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My 6, 2010 Vol. 52, No. 17 50¢
Workers and oppressed peoples of the world unite! workers.org
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By Paul TeitelbaumTucson, Ariz.
 Arizona’s sweeping, racist anti-immigrant bill has unleashed a restorm of outrage from Arizona’s oppressed communities. Even beforeGov. Jan Brewer signed it into law on April 23, Arizona students and youths had called forprotests of all kinds. The May Day action is ex-pected to demonstrate this outrage.Nationally a “Boycott Arizona” movementis gaining steam. Arizona business leadersfear it will isolate Arizona and cut their prof-its as it expands to a worldwide movementdenouncing the apartheid-like conditions thenew Arizona law imposes.In effect, the law legalizes racial prolingand criminalizes all undocumented peopleas “trespassers.” It also militarizes the borderand contains provisions attacking day labor-ers, allows for the seizure of any vehicle usedto transport an undocumented person, andcalls for the arrest of anyone who provides as-sistance to an undocumented person.President Barack Obama has already criti-cized the law as “misguided,” and it is possiblefor the federal government to take steps to su-persede its provisions. The previous April 15,however, some 800 or more Department of Homeland Security and other federal agents brutally descended on Tucson’s oppressedcommunities. The feds terrorized families,stopping buses transporting children to schooland setting up what amounted to a six-hourmilitary occupation of the south side of the city.
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In response to this repression and the leg-islature’s passing of the bill, a group of ninecommunity college students from throughout Arizona courageously chained themselves tothe state Capitol building in Phoenix on April20, demanding Gov. Brewer veto the bill. Thenine called for a national movement to em-ploy nonviolent civil disobedience as the nextphase of the Immigrant Rights Movement. While carrying out civil disobedience, thestudents were arrested by Maricopa County deputies and hauled off to the jail run by theinfamous anti-immigrant Sheriff Joe Arpaio.Now known throughout the state as the CapitolNine, the students were released early April 21.Leilani Clark, a Pima Community Collegestudent and member of Fight Imperialism,Stand Together (FIST), was one of the ninestudents arrested. Clark encouraged everyoneto take action. Speaking on behalf of the Capi-tol Nine, Clark told Workers World: “Don’t bedivided or delayed by different interpretationsof how to act — just act. Walk out, protest, edu-cate, boycott, march, sit in, carry out civil dis-obedience. Anything and everything. ASAP!”In a news release published April 20, this is what the Nine said about SB 1070:“Among other things, the bill would requirelaw enforcement ofcers to investigate, detainand arrest people if there is ‘reasonable sus-picion’ that a person may be undocumented.This would give police agents absolute powerto racially prole on the basis of race, skin col-or, language, and/or accent. SB 1070 is only the latest attack that will turn Arizona into anapartheid state, where brown-skinned peopleare politically, legally and economically dis-criminated and segregated.”In their statement, the Capitol Nine ex-plained the importance of their action: “Ari-zona is ground zero for apartheid legislationand it must also be ground zero for organizedaction. … Our purpose is to expose Arizona’sapartheid legislation and uphold our dignity and human rights.”
