist groupthat was inltrated or spied on by authorities, mightnot his apartment have been agged and raided?
 Whatever personal motive the shooter might havehad is speculation at this time. However, the massa-cre of people in a movie theater is an act of terror,and the few words he allegedly uttered claiming to bethe Joker character in “Batman” showed he was very 
Bind Cd c
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STOP RACIST REPRESSION
raa Js A n
th wa n Aan Amans
21s ny p a
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REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Victories & attacks
 
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BIG PROFITS &OVERDOSE DEATHS
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ENDING HIV/AIDS
 
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in h u.S
.Behind Colorado massacre ................................1Overdose deaths..........................................2Justice 4 Alan Blueordcampaign gears up................3San Diego Pride march ....................................3Jobs not jails!.............................................3Struggle grows to stop eviction by Fannie Mae.............4Restaurant workers get support ...........................4Solidarity rally or locked-out Con Ed workers..............4March on Wall Street South builds .........................5Victories amidst attacks on reproductive rights ............5Entrenching racism: the repeal o N.C.’s Racial Justice Act...6Arican Americans and the war at home ...................6Voter ID laws aim to disenranchise ........................7Spouse o Cuban 5 hero to speak ..........................8
An h w
Western powers openly attack Assad gov’t.................9Autoworkers’ rebellion shakes India........................9U.S. activists return rom Cuba.............................9Spanish workers resist unemployment cutbacks ..........1050 Arican states meet in Beijing..........................11
eas
What will end the HIV/AIDS epidemic?....................10Aghanistan: The truth behind the revelation .............10
 
Nas en españ
Otro raude electoral en México ..........................12
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os ahs?
Most come rom prescriptionpainkillers
by bsy P
Possession of street drugs, even small amounts of marijuana, lands millions of people in prison, sometimesfor life, especially if they happen to be Black or Latino/a.
For more than 40 years the government’s “war on drugs”
has fueled the expanding prison-industrial complex inthe United States, targeting alleged users and small deal-ers, particularly in communities of color.Every day in the U.S., about 100 people die from drugoverdoses. The rate has tripled since 1990. But contrary to
the mythology used to justify the government’s spending
$1 trillion over four decades for its “drug war,” today moreoverdose deaths stem from the use of prescription pain-killers than from crack cocaine and heroin use combined. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the lead-ing cause of death in drug overdoses in the U.S. today is
not cocaine or heroin — but prescription drugs, devel
-oped and promoted by the billion-dollar pharmaceutical
industry for a considerable prot return.
Prescription painkillers that are narcotic or opioidanalgesics, including oxycodone, methadone and hydro-codone, are produced by more than 20 drug companies,
including Pzer, Inc., Janssen Pharmaceutical Inc. and
Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin.Oxycodone is the key ingredient in OxyContin, as wellas in Percocet and Percodan, produced by Endo Pharma-ceuticals. According to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of theNational Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Insti-tutes of Health, heroin and OxyContin have an “almostidentical” chemical structure. (Courier-Journal.com,
 April 12)
Hydrocodone is the key ingredient in Vicodin, pro-duced by Abbott Laboratories; Norco, from WatsonPharmaceuticals; and Lortab, a product of KeltmanPharmaceuticals.
 Yet, as U.S. prisons are lled with people accused of 
drug-related crimes, the odds are that none of the drug-pushing CEOs of these pharmaceutical companies hasever done a day of hard time.The global U.S. “war on drugs” is used as an excuse to
intervene militarily in Mexico, Central America and the
Caribbean, often to stop popular uprisings. Washingtonhas just announced it is expanding not only its military 
presence but its “war on drugs” in Africa. It’s willing tospend billions of dollars this way, but don’t expect to see
an invasion of a pharmaceutical boardroom any time soon.
Pspn pan as ‘pm’
 At one time, people who suffered excruciating painfrom terminal illnesses like cancer had to beg their doc-
tors for painkillers. Many with chronic pain still cannot
afford the drugs that could give them relief.Nevertheless, these new drugs are now more readily available. They are often prescribed to provide tempo-rary relief to people who are not getting other kinds of help they need to address the underlying causes of theirconditions. According to the CDC, prescription painkiller abuse
is becoming epidemic — costing the health care insur
-
ance industry up to $72.5 billion annually. Misuse and
abuse of these painkillers was responsible for more than
475,000 emergency room visits in 2009.More than 12 million people admitted using prescrip
-tion painkillers non-medically in 2010. Of this number, 2
million people — nearly 5,500 a day — used these drugsfor the rst time. “Enough prescription painkillers were
prescribed in 2010 to medicate every adult in the U.S.
around the clock for a month.” (cdc.gov, December 2011)Most of these painkillers are prescribed by primary 
care doctors and dentists. Low-income people, particu-larly those in rural areas, are most at risk. Workers with job-related injuries and veterans recovering from war-related injuries are frequently prescribed these drugs inlieu of other treatment options.
People on Medicaid are prescribed painkillers at twicethe rate of non-Medicaid patients. A Washington State study found that 45 percent of 
people who died from overdoses of these legal drugs
 were Medicaid enrollees.
The highest prescription drug overdose rates are in
New Mexico (27 percent) and West Virginia (25.8 per
-
cent), which recently sued 14 pharmaceutical distribu
-tors for failing to keep track of drugs shipped to doctorsand drug stores.
By 2008, the sale of all prescription drugs grossed
$291 billion a year in the U.S., which remains the largestmarket for pharmaceuticals in the world. In 2011, sales
of painkillers reached about $8.5 billion. Even thoughthere is limited evidence of their long-term benets or
risks, high-strength painkillers are now the most widely prescribed class of medications in the U.S.
Hsy  pa p m nas
Corporate proting from the sale of narcotics is noth
-
ing new. In 1887, an ad for Mrs. Winslow’s Soothing
Syrup for Children Teething showed an attractive wom-an about to offer a dropper of the syrup, primarily mor-phine, to a chubby infant.Laudanum, an opiate, was given to Victorian womenfor relief of menstrual cramps and headaches. Infants were fed laudanum to keep them quiet while their moth-ers worked long hours in 19th-century sweatshops.Bayer Pharmaceuticals sold heroin as an over-the-counter cough remedy in the early 1900s. Opium, co-caine and their derivatives were widely available asover-the-counter remedies until 1914, when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Harrison Narcotics Tax Actthat placed a special tax on these substances, althoughthey could still be obtained through physicians.Today corporate sales of these now illegal-to-sell nar-cotics have been replaced by easily available prescrip-tion drugs.
Ma-n nsy
There is no doubt that the pharmaceutical industry inthe U.S., like all capitalist enterprises, is market driven.The question is to what extent is the industry willing togo and what factors are driving their decisions?The pharmaceutical companies are in a race to recoupthe investments they make in research and developmentfor their major prescription drugs before their patents
expire and/or cheaper generic drugs can ood the mar
-
ket. According to IMS Health, from 2011 to the end of 2015, more than $100 billion of brand-name drug sales
Continued on page 7 
 
