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S. 22, 2011 Vol. 53, No. 37 50¢
 
Cero empleos — es hora de luchar
 
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9/11 unity march counters anti-Muslim, racist, pro-war patriotic rallies near World Trade Center site. Read article on page 3.
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By Dianne MathiowetzAtlanta
“If I knew then what I know now,Troy Davis would not be on death row.The verdict would be ‘ 
not guilty.
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— Brenda Forest, juror in Dais’ original trial
The State of Georgia has scheduled Troy Davis’ executionfor Sept. 21.Millions of U.S. and global activists are engaged in amassive effort to stop this legal lynching. They are signingpetitions, organizing rallies and meetings, and contactingelected ofcials and other inuential individuals. A Twitteraccount at hash tag Too Much Doubt is rapidly informingmillions more.Every avenue is being pursued to mobilize public opinionto inuence the Georgia Pardons and Parole Board — whichmeets on Sept. 19 — to grant Davis clemency.The governor-appointed ve-member board has the au-thority to stop the execution. Although the board has previ-ously denied Davis clemency, three new members have notheard all the details of his case.On Sept. 15, organizational representatives and commu-nity members will deliver hundreds of thousands of peti-tions to the board’s ofces.Sept. 16 has been declared the International Day of Soli-darity with Troy Davis. Protests will take place across theUnited States — in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia,Providence and elsewhere — and abroad.In Atlanta, a march will assemble at Woodruff Park andproceed to Ebenezer Baptist Church on Auburn Avenue.There, Davis’ family members, exonerated prisoners, andcivil rights, community and religious leaders will give voiceto the millions who call for clemency.
Seen of nine witnesses recanted trial testimony
Davis has always maintained his innocence. His support-ers assert that there is too much doubt to execute him. When an off-duty police ofcer, Mark Allen MacPhail, was shot in a Burger King parking lot in Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 19, 1989, a massive manhunt was carried out in thecity’s African-American neighborhoods. MacPhail, on secu-rity duty, had checked out an altercation in the restaurant’sdimly lit parking lot. The only evidence recovered at themurder scene was bullet casings from a .38 caliber gun.Two days later, Sylvester Coles came to the police station with his lawyer. He claimed that he saw Davis with a gun.Coles had earlier been identied as creating the disturbancethat drew MacPhail’s attention. Coles acknowledged own-ing a .38 caliber gun, which was never recovered.Nevertheless, police issued an all-points bulletin for thecapture of 20-year-old Davis. They blockaded, surroundedand entered the Davis family home in Cloverdale withouta warrant. Shortly after, Davis turned himself in and wascharged with MacPhail’s murder. At the 1991 trial, Chatham County prosecutors didn’t pro- vide any physical or forensic evidence that tied Davis to theshooting. Their only “proof” was nine eyewitnesses’ testi-monies, including Coles’. The weapon was never foundDavis insisted he was innocent and the victim of faulty identication. The jury deliberated for only two hours andfound Davis guilty. He was sentenced to die. As Davis’ appeals wound through the court system, sev-eral trial witnesses recanted their testimonies and saidthat police pressured them to identify Davis as the shoot-er. Antoine Williams now says he doesn’t know who shotMacPhail, and that because he is illiterate, he couldn’t readthe police statement he signed implicating Davis.Kevin McQueen and Jeffrey Sapp now acknowledge thatDavis never admitted to them that he killed the police of-cer, as they testied in court. Only two of the nine witnessesstill hold to their testimony; one is Coles, who has been im-plicated in new afdavits.
Case reeals ‘systemic inequities in U.S. legal system’
Davis’ sister, Martina Correia, who has battled cancer,and mother, Virgina Davis, who recently died, have pas-sionately defended him, inspiring the massive movement
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Stop racist execution o roy Davis ..........................1Abolish capitalism.........................................2Rally counters anti-Muslim bigotry, pro-war chauvinism....3Aghan war vet trades in weapon or bicycle ...............3Labor Day in Wisconsin....................................4Working people conront congressperson .................4olice target undocumented youth........................4‘Save the public ostal Service.............................5No more concessions!’ ....................................5On the picket line .........................................5Obama’s ‘job planofers nothing new......................6Lucasville uprising prisoner dies in Ohio ...................6Longshore workers call or anti-racist unity in their ranks...7
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Why U.N./U.S. occupation o Haiti must end................8Interview with Mexican labor leader .......................8U.S. maneuvers to blunt support or alestine..............9Workers strike back against attacks ......................10Brussels, aris demos hit NAO war on Libya .............10Libya intensies resistance to occupation................11
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ant freedom of information?
abolish cilism!
