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Newspaper of Workers World Party, a socialist party that fights on all issues that face the working class and oppressed peoples -- Black, and white, Latin@, Asian, Arab and Native peoples, women and men, young and old, lesbian, gay, bi, straight, trans, disabled, working, unemployed and students
Newspaper of Workers World Party, a socialist party that fights on all issues that face the working class and oppressed peoples -- Black, and white, Latin@, Asian, Arab and Native peoples, women and men, young and old, lesbian, gay, bi, straight, trans, disabled, working, unemployed and students

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Workers and oppressed peoples o the world unite!
Sep. 3, 2009 Vol. 51, No. 35 50¢
 
¿Dónde están los trabajos?
12
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Detroit workers resistbudget cuts & layos
Community group says pay workers, not banks
By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, Pan-Arican News WireDetroit
Hundreds of city employees and com-munity residents gathered Aug. 19 outsideCity Hall here to protest budget cuts. New-ly elected interim Mayor Dave Bing has al-
ready placed over 300 workers on inde
-nite layoff and is preparing the public forthe idling of another 1,000 employees in
an effort to close a $350-million decit.
In addition to the layoffs, the mayoris set to make major cuts in bus services,the only source of transportation for hun-dreds of thousands of workers, students,people with disabilities and seniors. TheBing cuts would suspend bus transpor-tation between 6 p.m. on Saturday andearly Monday morning. Other possiblecuts would eliminate several bus routesaltogether.The Aug. 19 demonstration was largely organized by the city bus drivers’ union— Amalgamated Transit Local 26. Otherunions involved included American Fed-eration of State, County and MunicipalEmployees Local 207 as well as rank-
and-le members of United Auto Work 
-ers Local 2334 and the Detroit Federa-tion of Teachers.Members of the Moratorium
NOW! Coalition to Stop Fore
-
closures, Evictions and Utility 
Shut-offs carried banners callingfor Michigan Gov. Jennifer Gran-holm to declare an economic stateof emergency and place a halt onhome seizures and energy cuts toindividual households.Public hearings the week of  Aug. 24 will allow city residentsto voice their opinions on the pro-posed cutbacks and elimination
of bus service routes. With rising
unemployment and poverty ratesin the city of Detroit, the scalingdown and termination of routes would be disastrous for the city’soverwhelming majority of Afri-can-American and working classresidents.
Severity of crisis deepens
Despite government and cor-porate claims that the economy is beginning to show signs of arecovery, conditions in the stateof Michigan are becoming moredesperate for workers and youthas well as small business own-
Afghans opt out of phony election
By John Catalinotto
The fraud-lled and inconclusive Af 
-ghan presidential election exposed the
 weakness of the U.S.-NATO occupation
regime. President Barack Obama’s de-fense of the phony election and of the
U.S. intervention failed to cover this upat a time when the people in the U.S. are
growing increasingly unhappy with the Afghan war.The top Pentagon brass admit to weak-nesses of the occupation and the Afghanpuppet regime, but do so in order to make
the case for more U.S. troops. The gener
-als are putting the administration in the
position of taking responsibility for a U.S.
defeat if it doesn’t send more youths tokill and die in Central Asia.No election under foreign occupationcan be considered “fair.” It is automati-cally a violation of that nation’s sover-eignty to have foreign troops presidingover polling places. But Afghanistan’s Aug. 20 presidential election was corruptfrom every angle.The Taliban-led resistance forces op-posed participation in what they rightful-ly considered a foreign-imposed election.In the many areas under control of the re-sistance, voting was minimal. “In a broadsouthern region—provinces like Kanda-har, Helmand, Oruzgan and Zabul—turn-out was as low as 5 percent to 10 percent,
[a Western] ofcial said, effectively dis
-enfranchising the region viewed as the
most crucial” in the latest U.S. offensive.
(New York Times, Aug. 22)In provinces where the resistance is
 weaker, local military gures—usually called “warlords” in the Western me
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Continued on page 8
FIGHTING CAPITALIST GREED
The rotten Mellons
4
UAW workers in Caliornia
6
NYC inrastructure crumbles
6
Minneapolis sit-ins vs. eviction
 
