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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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Abortion: denying women fundamental rights

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Honor Wilkinson-Bell and Beckie Walker, Darlington Young Labour (personal capacity)

As young females, we both feel strongly about the liberation of women. We believe it is abhorrent that women across the world are still denied their fundamental rights, especially in the 21st century.

One significant example is how the issue of abortion, which is still stigmatised in the US, arguably even more so in the Trump era. Despite the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, attacks on women’s right to choose, have continued for years. Violent attacks have taken place in clinics and there have been campaigns to overturn and restrict Roe v. Wade.

Women in the US already face an immense amount of societal pressure when faced with an unwanted pregnancy, which is only worsened by the increasing use of violence and intimidation.

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Hotel workers lockout ends

The lockout of hotel workers in the US city of San Francisco has come to an end, after unions and management announced a 60-day “cooling off” period.

While the union, UNITE HERE Local 2, agreed not to strike for 60 days, it announced it would continue the rest of its effective pressure campaign. After five weeks, the employers finally let the workers return to their jobs, with no agreement on their essential demand that workers give up negotiations on their 2006 contract. And the employers have failed in their attempt to break the union organising drive.

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US hotel workers demand boycott

Hotel workers have demanded a boycott of nine Los Angeles luxury hotels involved in a dispute with over wages, benefits and working conditions.

Nearly 3,000 hotel workers have been attempting to win a new union contract in the hotels who have now formed the Hotel Employers Council.

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The Other America: 27% of US workers fall below poverty line

More than a quarter of all working families in the United States, including 20 million children, are considered low-income or poor, an independent report has found.

Citing 2002 Census data, the report found that 9.2 million families with at least one working adult and one child under 18 — or 27.4% of such families — fall into the government’s measure of low income. This means they earn less than the federal poverty threshold, or less than $36,784 in 2002.

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US hotel workers’ fight continues

Last week thousands of hotel workers and their allies flooded Union Square in San Francisco for a unity rally. Workers at four San Francisco hotels went on strike two weeks ago and hotel operators responded by locking out employees at 10 other locations last Friday. The lockout has been extended to the other four hotels. The union, Unite Here Local 2, represents about 8,000 workers at 60 San Francisco hotels. Some 4,000 cooks, room cleaners, dishwashers, bellmen, servers and switchboard operators are affected by the strike and lockout involving the 14 hotels.

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Paul Hampton reviews Frank Glass: the Restless Revolutionary by Baruch Hirson (Porcupine Press)

Frank Glass was a pioneer Trotskyist of the 1920s and 30s. But his life and work has been largely forgotten, written out of history by the Stalinists and ignored even by genuine Marxists.

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Strike against “Wal-Martisation”

Hotel workers across the United States and Canada have launched a campaign of industrial action to secure recognition and collective bargaining rights in the industry.

Workers at 14 hotels in San Francisco alone are now out on strike, backed by the union UNITE HERE. More strikes are planned in Washington and Los Angeles.

The hotel workers say they want “to prevent the Wal-Martisation” of their industry — it is a response to the rapid consolidation and expansion of the international hotel corporations in recent decades.

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Debate and discussion: Back Nader?

Jim Bywator's comments (Inside America, 10 June) on the presidential campaign seem a little wide of the mark.

True, the case against backing Nader is easy: he's not a leftist, but, rather, some sort of radical, and his campaign certainly isn't 'independent working-class politics'.

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The writing on the wall

  • Corporate America takes over the airwaves
  • Shiny new Corporate America?
  • Striking a pose
  • Striking it rich?


Corporate America takes over the airwaves

The UK radio market is about to be deregulated, making it ripe for take over by big media corporations. One company that will do well in the UK market is US conglomerate Clear Channel.

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