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Mch 3, 2011 Vol. 53, No. 8 50¢
¿Otro Egipto en México? ¡Todos por Madison!
• Djibouti • Yemen • Bahrain • Iraq
Egypt & its army
Egypt’s recent history
WWP salutes heroic sit-in
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By Sharon Black Madison, Wis.
Feb. 22 — Workers World Party salutes the workers of Wisconsin who through their sacrice and forti-tude are showing the way for workerseverywhere!The occupation of the WisconsinCapitol is in its eighth day. The Wis-consin South Central Labor Councilhas voted to endorse a general strike of its members if Gov. Scott Walker pass-es the budget bill that contains provi-sions that would destroy collective bar-gaining for public sector unions.It was the energy of the studentsand teachers that served as the spark that lit these amazing developments in Wisconsin. These have ramicationsfor not only public and private sector workers and their unions but ultimatelall of the working class, young and old, jobless and working of all nationalities.Make no mistake, the pivotal issue isunion-busting, but in essence what has been unleashed is the pent-up desireof the masses of people to push back against the right-wing onslaught and what has been characterized so well onsigns here: “The war on the workers.” An unprecedented 100,000 peoplemarched in Madison on Feb. 19 in
By Bryan G. PfeiferMadison, Wis.
The people’s liberation of the state Capitol inMadison, Wis., is in full swing.Speaking to a massive rally on Feb. 19, MahlonMitchell of the Professional Fireghters of Wiscon-sin said, “Now is the time. We can’t let this die be-cause we are at ground zero and what happens hereaffects the rest of the world. We have to be strong. A united front.” Mitchell in January became the rst African-American president of the PFW.This was the biggest demonstration yet, with anestimated crowd of 100,000. It lled the groundsoutside the state Capitol while a sit-in continued in-side. A massive roving picket line with all sectors of the working class — union and non-union workers,the unemployed, students, people of color, immi-grants, and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgenderand queer community — marched on the streets forthe entire day, accompanied by drumming, chant-ing, dancing and singing.The racist, anti-worker Tea Party hosted a coun-ter-rally on the Capitol steps in the early afternoon.It drew about 2,000, protected by more than 500fully armed cops with riot gear. Tea Party members were bused in and left quickly after their rally.The right-wingers were completely surrounded by the pro-union crowd. Some workers even wadedinto the Tea Party crowd and shouted at the mainspeakers.Students and workers from Students for a Demo-cratic Society, Fight Imperialism, Stand Together,Bail Out the People Movement, Veterans for Peace,Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Workers World Party directly confronted the Tea Party withchants of, “Hey, hey, ho, ho, rac-ist Tea Party has to go,” “Handsoff workers: Make the banks pay”and “Kill the bill.”Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget re-pair” bill would eliminate collective bargaining rights for 175,000 pub-lic sector union workers statewide.Since Feb. 14 tens of thousandshave been occupying the stateCapitol to block passage of thislegislation, which is an attack on the entire working class
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Wisconsin workerslead the way
‘Kill the bill,not our unions’ 
Continued on page 4
Yout and students
crisis beind upsurge
Message rom Egypt
Figt or teir jobs
Inside, outside Madison Capitol...
contrast to a small group of Tea Party supporters who drew less than 2,000people. Over the weekend, local paperstrumpeted that snow and bad weather would decimate protests but instead workers took their marches to the in-side of the Capitol.Inside the Capitol, solidarity is grow-ing. Fireghters have slept alongsidehigh school and college students. Ourown reporters are sharing the oor with other seasoned trade unionists who have been in the trenches ghtinglabor battles.Holding and occupying the Capitolhas been a key component in this criti-cal labor battle. And so far the fortitudeof the students and workers to continuehas remained strong.The occupation of the Capitol and
In the U.S.
Wisconsin workers lead the way ........................... 1WWP salutes heroic sit-in...................................1Left Forum .................................................2Defend Title X family planning funding!.....................3Bronx rally defends jobs of Woodlawn Cemetery workers ...3Actions to demand justice for Newburgh Four ..............4Community activists protest at courthouse .................4‘Solidarity of workers & students cannot be broken’ .........5Message from Cairo to Madison ............................6‘Public workers are Wisconsin’s champions’..................6Football union supports Wisconsin workers.................6 The present upsurge and the crisis behind it ................6Proposes national student strike: ‘Fight like a Wisconsinite’ ..7
Around the world
Djibouti masses protest U.S./French-backed regime.........8Yemens people demand ouster of ruler.....................8Iraq protests target occupation, puppet regime.............9Protesters score victory against U.S.-backed kingdom.......9Britian used torture in Kenya & Bahrain .....................9Egyptian military in historical perspective..................10How Wall Street & the Pentagon underdeveloped Egypt ...11
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¡Todos por Madison!.......................................12¿Otro Egipto en México?...................................12
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this week ...
