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Oc. 21, 2010 Vol. 52, No. 41 50¢
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By Ben CarrollRaleigh, N.C.
Nearly 80 demonstrations in 25 states were organized on Oct. 7, the second Na-tional Day of Action to Defend Education,as thousands of students and workerstook to the streets to ght back against theattacks on education being leveled acrossthe country in the form of devastating budget cuts, tuition hikes and the grow-ing threat of privatization. As the economic crisis drags into itsfourth year with no end in sight, public ser- vices like education are once again in thecrosshairs to be drastically cut, with many states facing the worst budget shortfalls yet seen as federal stimulus money driesup. The burden of the crisis is forced ontostudents and workers, yet the federal gov-ernment continues to pour billions upon billions into bank bailouts and the occupa-tions of Iraq and Afghanistan. With Oct. 7 also marking the ninthanniversary of the U.S. invasion of Af-ghanistan, many demonstrations drew the connections between funding for warsand corporate bailouts versus funding foreducation, jobs, and other public servicesand social needs. The Oct. 7 protests weresignicant as an indication of the growing will to ght back against the effects of thiscrisis and also for the unity that was built between education struggles against cut- backs, privatization and the rise of charterschools, and with the struggle being led by immigrant youth to pass the DREAM Act.The following are reports from some of these actions that took place across thecountry.In
New York,
demonstrations on cam-puses across the city throughout the day convened for a central rally and march inHarlem later that afternoon. A march of several hundred drew students from uni- versities and high schools, teachers, orga-nizations ghting against gentrication,a doctors group from Harlem Hospital, aHarlem group against police brutality andcommunity members from nearly every  borough. Dwight Peters, the president of the Bronx Community College StudentGovernment Association, announcedfrom the stage that students at his schoolconducted a boycott of classes and walkedout of class to protest the cuts to educa-tion. As the march swelled through thestreets of Harlem, chants of “Education isa right — Fight, ght, ght!” and “Schools,not jails!” lled the air. Many who spokeat the demonstration drew the connec-tions between the billions being given tothe Pentagon to wage wars abroad and thelack of funding for education, health care, jobs and other human needs here at home.In
Detroit,
a diverse range of labor-community-student supporters ralliedagainst education cuts at Wayne StateUniversity. Chanting, “Bail out the stu-dents, not the banks!” in the center of campus, the protesters held a speak-out,passed out iers and held aloft placards with slogans such as “Cancel studentdebt,” “Solidarity with LGBTQ students,”“Money for education, not war,” and “Youcan’t cut solidarity.” Representatives of organizations at the rally included all American Federation of Teacher locals
Oct. 7 national day of protest
Activists defendpublic education
at Wayne State; the Union of Part-TimeFaculty and the Graduate Employee Orga-nizing Committee, which represent teach-ing assistants; the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice; theMoratorium NOW! Coalition; Workers World Party; the Green Party; the Social-ist Party; By Any Means Necessary; andthe National Lawyers Guild-Wayne StateChapter. Later in the day, BAMN and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees held a rally atCass Technical High School in Detroitand marched to the Coleman A. YoungMunicipal Center.In
Raleigh, N.C.,
more than 100 youngpeople and community members came
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In the U.S.
