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aug. 25, 2011 Vol. 53, No. 33 50¢
 
BRITAIN
Repression, U.S. style
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CUBAN FIVE
Habeas corpus for Gerardo
 
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By Kathy Durkin
The heroic 45,000-strong strike against Verizon continues throughout the North-east and Mid-Atlantic regions, as workers,including many women, African Americansand Latinos/as, rail against the corporatemonolith’s erce anti-union assault.Picketers walk outside Verizon and Ve-rizon Wireless ofces, call centers, phonestores, garages and hundreds of workplacesfrom coast to coast. The lines are strong andgrowing. “Workers are being joined on theline by Communication Workers of Americamembers from other companies and mem- bers of other unions as the battle continuesto get the company to start bargaining seri-ously,” reports the CWA website.CWA Local 9575 in Camarillo, Calif., which is picketing Verizon Wireless stores,reports widespread support and solidarity for the East Coast strike “from private andpublic sector union members, community and religious organizations, Verizon wire-line and wireless customers, and thousandsof others.” The union says United PostalService drivers, letter carriers, caterers andtrash haulers won’t cross picket lines. Pass-ersby are bringing strikers food and water;and customers are asking how to help thestrike. In one day, 15,000 people signed pe-titions demanding the company bargain ingood faith. Verizon insisted on 100 concessions fromthe workers during contract negotiations,stripping away 50 years of hard-won ben-ets. The CWA and International Brother-hood of Electrical Workers, which representthe landline workers, called a strike on Aug.7 after the contract expired. Strike votes were nearly unanimous. When negotiations restarted on Aug. 10, Verizon hadn’t budged from the demandsthey made when talks began on June 22. Although proclaiming it must cut wagesand benets and outsource jobs to be “com-petitive” in a mostly nonunion industry, Ve-rizon, unscathed by the recession, is one of 
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the top 10 wealthiest U.S. corporations. Thecompany earns $108 billion a year and $7 billion in prots. Verizon didn’t pay federaltaxes last year — and even maneuvered a$1.3 billion tax rebate!The corporation seeks even more prots by demanding $1 billion in concessions —$20,000 per worker per year — by gutting vital benets.Its aim to eliminate a paid holiday onMartin Luther King Jr. Day is also a right-
CWA strikers and supporters leaeted at the rstPhiladelphia Eagles football game of the season Aug. 11.
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Raising the barson Verizon
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Verizon strikers ght for all workers
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 Pht Pht: Byn G. Pfif
Boston School Bus DriversLocal 8751 joins the picketline Aug. 11.
 
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Verizon strikers ht or ll workers .........................1Hrlem protest sys: u.S. hnds of aric!..................2McKinney nti-wr tor mobilizes movement in 20+ cities .2Cmpin rchets p deense oVictor Toro ...............3gerrdo Hernández denied hbes corps ino ............3Wisconsin recll sprked lbor-commnity colition .......4Cll centers: a new ront in the clss strle ..............4anry toworkers spek ot, demnd eql py..........5
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Harlem protest says:
U.S. hands o Africa!
Some thousands of people, many from New York City’s African-American community, gathered on Malcolm XBoulevard in Harlem on Aug. 13 to protest the U.S./NATO bombing campaign against the Libyan people. People alsoraised U.S. attacks on Somalia and interventions againstZimbabwe, Sudan, Ivory Coast and other African coun-tries. Some of the organizing groups were the Nation of Islam, the December 12 Movement, the Freedom Party and many local organizations, most reecting the Pan- African activist movement. Anti-imperialist organizations
McKinney anti-war tour mobilizesmovement in 20+ cities
 Sara Flounders, co-director of the International  Action Center, discussed a series of meetings where former U.S. Rep. Cynthia McKinney has spoken against the U.S./NATO war on Libya. The meetings follow McKinney’s visit to the North African country. As of  Aug. 13 the tour had grown to 19 U.S. cities and Van-couver, B.C., in Canada. Following are excerpts froman interview with Flounders by Workers World Man-aging Editor John Catalinotto.