Left Forum to attract recordlevel of panels & speakers
By Dee Knight
The annual Left Forum in New York City is expectedto attract hundreds of panel speakers and thousands of attendees, more than were scheduled in earlier years.This year’s forum will take place March 18-20 at PaceUniversity near City Hall.Titled “Toward a Politics of Solidarity,” the Forum will include participants from across North America andaround the world. A broad spectrum of left groups fromthis country and abroad are participating.The panels for the largest single U.S. event wheresocialist ideas are discussed were planned before thetumultuous events in Egypt and Tunisia and currently sweeping North Africa and Southwest Asia, as well as before domestic resistance to austerity programs — likethat in Wisconsin. Participants will undoubtedly adjusttheir discussions to take these events into account.It will be interesting to see if a new layer of activists,stimulated by these massive movements, come lookingfor a socialist perspective.
Panel on ‘Gaza: Symbol of Resistance’
Two panels will be of special interest to Workers Worldreaders and supporters. “Breaking the Siege on Gaza:How Solidarity Is Overcoming State Terror” will serve asan introduction to the new book, “Gaza: Symbol of Re-sistance.” This book’s contributing editor Joyce Chediac will be joined by Charles Barron of the Freedom Party, who participated in the 2009 Viva Palestina caravan, andBill Doares of Al-Awda Palestine Right to Return Coali-tion, who was a key organizer of that caravan. Chediachas contributed to WW coverage of the revolt in Egypt.“Breaking the Siege of Gaza” will focus on the resis-tance inside Gaza and the massive solidarity movementit inspired — especially the Viva Palestina Caravans from both Europe and North America, which in turn stimulat-ed a virtually permanent caravan of continuous supportfor Gaza. The panel will also look at the brutal Israeli at-tack on the Turkish aid otilla which killed nine peopleon the Mavi Marmara ship, which became a global turn-ing point unmasking Israel´s self-defense posture andintensifying pressure to end the siege of Gaza.Joyce Chediac witnessed the rst Palestinian Intifadain 1988 in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. She also trav-eled to Libya in 1987 following the U.S. bombing of thatcountry, and in 2009 she visited Lebanon to observeconditions of Palestinian refugees and the reconstruc-tion of Lebanon. She writes on events in the Arab worldfor WW.Doares was New York City coordinator of the Viva Pal-estina USA-Lifeline II convoy that brought medical aidto Gaza in July 2009. He works with the International Action Center and Al-Awda NY, The Palestine Right toReturn Coalition. Most recently, he was coordinator of the Sept. 11, 2010, Emergency Mobilization Against Rac-ism and Anti-Islamic Bigotry, which defended the Islam-ic community center in lower Manhattan.
Panel on Jobless Recovery and Prospects for Fightback 
In another panel, “Jobless Recovery, the Intractabil-ity of the Capitalist Crisis, and Prospects for Fightback,”Brenda Stokely of the Million Worker March Movementand Gary Labao of BAYAN USA will share the podium with Fred Goldstein, author of “Low-Wage Capitalism:Colossus with Feet of Clay.” Goldstein is a contributingeditor to Workers World newspaper. They will dissectthe “jobless recovery,” with its “austerity” programs, budget cuts, wholesale attacks on unions, and increasinganti-immigrant bashing and repression.The panelists will discuss how to defend workers’ im-mediate interests and past gains, while also ghting fora real solution: socialism. They will discuss how this per-spective can be woven into the struggles of undocument-ed and other immigrant workers; the growing move-ment of students and public workers against “austerity”programs and budget cuts; and international solidarity and transnational labor organizing.Brenda Stokely is co-founder of the Million WorkerMarch Movement and former president of AmericanFederation of State, County and Municipal EmployeesLocal 215 in New York City. A leader and board mem- ber of the Katrina-Rita Survivors Network, Stokely alsoserved as chairperson of the Freedom Party’s programcommittee.Gary Labao is a founding member of BAYAN USA and, until recently, served as its political education of-cer. BAYAN USA defends the rights and welfare of Fili-pinos in the U.S., and coordinates solidarity and supportfor national liberation and democracy in the Philippines. Among the many other panels, two stand out. One is“The Betrayal of Haiti,” with Kim Ives, editor of HaitiLiberté; union organizer Ray Laforest; and Roger Leducof KAKOLA: the Haitian Coalition to Support the Strug-gle. The other is “U.S. Imperialist Wars, Political Prison-ers, Past and Present, and the Anti-War Struggle.” Fea-tured speakers include Pam Africa and Suzanne Rossof the Free Mumia Coalition and Ralph Poynter of theLynne Stewart Defense Committee.
