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The killing of Osama bin Laden
 Why they wantedhim dead, not alive
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By Bryn g. PfeferMlwkee
In one of the biggest marches and rallies in Wis-consin history, more than 100,000 people partici-pated in this year’s May Day in Milwaukee.The action was sponsored by the immigrant rightsorganization Voces de la Frontera and endorsed by the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and numerousother labor, community and youth organizations.Participants’ demands included legalization now;no Arizona racist copycat legislation in Wisconsin;keep in-state tuition for immigrant students; andno union busting in Wisconsin or anywhere in theUnited States.The march began on the south side of Milwaukeeat Voces de la Frontera’s ofces. It included wholefamilies along with labor, community and youthdelegations that carried colorful banners such as“People before banks, Stop union busting: Jobs,not racism, Legalization, not anti-immigrant laws”and chanted slogans such as “Sí se puede!”Labor delegations included the Service Employ-ees union, the Milwaukee Teachers Education As-sociation and the American Federation of State,County and Municipal Employees. Members of many unions attended, including the International
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 Why did the U.S. government do it this way?Since the beginning of organized deadly  warfare, when one side nally wins by capturing the leader of the other side, it has been the custom for the victor to display thecaptive for everyone to see. After the huge inter-imperialist wars fought over the pastcentury, in which tens of millions were killed or died of diseaseand starvation, the winners went further than that. They put thelosers on trial so that the public could hear about all their crimesand be convinced that the devastation of war was justied andthe more honorable side had won.The very name of the city where this last took place, Nurem- berg, has become synonymous with bringing to justice at leastsome of those guilty of war crimes.So why were U.S. Navy Seals, trained assassins, sent to killOsama bin Laden? Why didn’t the U.S. government want him
He trnt fr Wnn My Dy
100,000 demand rightsfor immigrants
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May ay marcers i new Yr Ciy. sream i Fley Square.
 
See page 5.
FIHT RACISM,REPRESSION
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Bin Laden, the Pentagon & terror
 
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and the Black Freedom Struggle
An anthology of writings from Workers World newspaper. Edited by Monica Moorehead.Includes
• Rm, Ntnl oppren & self-Determntn
Larry Holmes
• Blk Lbrfrm chttel slvery t We slvery
Sam Marcy
 
• Blk th: Repren & Retne
 
LeiLani Dowell
• The strle fr slm i Key
 
Monica Moorehead
 
• Blk & Brwn unty:a Pllr f strle fr Hmn Rht & glbl Jte!
Saladin Muhammad
 
• albm’Blk Belt: Ley f slvery, shrerppn & seretn
Consuela Lee
• Hrret Tbmn,Wmn Wrrr
 
