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The dangerous military crisis on the Koreanpeninsula has been defused for the moment.The Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Koreadid not retaliate, even though the U.S. impe-rialists and their south Korean clients on Dec.20 staged provocative live-re exercises from Yeonpyeong Island, eight miles from the main-land of the DPRK.The DPRK, which had warned of retaliationif the exercises went forward, declared that thelimited exercises carried out by the south Kore-an military were “not worth it.” The U.S. and thesouth Korean regime were shown up as military provocateurs willing to risk a major war.Furthermore, by taking a strong stand, theDPRK had forced the imperialists to deal withthe situation diplomatically at the U.N. Security Council and by sending an unofcial negotiator,New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, to Pyongyang.The south Korean regime, with U.S. backing,had staged similar exercises on Dec. 7 after be-ing warned by the DPRK that there would beretaliation. The DPRK responded with a missile barrage on the island after having phoned thesouth Korean government hours earlier, reiter-ating its earlier warning and asking Seoul not togo through with the exercises. After the Dec. 7 incident, the government of the Peoples’ Republic of China had proposedthat the crisis be dealt with through diplomacy  by resuming the six-party talks that includedChina, the U.S., Russia, Japan, theDPRK and south Korea. The U.S. andJapan atly rejected any diplomacy as“rewarding” the DPRK.Instead, Washington called a meeting of the U.S., Japan and the south Korean re-gime in Tokyo to formulate military strategy against the DPRK. Washington also carriedout military maneuvers with the nu-clear-powered aircraft car-rier USS George Washington and more than 20 other ships in waters near China and Korea.The south Korean military then went ahead with its second provocation, with the full back-ing of the U.S. government, the Pentagon andthe State Department. Twenty U.S. soldiers wereplaced on Yeonpyeong Island. Adm. MichaelMullen, chair of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff,and other top military leaders were in the Pen-tagon around the clock monitoring the situation.These military confrontations around theisland come from the drawing of the so-calledNorthern Limit Line in the sea west of Korea.The line gave south Korea territorial waters justeight miles from the mainland of the DPRK.This line has been an extreme encroachmenton the territory of the DPRK since U.S. Gen.Mark Clark drew it in 1953. Instead of extend-
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Fro exclusion to power
Workers, community converge atSouthern Human Rights conference
By Dante StrobinoBiringha, la.
Under the theme “From Exclusion to Power,” hun-dreds of workers and community members gathered inBirmingham, Ala., from Dec. 10 to 12 for the eighth Bi- Annual Southern Human Rights Organizers Conference.Jaribu Hill, conference founder and executive direc-tor of the Mississippi Workers Center for Human Rights,opened up with a call for human rights and social justiceactivists from across the country “to retool and rethink,plan and build. In these critical times of unjust wars andeconomic decline, it is urgent that we forge unity basedon common struggles and experiences.”The gathering opened with a press conference — onInternational Human Rights Day — that highlighted the work of the Excluded Workers Congress and announceda new report that examines the plight of workers barredfrom labor protections and the right to organize.The report said that in 1983, 20.1 percent of the U.S. workforce was unionized, whereas in 2009 that propor-tion was only 12.3 percent. In so-called right-to-work states, union density now averages 6 percent. (www.excludedworkerscongress.org)Included in the press conference were the congress’snine sectors, including domestic workers, farmwork-ers, taxi drivers, restaurant workers, day laborers, guest workers, workers from right-to-work states, workfare workers and formerly incarcerated workers.