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jan. 20, 2011 Vol. 53, No. 2 50¢
Workers and oppressed peoples of the world unite! workers.org
La masacre en Arizona
Mumia Abu-Jamal escribe
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Arizona shootings refectracist, anti-immigrant terror
By Paul TeitelbaumTucson, Ariz.
The Jan. 8 shooting of Arizona Rep. Ga- brielle Giffords in Tucson was a plannedpolitical assassination attempt. The mur-der attempt and massacre that followedtook the lives of six people, including a9-year-old child, and wounded at least 12others. This slaughter takes place withinthe political climate of extreme racism,anti-immigrant terror and fear-monger-ing that the right wing, their politiciansand pundits have been stoking for morethan a decade.The infamous Sheriff Joe Arpaio, racistlegislation such as anti-immigrant law SB1070 and anti-ethnic studies law HB 2281,coupled with escalating militarization of the border, increased presence of BorderPatrol Agents in local communities andthe escalating powers of local police de-partments — these are what created the basis for the events of Jan. 8.“Hate radio” talk-show hosts, like Tuc-son’s Jon Justice, along with nationally known bigots like Rush Limbaugh, Mi-chael Savage and Glenn Beck, in their on-air rants are continually using languageencouraging violent acts. Often, as in Sar-ah Palin’s now infamous “target poster,”these bigots name individuals who should be “hit” or “removed.This right-wing rhetoric, which fans theames of racism and blames all of society’sills on immigrants, Black people, Muslimsand other people of color, continues to be-come more venomous as the capitalist eco-nomic crisis deepens. Its purpose is to sow division and divert people’s attention fromthe real problems at hand: unemployment,deepening cuts to education and socialservices, attacks on public service work-ers and unions, continuing foreclosuresand evictions, cruel and dehumanizingprisons lled to the brim, trillions spenton unnecessary wars abroad and hundredsof billions handed out to the big privately owned banks in so-called “bailouts.”This divide-and-conquer techniqueprotects the real culprits behind the deep-ening economic catastrophe and budgetcuts facing the workers and thepoor: Wall Street, the Pentagonand Washington.
Right wing puts Giordsin cross-hairs
 When the Barack Obama administra-tion introduced the health care reform billin 2009, the political climate became par-ticularly vicious. The billionaire-fundedTea Party emerged on the scene, disrupt-ing health care town halls, threatening any candidate that supported the Obama planand depicting Obama in the likeness of  Adolph Hitler. Every movement of the TeaParty was given extensive media coverage.That emboldened members of the TeaParty to spit upon members of the Black Congressional Caucus as they entered theCapitol Building in Washington D.C. ontheir way to vote for the bill. At a health care town hall meeting inPhoenix on Aug. 17, 2009, attended by President Obama, about a dozen peoplearmed with guns gathered outside theevent. A Giffords health care town hallmeeting was disrupted by Tea Party big-ots; a weapon dropped out of one man’spants. The night after the health care votein Congress, Giffords’ ofce was vandal-ized by kicking and shooting out a glassdoor and window.Giffords retained her seat last Novem- ber by a narrow margin in a campaignagainst Tea Party candidate Jesse Kelly.Fundraising events were held by Kelly  where he urged supporters to help removeGiffords from ofce by joining him toshoot a fully loaded M-16 rie. He was pic-tured on his web site in military gear hold-ing his automatic weapon and promotingthe event.Right-wingers plastered anti-Giffordssigns throughout Tucson with demagogicslogans like “Gabby stole your health care”and other personal attacks. The mostright-wing of potential Republican presi-dential candidates, Sarah Palin, listed Gif-fords among the 20 candidates targetedfor removal in the last election. Palindepicted these targets on her website by placing the crosshairs of a gun sight overthe congressional district of each target.
Isabel Garcia of Derechos Humanos, Dr. Roberto Rodri-guez, head of University of Arizona Mexican-AmericanStudies and Paul Teitelbaum of the International ActionCenter speak at jan. 11 press conference in Tucson.
Continued on page 8
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Dr. Martin Luther King jr. marching withstriking Memphis sanitation workers, 1968.