Proess coue  he housads
By the afternoon of April 20, about 100people had gathered in downtown Tucson toprotest SB 1070 and to demand that the gov-ernor veto the bill. The next day, some 200high school students walked out of class toprotest the bill.On April 22 thousands protested outsidethe Capitol in Phoenix, and other actions took place April 23 in Phoenix and Flagstaff de-manding that Brewer veto the bill. Students,
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Save Mother Earthfrom capitalism’
U.S. troops to Iraqis
Now set him free
Week 4 of strike
No worker is illegal
Racist Arizona law sparks protests, boycott
may day 2010
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he May Day demonstrations this year, from Los Angeles to New  York and many points in between, are breathing new life intothe working-class struggle in the United States.It’s about time. In Arizona, the right wing has launched an offen-sive against immigrants hoping to split the working class at a time when tens of millions of workers are struggling with personal crisescaused by lack of jobs and a mountain of debt. Home foreclosures andevictions are at an all-time high and working-class communities arestruggling to stay above water.The crisis isn’t just personal — it’s systemic, caused by an inevitable
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‘No worker is illegal!’........................................1$14 million suit won against illegal arrests ..................2’Free Mumia Abu-Jamal now!’...............................3Mumia activists demand justice ............................3 The tragic case of the Scott sisters ..........................3Activists organize to demand universal health care..........4Detroit injunction halts school closings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4Banking reform? ...........................................5Illinois workers, students protest layos, cuts ...............6Nursesstrike enters week four..............................6On the picket line ..........................................6Resistance grows to Arizona’s apartheid law ................7Support legalization for immigrants ........................7Mumia on May Day amidst global mayhem.................8‘Freedom Summer Arizona’ to ght racism & the right......10
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African immigrants in the U.S. and Europe ..................8Climate change conference slams capitalist crimes..........9Reections on the real U.S. role south of the border .........9GIs ask Iraqis what they can do to make up for U.S. atrocities11Palestinian Hip-Hop inspires resistance & hope ............11
May Day 2010 — The critical issue ..........................1
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An anthology of writings fromWorkers World newspaper.Edited by Monica Moorehead.Includes:
acsm, naoal ppresso& Self-eermao
Black Labor from ChaelSlavery o Wage SlaveryBlack ouh: epressoad essacethe Sruggle for Socalsmis Keyvalable awww.lefbooks.com
By Sara Flounders
Ten years ago, the International Ac-tion Center initiated a major demon-stration focused on the prison industrialcomplex. It was held on in front of theU.S. Department of Justice in Washing-ton, D.C. The march was called to takeplace on April 15, the day before militantactions to oppose the criminal policiesof the International Monetary Fund andthe World Bank, which were meeting inthat city; thousands of youth took part inthose protests.The IAC rally demanded freedom forall political prisoners, including Mu-mia Abu-Jamal and Leonard Peltier. Itsought to draw the attention of the inter-national media — which was gatheringto hear the bankers and nanciers at theIMF/World Bank meeting — to the mil-lions of prisoners held captive in U.S. dungeons.The IAC aimed to deepen class consciousness and tolink a militant current of new activists to solidarity withthe most oppressed African-American, Latino/a and Na-tive American prisoners. Although the demonstration was a legally permitted protest, the public focus on theinstitutionalized racism of the prison system itself pre-sented a major and intolerable challenge to the state’srepressive apparatus. After the rally ended at the Department of (In)justice,the march proceeded to the IMF building. Suddenly, and without warning or an order to disperse, the Washington,D.C., police closed the streets and arrested 700 protest-ers, along with some members of the media and passers- by. Many arrestees were held for 18 to 24 hours in police buses and holding cells, painfully handcuffed wrist-to-ankle in cramped positions.Coverage of the arrests, including photographs of thedemonstration and interviews with arrestees, was front-page news in the Workers World newspaper dated April27, 2000, the issue immediately following the police at-tacks on these protesters.The IAC was determined to expose the pre-emptiveand disruptive attacks on a legal demonstration and topublicize the massive illegal arrests. The organization was not going to allow the agrant violation of the rightsof freedom of speech and assembly to go unchallenged.The Partnership for Civil Justice Fund diligently per-severed and successfully sued the District of Columbiaand won the largest class-action settlement of protesterclaims in U.S. history, totaling nearly $14 million. It in-sures that each class member can le a claim to receive$18,000 in nancial compensation, that the arrests will be expunged, and that all arrestees who join in the settle-ment will receive a court order declaringtheir arrest null and void.Several lead plaintiffs in this case havealready pledged to donate their fundsfrom the settlement to the IAC to contin-ue its 19-year legacy of organizing against war, racism and corporate bailouts, andfor jobs and human needs.
How o le a clam
Those who can le a claim are “allpersons who were detained and ar-rested on April 15, 2000, near the areaof 20th Street, NW and I and K Streets, Washington D.C., in connection withthe protest against the Prison IndustrialComplex during the IMF/World Bank demonstrations.”The funds will be distributed througha Class Administrator; the toll-free num- ber is 1-877-567-4780. Claim forms can be downloaded at www.BeckerSettlement.com. Mail them to: Becker v. District of Columbia Admin-istrator, c/o Gilardi & Co. LLC, P.O. Box 8060, San Rafael,CA 94912-8060.
