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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, Latino/a, 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, Latino/a, 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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 A visit of the “Tea Party Express” to cities in the Mid- west — a region of the country that has been most dev-astated by the economic crisis of capitalism — did notgo unchallenged. Rather, activists and community mem- bers confronted them at several stops to denounce theright-wing attempt to divide working and oppressedpeople and to show that the racist, sexist, anti-lesbian-gay-bi-trans, anti-immigrant, corporate-funded Tea Par-ty does not speak for working people.The Tea Party is attempting to appeal to the populardiscontent in the face of the economic crisis and attackson working people in the form of budget cuts and layoffs.However, they want to fuel that discontent into a reac-tionary program that scapegoats immigrants, targetspeople of color and lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, andstands against women’s rights.The group presents itself as a grassroots organization, but in actuality it’s funded by corporate, ultra-right or-ganizations such as FreedomWorks and Americans forProsperity. These bigots have been heavily assisted by thecorporate media in relaying their message to the public.However, activists across the country are beginning toorganize to confront the Tea Party and send a real mes-sage of unity and working-class solidarity.Some 50 counter-protesters staged a demonstration atan April 11 Tea Party Express rally in
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a suburban area north of Detroit. Localprogressives and anti-racists joined activists called out by the Michigan Emergency Committee Against Warand Injustice; the Moratorium NOW! Coalition to StopForeclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs; and Work-ers World Party.“Racist, sexist, anti-gay, Tea Party bigots go away!”and “Health care is a right — ght, ght, ght!” wereamong the chants greeting those going to the neo-fascistrally. The chant “Against ‘big government’? Abolish thePentagon!” highlighted the hypocrisy of the racists.The anti-Tea Party demonstration was covered by lo-cal media, which interviewed and videoed many of theparticipants. At a closing rally Chloe Secor, a ClintonTownship high school student, denounced the racismand hate embodied by the Tea Party movement, saying it was not the legacy she wanted for her hometown.That same day, a contingent rallied against the TeaParty Express stop in
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nti-racist protests confront ea Party ......................1Community anger grows over Imam’s assassination.........2Mumia bu-Jamal: t the Crossroas .......................3Clothing workers ght to save their jobs ....................3‘Richie’ Richarson – an eitor & anti-war hero ..............3nti-union Massey mine explosion kills 29 ..................4On the picket line ..........................................4Striking nurses battle emple ospital’s union busting ......5Stuents, cafeteria workers join to ght Soexo.............5Gas explosion eepens opposition to hyraulic fracturing...6diverse communities unite to protest Baptist bigots ........6Stuents protest repression at Berkeley campus ............6ctivists gear up for unite mass outreach on May day......7uto plants close, sol o an estroye..................8esbian’s ght for S prom rights opens national struggle...8
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 A community meeting was held March 27to announce the launching of an independentinvestigation into the assassination of ImamLuqman Ameen Abdullah. The event was heldat the Historic New Bethel Baptist Church onDetroit’s West Side, just several blocks east of the location of the Masjid al-Haqq mosque, where Abdullah served as leader for morethan two decades. Abdullah was shot 20 times by FBI agents on Oct. 28,during a series of raids carried out by a multijurisdiction-al task force that included Dearborn, Mich., and Detroitpolice. The Masjid al-Haqq mosque had been inltrated by the FBI for more than two years, during which timeinformants sought unsuccessfully to encourage illegal ac-tivities among the members. Abdullah and several of his members were eventually lured to a warehouse in neighboring Dearborn to assist with the unloading of merchandise. The FBI then sent ina dog that attacked the imam, who was later killed in ahail of bullets.The March 27 rally was attended by several hundredlocal activists and religious leaders from the Muslim andChristian communities. The event was co-sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations of Michiganand the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, withendorsements from the Michigan Emergency Committee Against War & Injustice and the Moratorium NOW! Coali-tion to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions and Utility Shutoffs.DCAPB spokesperson Ron Scott chaired the meet-ing, and presentations were made by the Nation of Is-lam, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, CAIR, Congressperson John Conyers andMECAWI. Appeals were made for donations for the legaldefense fund for 10 other Masjid al-Haqq members, theDetroit 10, who face felony charges stemming from theraids.Imam Dawud Walid, Michigan CAIR’s executive di-rector, described the delayed release of evidence. At therequest of Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad, the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s report was not issueduntil Feb. 1. The release of 75 autopsy photographs wasalso held up by the Dearborn police. A number of local and national organizations have de-manded a Justice Department review of the FBI actions,including the use of informants in religious organiza-tions. Detroit Congressperson John Conyers, chair of theHouse Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter in February to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting such aninvestigation. The requests have gone unanswered.