The tour, now about half over, has continued to grow in both number of cities and importance. It has already il-lustrated some important lessons and experiences in how to mobilize against U.S. wars of aggression while over-coming extremely unfavorable conditions.These conditions include the level of demonizationin the corporate media of the government of MoammarGadha, the apparent diplomatic isolation of Libya andeven the time of year, when the universities are not in ses-sion and even many movement groups and activists areon a vacation schedule.Outside of the continued slanders directed at Gadha,there is little media coverage of the war and of how the bombing is killing Libyan civilians, when the war’s of-cial justication was that the intervention was supposedto protect civilians. What hypocrisy.There has been an almost total silence in the mediaas the relentless attack continues. It’s gone far beyonda so-called “no-y zone” to bombing urban centers, kill-ing civilians and destroying the infrastructure. No othercountry in history except the U.S. has had the capacity to wreak such havoc, using cruise missiles, bunker bust-ers, drones, depleted uranium and dense inert metal ex-plosive bombs, anti-personnel razor shredding bombletsand anti-personnel mines.The corporate media can demonize the leader of acountry targeted by the Pentagon to the point that theconsequences of using the most deadly weapons againsta totally defenseless population are hidden and dismissed.On top of this, the working class here in the U.S. isabsorbed with the overwhelming problems of the capi-talist system in crisis. They don’t know what this meansfor their future. They are lled with apprehension, along with disappointment that the hopes raised by the BaracObama administration were false ones. Almost no one is supporting the war. And they are an-gry that the government is spending money on the warand not on social services. But without lots of news on it,for many people this is not the rst thing on their mind.
McKinney conronted the war makers
Despite these difculties, the movement here has tochallenge such a criminal imperialist act of brigandageand piracy. Otherwise, it pulls the whole progressivemovement backwards. If it is going to ght on immediate, bread-and-butter issues such as the economy, the move-ment also has to show that it’s willing to stand up againstheavy-handed propaganda from the government and thecorporate media. This is a measure of its independencefrom those who rule U.S. society.Cynthia McKinney put herself at risk by going to Libya.She gave the movement an opportunity to focus on thisissue. And groups in each city took up the challenge. In eachcity the most resolute anti-war groups, including the In-ternational Action Center, often joined with or supportedPan-African organizations that reached out to all sorts of local committees. In the end, meetings of 250 to 500 peo-ple have heard McKinney and others condemn the attack.In every city, those initiating this community “teach-in”reached out consciously and discussed the issues with a wider circle of the Black movement — especially the Pan- African movement, those who have long focused on Africa.The most important role for anti-imperialist forces toplay is rst to provide clarity among their own ranks andthen to reach out and win over others who might have atrst been confused about Libya. The movement here isincredibly diverse. Each of the meetings here was quitedifferent from the others. But they all reected the move-ment in the cities where they took place.In Atlanta, there was an outpouring of Black forces. InMinneapolis, it was the people facing grand jury inves-tigations and the Women Against Military Madness. In Albany, N.Y., the United National Antiwar Coalition; inLos Angeles, a section of the mostly immigrant workers’movement from south of the border; in Boston, the school bus drivers and the Haitian community played a role. At Riverside Church in New York, the Rev. Robert B.Coleman of the Riverside Church Prison Ministries wel-like the International Ac-tion Center also support-ed the event. Workers World Party membersdistributed thousands of newspapers and leaetsthroughout the city to build for the action.
— Report and photo by John Catalinotto
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 Workers World55 West 17 StreetNew York, N.Y. 10011Phone: (212) 627-2994E-mail: ww@workers.org Web: www.workers.org Vol. 53, No. 33 • Aug. 25, 2011Closing date: Aug. 16, 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.
