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Labour's martyrs: the story of Sacco and Vanzetti

Submitted by martin on 15 March, 2016 - 1:52 Author: 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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Wildcat strikes against racist boss

Submitted by SJW on 8 August, 2018 - 10:36 Author: Gemma Short

On Tuesday 31 July Indianapolis welder Antoine Dangerfield filmed what became a viral video, watched over 2 million times in two days, of a wildcat strike by Latino construction workers building a new UPS hub.

In the video and in a subsequent interview with Jacobin magazine Dangerfield explains that some Latino workers, working for a different contractor but in the same hub were ordered to go home (effectively sacked) by a white boss he calls racist.

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The answer to Trump: rebuild working-class organisation

Submitted by SJW on 18 July, 2018 - 10:08 Author: Matt Cooper
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July saw the one-man circus that is President Donald Trump smear its rancid trail across Europe.

Most eye-catching was Trump’s support for the anti-immigrant racism of the European populist right. He re-told the standard cultural racist narrative to the Sun, saying that immigration had “changed the fabric” of the continent “I think you are losing your culture.”

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How teacher walkouts can revive the US labour movement

Submitted by AWL on 15 July, 2018 - 5:06 Author: Lois Weiner
Virginia teachers on strike

Lois Weiner is a socialist and teacher trade unionist based in New York. She is the author of The Future of our Schools: Teacher Unions and Social Justice (2012, Haymarket Books) and a member of the editorial board of the socialist journal New Politics. She answered questions from Cathy Nugent of Solidarity and Daniel Randall of the Labour Days podcast about the recent wave of teacher walkouts in the US, and the struggle to revive and transform the labour movement in the age of Trump.

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US socialists challenge Trump

Submitted by SJW on 4 July, 2018 - 2:14 Author: Ira Berkovic

America’s largest socialist organisation, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), has taken a lead in organising radical action in solidarity with migrants and in opposition to the policies of the Trump administration, calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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Don’t let school horror revive “war on terror”

Submitted by SJW on 6 June, 2018 - 11:23 Author: Robin Chadwell & Danny Katch (Abridged from socialistworker.org)
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February, one day after Nikolas Cruz committed a massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, police in Fair Haven, Vermont, received a tip from a friend of Jack Sawyer claiming that the 18-year old was planning a similar mass shooting at his former school.

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Organise to protest Trump visit

Submitted by SJW on 30 May, 2018 - 10:50 Author: A student activist
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Activists in the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts are planning to join the mass protests that will greet Trump’s arrival in the UK on 13 July.

For young people, and school and college-age students especially, Trump is a particularly menacing figure because he threatens to annihilate the future world that the young will inherit. His fight against efforts to stop climate change; his reckless nuclear grandstanding; and his support for closed borders and migrant-hunting all promise to create a darker and more dangerous world in decades to come.

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"A union that belongs to its members"

Submitted by Gemma_S on 27 April, 2018 - 10:58 Author: Gemma Short, Workers' Liberty industrial organiser
A child holding a placard that reads "CTU is fighting for me"

Written for a Workers' Liberty bulletin for the UCU rank-and-file revolt national meeting on 29 April 2018

An often cited example of a rank-and-file network transforming its union for the better is that of the Caucus of Rank-and-File Educators (CORE) in the Chicago Teachers’ Union.

The change in the union came to wider attention during their 2012 contract strike. Where the strength that CORE as itself, and then through the structures of the union, had built up was put to the test — and performed spectacularly.

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Protest Trump on 14 July

Submitted by SJW on 25 April, 2018 - 11:15 Author: Michael Elms

In January 2018, US President Donald Trump cancelled a planned trip to the UK.

His stated reason was that the famously unsuccessful realtor didn’t fancy the “off-location” US Embassy. But the real reason was almost certainly that Trump wanted to duck the huge wave of protest that anyone could see would meet any visit. The racist, authoritarian and climate-change-denying policies of the Trump administration stoked a storm of indignation and a series of huge rallies at the very suggestion of his visit.

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