Corporate media slander as photographs released
The much anticipated release of the autopsy and crimescene photographs took place on April 8. Five photos,made public by CAIR, illustrated the brutal nature of theassassination.However, one day prior to the release, the Detroit Newspublished a front-page story that attempted toundermine the growing community support for Abdullah’s family and the Masjid al-Haqq mem- bers. The article claimed that in 1980, a 22-year-old Abdullah attempted to grab the revolver of a Livonia, Mich., police ofcer during a routinetrafc stop. (April 7)This article asserts: “Livonia police reports de-tail the incident that led to Abdullah’s 1981 con- viction for felonious assault on a police ofcer,for which he served 26 days in jail. They provideanother view of the man some supporters have de-scribed as a peaceful observer of Islam but a crimi-nal complaint describes as a radical separatist intent onkilling police ofcers.”It is unlikely that an African-American youth accusedand convicted of felonious assault against a suburbanDetroit police ofcer in 1980 would have served only 26days in jail. Attorney Nabih Ayad, a Canton Township,Mich., lawyer representing the Abdullah family, told theDetroit News that raising the incident, which is three de-cades old, was “extremely far-fetched and without any credibility” in relation to Abdullah’s death.Mujahid Carswell, Abdullah’s son and a well-knownHip-Hop artist who is also a Detroit 10 defendant, toldthis writer that the claims made against his father in re-gard to the purported Livonia incident were highly un-likely. Carswell, who is known in the recording world as“Mu,” said that the authorities are attempting to take at-tention away from the gross injustice done to his father,his family and his followers.One of the photographs shows the imam handcuffed,lying facedown and riddled with bullets. This photograph was published by the local newspapers; however, moregraphic pictures were not shown in the corporate press. At an April 11 community meeting held by DCAPB atthe downtown St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Walid pre-sented two other photographs that show deep lacerationsto Abdullah’s face, apparently from dog bites.The Detroit Free Press stated in an April 8 editorial:“Efforts to manage community sentiments by withhold-ing information always fail — and often backre. Withmany lingering questions about how Abdullah died, Abdullah has become a national and even internationalgure — and, in some circles, a martyr. Meanwhile, law enforcement agencies have lost credibility with many of the Muslim-American groups they are trying to build re-lationships with in the post-9/11 era.”Numerous organizations have issued letters andpassed resolutions decrying the assassination and de-manding justice, including the NAACP, the DemocraticParty 14th District Caucus, MECAWI, the Detroit Boardof Police Commissioners, the Congress of Arab-Ameri-can Organizations and the Michigan Coalition for Hu-man Rights.Both Carswell and Abdullah’s other son, Omar Regan,have expressed their appreciation for the work of ME-CAWI in organizing three demonstrations in responseto the assassination, the appearance of Attorney GeneralHolder in Detroit last November and the delayed releaseof the autopsy report on Feb. 1.
