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Juy 8, 2010 Vol. 52, No. 26 50¢
Workers and oppressed peoples of the world nite! workers.org
 
UPR huelga: Estudiantes ganan
Solidaridad con Gaza
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By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, Pan-African News Wire
On the streets of downtown Toronto on June 26-27,police arrested more than 900 people protesting the cap-italist economic policies of the imperialist states meetingunder the banner of the G-8 and the G-20.The G-8 met on Muskoka Island in Huntsville, Ont.,north of Toronto. Meeting in Toronto, the G-20 proceed-ings at the downtown convention center were cordonedoff by a large security fence and 20,000 Canadian policedrawn from various agencies throughout the region.Police attacked tens of thousands of protesters withteargas, rubber bullets and batons on June 26. Themarchers opposed the worsening crisis impacting work-ers in the industrialized states and the so-called Third World. In response to the police violence, hundreds of activists broke away from the main marches and struck out against symbols of capitalist exploitation, breaking windows and setting at least two police cars on re.The city of Toronto spent nearly $1 billion on security measures aimed at keeping protesters well away fromthe G-20. Nonetheless, this did not prevent mass dem-onstrations and damage to large-scale corporate outlets.On June 26 tens of thousands of demonstrators repre-senting a myriad of social movements ghting against en- vironmental destruction and for rights for Native people,solidarity with Palestine, workers’ rights, and an end topolice misconduct marched down University Avenue fromQueen’s Park under the theme “Put people before banks.” When the demonstrators refused to back down, police began to push against the crowd and use teargas and rub- ber bullets. Hundreds of demonstrators then began tosmash windows of major capitalist corporations and po-lice cruisers.One demonstrator, Sid Ryan, from the OntarioFederation of Labour, told AFP: “It wasn’t the work-ers of the world that caused the nancial crisis. Wedon’t want to see a transfer of wealth from the publicsector to the private sector.” (June 26)Chants of “The people united will never be defeated” by a large contingent of steelworkers reverberated through-out the crowd. Some banners read “Long live socialism”and “Scrap the summits.”Delegations of trade unionists and students reinforcedthe demonstrations the entire rst day. Jeff Atkinson, aspokesperson for the Canadian Labour Congress, told AFP reporters, “We don’t want G20 countries to cut stim-ulus spending until jobs recover.”Kumi Naidoo, the international director of Green-peace, commented that if the G-20 countries could spend billions on bailing out the banks, then why couldn’t mon-ey be allocated to support the unemployed in the indus-trial states?Liana Salvador, a student activist, told AFP that she was $50,000 in debt due to expenses incurred from pur-suing her education. “I’m an ordinary student whoseparents taught me that knowledge is power, but whosegovernment says education is just expensive. Do only therich deserve to learn?” Although the police denied using rubber bullets, they did admit to using other weapons including tear gas. A police spokesperson said that ofcers had red “muz-zle blasts” — or individual applications of tear gas —that are typically used againstpeople at close range. At June 27 demonstrationspolice surrounded and detainedover 500 people who had gath-ered to demonstrate and speak out. Many within the crowd were targeted and arrested.Police also invaded the Uni-
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WORKERS IN CHINA
Strikes, sit-ins & more
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AFGHANISTAN
&Mchrystal
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HONDURAS
Still resisting the coup
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FIGHT REPRESSION
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Free Mumia
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Leonard Peltier
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Newburgh 4
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Scott Sisters
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THE WORLD CUP & POLITICS
Racism in France
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Ghanamakeshistory 
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Tens of thousands protest
at pro-bank summit
Cops riot, arrest 900 youths and workers
housandsat.S.SocialForumsay:
FIGHT CPITLISM’
Activists of man nation-alities and ages marchedJne 25 to the Chasebank to make the linksbetween the strgglesat home and abroaddring the Social Formin Detroit. Go to pages6-7 to read more.
 
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n the U.S.
