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Vol. 51, No. 12 • March 26, 2009
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In the U.S.
Which way forward for anti-war forces 1War resisters win support 2 AIG execs vs UAW workers 3Detroit City Council rejects takeover of Cobo Hall 3Petition: Water is a human right 3Solidarity with Stella D’oro workers 4On the picket line 4Workers target Wall Street for April 3-4 action 5
Working women lead ght
6 ‘Sistah Sumit’ in Boston 6Supporters surround Rev Luis Barrios 8
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Around the world
Salvadorans reject rightist party 1Court targets Cuba 2Global actions honor women’s resistance 6Socialist origins of International Women’s Day 7Shoe thrower still hero to Iraqi people 8In E Europe, capitalism kills 8Mass resistance propels Pakistan struggle forward 9
Worldwide workers and peasants ght back
Haiti ve years after invasion
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Mumia y los Cinco Cubanos 12Reforma del sistema de salud 12
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By D Knigh
On the sixth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq, support is growing for war resisters inthe United States and Canada in the wake of new deportations and repression.The Canadian government moved to deportIraq war resister Kimberly Rivera and her
family. Rivera was the rst woman U.S. sol
-dier to seek refuge in Canada, after decidingshe could no longer participate in the U.S. warin Iraq. She went to Canada with her husbandand two young children in January 2007. InNovember 2008, they had a new daughter,Canadian-born Katie.Meanwhile the U.S. Army charged Spc.Clifford Cornell with desertion. Cornell wasdeported from Canada last month. He surren-dered himself to authorities at Fort Stewart,Ga., on Feb. 17, after being denied refugee sta-tus in Canada. He left Fort Stewart four years ago whenhis artillery unit was ordered to Iraq.Cornell’s attorney, James Branum, told Workers World he waived an Article 32 pretrial hearing on the de-sertion charges in hopes of negotiating a reduced charge.“Cliff Cornell is a conscientious objector who voluntarily turned himself in,” Branum said.
Branum wants the hearing ofcers to take that into ac
-count and not charge Cornell with desertion. He noted
that the base commander can be inuenced to reduceany sentence the hearing ofcers might impose. The
court-martial is expected in one to two months.In Canada, the War Resister Support Campaign hascalled a series of actions to coincide with the sixth an-niversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. These includesolidarity meetings and rallies in cities across Canadaand a phone-in campaign to Prime Minister Harper andImmigration Minister Kenney, demanding they stop thedeportations and “let them stay.” A demonstration is planned against former U.S. Presi-dent Bush when he visits Alberta. A vigil will be held at war resister Matt Lowell’s federal court hearing to appealthe negative decision on his application for refugee sta-tus. Demonstrations are also scheduled across Canadaon April 4 during the NATO summit, calling for an endto the war in Afghanistan. To support the War ResisterSupport Campaign, go to www.resisters.ca.In the U.S., Courage to Resist has launched a defensefund for Cliff Cornell and a national week of letter writ-ing to show support for war resisters March 16-23. Formore information, see Couragetoresist.org.Courage To Resist director Jeff Paterson commented:“The U.S. war against the Iraqi people remains illegal to-day, just as when George Bush and Dick Cheney startedit. President [Barack] Obama should bring all our troopshome now. And he should grant amnesty to Cliff Cornelland hundreds of GIs who refused to take part in an oc-cupation that has killed untold tens of thousands of men, women and children.”
By Bsy Pi
“If the government belongs to the people and we’rethe government, then why is the government going af-ter my pastor?” This question was put to attorneys forthe Special Commissioner for Investigation (SCI) for theNYC Department of Education, which wants the New
York State Supreme Court to hold IFCO/Pastors for
Peace in contempt of court. It was asked by a member of the Rev. Lucius Walker Jr.’s church.This question was on the minds of many friends and
supporters who lled the courtroom on March 12 and
sent messages of support objecting to efforts to punish Walker and his organization for their work in solidarity with Cuba.
On Dec. 23, IFCO received notice of a motion led
with the New York State Supreme Court, requesting a
hearing, with the intention of holding IFCO/Pastors for
Peace and its director in contempt of court.The purpose of the hearing was to “punish the Inter-religious Foundation for Community Organization(IFCO) for contempt of court,” threatening them with “a
ne or imprisonment or both.”
This is SCI’s second effort to punish IFCO for their work around Cuba and their refusal to provide namesof students and teachers who traveled to Cuba. An IFCOstatement noted, “In a broader sense we think they wantto punish us as a means of intimidating the whole Cubasolidarity movement.” At the hearing, IFCO was represented by attorney Linda Backiel, who argued that the critical issue is whether a state court judge should order IFCO to turnover to SCI the same information that has been demand-
ed by the U.S. Treasury Ofce of Foreign Assets Control
(OFAC), information that IFCO has refused to provideas a matter of deeply-held principles. If SCI were giventhis information they would be mandated to turn it overto OFAC.This hearing comes at the same time people all overthe U.S. are asking the Obama administration to doaway with restrictions on travel to Cuba. Judge Judith J.Gische did not make an immediate ruling.
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