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Sp. 15, 2011 Vol. 53, No. 36 50¢
Boston: l luch sindicl
Un 11 de septiembe nti-cist
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 Zero jobs!
Wokes’ ss deepes
Tim t fight ac
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The capitalist economy lurched toward renewed cri-sis as the U.S. government announced that no new jobs were created in the month of August. This disastrousnews for the 30 million unemployed and underem-ployed workers in the U.S. comes against a backgroundof a menacing world economic slowdown.In addition to the zero jobs growth numbers for Au-gust, both June and July numbers for job creation wererevised downward by a total of 58,000. The zero jobsnumber is part of a steady downward trend. While this is bad news for the unemployed, those who are working also took a hit in August. The greaterthe unemployment, the greater the pressure on those workers who still have jobs. This pressure shows up inthe latest statistics. Weekly hours worked fell from 34.3 to 34.2, whilehourly wages declined by an average of 3 cents. Thesenumbers seem small but they add up to an average de-cline in weekly wages of almost 5 percent on an annual basis.Furthermore, there was an increase of 430,000“involuntary part-time” workers — workers who needa full-time job but have to work part-time, either be-cause they were put on short hours or because that wasall the bosses were offering to new hires.The bosses relish the mass unemployment becauseof the competition it creates among workers, makingit easier to slash wages, enforce speedups, cut benetsand thus wring more and more prots out of the sweatof the workers. And importantly, the higher the levelof unemployment, the greater the threat to the unions,as both companies and governments take aim at unioncontracts, knowing that strikes are difcult to carry outduring periods of high unemployment.The racist effects of unemployment were dramatizedagain in August as the jobless rate for African Ameri-cans ofcially reached 16.7 percent while for Latinos/as it was 11.3 percent. When you look at the numberof workers who have dropped out of the work forceand are not counted in the unemployment statistics,the percentages of oppressed workers out of work are vastly greater.Two years after jobless recovery, a new crisis is brewingIt is now more than two years into the so-called“recovery.” The capitalist prot system, the so-called“free market,” has left tens of millions without full-time employment. The poverty rate is rising; one-sixthof the population suffers from hunger, including one-fourth of the children; millions are facing foreclosureand eviction.Now, piled upon this jobless recovery is the threat of a new wave of layoffs. The growth of the U.S. economy slowed to 1 percent in the rst half of this year. All of  world capitalism is in fact slowing down, whether in Eu-rope, including Germany, France, and England; in Asia,including Japan, South Korea, India and China; or inLatin America, including its largest economy, Brazil.
conomc owt nd wokes unde cptlsm
The question of economic growth is crucial to thecondition of the working class. Under capitalism work-ers have only two conditions with respect to jobs. A  worker is either being exploited by a capitalist boss or by some level of government and thus has a job, or a worker is unemployed. There is nothing in between.The growth of capitalist production means more workers are needed to be exploited and services needto expand. Thus workers have jobs, even if more and
O 9/11 –
Say nO
tO raciSm!
Anti-war message from World Trade Center worker
StruggleS for Survival
oeclosue stopped!
Dsbled demnd tnst
afodble medcne
attica —right tO rb
What we wrote40 years ago
Plcan Bay & Aca
DiriaL 10
L.U.V. Brigade in Milwaukee before joining anti-Nazi protest. Page 2.
iScOnSin SayS ‘naziS Ot!’
Continued on page 4
y DS!
Georgia is moving to execute roy Davis,an African American from Savannah whosecase has brought worldwide attention tothe discriminatory legal system in the U.S.Convicted solely on the basis of eyewitnesstestimony which has been largely recanted,Davis is scheduled for execution on Set.21. Activists around the world are takingstes to revent this racist injustice. o signthe etition issued by the International Ac-tion Center, go to iacenter.org/troydavis.For more information, go to www.aiusa.org.