Mumia Abu-Jamal
 
• are cndtn Rpe an Tdy?
40th anniversryf the 1965 Wtts Rebellin
 
John Parker
 
• Rm nd Pverty n the Delt
 
Larry Hales
 
• Ht Need Reprtn, Nt sntn
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Huge turnout for Wisconsin May Day .......................1 Tornadoes rip through South...............................2Appeals court upholds new hearing for Mumia Abu-Jamal ..3Protests target emergency manager takeover...............3Ohio workers launch ghtback campaign...................3Rally supports survivor of anti-trans attack..................4Rebecca Whitby, police brutality victim, freed...............4Arizona youth occupy boardroom: ‘Save Ethnic Studies’ .....4Labor leaders speak at New York forum .....................4Immigrants, labor unite on May Day in NYC .................5Wall Street — May 12.......................................5May Day marches in U.S.....................................6Protest confronts anti-immigrant racism ....................7
arnd the wrld
Unity agreement bolsters struggle for a free Palestine.......8Egyptian workers celebrate May Day........................8Corporate media rewrite Egypt events......................8NATO intensies airstrikes on Libya .........................9International WorkersDay request.........................10 Terror and the bin Laden assassination.....................11
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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. 18 • May 12, 2011Closing date: May 3, 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 copying anddistribution of articles is permitted in any medium with-out 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.Subscriptions: One year: $25; institutions: $35. Lettersto the editor may be condensed and edited. Articles can be freely reprinted, with credit to Workers World, 55 W.17 St., New York, NY 10011. Back issues and individualarticles are available on microlm and/or photocopy fromUniversity Microlms International, 300 Zeeb Road, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106. A searchable archive is available onthe Web at www.workers.org. A headline digest is available via e-mail subscription. Sub-scription 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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Tornadoes rip through South
By Lrry Hle
The tornado outbreaks in the southern midwest andsoutheast states of the U.S. between April 25 and April27 were unusually erce and deadly. At least 339 people— and possibly more than 400 — have died. Thousands were injured by the storms and hundreds are missing.Many are homeless as whole areas were razed and com-pletely devastated.There are reports of over 425 tornadoes occurring overa four-day period, 259 of them on April 27, with 16 statesreporting funnel clouds. This is the third deadliest tor-nado outbreak in the country since the Tristate outbreak of 1925 and the Tupelo-Gainesville outbreak of 1936. A debate is going on now about the relation of theerce and prolic tornadoes to climate change. The right- wing suggests that the effects of a warming earth due topollution and other human causes cannot be as bad asonce thought. Such a position is full of fallacies and is blatantly ridiculous, especially given all the evidence of how climate change affects earthquakes.The storms have no prejudice. However, in the U.S.,the dry line — the point at which a tornado forms wheredifferent air currents meet — is at the intersection of raceand class. The most vulnerable are the poor and dispos-sessed of the working class, which because of the history of the U.S. are disproportionately oppressed nationali-ties. Whether oppressed nationalities or not, poor work-ing people will be saddled with the effects of the tornadooutbreak for a long time to come. While President Barack Obama visited Tuscaloosa, Ala., the hardest-hit city, eager not to repeat the crimi-nally negligent, slow response of the federal governmentafter hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the reality is that acapitalist society is fundamentally ill prepared to give thetype of response necessary during times of devastatingstorms. While the U.S. is materially prepared, the priorities of capitalism and imperialism and the organization of soci-ety are such that many will be left behind.
interetn f l trm
For instance, according to a study done in 2008 by Northern Illinois University meteorologist Walker Ash-ley, the area with the most tornado fatalities is southeast-ern U.S. This is partly because, according to Ashley, “Mo- bile homes make up 30 to 40 percent of the housing stock in some counties in the deep South.” Ashley believes that50 percent of deaths from tornadoes are people who livein mobile homes. (New York Times, April 29) Alabama suffered more than 200 deaths. Tuscaloosaaccounted for 70 or more, with the city faring the worse with widespread damage and death.More than half of Mississippi counties were affected,as well as parts of Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas and Georgia, along with reports of tornadoes asfar west as Texas and as far north as New York.Many parts of the South that suffered are some of thepoorest in the country. Mississippi is the poorest state with the lowest per capita income; Arkansas ranks sec-ond, Alabama eighth, Tennessee fourth and North Caro-lina ninth, according to a CNN report from September.In Mississippi 22 percent of people are listed as impov-erished. All the states listed above, with the exception of  Virginia and New York, have poverty rates at 16 percentor higher. The poverty rate in New York state is about 13percent.The Bureau of Labor Statistics illuminates even morethe economic degradation of the areas in the storm’spath. Mississippi has an unemployment rate of 10.2 per-cent, North Carolina 9.7 percent, Tennessee 9.5 percent, Alabama 9.2 percent, and Arkansas 7.8 percent. Theseare ofcial unemployment rates, measured by those wholed for unemployment and not taking into account themany who have dropped out of the labor market alto-gether. These numbers do not reect the devastatingunemployment in Black and Indigenous communities, which face the highest unemployment rates in the coun-try.People without homes, insurance, jobs or who live onthe brink — teetering just above the threshold that sepa-rates ofcial poverty from being not so poor — will be leftto gure out how to get on with their lives at the mercy of the free market for jobs, a place to live and every neces-sity of life.The states will give a bare minimum of relief for a shorttime. But many of the areas hit, locally and at the statelevel, have instituted cutbacks. Forty-four states haveprojected decits for scal year 2011-2012 and proposedcutbacks will dig deep into the social wage. Workers, the oppressed, the unemployed and youthare left to fend for themselves under the conditions of capitalism. The capitalist state is not organized to pro- vide for people’s needs. This has become more evidentnow, as austerity is being enforced at all levels.It is important to ght against all cutbacks, for moreresources, and ultimately for the type of society that will be organized to provide for the needs of all workers andthe oppressed instead of prots for the capitalists.
 