“I came from Peru to work in New Orleans after Hur-ricane Katrina,” stated Daniel Castellanos, founderof the Alliance of Guest Workers for Dignity, “but my  boss told me that I couldn’t organize. But we decided toorganize anyway.”Organizations active in the congress include Domes-tic Workers United, the National Domestic Worker Al-liance, the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, All of Us orNone, Community Voices Heard, the Southwest Work-ers Union, Black Workers for Justice, Alabama Day La- borers and Jobs with Justice. Their members addressed workplace conditions and their ghts for recognition,dignity and better wages. Araceli Herrera Castillo, a 20-year domestic workerfrom San Antonio, Texas, and SWU and NDWA mem- ber, said that they are demanding that the InternationalLabor Organization pass a convention on domestic work-ers’ rights in June 2011 at their 100th labor congress.“We are demanding our basic rights to be implementedhere, like the basic right to organize,” stated Herrera. Activists marched down Birmingham sidewalks tosupport domestic worker organizing. They chanted,“Free, Free Domestic Workers! End, End Slavery!” and“!Mujeres marchando, el mundo van cambiando!” They  went to the bus terminal, a hub from which domestic workers go “over the mountain” to the suburbs to cleanhomes and take care of wealthy families.The Excluded Workers Congress rst convened at theU.S. Social Forum in June. Many of its partner organiza-tions gathered for its ofcial founding in September atthe AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C.The congress is ghting these workers’ exclusion fromthe National Labor Relations Act, which excludes farm- workers and domestic workers; from the Fair LaborStandards Act, which bars many workers from minimum wage and overtime laws; from the Occupational Safety and Health Act, Civil Rights Act Title VII anti-discrimi-nation protections; and from state labor laws related tothe Taft-Hartley Act.The congress has made gains: Rep. George Miller hasagreed to introduce the POWER (Protect Our Workers Against Exploitation and Retaliation) Act in the Houseof Representatives, and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solissaid she would meet with excluded workers. The act wasintroduced in the Senate in April by Sen. Robert Menen-dez, among others.Its supporters say that the law would strengthen work-ers’ and immigrants’ rights, that it would provide legalprotection for workplace organizing, and from immigra-tion enforcement and deportation. It would give work-ers a way to hold employers accountable. Activists assertthat millions of undocumented workers could accesstheir legal rights and would be protected if employerscall Immigration and Customs Enforcement. (www.ex-cludedworkerscongress.org)SHROC provided opportunities for other issues andmovements to converge. Workshops and strategy ses-sions focused on the national ghtback to defend educa-tion and to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Others dis-cussed expanding the ght for human rights to includeenvironmental justice and health care. An international panel spoke on U.S. imperialism’simpact around the world. On the Haitian people’s ghtfor human and democratic rights, Wadner Pierre stated,“You cannot have an election in Haiti without includingFanmi Lavalas,” criticizing the U.S. role there. FanmiLavalas, which was banned from participating in Haiti’srecent election, is the party of democratically electedPresident Jean-Bertrand Aristide, who was ousted in aU.S.-led coup in 2004.Emria Woods, from Liberia, discussed the negativeglobal role of the U.S. in the ght for human rights. Sheaddressed the struggle in Africa against the U.S. AfricanCommand (Africom) and stressed that the U.S. goal thereis to secure oil markets. “The fact that 25 percent of U.S.oil now comes from Africa was the leading cause for theestablishment of Africom,” stated Woods. Other panelists were Jorge Guerrero Veloz, from the Red Afrovenezolana,and Charo Mina Rojas, from the Black Communities’ Pro-cess in Colombia.Organizers left Birmingham strengthened by the unity at the conference and the ghtbacks going on across theSouth, vowing to move ahead. Organize the South!
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Marh on opening day of Southern Human Rights Organizersconferene, in Birmingham, Ala. carrying lead banner areDaniel castellanos; Pamela Brown, community Voies Heard;and Araeli Herrera castillo (left to right).
