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Dc. 23, 2010 Vol. 52, No. 50 50¢
Workers and oppressed peoples of the world unite! workers.org
Sindicalistas se reúnen en Tijuana
Slamming budget cuts, tuition hikes
Stdets rse p
univ. of PuERTo RiCo
War against youth
Protests erupt
By Ben Carroll and Scott Williams
Hundreds of thousands of studentsacross the world have stood up to raisethe demand: “Education is a right forall!” Massive student actions in Ireland,Britain, Italy, Pakistan, France, Greeceand Puerto Rico have begun to challengethe ruling class’s program of draconiancutbacks to education and public services with the pretext of reducing governmentdecits.Students in the United States, who heldnational days of action last March 4 andOct. 7, plan further actions for the com-ing spring as state and local governmentsslash education budgets. The struggleerupted in secondary schools in Bostonon Dec. 13 when students walked out tosave their school.The Italian Parliament was voting Nov.30 on an education “reform” bill pro-posed by Education Minister Maria StellaGelmini. The bill would cut 130,000 jobsand 9 billion euros ($12 billion) from theeducation system. But more than 50,000students participated in an action inRome known as “Block Everything Day.”Students blocked highways, streets andrailway tracks across Rome in order toend business as usual and to block the re-forms. Students rallied too in other majorcities, including Milan, Naples, Palermo,Pisa, Turin and Venice, where protestersalso disrupted trafc and blocked tracksat railway stations.The same week, students occupiedItaly’s famous landmarks, including theColiseum and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.The regressive education reform eventu-ally passed, yet the struggle for education justice is far from over.In Britain the government proposed a budget package lled with massive cuts toeducation and public services, includinga measure to increase tuition threefold atuniversities. Students responded by tak-ing to the streets in a series of demonstra-tions that have rocked the country.Tens of thousands of students mobi-lized for three separate national days of action in November and December. Theactions have grown in size and militancy each time. Students occupied more than20 universities to ght back against thedrastic tuition increase proposed by an“independent” review commission led by former BP chief Lord Browne.Parents, teachers and unions have joined with students to protest these aus-terity measures. London Underground workers from the union RMT went ona four-day strike to protest job cuts anddrafted a mutual statement of solidarity  with student organizers from the Nation-al Campaign Against Fees and Cuts.Nearly 100,000 students gatheredin London on Dec. 9 for a march to thedoors of Parliament as a vote on the tu-ition increase was taking place. In thestreets students clashed with police, whoattempted to set up blockades as thedemonstration got closer to Parliamentand then attacked the march. One BBCcommentator remarked that protests of this magnitude and militancy hadn’t beenseen in more than 20 or 30 years. At one point during the demonstration,a Rolls Royce carrying Prince Charles andhis spouse, Camilla Parker-Bowles, wassurrounded by protesters and pelted withrocks and sticks. The tuition measurenarrowly passed by just 21 votes, and theNCAFC later issued a statement sayingthat “the passing of the bill on the tuitionfee increase will not deter, nor discouragefuture actions.” A national student assem- bly was held on Dec. 12 to strategize andplan for future actions.
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In the U.S.
Students rise up............................................1Somalis in Norfolk, Va., convicted of piracy..................2Georgia prison strike .......................................3New Orleans police killings, the courts & capitalism .........3No execution if a killers name is DuPont ....................3Community rallies to defend city councilor .................4LGBTQ liberation and the struggle for socialism . . . . . . . . . . . . .4On the picket line ..........................................4DREAM Act up for vote: which way forward? ................5Protest supports Arab-American journalist..................6Peoples Assembly meets, talks of struggle..................6Grassroots actions defend WikiLeaks........................8
Around the world
Puerto Rico’s students defend university and people . . . . . . . .7Solidarity with Piedad Córdoba.............................7‘Precarious’ autoworkers end heroic sit-down ...............8‘Precarious work aects us all...............................8U.S. imperialisms role in Africa..............................9Women Against Rape on charges against Assange . . . . . . . . . .9Stop U.S. aggression against Peoples Korea................10Haiti protests erupt against election fraud .................10Ireland demonstration says ‘let the rich pay’................10Growing worldwide solidarity with Palestine...............11Growing rich on misery....................................11
Sanders, Clinton & the tax ripo ...........................10
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Based on slave-era U.S. law
Smals  nrlk, va.,ccted  pracy
By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, Pan-Arican News Wire