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Workerscrisis deeens.....................................1Wisconsin struggle drives out racists.......................2 his Set. 11, say NO to racism.............................3WW editor reviews olitical imact of 9/11.................3Residents struggle to survive Hurricane Irene ..............4Homeowners ack court, sto foreclosure .................5Anti-war youth jailed in Michigan..........................5Drive for rots causes drug shortages ....................5Austerity measures imeril thousands in Michigan.........6Disabled seek better Detroit bus service ...................6Native eole honor slain woodcarver.....................6Attica: Unity & courage vs. Rockefeller’s machine guns .....6Reort from inside Attica..................................7
aound te wold
Imerialists lot theft of African wealth....................8Bahrain: protests follow killing of 14-year-old ..............8South Koreans unite against U.S. military crime ............9Sandinista revolution enters second hase...............11
From Attica to pelican Bay – ear down the walls! ........10Lies & omissions: U.S. ‘terrorism reort’...................10
otcs n spñol
Boston: la lucha sindical .................................12Un 11 de setiembre anti-racista ........................12
 Workers World55 West 17 StreetNew York, N.Y. 10011Phone: (212) 627-2994E-mail: ww@workers.org Web: www.workers.org Vol. 53, No. 36 • Sept. 15, 2011Closing date: Sept. 6, 2011Editor: Deirdre GriswoldTechnical Editor: Lal Roohk Managing Editors: John Catalinotto, LeiLani Dowell,Leslie Feinberg, Kris Hamel, Monica Moorehead,Gary Wilson West Coast Editor: John ParkerContributing Editors: Abayomi Azikiwe,Greg Buttereld, Jaimeson Champion, G. Dunkel,Fred Goldstein, Teresa Gutierrez, Larry Hales,Berta Joubert-Ceci, Cheryl LaBash,Milt Neidenberg, Bryan G. Pfeifer, Betsey Piette,Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria RubacTechnical Staff: Sue Davis, Shelley Ettinger,Bob McCubbin, Maggie VascassennoMundo Obrero: Carl Glenn, Teresa Gutierrez,Berta Joubert-Ceci, Donna Lazarus, Michael Martínez,Carlos VargasSupporter Program: Sue Davis, coordinatorCopyright © 2011 Workers World. Verbatim copyingand distribution of articles is permitted in any medium without royalty provided this notice is preserved. Workers World (ISSN-1070-4205) is published weekly except the rst week of January by WW Publishers, 55 W. 17 St., N.Y., N.Y. 10011. Phone: (212) 627-2994. Sub-scriptions: One year: $25; institutions: $35. Letters tothe editor may be condensed and edited. Articles can befreely reprinted, with credit to Workers World, 55 W. 17St., New York, NY 10011. Back issues and individual ar-ticles are available on microlm and/or photocopy fromUniversity Microlms International, 300 Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106. A searchable archive isavailable on the Web at www.workers.org. A headline digest is available via e-mail subscription.Subscription information is at www.workers.org/email.php.Periodicals postage paid at New York, N.Y.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Workers World, 55 W. 17 St., 5th Floor,New York, N.Y. 10011.
MarxisM, reparations
& the Black Freedom Struggle
An anthology of writings from Workers World newsaer. dited by Monica Moorehead.Includes:
• rcsm, tonl ppesson & el-Detemnton
Larry Holmes
• Blck Lbo om ttel lve to We lve
Sam Marcy
• Blck yout: repesson & resstnce
 LeiLani Dowell
• e tule o oclsm is Ke
Monica Moorehead
• Blck & Bown Unt: a ll o tule o humn rts & globl Justce!
Saladin Muhammad
• albm’s Blck Belt: Lec o lve, ecoppn & eeton
Consuela Lee
• het ubmn, Womn Wo
Mumia Abu-Jamal
• ae ondtons rpe an od?
40th annivesy of the 1965 Wtts rebellion
John parker
• rcsm nd ovet n te Delt
Larry Hales
• ht eeds reptons
pat Chin
www.workers.org/reparations/Available at Amazon.com and bookstores around the country
zs potected b cops but
Wisconsin struggle drives out racists
B Bn g. eeWest alls, Ws.