 
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A fraud on the workers, a bonanza for the rich
By Bryan . Peier
 An impressive outpouring of unionmembers, community activists and sup-porters shut down a planned Dec. 15speaking event by Pulte Homes CEO Rich-ard Dugas in Troy, Mich. Busloads of pro-testers packed into the Troy Marriott hotelto confront Dugas, who was scheduled toaddress a Detroit Economic Club meeting. A multistate, multiyear campaign by the Building Justice campaign is target-ing Pulte for its anti-union activities andshoddy residential construction, whichthe campaign says has put thousands of families under immense hardship. Pulte, based in Bloomeld Hills, Mich., is thelargest residential construction compa-ny in the U.S. and has its own mortgagecompany. The campaign, led by the SheetMetal Workers International Associationand the Painters’ union District Council15, with assistance from the AFL-CIO,has held speaking tours, set up booths atevents, targeted work sites, confrontedshareholders meetings, conducted post-card and petition campaigns, staged ral-lies and more. Although a DEC spokesperson said themeeting was postponed due to circum-stances beyond their control, the protest-ers claimed victory in shutting down theevent. Labor and community membershad bought tickets to attend, but Dugasran away instead of facing the workersand their communities. A victory rally was held in a hotel ball-room by more than 300 protesters fromdozens of unions across the U.S. as well ascommunity organizations, including Cen-tro Obrero of Detroit, the Detroit Inter-faith Committee on Worker Justice, Jobs With Justice, the Grey Panthers, the Mor-atorium NOW! Coalition, the MichiganEmergency Committee Against War andInjustice, the National Lawyer’s Guild,the Restaurant Opportunities Center, theSugar Law Center and the Justice Caucus.Especially strong delegations from theLaborers union, the Painters union andthe Sheet Metal Workers participated.The unions are particularly incensed be-cause Pulte refuses to hire workers andcontinues layoffs despite having received$917 million as part of the Worker, Ho-meownership and Business Assistance Act of 2009. Thousands of other corpora-tions are receiving billions under this act,through which the government is handingover taxpayer funds in the hopes that thecorporations will create jobs — with virtu-ally no penalties if they don’t. The unem-ployment rate for construction industry  workers is one of the highest in the U.S. At the rally Saundra Williams, the rst African-American woman president of theMetro Detroit AFL-CIO, brought greet-ings of solidarity and demanded Pulte usethe funds given to it by the federal gov-ernment to fund jobs and stop laying off  workers. A representative of Congressper-son John Conyers Jr. read a statement, in which Conyers promised to look into cor-porations that received funds under the Act. A spontaneous booming chant arosefrom the crowd when union membersheld up individual letter placards spellingout “Where is the $900 million?”Other speakers included Pastor JohnPitts Jr., president of the Detroit Inter-faith Committee on Worker Justice; rep-resentatives from the Sheet Metal Work-ers and the Painters union; and longtimeOfce and Professional Employees unionmember and activist Ethel Schwartz, whosaid: “We have a good beginning here to-day. Let’s keep it up.” Angel Rangel, a Latino sheet metal work-er from Phoenix, Ariz., demanded, “Whereare the jobs?” Many Latino/a workersand their loved ones in the Southwest, inparticular in Arizona and Nevada, have been affected negatively by Pulte’s actions.For more information visit www.poor-lybuiltbypulte.info, e-mail Jrostan@a-cio.org or call 202-230-4689.
 Based on a talk given by Fred Goldstein to a Workers World Party forum in New York on Dec. 17.
I want to address the question of thetax deal that was just cut in Congress. It’sa big fraud on the workers of this country,carried out by a whole layer of capitalistpoliticians who are demagogic to the 10thpower.This bill was sold as a tradeoff. Thepoliticians will give the rich some money for two years through tax benets, but inreturn, they said, they would give a lot of money to the workers, plus it will create jobs.Neither thing is true. It’s not going tosolve the economic crisis by a long shot.It’s not going to make a dent in the 15 mil-lion ofcially unemployed and the 30 mil-lion people — probably more — who areunemployed and underemployed. What the workers are going to get isnothing but a pittance in return for thishuge gift to the rich and the super-rich.Furthermore, millions of workers are go-ing to lose money from this tax deal. What this bill shows is the strengthen-ing of the ruling class and its commandover society. And it has widened thechasm between the rich and the poor. Ev-erybody decries this trend and says how horrible it is, but this move has widenedthe chasm. What the workers got and what therich got is worth going over, at least inthe big details, though I am not an experton this bill.Every millionaire in this country got atax cut, amounting to $137,000 per mil-lionaire on the average. The top 2 percentof the rich altogether got $139 billion. The6,600 very richest families in this country — out of a total of 65 to 70 million fami-lies — got $25 billion in income tax gifts.The 45,000 richest families, by avoidingestate taxes, also got between $25 billionand $50 billion — though there are dis-crepancies on this.
