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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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Orlando: we will not be silenced

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Gemma Short
On Sunday 12 June, 49 people were murdered in an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the largest mass shooting in US history.

On Sunday 12 June, 49 people were murdered in an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the largest mass shooting in US history.

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Sanders: Whither the “political revolution”?

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Traven Leyshon

This is an extraordinary time as we could be at a turning point in American political life.

Sanders is receiving mass support for the message of Occupy — the 99% versus the 1%. He has used his candidacy to popularize key radical demands: $15 and a union, an end to mass incarceration, universal healthcare, free public higher education, legalizing millions of immigrants, a carbon tax, and banning fracking, to name a few, even if articulating them within a social democratic framework; impacting millions who were unfamiliar with such ideas, or had dismissed them as impossible.

Sanders is receiving mass support for the message of Occupy — the 99% versus the 1%. He has used his candidacy to popularize key radical demands, impacting millions who were unfamiliar with such ideas, or who had dismissed them as impossible.

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Wins for Verizon workers

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Ollie Moore

Workers at US telecommunications giant Verizon have forced significant concessions from their bosses, after a strike that lasted more than six weeks. Around 40,000 Verizon staff are expected to return to work on Wednesday 1 June after the company reached a settlement with their unions, the Communication Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, which sees the company retreat from its plans to cut staff pensions and increase outsourcing.

Workers at US telecommunications giant Verizon have forced significant concessions from their bosses, after a strike that lasted more than six weeks.

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Republicans break the bottom of the barrel

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Danny Katch

It's big psychic shock coming to terms with the reality that Trump a bigoted, buffoonish blowhard, loathed by 70 per cent of the population will have his name on the ballot in November as the presidential candidate of one of the two political parties that run the most powerful nation in the world.

Donald Trump a bigoted, buffoonish blowhard, loathed by 70 per cent of the population will have his name on the ballot in November as the presidential candidate of one of the two political parties that run the most powerful nation in the world.

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Singing for the underdog

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Gerry Bates

The country and western singer Merle Haggard, who has died, is best known for The Fighting Side of Me, a song in which he expressed the feelings of American patriots against the Americans who opposed US involvement in Vietnam:

I hear people talkin’ bad
About the way we have to live here in this
country
An’ gripin’ ‘bout the way things oughta be...
An’ I don’t mind ‘em switchin’ sides
An’ standin’ up for things they believe in...
When you’re runnin’ down my country, man
You’re walkin’ on the fightin’ side of me.

Country music is too often despised even by socialists who like folk music and blues. Yet it is the music of the American white working class.

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Telecoms workers strike against corporate greed

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Ira Berkovic

Around 40,000 workers employed by Verizon, one of America’s biggest telecommunications companies, are striking to win a decent contract.

Around 40,000 workers employed by Verizon, one of America’s biggest telecommunications companies, are striking to win a decent contract.

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Chicago strikes again

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Harry Davies

The Chicago Teachers Union has once again committed to strike over terms and conditions, and struck on 1 April.

Previous strike were successful and notable for the level of popular support, largely as a result of rank and file organising in the community. The latest round of action seems to be no exception.

The Chicago Teachers Union has once again committed to strike over terms and conditions, and struck on 1 April.

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"A turning point in American political life"

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Traven Leyshon

Traven Leyshon, Vermont Teamsters/AFL-CIO leader and organiser for the Sanders campaign, spoke at Workers' Liberty's London forum about the Bernie Sanders campaign.


We are at a real turning point in American political life, and that is very exciting.

Traven Leyshon speaks about the Sanders campaign.

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