More than 2,000 protest-ers came out here in thepouring rain on Sept. 3 to tellabout 20 Nazis and their big- business and banking back-ers that their hatred, racismand anti-union stance are not wanted.The protest began with arally which had a powerful,diverse array of speakers thatincluded representatives of the African-American, Latino/aand other communities of col-or; the lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender, queer communi-ty; the Jewish community; youth; students; the faith-basedcommunity; the immigrant community and others. About an hour after this rally, the Nazis, escorted by police to a site behind a chain-link fence, attempted tohold a brief “recruitment rally” at city hall. The fascists were directly confronted by a multinational, intergenera-tional crowd holding signs such as “Jobs, Social Security and health care, not hate,” and banners declaring sloganslike “West Allis says NO to racism, union-busting.” At one point the protesters confronted white suprema-cists who were standing at a gas station taunting Afri-can Americans and others. Although the racists wereadjacent to city hall and had open containers of alcohol,the cops did nothing. In fact, the fully armed police onmounted horses protected the racists and threatened thecounter-protesters with arrest and physical harm. Well over 150 police from all over metro Milwaukeeand beyond were out in force to protect the Nazis, costingtaxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars.The Nazis’ vile words were drowned out by the crowd, with chants such as, “Hey hey, ho ho, Nazi hate has gotto go!” Due to the protesters’ chants and militancy, espe-cially that of African-American youth and students, theracists packed up and left early, escorted by the police ona taxpayer-funded yellow school bus.Delegations of protesters came from the WisconsinNetwork for Peace and Justice in Madison, Wis.; postal workers from Green Bay, Wis.; Fight Imperialism, StandTogether (FIST) and Moratorium NOW! Coalition toStop Foreclosures, Evictions & Utility Shutoffs activ-ists from Detroit. Residents from many communitiesthroughout metro Milwaukee and elsewhere also cameout to confront the Nazis.The morning of Sept. 3 a youth and student organiza-tion called the L.U.V. Brigade and other African-Ameri-can community organizations held an anti-Nazi event atRed Arrow Park in downtown Milwaukee.“We have to ght injustice. We have to ght againstoppression. The Black community faces racism and op-pression every day through the court system, the policeand the education system. We can’t allow ourselves to beterrorized. We have to ght the power. We can’t allow thepolice to do us any kind of way. We have power when we come together. We can change the world,” said KhalilColeman, leader of the L.U.V. Brigade, speaking to thecrowd at Red Arrow Park. Participants at the L.U.V. Bri-gade event then traveled to West Allis to join the counter-protesters there. A coalition of more than 30 organizations throughoutmetro Milwaukee mobilized for more than two weeks forthe protests against the fascists. The coalition includedmembers of unions such as the Milwaukee TeachersEducation Association; American Federation of State,County and Municipal Employees; and the Service Em-ployees union; and activist groups such as Peace Action Wisconsin; the L.U.V. Brigade; the Latin American Soli-darity Committee; the Freedom Road Socialist Organi-zation; Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied ForHope (MICAH); Students for a Democratic Society; Vo-ces de la Frontera; the Wisconsin Bail Out the PeopleMovement; and Workers World Party.Organizing leading up to Sept. 3 included the distri- bution of thousands of leaets and posters throughoutmetro Milwaukee and beyond. Organizers went to West Allis to distribute leaets and talk to residents and small business owners. A media campaign counteracted thelies of the Nazis and pointed out their bloody history innumerous capitalist countries.