 
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Campaign rachets up defense of Victor Toro
By Teresa Gutierrez
The next phase of the campaign to stopthe deportation of Victor Toro, a 69-year-old Chilean activist and revolutionary, is being launched.Diana Crowder, coordinator of thecampaign, stated that the Victor Toro De-fense Committee has been meeting fre-quently to lay out new and exciting plansto re-energize the movement for Toro.Toro’s defense team has had a new boost with the addition of the City Universitof New York School of Law’s ImmigrantRefugee Rights Clinic, which has taken onToro’s case as legal representative.Toro was arrested by U.S. border pa-trol agents on July 5, 2007, while on an Amtrak train in Rochester, N.Y. The Com-mittee states that he was racially proled,asked for papers and detained.Toro and his spouse, Nieves Ayress, are both longtime freedom ghters. In Chile,Toro was instrumental in struggles for ba-sic survival in his community, includingthe ght for water and housing. Ayress isa longtime activist for women’s and In-digenous rights.They both organized and foughtagainst the U.S.-backed dictator, AugustoPinochet, in the 1970s, and were forcedto leave Chile as a result of brutal tortureand a wave of repression against the po-litical movement. Tens of thousands of Chileans were massacred at the time.But Ayress and Toronever gave up ghting forthe rights of the workersand oppressed. They arefounders of La Peña delBronx and active organiz-ers in the May 1st Coalitionfor Worker and ImmigrantRights. You will see both atdemonstrations on every single struggle, whether itis against U.S. wars abroador support for Mumia Abu-Jamal, the Cuban Five andother political prisoners.Toro and his family, along with his sup-porters and legal team, have carried outan aggressive legal and political challengeto demand political asylum. However, inMarch Judge Sarah Burr denied Toro’srequest for asylum. He now faces possibledeportation at any time.This denial is a blow to the struggle for justice not only for Toro, but for all theundocumented and documented immi-grants for whom he has fought so hard.The evidence presented, along withToro’s testimony, was of such magnitudethat no objective judge could have deniedthe petition for asylum presented by theChilean former political prisoner. The De-fense Committee is demanding that Toro be allowed to remain in the U.S., sincedeportation back to Chile would uproothim from his family and community inthe Bronx. In addition,he faces repressionand even the danger of  being killed if he is re-turned to Chile, as therepressive apparatusfrom the Pinochet erastill looms there in theshadows.Judge Burr con-cluded that Toro took too long in presentinghis application for po-litical asylum and thatthe political conditions in Chile have suf-ciently changed so that Toro can returnto Chile without problems. This conclu-sion completely ignores the testimony presented by Toro and his defense team.Toro’s legal team had expressed con-cern that an accusation of terrorism by the prosecution, though unfounded, would not allow for the case to be judged justly and objectively. Lawyers for theDepartment of Homeland Security hadintroduced the idea that Toro was linkedto terrorism or was a terrorist himself.Burr’s decision shows that the Commit-tee’s concerns were valid.How can the denial of Toro’s politicalasylum request be justied — especially for a man whose political and social work represent the very essence of what politi-cal asylum should be for? How can they ignore the persecution and suffering felt by Toro during the military dictatorship oPinochet, a dictatorship that was nanced by the U.S.? How can the risk he faced asa target of Operation Condor — the infa-mous and bloody campaign of political re-pression in the 1970s devised by the U.S.for Latin America — be minimized?
How you can help
The Victor Toro Defense Committeeis urging progressives, immigrant rightsand labor activists, anti-war organizersand all people of conscience to demand nodeportation of Victor Toro. Letters askingfor support are being written to variousmembers of Congress, especially the New  York state representatives. A postcard is being drafted by the Com-mittee to send to U.S. Attorney GeneralEric Holder as well as Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Na-politano. An online petition is also being worked on and will be ready to go soon.Supporters can also help by gettingunion members, faith-based leaders, anti- war organizations and others to sign on tosupport Toro remaining in the U.S. Toro, Ayress, his lawyer and other members of the Committee are available for press in-terviews or to speak at events to help getthe word out.For a copy of the petition, brochure, orpostcard or to get involved with the work,please visit www.may1.info or call 718-292-6137.