7
 
REPRESSION & THE STATE
Peltier parole denied
Killer Keller
Mumia CD released
3
SO MANY HELD FOR SO LONG
Palestinians in Israeli jails
 
11
Detroit city workers tell City Hall: ‘Hands o our jobs!’
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Continued on page 7
 
 
LIBYAN FREED
 
Why U.S. gov’t is fuming
 
8
LEBANESE CELEBRATE
 
Hezbollah warns Israel
9
 
Rosemary Williams
 
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In the U.S.
Detroit workers resist budget cuts, layoffs 1Leonard Peltier denied parole 3 Artists demand: Free Mumia!3Highest criminal judge in Texas on trial3The Mellons, part 3 4Does present crisis compare to Great Depression? 4Sickness & struggle, part 3 5Larouche is no ‘socialist’ 5
Calif. autoworkers ght to save jobs
6Things fall apart in NYC6
Hundreds sit-in to stop an eviction
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 Around the world
 Afghans opt out of phony election 1US renews campaign against Libya8Hezbollah rejects new Israeli threats 9Why US ruling class hates Hezbollah 9Seeing Israel’s prisons from Palestinian eyes 11
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Editorials
Solidarity with Honduras resistance! 10
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Noticias En Español
¿Dónde están los trabajos? 12
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 Web: www.workers.org Vol. 51, No. 35 • Sept. 3, 2009
 Closing date: Aug. 25, 2009Editor: Deirdre GriswoldTechnical Editor: Lal Roohk Managing Editors: John Catalinotto, LeiLani Dowell,
Leslie Feinberg, Monica Moorehead, Gary Wilson West Coast Editor: John Parker
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The unemployed, the homeless, and the poor must no longer be invisible and silent!
A Global Week of Solidaritywith the Unemployed
 
