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Sept. 16, 2010 Vol. 52, No. 36 50¢
Workers and oppressed peoples of the world unite! workers.org
• Huelga en Puerto Rico • Patrulla Fronteriza invade Arizona
South Africa, Mozambique
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The Sept. 4 conference on socialismincluded Workers World Party leaders,John Parker and Teresa Gutierrez.Go to page 11 to read more.
WW hoos: AbAyomi AzikiW, monicA moorhAd, bob mccubbin
Resistance to Honurancoup reime eepens
By Heather Cottin
 August was a month of erce strugglein Honduras. The National Popular Re-sistance Front (FNRP) has engaged instrikes, marches and sit-ins, while thegovernment of Honduras has responded with ruthless repression. Speaking Sept.6 on the resistance station Radio Globo,Juan Barahona, assistant coordinator of FNRP and president of the United Work-ers Federation, said he had never seensuch brutality by the military and policein Honduras, not even in the 1980s.September promises to be even moreintense.Hondurans have been in the streetsand organizing in the countryside eversince June 28, 2009, when a coup turnedthe country over to the military and theoligarchs: the 10 Honduran families thatown the land and corporations, along with U.S. transnationals. The coup re-gime under Roberto Micheletti removedlegally elected President Manuel Zelayafrom ofce and instituted a series of dra-conian measures that stripped the popu-lation of their rights.During his presidency, Zelaya had re-sponded to demands by workers andpeasants to increase the minimum wageand improve conditions for the majority of the population. With the covert acqui-escence of the U.S. government, whichhad criticized Zelaya’s anti-imperialistreforms, the Honduran oligarchy took control of the nation of 8 million people.Though Washington claimed to opposethe coup, it favored a fraudulent “elec-tion” process that, in January, broughtthe stooge Porrio (Pepe) Lobo Sosa topresidency. Lobo is under the military and oligarchy’s total control and has usedthe police and army to repress the popu-lation throughout the country since hiselection. Though scores of people, includ-ing journalists, have been murdered, tor-tured and disappeared since Lobo’s elec-tion, the U.S. government maintains thatHonduras has been “restored to democ-racy.” (Agence France-Presse, Aug. 29)
On 9/11: Defendthe Islamic Center
nyone progressive is outraged by the Tea Party and its ultra-rightsupporters’ poisonous attack against Muslims that is the essence of their campaign to stop the building of an Islamic Community Center near the World Trade Center site. An additionalthreat comes from these reactionaries’ploy to rally on Sept. 11 at the site andexploit the grieving relatives of 9/11 victims.It is the duty and responsibility of  working-class organizations to defendthe Muslim people in their entirety inthe strongest way possible. We must alsoshow and build solidarity with our mil-lions of working-class Muslim sisters and brothers.This racist offensive is a multi-edgedthreat. A close look shows that working-class organizations must give priority toconfronting and stopping it. With this reactionary offensive, right- wing Republicans are playing on a mix-ture of racism and anti-Muslim bigotry tohelp win control of Congress. This ploy istypical U.S. racist electoral politics. Think Richard Nixon’s “Southern strategy” orRonald Reagan’s 1980 opening campaignspeech in Philadelphia, Miss., whichidentied his candidacy with KKK racismat the site of the 1964 murders of civilrights workers. An additional goal of the ultra-right Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrichand their ilk — is to pretend to speak forU.S. workers with this hate campaign.They want to scapegoat Muslims forproblems now facing millions, includ-ing growing personal debt, lower wages,unemployment, home seizures and evic-
Afghanistan, Palestine
Ahlam Mohsen
Ft. Dix 5
Broader implications
Struggle winshistoric law
More fracking woes
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In the U.S.
Water all around ... Or is there?..............................2Victory on death row . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3Denver struggles against police brutality ...................3Fifth anniversary for hurricane survivors ....................3San Diego protests Arizona Diamondbacks .................4Feds slap down SheriArpaio ..............................4Activists tell Bank of America: Stop foreclosures! ............4Historic victory for domestic workers .......................5Race to the Top threatens teachers, public education........5Michigan shows solidarity with Palestine ...................6Anti-war youth activist faces felony charges.................7Rally supports Fort Dix Five.................................7Letter: Say no to racism and anti-Muslim bigotry...........10Lucius Walker, ¡presente! ..................................10Western conference calls for socialist unity.................11
Around the world
Resistance to Honduran coup regime deepens..............1CIA told media to promote Afghan women’s horror stories ..6Imperialisms legacy in Afghanistan.........................7International news in brief..................................8South African public sector strike suspended ...............9Mozambique unrest over food prices .......................9
On 9/11: Defend the Islamic Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Noticias En Español
Huelga en Puerto Rico.....................................12Patrulla Fronteriza invade Arizona .........................12
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More racking woes
Water all aroun ...Or is there?