The deadline for ling all claims fornancial compensation is May 17.
Those who led forms to be included in the lawsuitled by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund are notautomatically included in this settlement. Each indi- vidual arrested must le a new Proof of Claim Formand mail it to the Class Administrator at the above ad-dress before May 17. This is the only way to receive the$18,000 settlement. Otherwise, unclaimed funds willrevert to the government.The IAC wants to help insure that all individuals who were arrested on April 15, 2000, in Washington, D.C.,receive their fair share of the settlement.
$18,000 o each arresee – iF you le before May 17
Monica Moorehead, of .. IC’s Millions for Mumia,. getting arrested in 2000..
rkers.rg May 6, 2010 Page 3
 Birthday ish frm arud th rd
 Various events took place in the U.S.and worldwide on April 24 to celebratethe 56th birthday of African-Americanpolitical prisoner, Mumia Abu-Jamal.The main birthday wish echoed in eachevent was a demand for freedom for theaward-winning journalist and formerBlack Panther.Known as “the Voice of the Voiceless,” Abu-Jamal has been on Pennsylvania’sdeath row since 1982, following his con- viction for killing a white policeman inPhiladelphia. Abu-Jamal was railroadedto prison following a sham of a three- week trial. He has been denied any fairlegal redress in the state and federal ap-peals courts, where evidence to prove hisinnocence could be presented.The New York Free Mumia Coalitionand International Concerned Family andFriends of Mumia Abu-Jamal have beenspearheading a worldwide campaignfor almost a year to press the U.S. De-partment of Justice to hold a civil rightsinvestigation to expose a multitude of constitutional rights violations against Abu-Jamal that could help lead to hisfreedom.In Harlem, N.Y., Writers for Mumiahosted a moving program of poets, spo-ken word artists and activists. Sue Davisand Louis Reyes Rivera (pictured) fromthe New York chapter of the National Writers Union emceed the April 24 event.Other birthday celebrations for Abu-Jamal took place in Philadelphia; Chi-cago; Houston; San Diego; Baltimore;Pittsburgh; Richmond, Va.; Mexico City;London; and throughout Germany.
— epor & phoos by Moca Moorehead
Mumia activistsdemand justice
ouis ees iverareads a poem for Mumia.Sue avis welcomedartists who participatedin the celebration of Mumia’s birthda.
By Monica Moorehead
 Anyone who still believes that the U.S.is the most democratic and just country inthe world has only to examine the shock-ing case of the Scott sisters to be disabusedof that erroneous notion. While this caseis becoming more and more well-known by word of mouth, mainly on the Internet,the 16-year-old case has never receivedthe national and international media at-tention that it so richly deserves. The factsof the case will explain the reason why.
Who are he Sco ssers?
Jamie and Gladys Scott are African- American sisters who lived in the smalltown of Forest, Miss., when they werearrested on Dec. 24, 1993, on a chargeof armed robbery of two Black men. Theamount involved in the robbery was $11and nobody was injured. In October 1994, both sisters were found guilty and re-ceived double-life sentences. They are noteligible for parole until they spend at least20 years in prison.Their sentence is very reminiscent of the life sentence, without the possibil-ity of parole, given to the martyred Black Panther and Soledad Brothers prisoner,George Jackson, in the early 1960s. Jack-son was convicted of stealing $70.Three teenagers, who eventually ad-mitted that they had committed the rob- bery, recanted the false testimony they gave during the Scott sisters’ trial. Theseteenagers stated before the judge and jury that they were forced by local authoritiesto implicate the sisters, with the promiseof a lenient sentence. Even the robbery  victims said that the sisters had nothingto do with the robbery. Neither Jamie norGladys had a prior record before this out-rageous conviction and life sentence. At the time of their arrest, convictionand sentencing, Gladys was 19 years oldand pregnant with her second child; Ja-mie was a 22-year-old with three youngchildren. Their children are being raised by Jamie and Gladys’ mother, ElaineRasco. Despite having to move to Flori-da due to years of emotional stress, Ms.Rasco remains active in ghting for herdaughters’ freedom.The state and federal courts, includingthe U.S. Supreme Court, have refused tohear the Scotts’ appeals. Since being inprison, Jamie has developed almost com-plete kidney failure due to poor diet andinhumane prison medical care. She is re-ceiving irregular dialysis treatments andhas gone into shock numerous times. If it were not for the pressure and local atten-tion that community, legal and politicalactivists have put on the prison authori-ties, Jamie Scott could have easily died.