Sept. 20–25
During the
G-20 Summit
in Pittsburgh
 
Yes to Jobs & Human Needs; No to War & Wall Street Greed 
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forthe Unemployed& Supporters
Sept. 20-25 beforethe G-20 Summit
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Let the G-20 bankers and world leadersknow they CANNOT bail out their systemon the backs of the poor & working people!
Donate generously now tosupport this historic protest!
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Injustice continues:Leonard Peltier denied parole
By Mahtowin
 A wave of outrage swept the progres-sive community worldwide at the newsthat Native political prisoner LeonardPeltier was denied parole on Aug. 21. The
U.S. government said Peltier will not be
eligible for another parole hearing until2024, when he will be 79 years old.Peltier, framed up by the FBI for the1975 shooting of two FBI agents at PineRidge Reservation in South Dakota, has been unjustly imprisoned since 1976. He
is an international symbol of the U.S. gov 
-ernment’s refusal to respect Native nationsand sovereignty and a symbol of the corrup-
tion of the U.S. criminal “justice” system.
But Peltier is not just a symbol. He is“ikce wicasa,” the Lakota phrase meaning“human being.” He has been held captivefor more than 12,000 days–six years lon-ger than South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was imprisoned.The feds have tried to have Peltier as-sassinated in prison. He has been put in
solitary connement countless times. He is
currently imprisoned in Lewisburg, Pa., farfrom his family and his reservation. Peltier,now 64, grows increasingly ill from dia- betes, vision and prostate problems, andother medical issues. Like all prisoners, hereceives inadequate medical care.Peltier’s children have grown up with-out him, and he has never been able tohold his grandchildren. He longs to walk the land and see the night sky, to eat ameal of his own choosing, to gather withhis family and friends, to live among hispeople once more. Peltier, a man whose
only crime has been to ght for Native
rights and sovereignty, languishes in pris-on solely because of the dishonesty and
arrogance of the U.S. government and its
Federal Bureau of Investigation.Despite everything, Peltier’s spirit isnot crushed. His supporters cannot allow themselves to be discouraged. Peltier de-pends upon his supporters to transmuteour outrage into action and educate oth-ers about his case.
The Leonard Peltier Defense/Offense
Committee is considering its next steps,and meanwhile it wishes “to thank ourthousands of supporters for their tena-cious efforts, in particular during themonths leading to Leonard’s recent pa-role hearing. Currently we are in the pro-
cess of nalizing plans for efforts around
exercising our right to challenge this deci-sion, advocating for intervention by Pres-ident Barack Obama, and succeeding ingetting both proper medical attention forLeonard and a transfer to a federal prison
closer to home. We will be issuing direc
-tives within the near future.”
For more information on Peltier’scase and the struggle to free him, visit www.whoisleonardpeltier.info. Cardsand letters may be sent to LeonardPeltier, #89637-132, USP-Lewisburg,P.O. Box 1000, Lewisburg, PA 17837.Mahtowin is co-leader of United American Indians of New England.
Statement of Peltier’s attorney 
Following are excerpts from an Aug.21 statement released by Eric Seitz, a de-fense attorney for Leonard Peltier:
Despite judicial determinations thatthe unrepentant FBI fabricated evidenceand presented perjured testimony inLeonard Peltier’s prosecution; despite a jury’s acquittal on grounds of self-defenseof two co-defendants who were foundto have engaged in the same conduct of  which Mr. Peltier was convicted; despiteMr. Peltier’s exemplary record duringhis incarceration for more than 33 yearsand his clearly demonstrated eligibility for parole; despite letters and petitionscalling for his release submitted by mil-lions of people in this country and aroundthe world including one of the judges who ruled on his earlier appeals; anddespite his advanced age and deteriorat-ing health, the Parole Commission today informed Mr. Peltier that his “release onparole would depreciate the seriousnessof your offenses and would promote dis-respect for the law,” and set a reconsid-eration hearing in July 2024.This is the extreme action of the samelaw enforcement community that brought
us the indenite imprisonment of suspect
-ed teenage terrorists; tortures and killingsin CIA prisons around the world. … Theseare the same institutions that have nevertreated Indigenous peoples with dignity orrespect or accepted any responsibility forcenturies of intolerance and abuse. At his parole hearing on July 28, Leon-ard Peltier expressed regret and acceptedresponsibility for his role in the incidentin which the two FBI agents and one Na-tive American activist died as the result of a shootout on the Pine Ridge Reservation.Mr. Peltier emphasized that the shootoutoccurred in circumstances where thereliterally was a war going on between cor-rupt tribal leaders, supported by the gov-ernment, on the one hand, and Native American traditionalists and young activ-ists, on the other.He again denied—as he has always de-nied—that he intended the deaths of any-