By Betsey Piette
Much of the focus on the rapid expansion of naturalgas extraction through hydrofracturing, or “fracking,”has centered on methane leaks and chemical contami-nation of residential water wells. In Dimock, Pa., morethan 15 residents sued Cabot Oil and Gas Corp., chargingpermanent damage to their wells.However, another concern is the impact of frackingon renewable sources of fresh water. Some fear that thisdrilling process may be draining valuable and irreplace-able water resources.The process of hydrofracturing starts when a well isdrilled thousands of feet down and horizontally to reachshale formations deep beneath the earth’s surface wherenatural gas is “trapped.” The gas is released when theshale is “fracked” — broken up by a mixture of water,sand and chemicals forced down the well. Anywherefrom 1 million to 9 million gallons of water are used perfrack. A well may be fracked more than once. According to newsroom ProPublica, in July 2009 there were already 52,700 natural gas wells in Pennsylvania,second only to Texas’ 76,436. These numbers were com-piled before a boom in new leases due to Pennsylvania’slack of regulation. With the pace of drilling increasing,it is estimated that more than 30,000 new natural gas wells could be developed in the Upper Delaware RiverBasin in coming years.To open the existing Pennsylvania wells required be-tween 53 billion to 475 billion gallons of water. If all theestimated wells are drilled, another 30 billion to 150 bil-lions of water would be needed. Where does all this water come from? Trucking wa-ter to a well site is expensive. Drillers have found thatit’s cheaper to run a re hose from a local source, be it ariver, stream, creek, lake or pond.Regulations for drawing water vary from state to state.In Pennsylvania companies are required to seek permitsthat stipulate the volume, in millions of gallons of water,to be drawn each day from specic fresh water sourc-es. Enforcement of these permits is sporadic. Four gascompanies have already been caught withdrawing waterfrom trout streams without permission. A list of water sources approved for drillers provided by the Susquehanna River Basin Commission includesthe Susquehanna River, the Chemung River, and numer-ous creeks, streams and ponds in 10 northeastern Penn-sylvania counties. In Bradford County alone, more than31 million gallons of water could potentially be removedfrom local water sources in one day’s time.In early September, a subcontractor for Cabot Oiland Gas requested permits to withdraw water from theSusquehanna River where it runs near the entrance of apublic, recreational park in Tunkhannock, Pa. The com-pany offered a lease fee of $500 a year.
Impact on Earth’s resh water resources
More than 70 percent of the earth’s surface is covered by water, but only 2.5 percent is fresh water. Much of it isfrozen under polar icecaps, present as soil moisture or indeep underground aquifers not accessible for human use.The less than 1 percent that is accessible is found inlakes, rivers, reservoirs and underground sources shal-low enough to be tapped. While fresh water is a renew-able resource, the world’s supply is steadily decreasing.During the 20th century more than half the world’s wet-lands were lost to agriculture use and land development. According to Wilma Subra, technical advisor for theLouisiana Environmental Action Network, “The with-drawal of large quantities of surface water could sub-stantially impact the availability of the surface water re-sources downstream and damage the aquatic life in thesurface water bodies. When groundwater resources areused in the fracturing process, the groundwater aquiferscan be drawn down and result in water wells in the areagoing dry.” (http://leanweb.org/) Writing in the Round River Blog, Brian Creek ques-tioned the impact that demand for local water resources,in order to drill in the Michigan Antrim Shale region,could have on the Jordan, Michigan’s rst wild andscenic river. He estimates that water needed for frack-ing 10,000 wells there would use more water than owsthrough the river in a year. (March 19)
Salt concentration build-up
On average, 25 percent of the fracturing uid returnsto the surface as “owback” or “produced water.” This wa-ter goes to treatment plants, where metals are removed.The chemicals contained in the owback water are toxicagents and a probable cause of cancers in humans.The remaining uid is salt brine, which is then dilutedand discharged into the rivers. There is concern overpotential environmental harm from salt levels, as theamount of water being released into fresh waters fromshale gas operations grows from a trickle to a tidal wave.New, stringent treatment regulations for recycling-pro-duced water in Pennsylvania won’t take effect until 2011.Pennsylvania is not the only state facing this prob-lem. In Arkansas, wastewater from shale wells was beingspread over land farms. The state shut down 11 of the 13operations when soil chloride concentrations exceededpermitted levels. While not allowed under permits is-sued, oil-based drilling uids had also been applied atsome sites. In an April 2009 report, the Arkansas De-partment of Environmental Quality stated that someelds may have been “irreversibly damaged.”In July, the House Appropriations Committee’s Sub-committee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agen-cies approved $1 million for the U.S. Geological Survey to study the cumulative impact on water withdrawals forfracking in the Delaware River Basin.Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) noted, “With over 15million people relying on the Delaware River for cleandrinking water, we simply cannot allow drilling to moveforward without rst giving full scrutiny to the cumula-tive effects on water resources throughout the region.”“Hydraulic fracturing poses a possible health and en- vironmental threat to the millions of people who maketheir home in the Delaware River watershed and the al-most 10 percent of the nation’s population who rely onthese waters for drinking, recreational and industrialuse,” said Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ).