Activists defend public education 1Bill seeks to codify Hyde Amendment2Mumia Abu-Jamal focus of anti-death penalty protest 3As she turns 71, ‘Free Lynne Stewart’3Student protester acquitted in Cleveland Juvenile Court 4On the picket line 4‘Bury racism at Woodlawn Cemetery’ 5Band of Brothers leader answers management’s claims 5Palestine supporters, many Jewish, challenge Zionists 6Students protest anti-Muslim event6Groups rally around anti-war activists under FBI attack      735 mile uid leak makes another fracking accident9
Around the world
International struggle to free Mumia Abu-Jamal 3Notes from Viva Palestina 5th aid convoy to Gaza 6Pentagon grip weakens in Afghanistan, Pakistan7Letter from Ukrainian miners 8Serbia is an occupied country8Hungary’s red sludge: a product of capitalist restructuring 9Workers Party of Korea elects leaders 11New Bolivian law guarantees equality 11
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Bullying, bigotry and the struggle solution10
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Protestas detienen golpe en Ecuador 12
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Latest attack on women:
Bill seeks to codify Hyde Amendment,end private insurance coverage
By Sue Davis
Passage of stringent anti-woman restrictions on abor-tion funding in the new health care system isn’t enoughto satisfy Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). Chair of the so-calledPro-Life Caucus for 28 years, Smith introduced HR 5939, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” onJuly 29. As of Oct. 10 there were 183 cosponsors.Smith’s law seeks to change the Hyde Amendment — which has denied more than 1 million poor women Med-icaid funding for abortion since 1976 — into a permanentlaw. In 2008 one in eight or 7.5 million reproductive-age women, who are disproportionately women of color,qualied for Medicaid health coverage.If that isn’t bad enough, HR 5939 includes such strin-gent tax penalties on private insurance providers thatthey would be forced not to offer any coverage for abor-tion services. That means the vast majority of women of childbearing age — approximately 62 million women inthe U.S. between the ages of 15 and 44 — would have topay out of pocket to have an abortion. The current aver-age cost of a rst-trimester abortion is $413; later abor-tions cost four or ve times that.Designed to severely restrict access to abortion, thesinister, blatantly discriminatory law poses the most se-rious threat to U.S. women’s reproductive rights sincethe Supreme Court declared abortion a constitutionalright in 1973. If passed, HR 5939 would function like anunofcial tax on women of childbearing age. This wouldimpose a heartless burden on women in this jobless re-covery, in which women and people of color comprisethe majority of those laid off.Having to pay the full cost of abortion, Smith prays, would mean that many more women who currently earn only 77 cents for every dollar that men earn, with women of color earning even less, would share the mis-ery and desperation that women on Medicaid have beenexperiencing for the past 34 years. A 58-page study on the Hyde Amendment publishedSept. 22 by the Center for Reproductive Rights reportsthat 61 percent of women having abortions are mothers with one or more children and that 58 percent of womenon Medicaid say the Hyde Amendment imposes a “seri-ous hardship” on them.Those driven to end a pregnancy have to beg, bor-row or scrounge — often depriving their children of food, pawning cherished valuables or taking out high-interest loans — to pay for the health care they require.The report cited statistics showing that due to the Hyde Amendment, 18 to 37 percent of women who would haveobtained an abortion if Medicaid funding were availableinstead carry pregnancies to term.The timely study exposes the glaring inequality of re-productive rights in the U.S. and the critical need to re-new the ght for reproductive justice for all women.Since its founding in 1993, the National Network for Abortion Funds, which collaborated with CRR on thereport, has been able to raise $3 million to help 21,000poor women obtain abortions. In 2006 NNAF initiateda campaign, entitled “Hyde: 30 Years Is Enough,” de-manding that the government fund abortions to ensuredignity, justice and equal access to essential health care.“Representative Smith’s bill targets the most vulner-able women, and we know, after 34 years of the Hyde Amendment, the terrible toll that abortion funding re-strictions take on women, families and communities,”Megan Peterson, NNAF deputy director, told Workers World. “Once again, politicians are dangerously out of touch with the true impact of abortion funding restric-tions like the Hyde Amendment. Women are goinghungry for weeks, missing utility payments and riskingeviction so that they can scrape together the money they need for abortion care — and too often, still coming upshort. Obviously it would be devastating to have theserestrictions codied into permanent law. We must raiseour voices against these persistent attacks on women’shealth and autonomy.”Other women’s groups, both national and regional,are organizing to stop the dangerous threat posed by HR 5939. Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organi-zation for Women, told Workers World: “NOW is very concerned about this law. We’re mobilizing our support-ers and networking with other women’s groups to stopit. Abortion is a common medical procedure that one inthree women will have in their lifetime. Putting obsta-cles in the way of women having abortions is dangeroussex discrimination and a human rights violation. NOW  will do everything we can to defeat that law.”Debbie Johnson, a leader in the Detroit Action Net- work for Reproductive Rights, thinks it’s time to call anational demonstration. “We denitely have to organizeagainst this pending legislation that is directed againstthe poorest women, whose daily struggles for survivalprevent them from coming out to protest,” Johnson told Workers World. “It’s an unwritten law that poor wom-en, especially women of color and immigrants, have norights. The progressive movement and all women whosupport the right to choose have to stand up for those whose voices would otherwise not be heard. We have totake this ght to the national level.”