Youth hold banner at West Allis protest.
workers.orgSept. 15, 2011 Page 3
ts Sep. 11, s nO o s
B on upew yok 
Last year there was an overwhelmingresponse to the International Action Cen-ter’s call for an anti-racist demonstrationon Sept. 11.The demonstration, headed by the slo-gan, “Unity, Respect, Jobs Justice; No toRacism and Anti-Muslim Bigotry,” vastly outnumbered last year’s anti-MuslimSeptember 11 rally against New York’sPark 51, the Islamic Cultural Center.Racist forces such as Stop the Islamici-zation of America and other similar hategroups thought they could use the an-niversary to whip up anti-Muslim senti-ment but were out-mobilized. The freepublicity they received from the corporatemedia actually helped build the IAC’s an-ti-racist mobilization.This year the SIOA and their kind areat it again and have called another racistSept. 11 rally. With all the patriotism andpraise for the imperialist military that willaccompany the day’s tenth anniversary,this year’s IAC counterdemonstration will be more important than ever.It will also be an opportunity for build-ing multinational, classwide solidarity ata time when the economic crisis is wors-ening and a unied ght for jobs is all-important.Outnumbered in 2010, the anti-Mus-lim forces thought that this year’s tenthanniversary of Sept. 11 would score thema propaganda victory. That changed whenneo-fascist Anders Breivik killed 77 peo-ple in Norway and cited the writings of SIOA’s Pam Geller as an inspiration.Racists like Geller and Florida pastorTerry Jones — who last year threatened to burn copies of the Quran — are not domi-nating the news cycle this year. However,the scapegoating campaign against Mus-lims, as well as other nationalities, is infull force as the capitalist crisis shows nosign of abating.The Associated Press recently uncov-ered a campaign jointly organized by theNew York Police Department and the CIA to spy on Muslims in mosques, cafes andother gatheringplaces. Also, a study by the Mother Jonesindependentnews organizationand the Universi-ty of California ex-posed somethingsuspicious aboutthe vast major-ity of so-calleddomestic terroristplots “thwarted” by the FBI andsupposedly orga-nized by Muslims.They were, infact, manufactured by the FBI — especially through reliance on paid informants andprovocateurs.The atmosphere created by these witch-hunt and criminal-izing activities led toincidents like one inlate August, whenMuslim families at-tending an amuse-ment park in Rye,N.Y., were attacked by police. Womendefending their rightto wear the hijab were shoved to the groundand beaten.“What is being described in the mediaas a ‘melee’ or ‘brawl’ was, in fact, a po-lice assault,” said IAC co-director Sara Flounders ina press release.“The attack on people who were simply out toenjoy a day at the amuse-ment park is part of a sys-tematic attempt to crimi-nalize Muslims in order to justify unpopular U.S.warsagainst countries whereIslam is the dominant reli-gion,” Flounders said.This climate of scape-goating has included a vicious anti-immigrantfrenzy in the media and legislation target-ing the Latino/a community, along withopenly racist rallies like the one in West Allis, Wis., on Sept. 3, against which theBail Out the People Movement organizeda successful counterdemonstration thatoutnumbered the Nazis at least 50 to 1.“As the Great Recession deepens, theneed to counter the ugly rise of racismhas become a necessary part of the ghtfor jobs and against cutbacks,” said Larry Holmes of BOPM, one of the groups sup-porting the Unity Solidarity Rally.“As we ght mass layoffs and evictions, we can’t afford to be divided by racism or bigotry,” Holmes said. “And New Yorkerscan’t allow the anniversary of September11 to be used to promote an anti-Muslimfrenzy. This is the time for thousands tocome out as they did last year for solidar-ity, respect and jobs.”
A year ago on 9/11,thousands ralliedagainst racism indowntown New York.