Five Somali nationals were convicted of piracy in a U.S.federal court in Norfolk, Va., on Nov. 24, with their sen-tencing set for March 2011. Based on slave-era laws andcriminal statutes that have not been enforced since the1820s, the Somalis could be sentenced to life in prison.The captured Somalis claimed they were shing off the coast of the country and were forced to re on theNicholas, a U.S. boat that was part of an internationalotilla of warships stationed in the Gulf of Aden and theIndian Ocean. Government pros-ecutors tried the case on the al-legation that the defendants redon a U.S. military boat thinking it was a commercial ship that could be held for ransom.U.S. Attorney Neil MacBridestated after the convictions, “To-day marks the rst jury convic-tion of piracy in more than 190 years. Today’s convictiondemonstrates that armed attacks on U.S.-agged vesselsare crimes against the international community and thatpirates will face severe consequences in U.S. courts.” (ex-aminer.com, Nov. 27)The trial lasted for nine days and resulted in the con- victions of Mohammed Modin Hasan, Gabul Abdullahi Ali, Abdi Mohammed Umar, Ali Abdi Wali Dire, and AbdiMohammed Guerwardher. The ve were found guilty of “piracy, attack to plunder a vessel, act of violence againstpersons on a vessel, assault with a dangerous weapon,assault with a dangerous weapon on federal ofcers andemployees, conspiracy to use rearms during a crime of  violence, and multiple rearm counts, including the useof a rocket propelled grenade.” (examiner.com, Nov. 27)These convictions come amid a chorus of demandsfrom imperialist military forces to intensify their aggres-sive dominance of the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Oceannear the Horn of Africa. Since 2008 both the EuropeanUnion and the United States have led a coalition of navalforces that have pledged to control the ow of goods, oiland arms through the Gulf of Aden and to work towardthe prevention of the Islamic resistance forces from seiz-ing power inside Somalia.Philippe Coindreau, the European Union commanderof the anti-piracy naval force known as NAVFOR, toldmedia that the area of operations for the NAVFOR forceshad broadened. (AFP, Nov. 25) In addition to the U.S.trial in Norfolk, ten Somalis arrested in the Indian Ocean went on trial in Hamburg, Germany, in November.Despite the cooperation of the neighboring east Afri-can nation of Kenya, which has been assisting the impe-rialist states in the anti-piracy campaign in the region, arecent trial in that country resulted in the acquittal of 26people also charged with hijacking vessels for ransom.More than 700 people are now in custody in 12 differentcountries for piracy.Proposals have been put forward by the United Na-tions to establish an anti-piracy court, ostensibly underSomali control, that would put on trial people arrestedand charged with this crime on the high seas. Kenya has been suggested as a possible location for the new court.
Trials provide pretext or U.S. intervention
The trial of the ve Somali men in Norfolk should be viewed within the past and present political context in- volving U.S. foreign policy aims and objectives. As part of its so-called “war on terrorism,” Washing-ton has targeted Somalia. At present the African UnionMission to Somalia (AMISOM), underwritten largely by U.S. military appropriations, is propping up the Transi-tional Federal Government in Mogadishu, the capital.The U.S.-backed governments of Uganda and Burundisupply several thousand soldiers to the AMISOM forces.U.S. interest in Somalia goes back decades, when during the1970s, the Carter administrationsought to weaken the revolutionin neighboring Ethiopia by bribingthe military government of Mo-hamed Siad Barre into an alliance with the Pentagon. A subsequentU.S.-instigated invasion of Ethio-pia by Somali forces in 1978 met with decisive defeat by the Ethiopian military, assisted by Cuban internationalistforces that were inside the region to help consolidate asocialist revolution in Ethiopia at the time. Another U.S. intervention in Somalia took place from1992 to 1994. Under the guise of a humanitarian mis-sion to feed the hungry and displaced, U.S. marines in- vaded the country. Within a few months of the interven-tion, the Somali masses had risen up against both theU.S. and U.N. forces inside the country, compelling a withdrawal in 1994. In recent months the Pentagon hashinted of its desire to engage in another direct military assault on Somalia.These U.S. ruling-class efforts stem from Washing-ton’s desire to control the strategic trade routes in theHorn of Africa and Arabian Peninsula regions. This isalso linked to claims on oil concessions by U.S. multina-tional rms in and around Somalia.In neighboring Djibouti, the U.S. and France bothhave military bases that are often used in war gamesconducted by the Pentagon and the EU military forcesstationed in the region. The imperialists want no govern-ment to come to power in the region that is independentof U.S. inuence.This policy is manifested inside the U.S. when U.S.agents arrest Somali expatriates and charge them with crimes related to the “war on terrorism.” In Port-land, Ore., during late November, a 19-year-old Somali youth, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, was entrapped andcharged by the FBI in a sting operation involving a non-existent plot to set off a bomb at a holiday celebration.The FBI concocted and engineered the entire plot, whichit then used to ask for more domestic spending on home-land security as well as defense spending to wage a per-manent war in the so-called Third World.In April 2009, the U.S. Navy shot dead three Somali youth, wounded another and then brought a captured16-year-old Abdiwali Muse to New York to stand trialfor piracy.These criminal cases, coupled with targeting the Somalicommunity inside the U.S., have created an atmosphere of hostility among Somali expatriates around the U.S.