Problem is global
The use of hydraulic fracturing is going global. Hal-liburton, which developed the process, has operations
Continued to page 10
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Victory on death row
Eyewitness testimony raises‘leitimate questions’
Denver struggles against police brutality, gentrifcation
Fith anniversary or hurricane survivors
By Sharon Danann
On Sept. 2, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, bowing to the pressure of online petitions,letters, calls and e-mails from thousandsof supporters, commuted Kevin Keith’sdeath sentence to life in prison due to“real and unanswered questions.” In do-ing so he set aside the unanimous recom-mendation against clemency of the OhioParole Board. As highlighted by the Cleveland PlainDealer, the prosecution altered the state-ments of a 6-year-old girl regardingKeith’s photo in a lineup, retaining therst few words of her phrase that “it lookslike him” but failing to include her cau-tion that the man “did not have a bump onhis head.” (Aug. 22) Keith has a distinctrise in the center of his head.The decision came less than two weeks before Keith’s Sept. 15 execution date.Keith has always maintained his innocenceand has appeals procedures pending. WW spoke to a number of Keith’s sup-porters and death penalty abolitionists toget their reaction to the commutation.“We will not stop until his case is thrownout,” the Rev. Renard Torrence, Keith’schildhood friend and tireless advocate,said. “This case blows open the whole is-sue of eyewitness testimony, which is no-toriously unreliable. This could help somany people.”Strickland’s statement pointed to“many legitimate questions that, in the-ory, could ultimately result in his con- viction being overturned altogether,”Torrence said, noting that the governorindicated his willingness to review thematter again for possible further action.Huge numbers of prisoners have beenconvicted largely based on eyewitnesstestimony. Juries typically do not under-stand how faulty witness memory may beor how lineups can be manipulated, not tomention the deals offered to witnesses toprovide false testimony.Keith’s case, demonstrating the sub-stantial aws in this kind of evidence,could potentially help many who are lan-guishing behind bars. This would includeTroy Davis; political prisoners such asMumia Abu-Jamal, the Lucasville upris-ing prisoners and Imam Jamil Al-Amin(formerly H. Rap Brown); and many oth-er innocent people on death row. The im-plications for the legal system as a wholeare enormous.“This opens up some eyes for justice-loving people as to the workings of thepenal institution,” declared Abdul Qah-har. “As chairman of the [Cleveland] New Black Panther Party, I’ve worked with theJericho [Movement] and with Amnesty [International]. We’ve got many ances-tors who need amnesty. I commend theactivists who have been working to exposethe system of tainted evidence, including what we call snitches.”Kunta Kenyatta, author of the book,“Life after Life: A Successful Return toSociety,” said, “I didn’t think the gover-nor would have the courage to give clem-ency. They usually only give it in a lameduck session.” Kenyatta’s friend Siddique Abdullah Hasan is on death row for hisalleged leadership role in a Lucasville,Ohio, prison uprising in 1993.“I am so happy when something goodnally happens in this rotten criminal in- justice system! Hats off to all who workedto make the commutation in Ohio pos-sible,” added Gloria Rubac, organizer with the Texas Death Penalty AbolitionMovement.“Shaka Sankofa was executed in Texas because of one wrong eyewitness identi-cation,” Rubac continued. “The state of Texas has had more DNA-based exonera-tions than any other state in the country.Since most cases do not have DNA evi-dence to test, I wonder how many othersare sitting in cages in prison or waiting onan execution because they have not beenable to prove their innocence.” Accordingto the Innocence Project of Texas, 80 per-cent of the rst 40 exonerations in Texasinvolved faulty identication.Theresa Lyons, chairperson of LovedOnes Of Prisoners, whose grandson ison Ohio’s death row, is encouraged. Hercomment: “This is what we all have beenhoping for.”Five years after the U.S. government letBlack and poor people drown and starvein New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, 70survivors and supporters gathered in New  York City’s Solidarity Center on Aug. 29.Following the devastation of hurricanesKatrina and Rita, the criminal negligenceof Bush and the total incompetence of theFederal Emergency Management Agency,people are now being hit by the BP oilspill. But they’re still ghting back.People marched from Union Square tothe Solidarity Center for a rally co-chaired by hurricane survivors Jennifer Jonesand Ivory Parker. Jones gave awards to30 organizations and individuals.Harold Toussaint, a contributor to the book, “Overcoming Katrina,” spoke of his long battles against FEMA. ChristineLewis announced that the newly signedDomestic Workers Law would give pro-tection to 200,000 workers who drudgein rich people’s homes.