ttack on Social Security
 What did the workers get? They weresupposed to get a “tax holiday.” That was the big thing — getting a payroll tax holiday. What does that mean? When you get your paycheck, it has all the deductionson it: federal tax, state tax, city tax andSocial Security and Medicare.Since the Roosevelt administration, workers have paid a xed amount of theirgross income to the Social Security fundfor their retirement and the retirement of  workers in the future. Right now that per-centage is 6.2 percent. Until this tax dealthe Social Security deduction was invio-lable — no one could change it.Social Security is supposed to be takenout of workers’ paychecks every week, ev-ery month — whenever they get paid — tonance the Social Security fund. The so-called “tax holiday” reduces the workers’contribution to the Social Security fund by 2 percent. This is an attack on the inviola- bility of Social Security. It’s not supposedto be taken down, even for a year. It opensthe door to reducing it further or eveneliminating it. It’s supposed to be ironclad.The Social Security fund comes from wages that get contributed to the social wage of the proletariat. The Republicansand plenty of Democrats want to get ridof it or reduce it. This move is a foot inthe door. The Social Security fund is go-ing to lose $114 billion this year becauseof it. You can see that Social Security isnot a payroll tax. This is not a reductionin workers’ taxes. This is just the capitalistpoliticians taking money out of the fundthat the workers are going to need whenthey retire. So it’s a fraud to say it’s a pay-roll tax holiday.
51 illion low-paid workersget tax increase
 What else did the workers get? Well, because of the great “payroll tax holiday,”President Barack Obama agreed to re-move a tax credit that he had institutedin 2009 as part of the Recovery Act. Andthis is worth paying attention to. It wascalled the Making Work Pay tax credit. With this tax credit, all workers whoearned under a certain income — $75,000for an individual — got up to a $400 taxcredit. They just paid $400 less in taxes. A couple who made up to $150,000 paid$800 less in taxes. Just take that $800and put it in your pocket. The Republi-cans proposed the “payroll tax holiday” inreturn for removing the Making Work Pay tax credit for the workers.How does this work out? You’ve got todo a little bit of math. If you make $10,000a year and your Social Security deductionis reduced by 2 percent, this saves you$200. But you will be losing the $400 you would have received under the MWP cred-it, which has been discontinued. So yourtaxes actually go up by $200.If you make $15,000, you take $300off your Social Security, but you loosethe $400 MWP credit, so your taxes goup by $100.If you’re a working couple making$30,000, instead of the tax credit of $800 you would have gotten in 2009, you windup with $600. So you lose $200.It’s a scam on the poor and the op-pressed — especially Blacks, Latinos/as, women — the lowest paid in the country. And it encompasses millions of workers.There are various estimates of how many  workers this affects and how many willlose money from the tax deal. One au-thoritative study has come from the TaxPolicy Center of the Urban Institute andthe Brookings Institute. It shows that 51million families will lose money from thistax bill and have an average annual taxincrease of $210.The workers don’t know what happened behind closed doors when Obama agreedto a Republican “payroll tax” proposal.So, after it’s all over, the rich walk away  with the bank. And the workers will get apittance, if anything.The workers did get supplementary unemployment insurance extended for13 months. That’s a desperately needed benet which was held hostage in the ne-gotiations. Anyone whose state benetshave been exhausted can apply for federal benets. But the bill didn’t do anythingfor the 99ers, who have no more benetsafter 99 weeks of unemployment. Andthe number of 99ers is going to increase.Once you’re out of a job for 99 weeks, thechances of getting back in are very, very limited.This was called a jobs program. Why did Obama do this? Because they sold hima bill of goods: This is going to create jobs;it’s a new stimulus package. The bankers,the rich who want to get their money, toldhim this is going to create jobs. And he’sthinking of the elections in 2012. He’sdesperate. The unemployment rate — 9.8percent — won’t budge! Nothing makes it budge. He probably feels that’s why theDemocrats lost their majority. And he’slooking at the next election and saying,“I’ll do anything just to get jobs going. Sosome people got unemployment insur-ance and everybody got the Social Securi-ty ‘holiday.’ Those will put money in somepeople’s pockets. Of course, the rich gettheir money. But at least we’ll get electedin 2012.” That’s how politicians think.But you know what? It’s not going to work out that way. The bosses are already sitting on $2 trillion which they refuse toinvest because they see no prot in it. And whatever stimulus comes from this bill, it will be a pittance, and won’t make a dentin the 30 million people or more who arealready unemployed or underemployed,let alone the 1.2 million new workers whoare going to join the workforce next year.Maybe some jobs will come. Maybethere’ll be a little growth in the econo-my. This is possible. But it’s not going tochange the conditions of the millions andmillions of workers who are not going toget jobs.The only way workers are going to get jobs is when they stop watching bourgeoispoliticians from both capitalist parties de- bate the fate of the proletariat and takematters into their own hands by openingup a struggle against capitalism.
What the workers are going to get is nothingbut a pittance in return for this huge gift to the rich and the super-rich.

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