By Caleb T. Maupin
The prot-hungry, Wall Street billionaires love “pri- vate property.”They love that while the majority of humanity has tosell their labor, renting out their ability to work to some-one else in order to survive, they, the superrich, get to“own” the banks, factories, natural resources, and other“commanding heights” of the economy. They are happy that they can live off the work done by those who aren’tlucky enough to be among their small ruling segment of humanity. Among the various types of private property that capi-talists horde in order to keep their wealth and maintaintheir power, is one particularly valuabletool: information.The billionaires and their governments want people to support and ght in their bloody imperialist wars. They also want people to happily accept their massive cutbacks and layoffs. If the peopleare to do this, the last thing they need to hear is the truth.The ruling class has its own media, hired and paid topush its interpretation of world events, and often blatantfalsehoods, on the people of the world.So many working people are now excited by WikiLeaks, which let some of the hidden secrets of the ruling circlesenter public knowledge. As the call to “Occupy WallStreet” on Sept. 17 went out, some of the forces involvedare rallying around the call for “Freedom of Information”as a way to bring down the tyranny of those in power.They are not alone in this call. It has long been a de-mand of socialists and revolutionaries that the people beallowed access to the secrets of the ruling class.Militant unions in the 1930s screamed, “Open the books!” as a revolutionary demand. They called for boss-es who said they couldn’t afford to pay decent wages to be required to prove this, by allowing the workers to in-spect and see how much prots were being made fromthe work they did.One of the greatest victories for freedom of informa-tion was the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. When the workers and oppressed people brought downthe czar of Russia, and then the provisional governmentof capitalists, they revealed all the secrets hidden by theformer ruling elites as they built a socialist society.Secret treaties and agreements never made public by the czar were published to show the true proteering na-ture of the world’s capitalist governments, often lurking behind closed doors.The archives of the czar’s secret police were alsoopened, and many learned exactly the techniques usedto suppress revolutionary organizations through inltra-tion, deception, and outright terrorist violence. When activists in the town of Media, Pa., broke into theFBI ofces in 1971, they revealed that the FBI did the samethings here in the U.S. to attack the anti-war movementalong with the Black and other national liberation move-ments, by releasing numerous classied FBI documents tothose who could make them public.Unlike in capitalist countries, social-ist Cuba is a society in which information isreadily available to the people. In Cuba, thecurrent economic changes are being enacted after liter-ally millions of Cuban factory workers, students, women,farm laborers, and others were consulted in mass meet-ings, and given all the information as well as the ability togive input into how society is run.Socialist societies arm their populations with educa-tion and literacy, as well as popular democratic control of the economy, so that no more are decisions and informa-tion only accessible to a small segment of society.The capitalist bosses fear the free ow of information. When BART, the Bay Area Rapid Transit system copsshot down Charles Hill — the third BART shooting since African-American Oscar Grant’s killing sparked rebel-lions — Internet and cell phone access was turned off toprevent protests in another sign of the fear of the people’srighteous anger that exists within the halls of power.The fact that Congress has discussed a “kill switch” forthe Internet, also shows how afraid of the people those with the wealth actually are.The struggle for freely accessible information, and a world where people are empowered to know the truth anduse it to rule society, is not just a struggle against corrup-tion, bad government ofcials or Wall Street’s “inuence.”It is a struggle against the capitalist system itself, whichmust be overthrown if a better world is to blossom.
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rll coues i-Muslim bio,o- chuiism
bove, ept. 11 rally co-chairs, eiani owell rom Fightmperialism, tand Together and ara Flounders rom nter-national ction Center. et, Cyrus McGoldrick, civil rightsmanager, Council o merican slamic Relations.
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ith message of peace
ah  e des i eo o biccle
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ghanistan war veteran and anti-war cyclistJacob George.