 More information is available at www.leftforum.org.
Fred Goldstein. Joyce Chediac.Brenda Stokely.
woes.og Mach. 3, 2011 Page 3
Stop attack on poor, working women
Defend Title X family planning funding!
ommentary .
By Sue Davis
 Will cutting $283 million from the fed-eral budget help solve the $1.4 trilliondecit?Hardly.However, that’s what the Republicansin the House of Representatives wouldhave the public believe. They have put Ti-tle X, the National Family Planning Pro-gram, which cost $283 million in 2007,on the chopping block in the 2011 federal budget as a key component of their aus-terity plan.Does that make scal sense? Not if youconsider that the U.S. Centers for Dis-ease Control and Prevention calls family planning one of the 10 great public healthachievements of the 20th century. Notonly has it helped advance the social andeconomic status of women while prevent-ing unintended pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, and decreasing in-fant, child and maternal deaths.But Title X, which President Rich-ard Nixon signed in 1970 as part of pro-gressive legislation inspired by the CivilRights Movement, has also saved taxpay-ers billions of dollars ever since!Title X serves 5 million poor women,70 percent of whose income is below thepoverty line. These women are dispropor-tionately women of color — 20 percentare Black and 28 percent are Latina. Thatmakes this attack both sexist and racist.But there’s more. Cutting Title X willaffect women at every stage of life. It willeliminate funding for prenatal care, nu-trition programs for pregnant women andtheir children, and Head Start and child-care for 368,000 children. It will cut the Women’s Educational Equity Program, which helps schools comply with TitleIX (sports equality), Pellgrants for college studentsand Social Security sup-port for elderly women.Chopping Title X is not about decit re-duction — just as denying collective bar-gaining rights for public sector workers in Wisconsin and other states isn’t. Destroy-ing Title X is about advancing the right wing’s thoroughly racist, anti-woman andanti-children, anti-reproductive rights,anti-poor, anti-working class agenda.It is a narrow-minded, heartless, life-threatening, discriminatory, totally re-actionary assault on poor and working women. It is profoundly anti-life for all working and oppressed people.
Attack on Planned Parenthood
The House took that even further onFeb. 18, when it passed the “Title X Abor-tion Provider Prohibition” amendment by 240 to 185, which eliminates all fundingfor Planned Parenthood, the largest pri- vate provider of health care services for women in the U.S.Though more than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood’s health care servic-es for 3 million women were preventivein 2010 and the organizationhas received no federal fund-ing for abortion since 1976,amendment sponsor Rep.Mike Pence (R-Ind.) called it a “victory forlife” because he doesn’t want taxpayers’money to be used to “subsidize the largestabortion provider in [North] America.”Is defunding Planned Parenthood a victory for women?Not if Planned Parenthood will no lon-ger be able to serve 1.4 million Medicaidpatients who use its health centers as theirprimary preventive health care provider.Not if Planned Parenthood will have tocurtail family planning and many types of reproductive and other health services formillions of women.It’s only a victory for Pence, other re-actionary legislators and right-wing TeaParty demagogues like Rush Limbaugh,Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, who, in pur-suit of “small government” and “pro-life”hypocrisy, seek to destroy all legislationthat benets poor and working peopleand their families.In response, many women’s and le-gal groups and the “liberal” ank of theDemocratic Party are rallying to defendTitle X and Planned Parenthood. TheNational Organization for Women, theFeminist Majority, the National Women’sLaw Center, the American Civil LibertiesUnion and Planned Parenthood have allooded supporters with educational e-mails and petitions.Planned Parenthood of New York City has called a Stand Up for Women’s HealthRally on Feb. 26 at Foley Square at 1 p.m.
 Statistics came from the National Organization for Women, the National Women’s Law Center and Planned  Parenthood e-mails sent out the week of  Feb. 14.
Bronx rally
Defends jobs of Woodlawn Cemeteryworkers
By Dee KnightBronx, N.Y.