workers.orgMay 12, 2011Page 3
Appeals court upholds new sentencinghearing for Mumia Au-Jamal
By Betey PettePhldelph
On April 26 the Third Circuit Court of  Appeals in Philadelphia unanimously is-sued a ruling upholding its earlier deci-sion calling for a new sentencing hearingfor Mumia Abu-Jamal, who was convictedof killing Philadelphia police ofcer Dan-iel Faulkner in 1982. On Pennsylvania’sdeath row for almost 29 years, Abu-Jamal— a world-renowned political prisoner andformer Black Panther Party member — hasconsistently maintained his innocence.This latest nding upholds a 2008 ruling by this same court supporting U.S. DistrictJudge William H. Yohn Jr., who in 2001 setaside Abu-Jamal’s death penalty sentenceafter determining that instructions givento the jury and a jury ballot document usedduring Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial were confus-ing and misleading. In 2010 the U.S. Su-preme Court ordered the Third Circuit tore-examine its earlier ruling in light of thehigher court’s rejection of a similar claimin an Ohio death-penalty case. While likely to be challenged, the ThirdCircuit’s latest ruling requires Philadel-phia prosecutors to call for a new sentenc-ing hearing if they want to push to rein-state the death penalty.It’s unlikely that Philadelphia’s currentDistrict Attorney, Seth Williams, will al-low this to happen since it would requireimpaneling a new jury that could considernew evidence regarding mitigating and ag-gravating circumstances in the case. Whilethe issue of guilt or innocence would not be on trial, the defense could bring in wit-nesses whose testimony could raise ques-tions about the validity of the conviction.Prosecutors could also decide not tohold a new hearing and convert Abu-Ja-mal’s death sentence automatically to alife sentence. In Pennsylvania this meansno chance of parole. However, Williamshas already indicated that he will appealthe Third Circuit Court’s ruling back tothe U.S. Supreme Court. In the meantime, Abu-Jamal remains on death row as hehas since Yohn’s 2001 ruling. Abu-Jamal’s lead attorney, WidenerUniversity law professor Judith Ritter, who represented Abu-Jamal during theappeal process that led to the Third Cir-cuit Court’s most recent ruling, stated thatthe Third Circuit decision reinforced rul-ings that “found his death sentence to beunconstitutional.“The Third Circuit’s most recent opin-ion reects a detailed analysis demon-strating that their unanimous decision is well-supported by Supreme Court pre-cedent. We believe this carefully reasonedanalysis will stand,” Ritter told the April27 Philadelphia Inquirer.Earlier in April the NAACP Legal De-fense and Educational Fund announced it was joining Ritter on Abu-Jamal’s defenseteam. In an LDF press release, Director-Counsel John Payton stated, “This decisionmarks an important step forward in thestruggle to correctthe mistakes of anunfortunate chap-ter in Pennsylvaniahistory.”
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 Without a doubt prosecutors fear theintroduction of evidence gathered overthe long years of Abu-Jamal’s conne-ment that raises serious questions aboutpolice misconduct and questionable tes-timony by prosecution witnesses duringthe 1982 trial.In recent years photos of the crimescene taken by independent photogra-pher Pedro Polakoff strongly contradictthe scenario presented by police, whoclaim that Abu-Jamal red multipleshots into the sidewalk where Faulknerlay. Polakoff’s photos show no visible bul-let marks that should have been evident
Protests target emergency manager takeover
‘N nn-btn bll!’
Ohio workers launch ghtback campaign
WW PHt: SSA SCH
By abym azkweBentn Hrbr, Mh.
In this southwest Michigan city of ap-proximately 11,000 people, the majority of whom are African American and work-ing class, recent actions by new Gov. Rick Snyder represent a major affront. The pas-sage of a state law on March 9 expands thepowers already afforded to the governorto literally reshape municipal and county governments and public school districts.The law allows a governor to appointa so-called “emergency nancial man-ager” (EFM) who can suspend the politi-cal authority of the mayor, city council orschool board and then issue orders forthe layoff of workers and the slashing of  wages and benets as well as the seizureof pension funds.This has already taken place in the ma- jority-African-American, Michigan citiesof Pontiac, where an emergency nancialmanager is still in control, and HighlandPark, where for several years the electedlocal government could only make recom-mendations to a corporate-oriented stateappointee who in most cases acted strictly on behalf of the nancial institutions andthe transnational corporations.In Detroit the public school