The following letter was written on Jan. 6.
he reason readers haven’t seen my byline in Work-ers World newspaper for several years is that I amill and disabled from late-stage, long-untreated tick- borne infectious diseases.Since I began working on the newspaper in 1974, I wrote, proofread, edited and did other labor on Work-ers World during more than 30-plus years of undiag-nosed cyclical illnesses and disabilities. However, I became acutely ill and disabled in October 2007, and Ihave been unable to recover my health.I am proud to remain on the masthead of Workers World newspaper as a Managing Editor; however Imust add this fact: I am on protracted medical leave.I regret that I am so seriously ill now, and so disabledas a result, that I am no longer able to answer onlineinquiries to the newspaper about previous articles. A partial bibliography of articles that I wrote in Workers World from 1974 to 2002 was compiled by M.R. Cook, a working-class undergraduate student. Cook’senormous contribution of bibliographic labor can befound at transgenderwarrior.org/references.htmlBylined articles I wrote between 2002 and 2007 areaccessible through keyword search at workers.org. As I began to understand how ill I was becom-ing, I tried to reference information from my library and online research in the series “Lavender & Red.”(workers.org)The books I used are referenced in the series, andother facts can be found via online web research withkeyword phrases.I regret not having been able to endnote and developa bibliography for more of the entire Lavender & Redseries. As I was becoming increasingly ill, however,I was able — with a lot of comradely help — to apply  book-standard referencing to about a quarter of the L&series — the articles compiled into the book entitled“Rainbow Solidarity in Defense of Cuba.” (leftbooks.com)I believe the following four articles, which I wrote for Workers World, best esh out the overall concludingpolitical trajectory of the Lavender & Red series:“What’s behind anti-gay pogrom in Russia?” (June 2,2006) www.workers.org/2006/world/russia-0608/“LGBT liberation: An essential working-classstruggle” (June 24, 2006) www.workers.org/2006/us/lfeinberg-0629/“Struggle over Middle East reaches into world LGBTmovements” (July 27, 2006) www.workers.org/2006/ world/mideast-lgbt-0803/“Death of trans immigrant in detention forges unitedprotests” (Sept. 8, 2007) www.workers.org/2007/us/trans-0913/ All my writing has been strengthened by the labor of others, as I have contributed my labor to the writing of others. The strengths of my written work — as part of my adult lifetime of political activism — are based on col-lective labor and the lessons of collective struggle. The weaknesses and errors are my own as an individual.Today, it is very painful, slow and difcult for me toread and write — and even to speak. But when I read, Imake sure to read Workers World newspaper.
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Arizona shootings refect racist, anti-immigrant terror.......1Deend legal abortion on the 38th anniversary..............2Open letter to WW readers .................................2Prisoners’ hunger strike enters second week ................3Protest new right-wing governor ...........................3Activists demand justice or Mumia Abu-Jamal..............3BP gets a slap on the wrist..................................4Marcellus wastewater dumped into waterways .............4‘No to bankruptcy! Make the banks pay!’....................5Wisconsin protest: ’Jobs Now!’ ..............................5Only answer to attack on public workersunions ............6Autoworkers at Detroit auto show ..........................6MLK’s legacy & renewed assaults on workers & oppressed...7Socialism: a world without oppression......................7Meeting against anti-Muslim bigotry, war...................8NYC, San Diego: Solidarity with Gaza.......................11‘Revolutionary deeatismand the anti-war movement .....11Another Aghan surge?....................................11
Around the world
Refections by Comrade Fidel: An atrocious act’ .............8How does Cuba do it? ......................................9Posada & Cuban Five .......................................9Haitians protest at Clinton’s oce. ..........................9Algeria, Tunisia: High unemployment, ood prices..........10
Unite to deeat the bigots .................................10
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Women’s right to choose
nd a abtnn t 38t annvay
Open letter to WW readers
By Sue Davis
Jan. 22 marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade,the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.Tens of thousands of women have been saved from deathand serious injury since abortion became legal in 1973. Women who chose to have safe, legal abortions eversince have felt enormous security and relief as they wentabout their lives.However, the new Congress is ready to mount a fron-tal attack on legal abortion — the most serious in its his-tory since the 1976 Hyde Amendment.Joined by more than 50 new anti-choice represen-tatives, Rep. John Boehner boasts of being the mostanti-abortion House Speaker in history. The No Tax-payer Funding for Abortion Act seeks to codify the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits Medicaid-funded abor-tions for poor women.It would also impose such stiff conditions on privatehealth insurance companies that none would offer abor-tion coverage. Being forced to pay for abortions would be like a tax on the 62 million U.S. women of childbear-ing age.Given that women earn only 77 cents for every dollarmen earn and that women have been hit hard by the job-less recovery, many more women would share the nan-cial desperation and emotional misery women on Med-icaid have experienced for 34 years.That anguish was portrayed in the 58-page study enti-tled “Whose Choice: How the Hyde Amendment HarmsPoor Women,” published last September by the Centerfor Reproductive Rights and the National Network of  Abortion Funds. Fifty-eight percent of women on Medic-aid reported “serious hardships” due to Hyde, includinghaving had to deprive children of food, pawn wedding
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• Racism, National ppression & Sel-Determination
• Black abor rom Chattel Slavery to WageSlavery
• Black Youth: Repression & Resistance
• The Struggle or Socialism s Key
• Black & Brown nity: A Pillar o Struggle or HumanRights & Global Justice!