10 es te wokn n W #1
WW edo evews poll p of 9/11
B Jon tlnottoew yok 
In September 2001, this writer and1,800 other employees of a health-insur-ance company worked in World TradeCenter #1. Our department was on the31st oor. Our ofcial starting time was8:45 a.m., and the rst plane struck that building at 8:48 a.m on Sept. 11. Ourstarting time was exible. I usually ar-rived late and left late.I had worked late the night before, waiting to leave until 9 p.m. when a rain-storm ended. I would have walked to work the next morning, which was beau-tiful and clear. I often walked the threemiles along the Hudson River from Chel-sea to the WTC.But I got a call at 9 a.m. from a friend, who wanted to be sure I was late as usu-al. When he gave me the news, we boththought an accident with a small plane hadhappened, like the one at the Empire StateBuilding in 1945. No one answered my callto the ofce so I decided to stay home.I soon learned by radio news that asecond plane had hit WTC #2 and a thirdhad hit the Pentagon. I knew immedi-ately that no matter who was responsible,the Bush administration would use theevent as an excuse to launch a war —somewhere.I called the editor of Workers Worldnewspaper, Deirdre Griswold, and sug-gested we editors meet on an emergency  basis to redesign the coming issue. As Istarted to walk toward Eighth Avenue at10:00 a.m., WTC #2 collapsed. Everyoneabove the oors where the planes hit andall in the planes died, along with the “rstresponders,” especially reghters.Thirteen of my co-workers died, in-cluding some colleagues who couldn’t walk. Most workers either hadn’t arrivedor quickly ran down the smoky stairs.They were traumatized for years, and Icaught some of that, too. Having a po-litical interpretation of the events doesn’tmake you immune to the feelings.Despite this trauma, no one among the20 people I worked most closely with talk-ed about “revenge” or spoke about going to war. But after about 36 hours of George W.Bush ying around the country and Dick Cheney hiding in the bunker, the Bush ad-ministration went on the offensive. As some people from inside the admin-istration later pointed out, even as they  were readying an attack on Afghanistanthey were also preparing an invasion of Iraq. They rushed through the Patriot Actto militarize U.S. society. They took advan-tage of a wave of patriotism to recruit to themilitary and secret service organizations.There was almost no opposition from within the ruling class and its corporatemedia to either of these wars, despite allthe contradictions in the government’sargument.Let’s consider two of those contradic-tions. Washington had built up al-Qaida andother groups like it to battle the Soviet as-sistance to the Afghan revolution.Those who allegedly carried out the9/11 attack were almost all Saudi citizens;they were enemies of the secular Ba’athistgovernment in Iraq. Yet the Bush gang blamed Saddam Hussein for being be-hind this attack, though the attack wascarried out by his sworn enemies.No signicant capitalist media chal-lenged these obvious lies.However 9/11 came about, the Bushadministration immediately used it toconspire to invade Iraq, even withoutthe U.S.’s NATO allies. This Sept. 2 for-mer U.S. Ambassador to Germany JohnKornblum said: “I don’t know what they  would have done if September 11 hadn’toccurred. Either they would have donenothing or they would have had to inventanother pretext.” (presse.phoenix.de)Now that these wars — and a new one in Libya — have continued under aDemocratic administration, it’s obvi-ous that doing nothing was off the table.They would have invented another pre-text. The imperialist attempt to recon-quer those parts of the colonial worldthat freed themselves at least partly after World War II, while the U.S. was lockedin a Cold War with the USSR, does notdepend on having a convenient excuse.If the “war on terror” doesn’t serve as apretext, then “saving civilians” will. That was the excuse in Yugoslavia, as it is now in Libya. What is more important to the impe-rialist offensive than the Sept. 11 pretextis the fact that there is no longer a SovietUnion. The very existence of the USSR as a powerful anti-capitalist and anti-imperialist entity had strengthened inde-pendence struggles in the countries of theformer colonial world.Local resistance movements have sty-mied Washington in both Afghanistanand Iraq. Yet the Pentagon has been ableto keep a foothold in both countries andrisk a new war in Libya. It could never dothat when it had to confront the USSR onmany fronts.It is important that progressives againplan to show their banners near the World Trade Center for the 10-year com-memoration. They will be confronting theanti-Muslim bigots and building unity. And they will expose the misuse of 9/11as a pretext for more war. Resistance tofuture wars will have to be built at home.
The above is based on a much longerinterview that Catalinotto, a managingeditor of WW, did with the progressiveGerman daily newspaper, Junge Welt,that will be published in a special sec-tion on 9/11.

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