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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.
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Fightback grows
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Resistance growsto racist Arizona law
Youth, immigrants, ndigenous lead marches,sit-ins, boycotts
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Momentum is growing for the national march to stopSB 1070 to be held May 29 in Phoenix. The march willdemand the repeal of SB 1070, Arizona’s “Show me your papers” law, and an end to racist immigrant-bash-ing and the blaming of immigrants for economic andsocial problems which in reality result from the capital-ist economic crisis.The march to the state Capitol and rally will be fol-lowed up on May 30 with community forums and strat-egy sessions on building a ghtback movement againstthe racist offensive. In the wake of Arizona’s SB 1070, atleast 10 other states are now poised to introduce similarlaws.SB 1070’s passage by the state Legislature in late April unleashed an endless storm of protest and re-sistance. The “Boycott Arizona!” campaign continuesto grow and the Arizona bosses have already felt theimpact. Gov. Jan Brewer is scrambling to “change Ari-zona’s image” and has created a task force charged withresponding to the boycott. (azcentral.com, May 13)The Arizona Diamondbacks, whose owners are ma- jor contributors to the coffers of those who pushed thislaw, are met with protests in every city they visit. In-tense pressure continues to mount as demands are be-ing made on Major League baseball to move the 2011 All-Star game out of Phoenix.In the streets of Tucson protests continue. With thepassage of anti-ethnic studies law HB 2281, studentprotesters continue to hold demonstrations and sit-insdemanding the right to learn their own history. On May 17 a group of openly undocumented students staged asit-in at Sen. John McCain’s ofce to demand passage of the DREAM Act, a stalled congressional proposal that would offer legalization for some undocumented youth.The students deantly announced their status as un-documented and refused to leave McCain’s ofce untilhe pushed for passage of the DREAM Act. The students were arrested and risk deportation, but their actionsparked similar actions by students in California, New  York and other places.On May 21, Indigenous activists from the TohonoO’odham Nation occupied the Tucson Border Patrolheadquarters located on the Davis-Monthan Air ForceBase. The activists chained themselves to structures inthe Border Patrol ofce and disrupted operations thereas they brought attention to the continuing war againstNative peoples and the disregard for national sover-eignty and Indigenous culture being waged by the U.S.Department of Homeland Security.The Tohono O’odham Nation is located in south-ern Arizona and extends into Mexico. For centuries theO’odham people have lived on and walked this land, long before there even was a U.S. or Mexico or a border of any type. DHS decided to extend the border wall separatingMexico from the U.S. through O’odham land, effectively cutting the nation in half. Additionally, the three roadson the U.S. side that provide access to the nation all havecheckpoints and federal agents swarm the area. The mili-tarization of Indigenous lands and the intrusion and ha-rassment by federal agents has become intolerable.Courageous actions like these are going to continue.Calls for “Freedom Summer Arizona” are attracting sup-port as activists across the country plot out a strategy forgalvanizing all those affected and their supporters intoa unied, militant movement that can defeat SB 1070and the entire racist, anti-immigrant, right-wing agenda which produced SB 1070.
Teitelbaum is a coordinator of the Tucson May 1st Coalition for Immigrant and Worker Rights.
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Resistance grows to racist Arizona law ......................1Repression, cutbacks wrack Detroit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2U.S. Social Forum meets in Detroit June 22-26...............3 Two choices for UAW — class struggle or suicide, part 2.....4Newark, N.J.: ‘Housing is a right!’ ............................5Stop police brutality against high school students ..........5Workers picket CUNY Research Foundation .................5On the picket line ..........................................5Fightback grows against Arizona’s anti-immigrant law.......6Houston students support Arizona struggle.................6‘San Patriciohonors Irish-Mexican solidarity ................6Indigenous activists occupy Border Patrol...................7 Texas schoolbooks to teach racism, capitalism ..............8
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After killing of 7yearold Aiyana Jones
Repression, cutbacks wrack Detroit
Aiyana Jones.