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 April 3 was “Call to Action Day” atColumbia University — a day to inform,mobilize and organize to save the life of political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Thetheme was “Live from Death Row: Mumiaat the Crossroads in the Age of Obama.”It was organized by Educators for Mumia Abu-Jamal.Co-sponsors were the Columbia groupsLucha, the Black Students Organization,the Muslim Students Association andthe Intercultural House at Columbia, the Arab Student Association at SIPA, Co-lumbia Students for Justice in Palestine,the African Diaspora Literary Society andthe Black and Latino Student Caucus atthe School of Public Health.EMAJ’s founder Mark Taylor, who isalso a professor at Princeton TheologicalSeminary, thanked Columbia studentsfor holding this event. For 15 years, thegroup has educated and organized for justice for Mumia. They are coordinatingthe national campaign for a civil rightsinvestigation into his case by the U.S.Justice Department.EMAJ says that the same judicial vio-lations and racism surrounding Mumia’scase account for the disproportionate in-carceration of other Black people and theincreasing illegal detentions of Arabs andMuslims.More than 500 students, teachers andactivists, including members of the FreeMumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC), theConcerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the International ActionCenter, attended. The six workshops — oncampus organizing, media building andlegal struggles — and the evening plenary  were open to the public.Johanna Fernandez, a Baruch Col-lege professor and an EMAJ coordinator,moderated the evening panel on “Livefrom Death Row.”Each speaker described Mumia as atrue revolutionary, who speaks for the op-pressed and whom the government seeksto silence because he speaks the truthabout capitalism and repression.Pam Africa of MOVE and the Philadel-phia Free Mumia Coalition emphasizedthat now, more than ever, Mumia’s life isendangered, as all legal avenues have beenexhausted. She emphasized the power of the people to effect change and said that it was mass action that rescued Mumia fromhis scheduled execution in August 1995.Now activists must, Africa stressed, be-come fully engaged in the campaign to de-mand a full and complete investigation by the U.S. Justice Department of the racist,illegal prosecutorial actions by the Phila-delphia district attorney’s ofce, the policedepartment, the courts and city ofcials.Jamal Joseph, a Columbia professor,former Black Panther and founder of IM-PACT Repertory Theatre for youth, told of the federal government’s Cointelpro cam-paign, which destroyed the Black PantherParty when party members spoke aboutthe need for unity of all peoples. “We needa movement to release Mumia,” he saidand quoted Frederick Douglass, who said,“Agitate, agitate, agitate!” Vijay Prashad, Trinity College historianand author, talked about the attacks onthe workers and said that what is need-ed is a commitment, a movement and astruggle. In comparing U.S. state oppres-sion here and abroad, he asserted, “Mu-mia is Gaza, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia,Guantánamo.”Cornel West, noted African-Americanscholar and Princeton University profes-sor, urged everyone to act to support Mu-mia and to oppose the mass incarcerationof and police brutality against Blacks andLatinos/as. West said that, in the age of Obama,there’s no concern for the plight of every-day people under corporate power, andthat the poor and working class in theU.S. and globally are suffering unneces-sarily. Today, as in Reagan’s age, greedhas run amok. Despite massive poverty,the people are declared “too little to res-cue, the banks too big to fail.”The evening’s highlight was Mumia’sphone call, live from death row. The au-dience gave him a loud standing ovation.Mumia opened with, “Power to the peo-ple!” He thanked everyone for being thereand all of his supporters.Mumia reviewed his life as a Black Panther and the good works the youngPanthers performed without the advan-tage of speaking to Martin Luther King orMalcolm X, who were already murdered.They built their organization because they felt oppression in their bones, and they  were motivated by love for the people,said Mumia, referring to Che’s statementthat true revolutionaries are guided by great feelings of love.The machinery of oppression contin-ues today, explained Mumia, referringto the “new Jim Crow” justice system.He encouraged young people to use theirenergy and abilities to organize and saidthat they don’t need to wait and ask forpermission to do so.Suzanne Ross of the Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Coalition (NYC) stated that “Mu-mia’s death is not acceptable,” and shecalled on everyone to go to Washington,D.C., on April 26 to demand a federal civilrights investigation of Mumia’s case.The evening closed with loud chants of “Free, free, free Mumia and all politicalprisoners!”