LGBT Pride celebrated......................................2 Tucson activists plan month of resistance...................2Seattle protest against Arizona law .........................2Supporters bring Scott Sisters’ case to Washington..........3Leonard Peltier on 35th anniversary of the reght .........3Protests expected in BART shooting ........................4Muslim students targeted after anti-Zionist protest .........4Bail denied in Newburgh 4 entrapment case................4Judge lifts injunction on drilling moratorium................5Detroit: Jobs, yes! Banks, no!................................5NYC braces for more transit cuts ............................5Workers World Party, FIST activists mobilize for USSF........6From Low Wage Capitalism................................62010 U.S. Social Forum in Detroit ...........................7‘From My Altitude’ art exhibit opens at USSF ................7McChrystal red after exposing rifts in U.S. war policy......10
Around the world
 Tens of thousands protest at pro-bank summit..............1Mumia Abu-Jamal on Gaza prison’..........................3Africa increases trade with China, others....................8World Cup loss exposes Frances racism.....................8Strike victories in China rattle imperialist exploiters .........9Honduran people are building resistance to coup regime ..11Honduras coup protested one year later ...................11Venezuelan union leader brings message of solidarity......11
Editorials
Beyond the 2-1 victory ....................................10
 
Noticias En Español
UPR huelga: Estudiantes ganan............................12Solidaridad con Gaza......................................12
 Workers World55 West 17 StreetNew York, N.Y. 10011Phone: (212) 627-2994Fax: (212) 675-7869E-mail: ww@workers.org Web: www.workers.org Vol. 52, No. 26 July 8, 2010Closing date: June 29, 2010Editor: Deirdre GriswoldTechnical Editor: Lal Roohk Managing Editors: John Catalinotto, LeiLani Dowell,Leslie Feinberg, Kris Hamel, Monica Moorehead,Gary Wilson West Coast Editor: John ParkerContributing Editors: Abayomi Azikiwe,Greg Buttereld, Jaimeson Champion, G. Dunkel,Fred Goldstein, Teresa Gutierrez, Larry Hales,David Hoskins, Berta Joubert-Ceci, Cheryl LaBash,Milt Neidenberg, Bryan G. Pfeifer, Betsey Piette,Minnie Bruce Pratt, Gloria RubacTechnical Staff: Sue Davis, Shelley Ettinger,Bob McCubbin, Maggie VascassennoMundo Obrero: Carl Glenn, Teresa Gutierrez,Berta Joubert-Ceci, Donna Lazarus, Michael Martínez,Carlos VargasSupporter Program: Sue Davis, coordinatorCopyright © 2010 Workers World. Verbatim copyingand distribution of articles is permitted in any medium without royalty provided this notice is preserved. Workers World (ISSN-1070-4205) is published weeklexcept the rst week of January by WW Publishers,55 W. 17 St., N.Y., N.Y. 10011. Phone: (212) 627-2994.Subscriptions: One year: $25; institutions: $35. Lettersto the editor may be condensed and edited. Articles can be freely reprinted, with credit to Workers World, 55 W.17 St., New York, NY 10011. Back issues and individualarticles are available on microlm and/or photocopy from University Microlms International, 300 ZeebRoad, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48106. A searchable archive isavailable on the Web at www.workers.org. A headline digest is available via e-mail subscription.Subscription information is at www.workers.org/email.php.Periodicals postage paid at New York, N.Y.POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Workers World, 55 W. 17 St., 5th Floor,New York, N.Y. 10011.
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P.O. Box 57300Washington, DC 20037dc@workers.orgWorkers World Party(WWP) ghts for socialismand engages in struggleson all the issues that facethe working class &oppressed peoples —Black & white, Latino/a,Asian, Arab and Nativepeoples, women & men,young and old, lesbian,gay, bi, straight, trans,disabled, working,unemployed & students.If you would like to knowmore about WWP, or to join us in these struggles,contact the branchnearest you.