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Mumia Abu-Jamal focusof anti-deat penalt protest
By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, Pan-African News Wire
 A critical hearing is scheduled Nov. 9 inthe nearly three-decade-old case of jour-nalist and activist Mumia Abu-Jamal, whosits on death row in Pennsylvania. Mumia was severely wounded and arrested onDec. 9, 1981, in Philadelphia and was latercharged, tried and convicted of the mur-der of police ofcer Daniel Faulkner. After a grossly unjust prosecution wascarried out in 1982, Mumia, a former Black Panther Party leader and MOVE organiza-tion supporter, was given the death penal-ty. Although Mumia’s death sentence wassubsequently overturned, the prosecutionhas repeatedly attempted to reinstate thepenalty and carry out his execution. A Jan. 19 ruling by the U.S. SupremeCourt ordered the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of  Appeals to reconsider the 2001 and 2008decisions that rescinded the death penalty in Abu-Jamal’s case. There is an ongoingcampaign by law enforcement agenciesacross the country to pressure the courtsinto carrying out Mumia’s execution. An international defense campaignfor both Abu-Jamal’s freedom and theelimination of the U.S. death penalty hasgrown since the early 1980s. The Interna-tional Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal, MOVE and other or-ganizations have been consistent over the years in ghting not only to save the lifeof this award-winning writer and hero tomillions around the globe, but to raise theprole of other political prisoners incar-cerated in the U.S.Two death warrants were signed forMumia: one in 1995 and another in 1999.Both warrants were stayed by the courtsafter campaigns to save Mumia’s life mo- bilized people from all over the U.S. andthe world. A key element in building massive sup-port was the role played by activists, jour-nalists, trade unionists, intellectuals andpolitical ofcials in Western Europe, Af-rica, Japan and other parts of the globe.
EU asked to address political prisoner’s plight
International struggleto free Mumia Abu-Jamal
By Monica MooreheadPhiladelphia
The World Day Against the Death Pen-alty was commemorated on Oct. 10 witha major emphasis on the United States, where more executions take place thanany other industrialized country. Sincethe death penalty was reinstituted by theU.S. Supreme Court in 1976, 1,229 execu-tions have taken place, with 41 in 2010alone and counting. (Death Penalty Infor-mation Center, Oct. 6)In Philadelphia a march and all-day fo-rum took place against the death penalty,organized by the International ConcernedFamily and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamaland the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition(NYC). Philadelphia has sent more Black men to death row than any other U.S. city.Mumia is the most well-known politicalprisoner in the world. An award-winning journalist and former Black Panther Par-ty member, he was sent to death row inPhiladelphia after being found guilty of rst-degree murder of a white police of-cer in 1982. Mumia has maintained hisinnocence since his arrest in December1981. He has survived two death war-rants, signed in 1995 and 1999, due to in-ternational mass support for his freedom.His appeals for a new trial to hear vital,suppressed evidence have been repeated-ly rejected by the state and federal courtsof appeals, including the U.S. SupremeCourt. Amnesty International and oth-ers have called for a new trial for Mumia based on the injustice he received duringthe original trial.On Nov. 9, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of  Appeals will hold a court hearing in Phila-delphia to determine whether to bring back the death penalty for Abu-Jamal or whether he will be sentenced to life inprison with no hope of parole. The deathsentence was set aside for Abu-Jamal by the federal courts in 2001 due to improp-er sentencing instructions to the jury thatconvicted him. This particular ruling didnot grant a new trial for Mumia.The Fraternal Order of Police, Penn-sylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and the districtattorney’s ofce are campaigning to bring back the death penalty for Abu-Jamal, who is known as “the voice of the voice-less.” Similar forces are attempting toseparate Mumia’s case from other anti-death-penalty cases, in order to weakenthe movement to