By Abayomi AzikiweEditor, PanAfrican News WireDetroit
Seven-year-old Aiyana Jones, who was killed by a De-troit police special unit team that raided her home onMay 16, was eulogized on May 22 at Second EbenezerChurch on the city’s east side. The city remains shockedand angered over the shooting and subsequent efforts by Mayor Dave Bing’s administration and the police to shiftresponsibility for the unprovoked killing to the recentrash in violence that has hit Detroit.Mayor Bing and Police Chief Warren Evans, who were both criticized by the corporate-owned media for notresponding quickly to the death of Aiyana Jones, haveurged the public not to “reach conclusions” about the kill-ing until all the facts are available. The mayor then ac-cused attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who is representing thefamily of Aiyana Jones in two civil lawsuits that were led just a few days after her death, of only being concernedabout money and not about revealing what really hap-pened at the home where the deadly police raid occurred. With the Detroit police facing intense criticism andscrutiny, the administration and Wayne County Pros-ecutor Kym Worthy have turned over the investigationinto the killing of Aiyana Jones to the Michigan StatePolice. On May 20 state police showed up at the Jones’family home seeking to search the premises for evidencerelated to the raid on May 16. When the family refused to cooperate and allow thestate cops to enter the home, they returned with a search warrant and a locksmith and proceeded to comb the resi-dence for clues related to the killing of Aiyana. This wastantamount to a second raid and raised tensions evenfurther between the community and the law enforce-ment agencies. When it was announced that the Rev. Al Sharpton of New York would deliver the eulogy at the memorial ser- vice for Aiyana, Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox, who is a Republican candidate for governor, launchedan attack and asked rhetorically, “Where was [Sharp-ton] last week when Detroit police ofcer Brian Huff waskilled?” Huff was killed on May 3 when police raided a vacant home in the same neighborhood where Jones’home is located.Four other ofcers were wounded in the May 3 shoot-ing along with a suspect, Jason Gibson, 25. Gibson, whohas been charged in the shooting of the police ofcers,had a preliminary examination on murder and assaultcharges on May 24.In response to the attack by Cox on Sharpton, the Rev.Horace Shefeld III, president of the Michigan chapterof the National Action Network, headed by Sharpton,stated, “I think it’s disturbing, disgusting and unaccept-able for [Cox] to forsake his law enforcement role for hispublic pandering trying to get elected to another ofcerole.” (Detroit Free Press, May 21)In fact, the entire apparatus of the power structure in-cluding the city administration, the police, the prosecu-tor’s ofce, the state police, the attorney general and thegovernor have been hostile and defensive in regard tocriticism surrounding the raid and the subsequent inves-tigation into the death of Aiyana Jones. A corporate-oriented consulting rm has questionedthe city administration’s handling of the political situa-tion surrounding the killing of Jones. According to theLos Angeles-based Bernstein Crisis Management Inc.:“You can’t hide behind a press release. In a case likethis one, lawyers will restrict what you can say, but thatdoesn’t stop you from doing the right thing by making a verbal statement, and reaching out to the family.”Cora Mitchell, whose son was killed in April 2009 by the neighboring suburban Warren police, said the De-troit Coalition Against Police Brutality was doing the jobof the city administration by working with the Jones’family. “Why is Ron Scott [of DCAPB] here doing War-ren Evans’ job? He should be here. Mayor Bing should behere. They should be apologizing to this family.” (DetroitNews, May 19)U.S. Rep. John Conyers from Detroit has requestedthat the Justice Department conduct an investigationinto the killing of Aiyana Jones. Conyers said, “It isimperative that we take all possible steps to calm thesituation, reassure the community that their safety is anational priority, and lessen the chance of future blood-shed.” (Mlive.com, May 21)Nonetheless, Gov. Jennifer Granholm repudiatedConyers’ call by saying that the state police are morethan qualied to handle the present situation. Granholmclaimed, “Clearly an investigation could reveal changesthat need to be made to ensure it never happens again,and that’s what the Michigan State Police are going toundertake.”
ops rewarded
Just two days after the raid that resulted in the deathof Aiyana Jones, the Detroit City Council voted 5-3, withone abstention, to adopt a new ordinance allowing copsto work additional jobs providing security to private businesses. This ordinance was passed despite warningsfrom the DCAPB that such a measure would raise thelevel of legal claims against the city government, which would be nancially responsible in the event that law-suits charging police misconduct, brutality and wrongfuldeaths were settled against the administration. At a City Council public hearing on May 18 where theordinance was passed, the bulk of the discussion prior tothe vote was conducted by top police ofcials and councilmembers, two of whom were former law enforcement of-cials. When the DCAPB spoke during the public com-ment section, each member was given only one minute toaddress the council on their opposition to the ordinance.