LGBT Pridecelebrated
Just like in the fable, “The Emperor’sNew Clothes,” the U.S. military machine was stripped and paraded through thestreets of 
SAN FRANCSC
for all to see. A small but vocal contingent of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer activists used the June27 LGBTQ Pride parade to condemn thehomophobic U.S. military and its many interventions abroad and to demand,“Ban the Army, not the queers!”The contingent, organized and led by Queers Under-mining Israeli Terrorism, also carried signs protest-ing Israeli apartheid and the purchase of Israeli goods.Chants of “Free, free Palestine! Queers say no to Israel’scrimes!” echoed up and down Market Street. The radi-cal, queer, anti-war statement was witnessed by morethan one million Pride parade spectators, many of whomcheered and showed their strong support.Trans and gender non-conforming (TGNC) people andtheir allies marched through the streets of 
NEW YR
onJune 25 in the sixth Trans Day of Action for Social andEconomic Justice. The annual event, which is organized by the Audre Lorde Project, demanded equal access toemployment and education opportunities for TGNCpeople; access to respectful and safe living spaces andcommunity spaces; full legalization of all immigrants;and justice for the many TGNC people who have been beaten, assaulted, raped and murdered. An anti-capitalist contingent was one of several so-cial justice groupings participating in the annual lesbi-an, gay, bi, trans and queer Pride march on June 27 inManhattan. The contingent included members of Work-ers World Party, the Bail Out the People Movement, theInternational Action Center and the youth group FightImperialism, Stand Together.
— Judy Greenspan and eiani owell
WW pt: Jy Gp, LL WLL
Above, San Francisco; Below, NyC, Jne 25.
WW pt: LL WLL
SeattleprotestagainstArizonalaw
Hundreds of people rallied for immigrant rights in Se-attle on June 23. Over 20 people were arrested as dem-onstrators demanding their democratic rights blockedstreets for three hours during rush hour. The action, which lasted six hours, demanded a repeal of the racist,anti-immigrant SB 1070 law in Arizona.Demonstrators came from around the state, includingLatinos/as and Asians. Children came from El Centrode la Raza. Participating union delegations included theService Employees union, UNITE HERE and the Foodand Commercial Workers union.Performers at the opening rally at the federal buildingincluded Blue Scholars MC Geologic, Gabriel Teodoros,and Def Jam Poet Mark Gonzales. The demonstration was a follow-up to an earlier militant action on May 20.
— Jim McMahan
Opposing SB 1070
ucsonactivistsplanmonthofrsistanc
 A coalition of Tucson activists and organizations hascalled for a month of resistance to the implementationof the racist SB 1070 law, which goes into effect on July 29. The coalition, representing community and politicalorganizations, labor unions, student organizations andchurches, has issued the statement “¡Ya Basta/Enough!Our Communities Are Uniting in Resistance!” Theirplans call for escalating mobilizations over the nextmonth, culminating with a major demonstration in Tuc-son on July 29.July 29 will be a day of resistance throughout thestate, including a demonstration in Phoenix and actionsin smaller cities. As migrant deaths continue to rise, more troops aresent to the border, and public education is decimated by draconian budget cuts, it is urgent that this ghtback islaunched and spreads as far and wide as possible. Any-one interested in working on the July resistance activi-ties should contact Tucson@workers.org or info@tuc-sonmay1st.org.
— Paul eitelbaum
Seattle, Jne 23.
 
workers.orgJul8, 2010 page 3
Be in Philadelphia! 
 
 JL4
 
Annual protest to demand
MuMia’s freedoM!
 
Go to www.freemmia.com and www.millions4mmia.org or call ICFFMAJ at 215-724-1618 for more pdates, bs information and Jl 4 literatre.
Join mmoral technique, he nernaional Concerned famil and friends o Mumiabu-Jamal, he free Mumia bu-Jamal Coaliion (yC), he nernaional cion Cener,figh merialism, and togeher (ft) and man ohers on unda, Jul 4, o sa,
“Free Mumia & all political prisoners!” 
Jul 3rd is he da ha oliical risoner Mumia bu-Jamal wassenenced o deah or a killing he did no commi. this ear’sJul 4 heme is “ancesral urising!” eauring dramaic resena-ions hrough erormances o heroic ani-slaver ghers. theroes will also include a secial resenaion on he ear-longsruggle o demand a civil righs invesigaion or Mumia onhe ar o he .. Jusice earmen.
pt: M J
Standing p for jstice, Jne 21.
