Civil liberties, justice, crime

Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

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James P Cannon and Max Shachtman

Workers' Liberty 3/53, published as a pull-out in Solidarity 397.

The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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The story of the Sacco and Vanzetti case, told by James P Cannon and Max Shachtman, who were leading activists in the defence campaign.

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Editorials - March 1995

Editorial comments on the ongoing influence of Stalinism in the British labour movement, the need for a campaign to defend the welfare state, and calling for justice for Mumia Abu-Jamal.

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US rush to state killings

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Stephen Larkin

On Friday 21 April, the US state of Arkansas carried out the first in a series of four executions, all scheduled before the end of the month. Ledell Lee was killed at the age of 51, after more than 20 years on death row; his was the US’s seventh execution this year, and the first to take place in Arkansas since 2005.

The circumstances surrounding Ledell Lee’s execution are the kind of sordid ones we might expect from an episode of Fargo, not from a supposedly impartial judiciary, in a supposedly advanced democracy.

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Tackle the roots of the new jihadism

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Simon Nelson

It is probably not possible to know and therefore pointless to speculate why Khalid Masood carried out the attack on Westminster Bridge and the Palace of Westminster on 22 March. Better to focus our thoughts on sympathy with the victims of the attack and building the better society that can works against such behaviour.

The much more random and chaotic violence of jihadists, and the ability of these groups to find sympathisers without ever having talked to them, is a distinctly modern development.

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Marine A is no hero

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Will Sefton

Marine A: Right, get him closer in so PGSS can’t see what we’re doing to him… Marine A: Where is the CAT, Ugly call sign? [Referring to the helicopter that is watching them pretending to apply a field dressing to an injured Afghan insurgent.] Marine B: It’s gone that way? Marine A: Yeah Marine B: Went south, mate? (Gunshot) M: What was that? Marine A: There you are, shuffle off this mortal coil you cunt. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us. Marine B: I know. M: Exactly. Marine A: Obviously this doesn’t go anywhere fellas. Marine B: Yeah, roger, mate.

After a campaign by former and current members of the military, the Daily Mail and his family, Marine A, Sergeant Alexander Blackman, has had his conviction for shooting a wounded member of the Taliban in 2011 quashed and he will now be tried for manslaughter.

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Guard Martin Zee wins court case

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Janine Booth

RMT member Martin Zee has won an important legal battle concerning his actions as a train guard.

Martin was working as a guard on a Merseyrail train in 2015 when an elderly passenger tried to board a train after the door closure procedure had started and the door alarms were sounding. She fell between the platform and the train and was injured. Martin carried out his role properly, ensuring the train and track were made safe and climbing down to support and reassure the passenger until the emergency services arrived.

A guard prosecuted when a passenger was injured as been found not guilty.

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Business as usual at Met

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Gemma Short

The new head of the Met Police, Cressida Dick, is no departure from tradition for the police. Dick was the designated senior officer in the control room in charge of deciding if a special shoot-to-kill policy was needed on the day that Jean Charles de Menezes was shot and killed in 2005.

Cressida Dick was the designated senior officer in the control room in charge of deciding if a special shoot-to-kill policy was needed on the day that Jean Charles de Menezes was shot and killed in 2005.

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Jeff Sessions: a danger to US civil rights

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Simon Nelson

For a large part Trump has been giving jobs and boosting the careers of old friends with no political experience. Some of his appointees do have greater political clout. They are not, however, better people.

Now confirmed as the new Attorney General, Senator Jeff Sessions has a long career opposing civil rights and supporting extreme protectionism.

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Russian Parliament sanctions domestic violence

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Ann Field

10,000 women in Russia die of domestic violence every year. 40% of all serious violent crime in Russia and over 25% of murders take place in the home. Around 36,000 women are victims of domestic violence every day, and so too are 26,000 children.

These are the official statistics. The real statistics will be far higher. Many women do not report incidents of domestic violence, either for fear of repercussions from their husband or partner, or because complaints are often ignored by the police.

New law decriminalises "modest" violence on the grounds of protecting the "traditional family".

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Shrewsbury 24: how we started a campaign to defend pickets

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Keith Road

Our political group has recently celebrated our 50th anniversary. We have been reflecting on some of the movements and disputes that we have played an active role in. One of these was Shrewsbury 24 campaign over the victimisation of building workers in 1972.

1972 saw a major wave of industrial action in Britain. There were more work days lost to strike action in that year than in any other since the 1926 General Strike. States of Emergency were declared during both a miners’ and a dockers’ strike.

1972 saw a major wave of industrial action in Britain. There were more work days lost to strike action in that year than in any other since the 1926 General Strike. States of Emergency were declared during both a miners’ and a dockers’ strike.

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