The trial of the veSomali men should beviewed in the ontext of U.S. foreign poliy aims.
wrkers.rg ec. 23, 2010Page 3
No execution i akiller’s name is DuPont
By Stephen Millies
Dave Schultz was murdered by oneof the richest men on the planet: JohnEleuthere DuPont. Nancy Schultz, Dave’spartner, witnessed the Jan. 26, 1996, kill-ing of the father of their two children. After pumping three bullets into Schul-tz — who won a gold medal in wrestlingat the 1984 Olympics — DuPont retreatedto his mansion. It’s a replica of PresidentJames Madison’s Montpelier house builton a Virginia slave plantation.DuPont was known to be heavily armed. He used to drive a tank aroundhis 800-acre Delaware County, Pa., estate west of Philadelphia.Did police shoot their way into DuPont’smansion? Did they drop a bomb on it, likethey did on the MOVE house in Philadel-phia’s Black community on May 13, 1985,killing six children and seven adults?No. Cops don’t do things like that toa parasite with a $250 million fortune.They patiently waited two days beforetricking the great-great-grandson of E. I.DuPont to come outside.Delaware County District Attorney Pat-rick Meehan immediately ruled out thedeath penalty, saying there was “no ag-gravating circumstance” in the case. (New  York Times, March 13, 1996)That was a smart career move for theRepublican Meehan, who has just beenelected to Congress.Three months before he murdered DaveSchultz, DuPont pointed a machine gunat Dan Chaid, one of the wrestlers train-ing on the millionaire’s estate. Newtown
Continued on page 5 
Georgia prison strike
Prisoners demand our human rights’
By Dianne MathiowetzAtlanta
 According to reports from family mem- bers and prisoner rights advocates, thou-sands of incarcerated men throughoutGeorgia engaged in a coordinated strikestarting Dec. 9. They refused to go to work or participate in other assignments or ac-tivities, but stayed in their cells, calling it a“lockdown for liberty.”Using unauthorized cell phones, theprisoners have been able to organizeamong themselves and to communicate with news media and supporters. What is so extraordinary about this ac-tion besides its statewide character is itsunity among the prisoners — Black, Latino, white, Muslims, Christians, Rastafarians —to achieve their central demand to be treat-ed as human beings, not slaves or animals.The Georgia Department of Correctionshas refused to provide any informationto date but did release a short statementon Dec. 9 claiming that no job action hadtaken place and nothing unusual was hap-pening. However, the DOC acknowledgedthat based on the “rumor” of a strike, war-dens at four facilities had ordered a gener-al “lockdown” of the institution to preventany disruption. A lockdown means that allprisoners are conned to their cells andno visitors or phone calls are allowed.Inmate families and community or-ganizers such as Elaine Brown, a formerleader of the Black Panther Party andlongtime prisoner rights activist, have re-ceived numerous phone calls recountinginstances of violence and intimidation by prison guards and ofcials in response tothis peaceful protest. At Augusta State Prison, at least sixprisoners were dragged from their cellsand beaten, resulting in broken ribs andother serious injuries. At Telfair State Prison, guards ram-paged through the cells, destroying per-sonal property while searching for contra- band cell phones. At Macon State Prison, the prison au-thorities rst shut off the heat as tempera-tures dropped below freezing and then, onthe second day of the strike, also cut off the hot water. An unknown number of prisoners have been taken to isolation or “the hole” at the various facilities.Georgia, having the fth largest U.S.prison population, has more than 100prisons, work camps and other detentioncenters. It is estimated that one in 13 adultGeorgians are under some sort of legalcontrol by the state — in prison or jail, onparole or out on bond with charges pend-ing, or under some sort of court or correc-tional supervision.In a message sent from a prisoner onday 3 of the strike, he urged, “Don’t GiveUp Now! On Monday, when the doors (tothe cells — DM) open, close them. Do NotGo To Work.”Prior to the strike, the prisoners issued astatement outlining nine specic demands:
 A living wage for work:
In violationof the 13th Amendment to the Constitu-tion prohibiting slavery and involuntary servitude, the DOC demands prisoners work for free.