Gray-Haired Witnesses, supportersbring Scott Sisters’ case to Washington
Leonard Peltier on
35th anniversaryof the reght
The following excerpts are from a June 26 message written by Indigenous political prisoner Leonard Peltier, whowas falsely arrested by the U.S. govern-ment months after June 26, 1975, shoot-ing deaths of two FBI agents at the Pine Ridge reservation in South Dakota. Pel-tier has been serving two life sentencessince 1976. Go to tiny.cc/4zoqh/ to read the entire statement and tiny.cc/tv3bz toread about and get involved in his case.
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t is vengeance that preoccupies themind of the colonizer. It is this fervorto show us who is boss that led to the[1890] massacre at Wounded Knee, thetheft of the Black Hills, the establishmentof boarding schools, and the criminal-ization of our languages and traditional ways. It is vengeance that armed thegoon squads, killed our leaders, and sur-rounded our people at Wounded Kneeagain in 1973. Revenge is why they today prosecute Indian people for the crimesthey know the government committedduring their murderous campaigns of thelast generation. Vengeance is what killedJoe Stuntz, Anna Mae Aquash, Buddy Lamont and so many others. Gettingeven is what keeps me in prison. So don’tforget. Not ever. All of these events are bound together,interrelated and interdependent. Andquite clearly the lesson they intend for usto learn is: Don’t defend yourselves. Don’tstand up for what is right. Don’t think for yourselves. Don’t choose to be who you are. Don’t remember your ancestors.Don’t live in defense of the Earth. Don’t you do it! Don’t even think about it. If youdo, this government — this mindset of control — will unleash an attack so vastit will even seek to destroy our geneticmemories. So don’t forget. Not ever.In days past, some among our people were induced to become “scouts.” For whatever reasons, these individuals madepossible the treacherous campaigns thatresulted in the deaths of countless inno-cent people. These days — sadly — thereare still these types amongst us. The gov-ernment preys on the weaknesses of thesepeople, inducing them to turn againstthe rest of us. The government uses thistreachery to cover up state-sanctionedmurder and terrorism. They do this andthen tell us that what we remember didn’treally happen at all, as though memory or truth is something to be shaped andmolded to t a preconceived outcome. Sodon’t forget. Not ever. We gather today after decades andgenerations of blood and trauma. Wegather in deance. And we remember. We remember not just one day or oneevent, because remembering what oc-curred on June 25 or June 26 — or any particular date — is important, but notas important as an understanding of theongoing campaign of colonization. This isa continuing human drama of slaughterand uncontrollable bloodlust and we’restill here, engaged in our running defense;praying for balance, peace and justice;and trying to make some sense of it all.Perhaps, in the face of such a menace,the most important thing we can do isremember. So teach your children. Passthis knowledge. Don’t forget. Not ever.Remembering is resisting, and if weremember, then we’ll be free one day.Free of their mindset. Free of their theft.Free of their guns and their bombs. Freeof their cages. Free to be who we are. And free of their fear. That’s the truestfreedom of all, and true freedom is whatthis is really all about, not the illusion of freedom they offer us.
 So don’t forget. Not ever.  In the Spirit of Crazy Horse, Leonard Peltier 
Taken from a June 13 audio column.Go to www.millions4mumia.org forupdates on Mumia’s case.
here are over a million people “living”in the Gaza Strip, the small land areaon the southwestern coast of Israel.Their lives are an unmitigated hell, andmade bitter as gall by their Israeli occupi-ers and the support of the Americans, theEuropeans and the Egyptians.They have been punished as a peoplefor voting for Hamas in their last parlia-mentary elections, over their rivals, thePalestinian Authority.They have endured not just the crip-pling occupation, but a mean and small-minded blockade that has driven theireconomy into the dust. They are beingpunished for practicing democracy.The recent Israeli commando attack on peaceful protesters in the FreedomFlotilla — carrying boatloads of sup-plies and foodstuffs for the beleagueredPalestinians — is the latest demonstra-tion of a paranoid state that sees enemieseverywhere and treats them as such. TheU.S., for sheer domestic political reasons,is an enabler that can’t say no to anythingIsrael wants to do.The same shortsightedness that armed,trained and funded the groups that wouldlater emerge as Al Qaeda and the Talibanis sowing the seeds of enmity and hatredamong millions of Palestinians and other Arabs.They have turned their lands, homes,schools and public institutions into pris-ons that one day will explode where leastexpected.