By John CatalinottoNew ork 
Since May 2010 Jacob George andsome friends have been on a bicycle tripthrough the United States. Equipped with banjo and bass ddle, he and others have been singing and performing anti-warstories while bringing a message of peacefor Afghanistan. They’ve traveled mostoften through areas of the U.S. South, where anti-war sentiment is probably aslow as anywhere in the country. That initself is impressive.But what makes this campaign, whichGeorge calls “a ride till the end,” evenmore striking is that George is a honor-ably discharged veteran of three toursin Afghanistan. He was a sergeant in theU.S. Army Special Operations Command,and as he said: “I was there in 2001 rightafter the U.S. forces landed in October.Then we went back once more in 2002. And then again at the end of 2003 and the beginning of 2004. No tour was for morethan six months.” Workers World spoke with George onSept. 9 near New York’s City Hall. He had just participated in a news conference held by the Emergency Mobilization AgainstRacism, War and Anti-Muslim Bigotry topublicize its Sept. 11 demonstration nearCity Hall to answer right-wing attackson Muslims, including Muslims’ right to build an Islamic prayer center.Speaking at the news conference,George told of his “fourth tour in Afghani-stan. This time, for a month this summer,I went not as a soldier but as a peace ac-tivist. I went not to shoot at the so-calledenemy — we were trained to re at tar-gets wearing turbans — but to talk withthe people. I learned to love my Muslim brothers and to appreciate their culture.” WW asked George how he got the ideaof the bicycle tour.“I’ve been a longtime cycling advo-cate,” George answered. “After I got out of the military, I used to ride around in themountains of Arkansas — I’m what somepeople would call a ‘hillbilly.’ But sinceI’ve been to the other side of the world Imight be known as a ‘rambler.’“It got so that if I was driving andstopped at a station to buy gas, I’d startfeeling like I was encouraging a war foroil. I decided to ride bicycles everywhere. At my job, which was to enforce the park-ing laws on campus, I would ride my bicy-cle carrying the ‘boot’ to place on illegally parked cars.“The job suited me. But it suited meeven more to actively combat the war andtry to end the misery for the people of Af-ghanistan. I got some friends together and we started riding, almost exclusively in theSouth. We weren’t visiting peace groups.“Most of the people we met with werepeople who supported the troops and sup-ported the war. But we sang their kinds of songs and we could talk their language.They listened. It was a challenge but wecould relate to them and they could relateto what we said.”That seems like a general rule for goodorganizing. WW asked about the eco-nomic conditions George observed in theSouth these days.“The South is falling apart,” he an-swered. “Pine Bluff in Arkansas is half closed down. People are hurting. We seehomeless people all over.“Even worse was Mississippi. When we went through Jackson we saw a mall where even the Taco Bell and McDonald’s were boarded up. We had never seen any-thing like that before in the South.”George and his bicycling team, whohave performed at the Bluestockings bookstore and other places while in New  York City, will be leaving Sept. 13 for a250-mile ride to Washington, D.C., goingthrough Philadelphia; Wilmington, Del.;and Baltimore. Their plan is to get dona-tions of 250 bicycles. As he said: “As a community of Afghan war veterans, we feel a peace offering isneeded as we approach 10 years of war in Afghanistan. Upon collecting the bicycles, we’ll be attempting to send some to Af-ghanistan and others will be used to getmore veterans on bicycles. We’ve askedBikes Not Bombs to help us in this effortand we’ll be pedaling together as recon-ciliation approaches.”
 For more information, see operation-awareness.org.
By John CatalinottoNew ork 
People from every sector of the regionalNew York City progressive movement,including representatives of various reli-gious communities, gathered at City HallPark near the World Trade Center site onSept. 11 to show solidarity with the Mus-lim community. That group has focusedover the past month on condemning theracism and bigotry whipped up by the ul-tra-right, which was holding what turnedout to be a small anti-Muslim rally a few  blocks to the west.The progressive demonstration alsocountered the pervasive message fromthe corporate media and politicians from both parties who sought to revive a 9/11climate of patriotism and U.S. chauvin-ism that justied the policy of expanding wars overseas and intensied repressionat home.The protest, called by the Emergency Mobilization Against Racism & Anti-Mus-lim Bigotry and organized by the Inter-national Action Center, made two othermain points: The movement must resist Washington’s drive to war, and working-class solidarity is necessary to ght for workers’ rights, living standards and jobs.The pro-unity rally in some ways re-played the political confrontation thattook place last year, when an even largerdemonstration of progressives greatly outnumbered a heavily publicized and -nanced Tea Party event protesting an Is-lamic community and prayer center.