• Alabama’s Black Belt: egacy o Slavery, Sharecropping & Segregation
• Harriet Tubman, Woman Warrior
• Are Conditions Ripe Again Today? 40th Anniversary o the 1965 Watts Rebellion
• Racism & Povertyin the Delta
• Haiti Needs Reparations,Not Sanctions
With growing support
Protest o new right-wing governor
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Activists dmand justic o Mumia Abu-Jamal
By S t a r rSan Diego, Cali.
Civil rights and community activistsmet in San Diego in December to watch“Justice on Trial,” a lm about the tragicstory of the injustices committed againstdeath-row political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal.Space@Bar Coffeehouse graciously hosted the event organized by the SanDiego International Action Center. Gloria Verdieu from the IAC hosted a discussionafter the lm to strategize on how to re-spond to the Nov. 9 Third Circuit of Ap-peals hearing in Philadelphia that couldreinstate the death penalty on Mumia.Mumia has spent more than 28 years onPennsylvania’s death row. At this hearing, activists streamed infrom all over the world to support Mumiaand now await news of whether Mumia will face a date for the death warrant orif he will serve a life sentence without thepossibility of parole. Neither alternative isacceptable.Detractors, primarily the corrupt and biased Fraternal Order of Police in Penn-sylvania, have requested that Mumia’sdeath sentence be reinstated.During the 1960s and 1970s, the Black Panther Party was targeted and terrorized by police day in and day out. Mumia joinedthe BPP in Philadelphia as a teenager.During his adult years, Mumia becamean award-winning journalist; using histalents to document injustice, especially police brutality against the MOVE or-ganization. While racism protects some writers from domestic terrorism at thehands of law enforcement and the courts,nothing stood between the Philadelphiapolice and nding a way to lock up — andattempt to silence — Mumia.On Dec. 9, 1981, a police ofcer waskilled in Philadelphia. Mumia was ar-rested for his murder. Evidence duringthe trial was weak, at best. People werecoerced to testify against him, and havesince recanted. A court stenographeroverheard the trial judge make racist re-marks about Mumia, using the “N” wordin the process! Independent experts havestated that the 1982 trial that convictedMumia of rst degree murder was unfair.The IAC-led discussion culminated inthe decision that activists will contact U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to demanda civil rights investigation on behalf of Mumia. Some volunteered to write letters, while others want to call Holder’s ofce. While Holder cannot intervene legally inMumia’s case, he has the authority to re- view this miscarriage of justice and pub-licly recommend a new trial for Mumia.During the discussion Mumia’s case was compared to that of Lena Baker — aBlack woman put to death by electrocu-tion in 1945 in Georgia after a one-day,all-white, male jury convicted her fordefending herself against the sexual andphysical abuse of her white employer whom she fatally shot. She was exoner-ated 60 years later.Community activist Adafrika said it best during the discussion: “Let’s not letMumia’s family suffer the way Lena Bak-er’s has, all these years.”