Educational opportunities:
For thegreat majority of prisoners, the DOCdenies all opportunities for education beyond the GED, despite the benet to both prisoners and society.
Decent health care:
In violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibitionagainst cruel and unusual punishments,the DOC denies adequate medical careto prisoners, charges excessive fees forthe most minimal care and is responsi- ble for extraordinary pain and suffering.
 An end to cruel and unusualpunishment:
In further violation of the Eighth Amendment, the DOC isresponsible for cruel prisoner punish-ments for minor infractions of rules.
Decent living conditions:
Georgiaprisoners are conned in overcrowded,substandard conditions, with little heatin winter and oppressive heat in summer.
Nutritional meals:
 Vegetables andfruit are in short supply in DOC facili-ties while starches and fatty foods areplentiful.
 Vocational and self-improvementopportunities:
The DOC has strippedits facilities of all opportunities forskills training, self-improvement andproper exercise.
 Access to families:
The DOC has dis-connected thousands of prisoners fromtheir families by imposing excessivetelephone charges and innumerable barriers to visitation.
Just parole decisions:
The ParoleBoard capriciously and regularly deniesparole to the majority of prisonersdespite evidence of eligibility.The conditions that have caused thesemen to take such a courageous action areduplicated in prisons and jails across theU.S. News about their historic strike has been censored with next to no coveragethroughout Georgia. The New York Timesdid print information about the strike fol-lowing calls by prisoners to the newspa-per (Dec. 12).Solidarity is needed to ensure the safety of the prisoners and the improvement of their conditions. Calls to the followingGeorgia prisons are encouraged, demand-ing no retaliation or reprisals and fullcompliance with the prisoners’ demands.
 Sources for this article also include the Black Agenda Report and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.The strike continues as of Dec. 14.To sign a petition of support, go toiacenter.org and look in the Action Alerts & Report-Backs section.
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WW Poo: Bn PfEffE
Members of the conerned coalition to Respet Prisoners’ Rights and All of Us or None of Usprotest at the Mound Road prison in Detroit De. 14.
Poo: JM on
mily Guzman and her son, Logan, readyto marh to detention enter in Georgia.
By Monica Moorehead
The New Orleans Police Departmentis known for carrying out heinous acts of racist brutality, especially within the Afri-can-American and other oppressed com-munities. In the aftermath of HurricaneKatrina in 2005, which all too painfully ex-posed broken levees in the predominantly Black Ninth Ward, many police shootingsof unarmed Black residents took place aspeople were desperately trying to escapeand survive ooded New Orleans. An untold number of these residentslost their lives during these senselessshootings. Few police and few of the armed white vigilantes who shot and killed theseresidents are likely to ever be brought to justice for these crimes against humanity.Given this history, it was somewhat un-usual that some of these NOPD killingscame to light — four years after they took place. One was the case of Henry Glover,a 31-year-old Black man who was shot inthe back on Sept. 2, 2005, by police ofcerDavid Warren. The ofcer claimed thatGlover had a weapon when he shot him.Henry was barely alive when his brother,King, agged down a Black motorist, Wil-liam Tanner, in an attempt to get Henry to a hospital.They asked the police to help them. Thecops handcuffed and then beat King Glov-er and Tanner. Meanwhile, Henry Glover bled to death in the back seat of Tanner’scar. Once Glover died, one of the cops burned his body and the car beyond recog-nition. In early 2009, the Nation magazine broke the story of the charred body andthe car being found. This discovery helpedto lead to federal indictments against veNOPD ofcers on various charges.On Dec. 9 a New Orleans jury found Warren guilty of violating Glover’s civilrights along with manslaughter. Two oth-er ofcers were found guilty of burningTanner’s car and attempted cover-up of the killing. Two other ofcers were com-pletely acquitted. While some may feelthat some justice was served in this case,Henry Glover’s aunt, Rebecca Glover,stated that the ofcers should have beenconvicted for the murder of her nephew. Warren will most certainly serve less timein prison for the manslaughter conviction.The case of Henry Glover brings to mindthe cases of the fatal police shootings of other unarmed Black men like Sean Bell,Oscar Grant, Amadou Diallo and many others. In these cases and countless more,none of the killer cops were charged withmurder, much less convicted of murder.Some of these police would not have beenput on trial even for manslaughter if there weren’t some level of mass organizingfrom the oppressed communities andtheir political allies.Under capitalism, the police are a re-pressive force not subject to the samelaws that oppress the workers and the op-pressed. Cops can get away with murder because they are protected by the samelaws that protect the private property and prots of the bosses and bankers.The only way to get rid of police brutality is to get rid of the entire capitalist system,root and branch. That will take a socialistrevolution.

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