end this form of terror-ism against the poor and people of color.The Oct. 10 protest included a marchfrom the FOP headquarters to the forumat La Familia community center. Activ-ists traveled from New York; New Jersey; Washington, D.C.; and elsewhere. Youngpeople from Philadelphia were also in at-tendance.The audience heard from young rapartists and saw the newly released docu-mentary, “Justice on Trial.” The lm in-cludes interviews of Abu-Jamal’s fam-ily members and supporters, along withtestimony from legal experts on how and why he was railroaded to death row.Investigative reporter and legal expertLinn Washington outlined the legal andpolitical ramications of Mumia’s case.Lawrence Hayes and Darby Tillis spokeon their experiences of being on deathrow before they were exonerated. SuzanneRoss from the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Co-alition (NYC) gave an update on the ongo-ing campaign to pressure the U.S. JusticeDepartment to establish a civil rights in- vestigation on behalf of Mumia.Betsey Piette from the PhiladelphiaInternational Action Center explainedthe links between Abu-Jamal’s case andthe recent FBI raids and grand jury witchhunt against 14 political activists. Formerpolitical prisoner Fred Hampton Jr. andCecil Gutzmore, a Pan-African scholarand activist based in Jamaica, spoke. Thecases of Georgia death row inmate Troy Davis and political prisoner Lynne Stew-art were acknowledged. The forum waschaired by Pam Africa from ICFFMAJ. Abu-Jamal’s supporters are planningto organize for the Nov. 9 hearing from allover the country and internationally.Leading gures such as former South African President Nelson Mandela and hisruling African National Congress, along with former Archbishop Desmond Tutu,demanded that the scheduled execution be stopped. These developments took place in the aftermath of the defeat of theracist apartheid systems in South Africaand Namibia, in which people in the U.S.and all over the world had participated.Mumia’s articles, interviews and bookshave been published in numerous coun-tries and have served to win further sup-port for his release as well as the abolitionof the U.S. death penalty, which has formore than a century been implementedin a racist and class-oriented manner. InMumia’s case, the fact that he had beena leading member of the Black PantherParty in Philadelphia was used during thepenalty phase of his trial to place him ondeath row.
European Union discusses Mumia’s case
The death penalty in the U.S. has gainedattention in recent weeks due to the ex-ecution of two mentally disabled inmates:Teresa Lewis of Virginia and Holly Woodof Alabama. At present 35 states in theU.S. still have the death penalty, althoughfour have not carried out any executionssince 1976, when the practice was reinsti-tuted after it was overturned in 1972.The Obama administration is not op-posed to the death penalty and has notspoken out about the executions in Ala- bama and Virginia.The European Union foreign affairshead Catherine Ashton was recently urgedto raise the U.S. death penalty, along withthe plight of Abu-Jamal. In a Europeanparliamentary debate on Oct. 6, DanishMember of European Parliament SorenSondergaard stated that he “deplored”the execution of defenseless inmates, in-cluding Abu-Jamal.Sondergaard noted: “The death penalty itself is a crime. But it is often more thanthat; waiting on death row in miserableNEW YORK — Family, friends and supporters of imprisoned “people’s lawyer”Lynne Stewart marched, sang and drummed on Oct. 8 outside the lower Manhattanprison where she is being held. It was her 71st birthday, and the crowd chanted “FreeLynne Stewart” and “Happy Birthday, Lynne,” led by the booming voice of her spouse,Ralph Poynter.Stewart has had a long career as a human rights champion, defending the poor, theoppressed and the unpopular with zeal. Charged with aiding and abetting terrorism forrepresenting a client, Stewart was convicted and originally sentenced to 28 months.She began serving her sentence in late 2009.However, in a highly unusual move, federal prosecutors demanded the sentence beincreased to 15 to 30 years. In July the judge resentenced Stewart to 10 years. Her caseis widely viewed as a government attempt to intimidate lawyers who defend suspectscharged with terrorism.
 — Ellen Catalinotto
As she turns 71
‘Free Lnne Stewart’
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