Struggle or Cuban 5 continues
Gerardo Hernández denied habeas corpusdocuments, info
By Cheryl LaBash
The deadline for the habeas corpusappeal for Cuban Five hero GerardoHernández is imminent, yet the U.S. gov-ernment continues to withhold essentialinformation and access to the legal docu-ments required for his extraordinary ap-peal, according to Cuba’s National As-sembly of Peoples Power.“We have to demand American au-thorities to deliver the information they are hiding about their plot with so-called‘journalists’ from Miami who slanderedthe Cuban Five and provoked andthreatened members of the jury,despite protests by the judge her-self,” a statement by the parliament reads.The Cuban parliament urged the U.S.government to disclose satellite images,hidden for 15 years, that can reveal the truelocation of the Feb. 24, 1996, incident thatHernández was prosecuted for. On thatday, three aircraft piloted by members of Brothers to the Rescue — a counterrevo-lutionary terrorist group based in Miami— violated Cuban airspace; subsequently,two of them were shot down. (www.anti-terroristas.cu)When, on April 25, U.S. prosecutorCarolyn Heck Miller told the Miami fed-eral court to deny Hernández’ appeal forthis hearing, the International Commit-tee for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 asked,“What does the prosecution fear from let-ting Gerardo exercise his right to presenthis arguments to the court and request al-leged evidence against him?”The answer is that the Cuban Five areinnocent heroes who are recognized the world over for preventing horric terrorattacks on Cuba. Their story was shaped by so-called Miami “journalists,” who re-ceived a quarter million dollars from theU.S. government to demonize Hernándezand his four comrades in their coverageleading up to and during the trial — thuscreating bias and inuencing the jury.(theCuban5.org) Evidence of these con-tracts and payments was only discovered years later and is part of the grounds fornew hearings — particularly in the caseof Hernández, who was sentenced to twolife-terms-plus-15 years’ imprisonmentand is denied any visitation from hisspouse, Adriana Pérez.Correcting the false narrative becameand remains the major challenge for sup-porters. The Cuban Five monitored theperpetrators of violent attacks againstCuba and against supporters of the Cubanrevolution even inside the U.S. The new Saul Landau video, “Will the Real TerroristPlease Stand Up,” reviews the bloody his-tory of U.S.-based terrorism aimed at de-stroying Cuba’s independent socialist road.In a July 26 interview on KPFK radio inLos Angeles, Landau pointed out, “Whenthe U.S. wasn’t actually sponsoring theterrorist acts against Cuba, it was look-ing the other way and allowing the Cubanexiles to carry them out. So either they  were directly partnered with the CIA orencouraged informally, passively by theU.S. authorities. There is a scene in thelm where we nd in the archives a quotefrom then President [Dwight] Eisenhow-er. When he is told by the Secretary of State at the time, Christian Herter — thisis back in 1959 — that Cuban exiles areusing Florida sites to take off and bombCuba, and the Cubans are complaining,Eisenhower’s response is, ‘Well why don’tthe Cubans just shoot the planes down?’”Yet the 1996 shootdown of two of thethree Brothers to the Rescue planes thathad violated Cuban airspace was used toram legislation through the U.S. Congress.These new measures tightened the brutalU.S. economic blockade of Cuba and in-icted an inhuman and totally unjustieddouble life sentence on Hernández, who was vilied as a leader of the shootdown.In an Aug. 12 message, the Interna-tional Committee for the Freedom of theCuban 5 said: “It is time that GerardoHernández and his four compañeros arefreed. Even if just for humanitarian rea-sons, after 15 years of unjust imprison-ment, it is time that the Five be freed. Wedo not expect something different fromU.S. courts, but we believe that the U.S.government should make the right deci-sion to allow the return of the Five to theirfamilies.“[President Barack] Obama can usehis executive powers outlined in the U.S.Constitution to liberate the Five. It’s timefor him to listen to international demandsand end this injustice.”The Committee urges, “Please sendtelegrams, faxes and e-mail to the WhiteHouse and all U.S. embassies based in your country demanding an end to the il-legal and arbitrary treatment against Ge-rardo Hernández Nordelo.”To send an e-mail message, visit www.whitehouse.gov/contactPhone: 1 + 202-456-1111Fax: 1 +202-456-2461 Address: President Barack ObamaThe White House, 1600 Penn. Ave, NW  Washington, DC 20500comed the broad spectrum of organiza-tions present. At three of the meetings,a Libyan studying in the U.S. told of how the war harmed his family. The meet-ing in Vancouver strengthened the anti-imperialist forces in Western Canada.Nearly all the meetings linked the endlessfunds earmarked for war to the disasterthat poor and working people are facing.The mass reaction to McKinney at themeetings has been strongest and most fa- vorable when she focuses on Libya, tellsthe story and combats the demonizationand war propaganda. To combat this pro-paganda — which always seeps down,even into the progressive and anti-warmovement — we have to rally forces andexplain the consequences of the war.In many of the cities where McKin-ney spoke, there was extensive localmedia coverage; the only national cov-erage, however, was from the right-wingO’Reilly Factor, which blasted McKinney for making the trip and speaking out.That’s what the tour had to answer.
Join Cynthia McKinney to hear herReport from Libya on the Impactof the U.S. /NATO War in Africa
See cities nd pcomin dtes listed below,prt o  ntionl 20-city-tor tht benon Jly 7. Ornized by Interntionl actionCenter nd others in coordintion with mnynti-wr nd commnity orniztions.
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