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The Classroom& The Cell:
 
cnsans nba l nAma
Mumia Abu-Jamal& Marc Lamont Hill This book delves intothe problems o Black lie inAmerica and oers real, concrete solutions.Order at: www.reemumia.com/?p=684
MarxisM,
reparations
& the Black Freedom Struggle
An anthology of writings from Workers World newspaper. Edited by Monica Moorehead. Includes: 
rasm, Nana oppssn& Sf-dmnan
 
Larry Holmes
ba la fm cha Savy Wag Savy
Sam Marcy
ba Yh: rpssn & rssan
LeiLani Dowell
th Sgg f Sasm is ky
 
Monica Moorehead
dms Ws un dmanPassag  a b  rghs
Imani HenryAvailable at Amazon.com & bookstores around the country www.workers.org/reparations
ba & bwn uny: A Pa  Sgg  Hmanrghs an Ga Js!
Saladin Muhammad
Aaama’s ba b: lgay  Say,Shappng & Sggan
Consuela Lee
Ha tman, Wman Wa
 
Mumia Abu-Jamal
A cnns rp Agan tay? Annvsayf h 1965 Was rn
John Parker
rasm & Pvy n h da
 
Larry Hales
Ha Ns rpaans, N Sanns
Pat Chin
‘Justice 4 Alan Blueford’ campaign gears up
by t kayoaan, ca.
The “Justice 4 Alan Blueford” cam-paign went into high gear during mid-July, culminating in the family receiving
the coroner’s report, after two monthsof stalling, and the ling of a federal civil
rights and wrongful death lawsuit. Thecampaign also held a large coalition meet-ing, broadening the support base.
Blueford was just 18 years old when he was killed by Ofcer Miguel Masso of theOakland Police Department on May 6. A 
Black youth, Blueford was a month away 
from graduating from Oakland’s Skyline
High School when he became the victimof a random OPD stop and frisk, and wasdetained without cause with two of hisfriends. The OPD has changed its storiesseveral times about why they stopped the
three Black youths, how Masso was shot(Masso later admitted shooting himself),
how Blueford was shot, and any medical
care Blueford did or didn’t receive.
On July 19, the Blueford family, to-gether with the J4AB campaign, held apress conference in front of the Alameda
County coroner’s ofce to demand therelease of the coroner’s report. The OPD
had originally put a hold on its release,seemingly in an attempt to allow themtime to develop their story. The policereport, according to the Oakland city ad-ministrator, may not be released for six to12 months.
Jeralynn Blueford, the victim’s moth
-er, spoke with heavy emotion during thepress conference: “I as his mother and ourfamily deserve to know what happenedto my baby. Reports are all we have. We
 would like answers.” Blueford’s father,
 Adam Blueford, continued, “[The] story keeps changing. We want the truth. … [Weare] not going to stand for anything butthe truth.”One of the lawyers supporting the J4ABcampaign, Dan Siegel, pointed out, “Alan
 was not engaged in a gun battle, the ofcer
shot himself. I normally get police reportsin one to three days.” Walter Riley, anoth-er attorney, talked about how “police rodeup on three young Black men, lights off,came out of their car with guns pointed. …Do we have to ask the community to show their rage, take to the streets?”
Tanesha Walls Blye, Blueford’s cousinand an attorney, stated: “Even in [Alan’s]
death he deserves respect, not assas-sination of his character. Together wemarched and rallied as a community and afamily. … Chief [Howard] Jordan stood in Acts Full Gospel Church claiming Alan re-ceived immediate medical care. Evidenceproves Alan was never taken to the hos-pital. … [The] only thing [that] happened were acts to ensure that he died in hopesthat his story would die with him. They 
didn’t anticipate the love of his family.”
Sgg ass n’s p
 Walls Blye spoke about some of the
campaign’s demands, including “public
acknowledgement of the lies, repeal of 
the Ofcers’ Bill of Rights, and changes to
stop and frisk, which we consider stop and
kill.” Other demands include that Masso be red and charged with Blueford’s mur
-der, and that OPD Chief Jordan be held ac-countable for lying to the Blueford family.Under public pressure, the OPD pulled
its hold on the coroner’s report. After the
press conference, attended by all the ma-
 jor Bay Area media, the report was nally 
released to the family, who were requiredto pay $321 for it. To add insult to inju-ry, the report contained no pictures. Thefamily was told that release of the pictures would require a court order. The report