How o ge volved
There is a growing grassroots move-ment to broaden awareness around theScott sisters’ case, including a letter-writ-ing campaign demanding that MississippiGov. Haley Barbour and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder release them. Thecampaign also includes getting petitionssigned and getting press releases sent tolocal, state and national press on the case.The Scott sisters’ case has put anotherhuman face on the constant racist repres-sion that is woven within the very fabricof U.S. capitalist society. In an Aug. 19article, Jamie Scott wrote: “The injusticesthat have occurred are patterns within thiscounty and their police departments. Thistype of injustice and exploitation has beendone to many African Americans who havelived in this county for many years. They have been very successful in destroyingmany lives.”Jamie continued: “This is a time we show  Americans what really occurs in most smalltowns in the state of Mississippi. We areconvinced that once this chain of events isexposed and unraveled, the events that oc-curred, the lives that have been destroyed,the pain and suffering the citizens of ScottCounty have endured; everyone will be ut-terly amazed, astonished and compelled toassist us in our plight for freedom.”Go to freethescottsisters.blogspot.comto read Jamie’s entire article, nd outmore information about the case and getinvolved.
Sn i.
To honor Mumia Abu-Jamal on April24, his birthday,San Diego activ-ists gathered at theSpacebar Cafe foran evening of trib-ute and discussion.Organized by the African American Writers and ArtistsInc. and the Free Mumia Coalitionin collaboration with the LangstonHughes Poetry Circle and the SanDiego International Action Center,the program opened with libationsto fallen heroes offered by San Di-ego poet and activist Sylvia Telafaro, who also led the group in singing the African-American national anthem,“Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Gloria Verdieu of the San Diego Mumia Co-alition and the International ActionCenter welcomed everyone and gavea history of Mumia’s struggle againstthe vicious frame-up designed to si-lence his heroic voice.The featured speaker on Mumia’sCapping off a weekend of global celebrations of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 56th birth-day on April 24, supporters gathered in Wash-ington, D.C., on April 26. There they held a pressconference, march and rally to the Department of Justice to demand that Attorney General Eric Hold-er launch an investigation into civil rights violationsof Abu-Jamal, who remains on death row in Penn-sylvania. Abu-Jamal faces the unacceptable optionsof life in prison or reinstatement of the death pen-alty, despite the many violations of his rights.
— Besey Pee
A racist travesty of justice
The tragic case of the Scott sisters
Supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal gath-ered at Houston’s S.H.A.P.E. Community Center to celebrate his birthday on April24. The celebration began with revolu-tionary spoken words by one of Hous-ton’s leading spoken word artists, MarcellMurphy, who wrote an original piece forMumia. After singing, cake and ice cream,a serious discussion was held about Mu-mia’s legal status. People signed petitionsto the U.S. Justice Department demand-ing a civil rights investigation and vowedto take copies to other organizations to getmore signatures. Then the lm “In PrisonMy Whole Life” inspired great motivationto act now to help save Mumia’s life. Theevent was sponsored by the Texas DeathPenalty Abolition Movement.
— lora ubac
U.S. ep. of Jusce.
WSHintn, .C..
current situation and the politicalcontext within which he continueshis struggle was John Parker, WestCoast coordinator of the Interna-tional Action Center and a leader inmany important struggles againstracism and other forms of capital-ist injustice. Zola Muhammad of theLeonard Peltier Defense Committeegave an update on Peltier’s struggleagainst his FBI-instigated frame-upand asked everyone to sign a peti-tion demanding his immediate free-dom. The evening was also enriched by offerings of poetry and comments by many of the assembled.
— epor & phoo by Bob McCubb
Glads and Jamie Scott.
wwPhoto: JoE PiEttE

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