Political challenge to patrioticimperialist orgy
Reached by email, IAC Co-DirectorSara Flounders, who chaired part of theSept. 11 rally, compared the two confron-tations. “Last year the major corporatemedia gave weeks of coverage to extremeright-wing groups and to the ugliest at-tacks on Islam and on Muslims in the U.S.The call to challenge this extreme racistattack drew many thousands of non-Mus-lims to our rally to stand in solidarity withMuslims under attack.“This year the right-wing rally got lesspublicity, appeared to be less of a threatand turned out to be really small. The rac-ist rally with big-screen projection and atractor trailer of staging and sound had asmall ag-waving gathering.“Our Unity Rally this year,” contrastedFlounders, “drew many hundreds ratherthan the thousands of last year, but it hada crucial importance. It raised a politicalchallenge to the entire corporate media andall the top political leaders of both capitalistparties who united to dene 9/11 as a patri-otic orgy glorifying U.S. imperialism.”It would be hard to imagine a more di- verse and spirited Unity Rally and march.In addition to representatives from immi-grant communities from every continentand Marxist groups there were more radi-cal, struggle-ready labor unionists andactivists from anti-war and civil rightsorganizations who joined in shouting slo-gans of solidarity for four hours with theirMuslim sisters and brothers.People from Boston, Washington andPhiladelphia, from nearby New Jersey and the upstate Albany area, joined theanti-racist movement that embraced young and old, people of all the colors of the city and region, gay and straight.The message from the nearly 50 com-munity and religious leaders greeting theEmergency Mobilization rally was solidar-ity with the Muslim community and unity of all the forces in the struggle against rac-ism, scapegoating and U.S. wars abroad.Some of the Muslim speakers made thepoint that their communities identiedas U.S. citizens, but they wanted the U.S.government to follow the Constitution,especially when it comes to protecting therights of religious minorities.
Confronting the ocial line
It was the racist offensive by anti-Mus-lim bloggers like Pam Geller and otherneo-fascist forces that initially spurred onthe Emergency Mobilization. But it wasimpossible to ignore the overwhelmingpropaganda offensive by the imperialistU.S. ruling class. The fact that PresidentsGeorge W. Bush and Barack Obama were both at the ofcial ceremony on the WorldTrade Center site showed the two parties were united on promoting patriotism asthey have been on no other issue recently.The attacks on the WTC 10 years ago, because they made the population feelmore vulnerable, increased the ability of the most aggressive sectors of the U.S.ruling class to militarize the country. TheBush administration mobilized rst theentire ruling class and then the populationfor wars of aggression against Afghani-stan and later Iraq. Other countries wereon their hit list, but the resistance move-ments in Iraq and later in Afghanistanshowed that occupation was not so easy.This year the anniversary commemo-ration allowed U.S. ruling circles to againexploit the widespread sympathy for the victims to carry out a broad and deep pa-triotic campaign.“The memorial events,” observedFlounders, “were a carefully choreo-graphed effort to drape the governmentin an aura of mourning for the victims of the World Trade Center attack — and tohide its responsibility for the hundredsof thousands of totally innocent victimsof U.S. wars of the past 10 years in Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya and to intervene inPakistan, Somalia and Yemen. Most omi-nously, it can be used to justify continued war and repression.”Thus the second message of the Emer-gency Mobilization was confronting theofcial line, repeated ad nauseam inthe week leading up to Sept. 11, that theUnited States was an innocent victim of terrorism.Some of the speakers at the rally con-gratulated those participating for havingthe political courage to confront the heavy propaganda campaign in the corporatemedia and from all levels of government.The third message of the Emergency Mobilization was even more relevant this year after another 12 months of economicstagnation and signs of a new recession:Solidarity among all sectors of the work-ing class and the oppressed is essential to beat back the relentless attack on benetsand to ght for jobs.

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