By Workers World Cleveland bureau
“So much energy coming is from allover. I’m just trying to hang on and ridethe wave,” wrote political prisoner Bo-mani Shakur Jan. 6, the third day of hishunger strike at Ohio State Penitentiary.Convicted as Keith LaMar, Bomani andtwo other death-sentenced prisonersstarted refusing food on Jan. 3 to demandthat they be treated like other prisonersfacing execution.The other two hunger strikers are Sid-dique Abdullah Hasan and Jason Robb, both prisoner negotiators during the 1993prisoner rebellion at the prison in Lucas- ville, Ohio. For their success in achievinga negotiated settlement, they received notonly the death penalty, but the equivalentof more than 12 years of connement inthe “hole” — solitary connement strippedof even rudimentary privileges.Robb has pointed out that other death-row prisoners have been transferred out of the supermax prison or have had their se-curity level relaxed. Along with Namir Ab-dul Mateen (James Were), these men arethe only four prisoners who have been keptrelentlessly on OSP’s highest security level.Bomani expressed his reasons for pro-testing the conditions of his connementin a message of poetic eloquence, stat-ing, “In a word, we have been tortured.”(http://www.workers.org/2011/us/bo-mani_0113) He also stated his demandsin a Jan. 3 letter on Facebook to OSP warden David Bobby: “1. Full recreationprivileges. 2. Full commissary privileges.3. Full access to Access SecurePac catalog.4. Semi-contact visits. 5. Access to com-puter database so that I can assist in thefurtherance of my appeals.”Desire for justice for the hunger strik-ers is so widespread that emails withinthe Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network have been posted as articles on many  websites, including many sites of the An-archist Black Cross. Bomani’s “If we mustdie” statement has been widely reprinted,including on the Black Left Unity listserve.Many times a day, new people fromall across the country and around the world are joining the Facebook page“In Solidarity with the Lucasville Upris-ing Prisoners on Hunger Strike.” A largenumber of Irish people joined recently.The addition of voices from around Ohio,including the Lucasville area, is allowingthe start of dialogue about the complexemotions and perspectives still harboredabout the 1993 rebellion due to the deathof a guard during the uprising. Posts in-clude written, audio and video versions of interviews of the advisers of the prison-ers: activist attorney Staughton Lynd andDenis O’Hearn, biographer of Irish hun-ger striker Bobby Sands. Also posted on Facebook is a letter by Pádaic Mac Coitir sent to a newspaper inBelfast, in the north of Ireland. Calling forsupport for the hunger strikers in Ohio, hereminded the readers, “This year marks the30th anniversary of the hunger strike inthe H-blocks of Long Kesh. Ten men diedand many others were prepared to die.” At meetings in the Cleveland area of the New Black Panther Party, Black onBlack Crime Inc., and the Imam Al-AminDefense Committee, outreach is beingdone for the rally to be held at the gatesof OSP on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. At the Jan.8 protest against the inauguration of in-coming Ohio Gov. John Kasich in Colum- bus, activists were abuzz with talk aboutthe interview of Lynd by Amy Goodmanon “Democracy Now.”“The response has been overwhelming.I have gotten calls and emails from De-troit, Columbus and Philadelphia about bringing carloads of people to the rally,and calls from Los Angeles, Denver and Washington, D.C., wanting to help,” ex-claimed Sharon Danann, organizer withthe Lucasville Uprising Freedom Network.“Ohio Prison Watch and Prison Watch In-ternational were posting information asfast as I could provide it to them, and the woman I was working with was in Europe.Updates are going out by Twitter. It feelslike a new era in organizing.”Let key prison and congressional of-cials know that the these prisoners needto be reclassied fairly according to their years of good behavior and released fromthe most restrictive security level by sign-ing the petition at iacenter.org. Punish-ment for crimes they did not commit issurely punishment enough. Their presentconditions of connement are unconsti-tutional, illegal and immoral. Supportthe Lucasville hunger strikers! Free allpolitical prisoners! For more informa-tion on the Jan. 15 protest, go to http://tinyurl.com/4etc23w or email lucasville-freedom@gmail.com..On Jan. 8 in Columbus, Ohio, more than200 people came out to protest the inau-guration of the incoming right-wing gov-ernor, John Kasich. The march and rally  were called by the newly formed DefendOhio Coalition. The Lucasville UprisingFreedom Network was well received by themostly student and youth crowd, who are very much opposed to the death penalty and in support of the current hunger strikeorganized by leaders of the Lucasville pris-on uprising in 1993. Union members alsoparticipated, as Gov. Kasich seeks to makeOhio a so-called right-to-work state.
— Report and photo by Susan Schnur
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