 Shareef Aleem started the Aurora,Colo., chapter of Cop Watch and was aleading member of Communities United against Police Brutality in Colorado. Heis the founder of New Ghetto Boogieol-ogy and hosts a radio show on Denver’s KGNU. Aleem was charged with second degree aggravated assault on a copduring a Regents meeting for ColoradoUniversity Professor Ward Churchill in2006, but was later found not guilty.The following interview was conduct-ed by Denver activist Melissa Kleinman.
Recently there have been a few struggles in Denver. Can you tell us whathappened at the Zona’s Tamales restau-rant, in the historically Black neighbor-hood of Five Points?
The police did a vice stingon owner Zona Moore, an 84-year-old Black woman, for allegedly havingreceived stolen merchandise. The copssay her brother bought a stolen TV fromsomeone. They charged Zona with theft by receiving. Meanwhile, a nuisanceabatement was led against her Zona’sTamales, based on accusations of loudcustomers outside the restaurant.Over the last 10 years the city hasused whatever means to take over notonly Black-owned businesses, but Black people’s homes as well. Zona’s restaurantsits on prime real estate for condomini-ums that Black people in the area can’tafford.Her restaurant has been in the FivePoints community for over 40 years. Inprevious years she met with the policeand the city because as the neighborhood became gentried she received noisecomplaints. Destroying her business is amission they have had for some time now.This was their latest effort to get her out.The highlight of the rally was a magni-cent brass band from Harlem. When they started to play the song, “When the SaintsCome Marching In,” it was like New Or-leans had come up to New York City.
— Steve Millies
How did the community organizea defense for Zona?
When Zona was arrested — theelder was taken to jail in an ambulance —her daughter contacted me. Three dayslater we held a rally in Five Points consist-ing of community leaders, respected busi-nesses and supporters. There were over100 people. The community doesn’t wantto see her shut down. This won’t be the endof it, even though she’s still in business.
Recently coverage has beencirculating about a police brutality case inDenver’s Lower Downtown area. Can youexplain the case?
In April of 2009 MichaelDeHerrera was talking on his cell phoneto his dad while police beat his friend. Hetold his dad, “They are beating up Sean.” A cop, hearing the conversation, grabbedDeHerrera, threw him to the ground and beat him with a ip jack, which is steel with leather wrapped around it.The cops later lied on the police report,saying that DeHerrera tried to punch theofcer, but a video proves that is a lie.
How did you organize support forDeHerrera?
There has been a meeting withthe Denver manager of safety. The Black and Latino/a communities are askingthat the two police ofcers involved bered. There was a march in late August with that demand. The ofcers were onlgiven a three-day suspension. If the copsare not red, then the manager of safety should resign.
How can we support Moore andDeHerrera?
People can write letters to thecity of Denver at Denver Board of Ethics,201 W. Colfax Ave., Dept. 703, Denver,CO 80202. The letters should include astatement demanding the ofcers in De-Herrera’s case be red and that Zona beable to keep her business in Five Points.
Denver is close to Arizona. How do you feel Colorado can support thestruggle there?
First and foremost we should boycott Arizona, as well as any businessor sports team that supports the anti-immigrant legislation. When the ArizonaDiamondbacks come to Colorado, forexample, we should be there with signs. We also need to create awareness thatthis could happen in Colorado. I recently had a student on the radio show who par-ticipated in some student actions against what’s happening in Arizona.
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Shareef-Aleem, rightKevin Keith

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