 For transportation and logistical information, see www.freemumia.com/ april26.html. Every Thursday call the Justice Department hotline: 202-353-1555, or switchboard: 202-514-2000, todemand a civil rights investigation.
F.O. Richardson, who everyone called“Richie,” was still in his teens when he jumped into France on the night of June5, 1944, the eve of the allied landing atNormandy. He survived, luckier than themany young men whose parachutes and bodies were shredded by German ma-chine-gun re.Jump ahead 21 years. He was in many  ways the ideal keynote speaker at a massrally in Union Square in February 1965organized by Youth Against War andFascism to protest President LyndonJohnson’s sending of combat troops to Vietnam.In those days groups like the JohnBirch Society — the spiritual ancestorsof today’s Tea Party organizers — wouldhold counter-demonstrations. They likedto call anti-war forces “cowards.” Richie was right in their face, which got themeven madder. They attacked the demon-stration but found to their surprise thatthe protesters held the line.Richie was a Workers World Party member through the 1960s and the early 1970s. In January 1968 he took on an as-signment that became a vital contributionto the class and anti-imperialist struggle.He assumed responsibility for editingThe Bond, which over the next few years became the best-read newspaper of pro-test for the rapidly growing resistancemovement of soldiers, sailors, marines,air troops and GIs of all types during the Vietnam War.The Bond became the monthly newspa-per of the American Servicemen’s Union.Under Richardson’s editorship, tens of thousands of copies each month were
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On April 7 hundredsof Cleveland union mem- bers rallied to support300 workers ghtingto keep the Hugo Bossmen’s suit factory open.The German clothingmanufacturer has oper-ated the plant since 1995 when it bought it fromJoseph and Feiss, which had been mak-ing suits in the Cleveland area since the1800s. Many of the workers have workedin the factory for decades, yet their toppay is only $12.80 an hour. In October themembers of Workers United voted downa pay reduction to $8.30 an hour. In the week between Christmas and New Year’sDay the company announced it wouldclose the Brooklyn, Ohio, plant and move work to Turkey and possibly Bulgaria orRomania.The rally for the workers, one of many since the December announcement, drew representatives of at least two dozen publicand private sector unions. The Hugo Boss workers, who are mostly immigrants and workers of color, came out in full force.Rep. Dennis Kucinich and Ohio GovernorTed Strickland were among elected of-cials who addressed the workers.The real keynote speaker, however, was actor Danny Glover. Since learning of the rotten deal Hugo Boss workers weregetting, Glover publicly sided with theunion. The renowned actor successfully passed hand-to-hand by GIs all over the world, bringing an anti-war and anti-rac-ist message and mobilizing them againstthe dictatorial chain of command.The Vietnamese nally liberated thesouth of their country in 1975. Withhis editorial and artistic skills, Richiehad made a concrete contribution any  working-class activist could be proud of.He was one of those many heroes whohelped defeat U.S. imperialism in South-east Asia.Richie died this March. There will bea gathering in his honor on April 17 at2 p.m. at the Ethical Culture Center inBrooklyn, N.Y., at Prospect Park West be-tween 4th and 5th Streets. Surviving fam-ily members and friends will pay their re-spects to this class ghter.
— Jo Catalotto
convinced Academy  Awards attendees notto wear Boss suits to theceremonies. Workers and theirsupporters were buoy-ant over the announce-ment that the NationalLabor Relations Boardhad upheld a complaintof unfair labor practicesled by Workers Unit-ed. The NLRB orderedBoss back to the bargaining table; talkson the pay cut and plant closing resumedthe day after the rally. This victory cameabout because of the determination of the workers and their supporters. After the rally, members of the Clevelandchapter of Bail Out the People Movementconfronted the politicians. They shoulddo more than just speak at rallies, BOPMmembers argued. They should take stron-ger action against companies like Boss by freezing their assets and/or seizing theirplants through eminent domain.
Actor Danny Glover.ghts or workers’ jobs.during a Brooklyn, Ohio.rally at a Hugo Boss plant..

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