system was taken over by an emergency nancialmanager appointed by former Democrat-ic Gov. Jennifer Granholm in 2009. Al-though the appointment of the EFM wasostensibly designed to lower the budgetdecit and clean up corruption, in actual-ity the decit rose by nearly $200 millionand questionable practices increased.In Benton Harbor on April 27, peoplegathered from around the city and state todemonstrate solidarity with the residentsof this heavily oppressed city. A standing-room-only crowd gathered at the publiclibrary, where several speakers, includ-ing Mayor Wilce Cooke; the Rev. EdwardPinkney; Margaret Humphreys, a NortonShores, Mich., resident; the Rev. D. Alex-ander Bullock of the Michigan Rainbow/PUSH Coalition; and others addressedthe crowd. Wilce called his city “the new Selma of the 21st century.” Pinkney, president of the local NAACP and a longtime BentonHarbor activist who served time as a po-litical prisoner, said, “When I warned sev-eral years ago that there was a takeover of Benton Harbor planned, some said I wasa madman. Now we have a dictatorship.” After the rally the people poured intothe streets of downtown Benton Harbor, where they marched and chanted againstthe state takeover. Joseph Harris, theEFM appointed by the former governor,has drawn criticism from people through-out Michigan as well as observers aroundthe country.
crprte rn f enm r
Many feel that what is taking place inBenton Harbor is the same program that was attempted in Wisconsin, where Gov.Scott Walker forced a bill through with aRepublican majority that effectively out-laws collective bargaining for public sec-tor unions.By edict of an EFM, elected ofcialshave their authority stripped and therights of workers can be immediately dissolved and their benets taken away.Residents of Benton Harbor and the restof the state do not want this to happen.Former Michigan resident John Waltz,one of the rally organizers and speakers,is with Heartland Revolution, a Ken-tucky-based organization. He said ballotlanguage is being turned in for a recallcampaign against State Rep. Al Pscholkaof Stevensville, Mich., who proposed thenew emergency management bill that re-cently passed. After the march through downtown,activists rallied at City Hall and agreed toreturn on May 7, when Gov. Snyder willserve as grand marshal for the Blossom-time Parade. The community leaders alsoannounced that they would hold anotherrally on June 18, the eighth anniversary of the 2003 Benton Harbor rebellion.Benton Harbor has suffered a similarfate as Detroit, which lost most of its in-dustrial jobs over the last three decades.Unemployment in the city is high and sois the rate of home foreclosures.Speakers at the April 27 rally drew adirect line between the imposition of anEFM and the role of the Whirlpool Corp.and the Harbor Shores Development Proj-ect. Whirlpool was once a major employerin Benton Harbor and U.S. Rep. Fred Up-ton is said to be an heir to the corporation.Rev. Pinkney said that Pscholka, Uptonand the governor were part of a concertedeffort to take control of the entire city, as was done with Jean Klock Park, a lakefrontproperty that was privatized for the pur-pose of establishing the Jack Nicklaus Golf Course and a commercial-residential proj-ect worth hundreds of millions of dollars.“If we had no lakefront property, we’dhave no EFM,” Pinkney said at the rally.“It’s time we come together and ghtthese bloodsucking corporations.”The situation in Benton Harbor isinstructive for many municipalitiesthroughout the U.S. As the economic cri-sis deepens, the previous notions of uni- versal suffrage and local control will comeunder increasing attack by the ruling classand the state.
benton Haror, Mich.
ril 27 demsrai says ‘n’ emergecy maager dicarsi.
WW PHt: KS HAML
Members f malgamaed trasi Uical 268 a ril 25 Clevelad gaerig.
By sn shnrclevelnd
On April 25 the Cleveland area AFL-CIOheld the ofcial kick-off of the campaignto overturn SB 5, the Ohio Senate bill that would destroy collective bargaining rightsfor public sector workers in the state.Before the bill goes into effect, there isa 90-day period of petitioning in whichopponents of the union-busting bill mustgather over 250,000 signatures of reg-istered voters from at least 44 out of 88Ohio counties.More than 500 people packed the La- borers Hall here to receive training and begin gathering the neededsignatures. So many volun-teers attended that the We Are Ohio Coalition ran out of petitions and other materials.The mood was militant and ready topush back against the rich and powerful who want our pension funds, our schoolfunds, our Social Security and whateverelse they can steal from our class — the working class!
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