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Capitalism is killing us’
U.S. Social Forum meetsin Detroit June 2226
One argument advanced by the DCAPB was to point out that typically civil ser- vants are not allowed to hold secondary  jobs or operate private businesses whileemployed by the City of Detroit. Alsomost workers have had overtime cut eventhough there is a backlog of tasks neededto provide adequate city services. At the same time, nonunion employeeshave had 10-percent wage cuts imposedon them while unionized workers have been ghting the same pay reductionsthrough demonstrations and court ac-tions. In addition, hundreds of city work-ers have been laid off due to cuts ostensi- bly designed to trim the city’s purported$316 million budget decit.In the initial budget proposal submit-ted by Mayor Bing, some $101 millionin cuts had been requested. These cuts would bring about further layoffs and re-duction in city services.However, one day after the City Council voted to grant secondary employment tocops, another $31.8 million in cuts wereplaced in the budget by the same legis-lative body. These cuts would take placeeven within the police department, whichhas by far the largest allocation of city funds. Approximately 42 percent of thecity budget goes to the police department.In the days following these develop-ments, the repressive actions of law en-forcement have continued. On May 21, astate police ofcer shot and wounded aman on the city’s east side after a high-speed chase through a residential area. According to the Detroit News, “Morethan 30 ofcers, including members of Detroit’s gang squad, and at least a dozenpolice vehicles converged on the scene of the shooting.” (May 22)
Repression continues
This is in the same area where young Aiyana Jones was killed on May 16. Theshooting of the young man took placeafter he had exited the vehicle that hadcrashed into a large tree.More than 100 people from the commu-nity came out into the streets and protestedthe police actions. A neighborhood leader was taken into custody after objecting tothe shooting and the reported jovial atmo-sphere among the police after the incident. At least two area ministers were asked by Detroit Police Chief Evans to enter theneighborhood to calm down the crowd because of fears of possible civil unrest.On May 23, the DCAPB held a com-munity meeting at St. Peter’s EpiscopalChurch. The DCAPB announced that it would step up its activities aimed at end-ing police brutality by calling for a massdemonstration on May 27 outside theBoard of Police Commissioners meetingheld at police headquarters.The DCAPB is calling for justice in thepolice killing of Aiyana Jones and the im-mediate compliance and enforcement of the federal consent decrees involving po-lice misconduct and brutality.
By Bryan G. PfeiferDetroit
Momentum is growing internationally for the United States Social Forum to beheld June 22-26 in Detroit. Tens of thou-sands of progressive activists are expect-ed to attend. According to the USSF website, thedays-long event is a movement-buildingprocess. “It is not a conference but it isa space to come up with the peoples’ so-lutions to the economic and ecologicalcrisis. The USSF is [an] important stepin our struggle to build a powerful multi-racial, multi-sectoral, inter-generational,diverse, inclusive, internationalist move-ment that transforms this country andchanges history.” (www.ussf2010.org) Adele Nieves, communications coordi-nator for the USSF, told Workers Worldthat over 1,000 workshops are scheduledand numerous demonstrations are beingplanned. Cultural contributions will be acentral focus, with artists such as DeadPrez scheduled to perform. There willalso be a tent city, tables for literature,grassroots food vendors, people’s move-ment assemblies and much more, includ-ing various art venues where progressiveand revolutionary artists such as AntonioGuerrero of the Cuban Five will have their work displayed. The opening march onJune 22 will have organizational contin-gents from all over the world.The USSF grew out of the World SocialForum; the rst USSF was held in Atlantain 2007. Detroit was chosen as the sitefor the 2010 USSF because it is consid-ered ground zero of the current capital-ist economic crisis with record levels of foreclosures, evictions, utility shutoffs,unemployment and police terror. Detroitalso has a long history of progressive andrevolutionary struggle, which the organi-zations participating in the USSF are in-tent on building on to bring a better worldinto birth. A wide range of labor-focused groups,including unions, coalitions, federationsand workers’ centers such as the MetroDetroit AFL-CIO, the Restaurant Op-portunities Center, AFSCME Council 25,UAW Region 1A and South Eastern Michi-gan Jobs With Justice, have been workingfor months to build labor’s presence at theUSSF. Approximately 70 labor-themed workshops on a wide variety of topics will be held, and labor will have a large pres-ence at the opening march on June 22.