conrmed that there was no gun powderresidue on Blueford’s hands and no drugs
or alcohol in his system. A federal civil rights and wrongful death
suit was led by attorney John Burris on
 behalf of the Blueford family. Burris alsorepresented the family of Oscar Grant, who was murdered by Bay Area RapidTransit police on Jan. 1, 2009. The suit is
led against the City of Oakland, Jordan,Masso and 25 other unnamed OPD of
-
cers. It claims Masso shot Blueford three
times while he was already on the groundand presented no threat. It also claims
that Masso and a fellow ofcer sparked
the events leading up to the shooting by detaining Blueford and his friends with-out cause, violating their civil rights, and
that the ring of three shots into Blueford
 was an excessive use of force.On July 21, a community barbecue was held at Arroyo Park in East Oakland,near where Blueford was killed. The J4ABcampaign, with support from Occupy Oakland, fed 300 people at the barbecue.Family members and others talked tothe community about how Blueford waskilled and the campaign demanding jus-tice, an end to stop and frisk and repeal of 
the Ofcers’ Bill of Rights.
The J4AB campaign is planning a rally in front of Oakland City Hall on July 31
at 5 p.m. City Council meetings normally 
commence at that time, but all meetingshave been cancelled until September. SoJ4AB will be delivering subpoenas to allthe council members, demanding theirpresence at the rally to explain why they 
haven’t taken action demanding releaseof the police report, the ring and charg
-
ing of Masso, and a public admission by 
Chief Jordan as to all the lies told to thefamily, the press and the community.
‘Jobs not jails!’
On July 17, protesters were stoppedfrom marching to the gates of GraterfordPrison, outside of Philadelphia, by police, who were on horses and bikes and in cars.
The marchers were protesting the state’s
 building of two new prisons there.Undaunted by the police presence, dem-onstrators stopped in front of the Perkio-men Valley School District campus. There,they outreached to passing Route 29 traf-
c for more than an hour with signs that
read: “Education Not Correction!” “FundSchools not Prisons!” and “Jobs not Jails!”The state is spending $400 million onthese two new prisons, to be called SCIPhoenix East and SCI Phoenix West. Onefacility is for men, the other is for women.There will also be a 100-person death row  wing.Decarcerate PA, which organized theprotest, issued a press release that stated:”We believe that public money should in-stead be spent on quality public schools, jobs and job training, community-basedre-entry services, health care and foodaccess, drug and alcohol treatment pro-grams, stable housing, restorative formsof justice and non-punitive programs thataddress the root cause of violence in ourcommunities. Such steps are necessary tosecure socially responsible, personally se-cure, and economically viable communi-ties in our state.”
—rp an ph y J P
The underlying meaning of the Lesbi-an, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Queer Pridemarches held each year in the UnitedStates and across the globe is to honor
the Stonewall warriors of 1969 and cel
-ebrate the gains that have been won inthe years following their heroic standagainst state repression. The turnout forthe San Diego Pride parade in mid-July has been huge for many years. It is San
Diego’s biggest yearly civic event. Viewed
 by curbside crowds estimated at several
hundred thousand, this year’s progres
-sive contingent in the march included
members of the San Diego Free Mumia
Coalition, which carried a large canvas
painting of Mumia Abu-Jamal done by 
 well-known San Diego artist and mural-
ist Mario Torero. Although Mumia is now 
off death row, this internationally knownpolitical prisoner and visionary, revolu-
tionary writer remains unjustly conned
in the U.S. concentration camp system, atargeted victim of state repression. In SanDiego and around the world, the message
continues to be “Free Mumia now!”
— rp & ph y b Mcn
SAN dieGo Pride MArcH

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