From Mumia bu-Jamal on death row.
‘Gaza prison’
Special to Workers WorldWashington, .C.
The Gray-Haired Witnesses Fast forJustice held on June 21 in Washington,D.C., called attention to the growing num- ber of incarcerated Black women and thegross oversentencing in cases such as theMississippi Scott Sisters, Jamie and Glad- ys. The Scott Sisters received double-lifesentences each in an alleged armed rob- bery of $11 in which no one was harmedor injured and for which they have stead-fastly maintained their innocence.This outrageous case became all themore urgent when Jamie Scott, now inthe 16th year of this draconian sentence,suffered kidney failure in January, andhas had several close calls with death asa result of poor medical treatment in theMississippi prison.The June 21 rally began at the Depart-ment of Justice with a small but spiritedprotest and speakout against the prison-industrial complex and the disparity inarrests, sentencing and treatment duringand after incarceration of Black people.Supporters came from as far as Bostonand Mississippi to proclaim that the ScottSisters must be released from prison,as well as all those suffering under theMississippi Department of Correctionssystem. MDC is one of the worst prisonsystems in the country when it comes tomedical care.“We are here to represent those whocame before us,” stated Gray-Haired Wit-ness B.J. Peak-Graham, “Our ancestorscry through us, demanding all justices denied.” Attorney SamJordan was very thorough andspoke with great conviction, as well as Gloria Bolls, ClarenceBolls, Donnie Finley, ChiomaOruh and more.Each was eloquent and ad-amant that an investigationinto the case of the Scott Sis-ters needs to be a top item onthe Washington agenda andthat enough is truly enoughfor this devastating case.Later that afternoon at La-fayette Park, the energy wasstill very high and a lot of information was shared with attendees and passers- by. Brenda Branson, Spoken Word andSlangston Hughes were among those who brought the power to bear on thissystem during their hard-hitting and im-passioned spoken-word presentations.The crowd was visibly moved by a beau-tiful musical performance by Khadijah“Moon” Ali-Coleman.Speakers who brought dynamic infor-mation to the rally included ReturningCitizens United, Universal Negro Im-provement Association President GeneralSenghor Jawara Baye, Clinton Alexander,attorney Nkechi Taifa, Mike Johnson, re- vered community mother and esteemedelder Mama Nia, and more. Attorney Ann Wilcox also spoke in solidarity on behalf of the local Green Party and the Gray Panthers.Portions of the rally were very mov-ing, and being in the shadow of the WhiteHouse made them all the more poignant.Gray-Haired Witness Jamia Shepherdread from heartbreaking letters from Ja-mie and Gladys. In one Jamie wrote: “I’ve been robbed of so much by the state of Mississippi until I can’t feel anymore. Butin the midst of this pain, I do also feel thelove and support from each of you. Pleasestay strong in your stand for justice. Oneday we shall overcome. I just pray my day  won’t be too late.”The organizers were uplifted by those who attended as well as by allthose who supported but were un-able to attend. All expressed theirlove and admiration for the awe-inspiring courage and fortitude of Evelyn Rasco, the true engine be-hind all the organizing that goeson with respect to her beloved andlong-suffering daughters.The movement is growing, andall who are organizing on behalf of the Scott Sisters around the coun-try and the world will be heard.“We come from a history of strug-gle. We must relearn that we don’t just lie down and accept injustice!”said Gray-Haired Witness MarpessaKupendua.The GHWFJ women vowed to remainconsistent and continue in the future tomove forward in the spirit of Ida B. Wellson this case and in other efforts to demandan end to the demonization and dehuman-ization of the Black community in generaland Black women in particular.
 For more information, call 866-968-1188, ext. 2; email ghwitnesses@gmail.com; and visit www.grayhairedwit-nesses.blogspot.com.

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