Focus on struggle, solidarity
“It’s impressive how many unions havepicked up on the activities at the USSF.Because of the economic and social crisis we’re in it’s important that labor step upand ght back. Being part of mass move-ments is a better strategy for labor thansimply relying on politicians. Right now  jobs and unemployment are critical to what’s going on and will be a major focusof labor at the USSF. Labor needs to pushhard on elected ofcials to create more jobs,” said Reggie McGhee, USSF DetroitLabor Committee co-chair.The Labor Committee will be joiningthe USSF’s Faith and Spirituality Com-mittee and the Moratorium NOW! Coali-tion to Stop Foreclosures, Evictions andUtility Shutoffs for a protest at ChaseBank on June 25 in downtown Detroit.Chase is being targeted for its funding of R.J. Reynolds through loans and othermeans. Reynolds is currently waging waron the Farm Labor Organizing Committee because of its attempt to unionize tobacco workers in North Carolina. Another focusof the Chase protest is to demand that the bank agree to a two-year moratorium onall mortgage foreclosures.The Moratorium NOW! Coalition, theMichigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice and the Bail Out thePeople Movement are also sponsoringghtback workshops during the USSF. Youth and students are a central com-ponent of the USSF and many of theirorganizations will be participating. Onesuch group is the revolutionary, socialist-oriented Fight Imperialism, Stand To-gether or FIST. (See styouth.wordpress.com.)“FIST will be co-hosting a workshopalong with the International ConcernedFamily and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamalon building a new youth organization indefense of Mumia. An entire decade of  youth has grown up without mass con-sciousness about the implications of Mu-mia’s case, and we are organizing to coun-teract that and expose the roots of racism,the role of the police, police brutality andrepression of groups ghting for nationalliberation,” Dante Strobino, a FIST leaderfrom North Carolina, told Workers World.FIST will also be working with many of the organizers who planned the success-ful March 4 National Day of Action to De-fend Public Education to host a workshopfor another national day of action to beheld tentatively on Oct. 7 and to intensify student resistance to budget cuts and thecapitalist crisis.
Raising the banner o socialism
 Added Strobino: “We see the USSF asa crucial moment to meet young peoplein motion and introduce them to social-ism and to raise fundamental questionsthat challenge the entire foundation of our current capitalist system that has wrecked so many people’s lives. Detroitis the perfect place to do that with thedestructive nature of capitalism exposed before everyone’s eyes: abandoned facto-ries and mass unemployment, empty lotsand no grocery stores near many neigh- borhoods while people starve, vacant andforeclosed homes while people are livingin the streets, schools being closed andunderfunded as students struggle to geta quality education. All these contradic-tions provide a ripe situation and point tosocialism as the real way forward.” Workers World Party will also be con-ducting a workshop and joining in dem-onstrations at the USSF.“Workers World Party will be shar-ing the expertise of our members fromaround the country in ghting foreclo-sures, budget cuts, racism and war, andurging others to join us in the ght for asocialist future, which is the only solutionto all the deep problems we face. Every-one knows that capitalism is killing us. We need to unite the working class andoppressed to overthrow it and replace it with a system that’s about people’s needs,not prots for the rich,” said Kris Hamelof WWP’s Detroit branch.Detroit FIST, MECAWI, MoratoriumNOW! and Workers World Party willhave an open ofce for activists June21-26 at 5920 Second Avenue in Detroitfrom 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. USSF participantsare invited to drop by for an evening cof-fee house, political discussion, culturalevents and more. Visit www.moratorium-mi.org or call 313-887-4344.For more information on the USSF,go to www.ussf2010.org or call toll free:1-877-515-8773.
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