 A strong rally of union and community activists converged on Woodlawn Ceme-tery’s entrance in the northwest Bronx onPresidents’ Day, Feb. 21, to show solidar-ity with the workers there. They broughta message for management: “You will notget ‘contractors’ through these gates!”The rally moved to nearby WoodlawnHeights, where the recently hired union- busting consultant Mitch Rose lives.Cemetery bosses are preparing a deal with a notorious low-paying contractor, who exploits immigrant workers, to re-place unionized workers. A vice president at Woodlawn, Rosehas accompanied management’s lawyerto the negotiating table with the workers.Marchers let Rose know he should look for a different job. While the crowd stood in front of Rose’shome, singers from the Bail Out the Peo-ple Movement — Heather, Jen, Dinae and Aya sang a moving and original songabout the Woodlawn workers, the legend-ary Band of Brothers, and Teamsters Lo-cal 808, which represents them.Ramon Jimenez of the South BronxCommunity Congress and the FreedomParty urged people to come to an action-planning meeting at Hostos College onMarch 5. “We need to forge a student-la- bor-community alliance to win at Wood-lawn and stop [New York Gov. Andrew]Cuomo and [New York City Mayor Mi-chael] Bloomberg’s attacks on all city  workers,” he said.Rick Coss, a leader of the Band of Brothers and Teamsters Local 808 stew-ard at Woodlawn, told Workers World,“The winds of Cairo have blown to Wis-consin and the winds in Wisconsin are blowing to Ohio, heading to New York.Here things are building so that wind will be a tornado!”Coss added, “Wehonor Black History month, and MalcolmX, who was martyredon this day. Malcolmsaid there’s going to be a class struggle be-tween the oppressedand the oppressors, between the workingclass and the rulingclass. It’s not going to be based on color buton class. Bloomberg,Cuomo and [Presi-dent Barack] Obamaare going to have toface such a tornado.”The rally was led by Local 808 leader Chris Silvera, togeth-er with Jimenez. Teamsters representedincluded Locals 111, 202, 210, 804, 805,807, 814, 831 and 1205, as well as 808. Lo-cal 805 President Sandy Pope told Work-ers World that these locals cover numer-ous sectors, including warehouse workers,United Parcel Service drivers, MetroNorthRailroad employees, among others.Present were members of the carpen-ters union, District Council 37 Local 374,representing workers at New York Bo-tanical Gardens; District 32BJ-SchoolsDivision; and Service Employees unionDistrict 1199-Health Division. Membersof Amalgamated Transport Workers Lo-cal 1181, Transport Workers Union Local100; and David Virella, president of TWULocal 501 were there. They were joined by the United Federation of Teachers, New  York State United Teachers and the Pro-fessional Staff Congress/American Fed-eration of Teachers at City University of New York. A special delegation came from UNITEHERE Local 100. These cafeteria workersat Bronx Community College face sum-mary layoffs on March 1, when manage-ment plans to bring in a contractor whouses minimum-wage workers. Their situ-ation is much like that of the Woodlawn workers. Workers World spoke with members of the local, who are planning a March 1 rally to force management to cancel plans toreplace them. Silvera called them to speak to the crowd and said their struggle is one with that of the Woodlawn workers.Community groups present includedthe South Bronx Community Congress, theFreedom Party, Church of the Resurrec-tion, New Day United Methodist Churchand Northwest Bronx Community andClergy Coalition. Also represented werethe Bronx Green Party, Bail Out the PeopleMovement, May 1 Coalition for Workers’and Immigrants’ Rights, Million WorkerMarch Movement, Women’s Fightback Network and Workers World Party. Among immigrant rights groups wasMujeres por la Paz (Women for Peace), who had visited the Woodlawn gravesiteof suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton onFeb. 12. This “Band of Sisters” used theoccasion to demand a union contract andno layoffs for the Woodlawn workers.
Campaign to target Woodlawn Trustees
Rocio Silverio of the Bail Out the Peo-ple Movement told the rally, “The Wood-lawn Board of Trustees is charged withprotecting the integrity and public imageof Woodlawn.”Silverio described plans to pressurethe trustees. “This will give the work-ers a shot in the arm,” she said, notingthat Woodlawn management has triedto divide the workers. Targeted trusteesinclude Ricardo Fernandez, presidentof Lehman College; Mercedes Ellington,granddaughter of legendary Duke El-lington, who is buried at Woodlawn; andRuth Abrams, a founder of the TenementMuseum, who appears to have a commit-ment to people’s rights.“I don’t know what her commitmentis to immigrants and workers today whoare facing the same dilemma as thoseearlier immigrants, but we want to ask about that,” Silverio emphasized.To send letters to Mitch Rose on behalf of the Woodlawn workers, write to himat 345 E. 236th St., 2nd oor, Bronx, NY 10470.
‘Band o Sisters’(baks to amera) sing in solidarity wit emetery workers.

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