one or that he red the fatal shots that
killed the two agents, and he reminded
the hearing ofcer that one of his former
co-defendants recently admitted to hav-
ing red the fatal shots himself.
 Accordingly, it is not true that LeonardPeltier participated in “the execution stylemurders of two FBI agents,” as the ParoleCommission asserts, and there never has been credible evidence of Mr. Peltier’s re-sponsibility for the fatal shots, as the FBIcontinues to allege.Moreover, given the corrupt practicesof the FBI, … it is entirely untrue thatLeonard Peltier’s parole at this juncture will in any way “depreciate the serious-
ness” of his conduct and/or “promote dis
-respect for the law.”
 We will continue to seek parole and
clemency for Mr. Peltier and to eventually  bring this prolonged injustice to a … fairresolution.
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Artists demand: ‘Free Mumia!’
New York—On Aug. 21 the Solidarity Cen-ter here was lled with ve hours o inspiringsounds: music and spoken word rom talent-ed artists (photo right) brought together tosupport the case o political prisoner MumiaAbu-Jamal, known worldwide as the “voice o the voiceless.”Black Waxx Recordings and Artists andActivists United or Peace organized thecelebration to ofcially release a powerultwo-disc CD called “On the Move—SoundsInspired by Mumia Abu-Jamal.” It aims to helpraise broader awareness o the political sig-nicance o Mumia’s case and why he shouldbe set ree immediately ater spendingmore than 27 years on Pennsylvania’s deathrow. Throughout the evening, the audienceclapped, sang, cried and chanted during theperormances.Some o the artists who lent their voices tothe CD—such as Nana Soul, Stephanie Rice,SoSoon, Maya Azucena, Spiritchild, LatishaDevine, Melinda Davis and others—gave liveperormances. The acclaimed, legendary lmdirector Melvin Van Peebles and Pam Aricarom International Concerned Family andFriends o Mumia Abu-Jamal gave specialremarks. U-Savior Washington, a lm directorand a producer o the CD, presided over theprogram.August 21 has been designated “Black August” because on this day, 38 years ago,Soledad Brother and Black Panther Partyleader George Jackson was assassinated byprison guards in San Quentin prison. To order the CD, e-mail ino@blackwaxx.com.
—Report & photo by Monica Moorehead
Highest criminal judge in Texas on trial
By Gloria RubacHouston
Texas already had a reputation for ex-ecuting death row prisoners at a rate un-
paralleled anywhere else in the United
States.But progressive activists, attorneys, judges and legal ethicists did a double-take on Sept. 25, 2007, when Texas’ high-est criminal judge responded to a plea for
20 extra minutes to le an appeal for a
prisoner set for execution at 6 p.m. thatevening with “Tell them we close at 5.”Judge Sharon “Killer” Keller, as she has been nicknamed by death penalty oppo-nents, arrogantly thought that the life of Michael Richard did not matter. She hadleft work at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals early that afternoon to meet arepair person at her home. She got a callat home saying Richard’s attorneys werehaving computer problems and needed afew more minutes.Her response of “we close at 5” is likely to end her judicial career.
That morning the U.S. Supreme Court
had effectively suspended lethal injectionas a manner of execution by accepting achallenge to its constitutionality in a Ken-tucky case.Richard was executed a few hours later because, without the Texas high court rul-ing on his appeal, his lawyers could notappeal his case any further. His was the
last execution in the U.S. until the U.S.
high court ruled in April 2008 that theprocedures in Kentucky were not crueland unusual. There was a de facto mora-
torium on executions in the U.S. for more
than seven months.Judge Keller was in court this August, but this time she was the defendant. TheTexas Commission on Judicial Conduct
had led six charges against her for un
-ethical behavior and bringing disgrace tothe judicial process.
On Aug. 17, the rst day of trial, dozens
of death penalty activists protested out-side the Bexar County Courthouse in San
 Antonio, using amplied sound which
echoed off the courthouse to proclaimthat Judge Keller should be immediately removed from the bench and disbarred.“Because of her arbitrary decision notto stay open to accept the appeal of deathrow prisoner Michael Richard, which shemade in violation of her own court’s rulesand without consulting the other judgeson the court, Keller should be removed
from ofce,” Scott Cobb, president of the
Texas Moratorium Network, said on the bullhorn.The demonstration attracted mediacoverage from CNN, the New York Times,
the Washington Post and the BBC as well
as all major Texas media.During opening arguments, attorneysfor both sides tried to convince the report-ers, attorneys, bloggers, law students andanti-death penalty activists packing thecourtroom that the trial of Judge Keller was not a debate on the death penalty.But Hooman Hedayati, a leader of Texas Students Against the Death Penalty (TSADP) in Austin, told the news media,“By her actions, Keller has herself madethis a debate on the death penalty. She didnot follow the execution day procedures
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