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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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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)
school students

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
Dump Trump

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 JulySJWWed, 25/04/2018 - 11:15

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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War, Realism and the "Lesser Evil". The Socialist Attitude on the Problem of War by Julius Jacobson, in Anvil and Student Partisan, Fall 1950. SJWWed, 11/04/2018 - 12:54

One of the greatest tragedies of a Third World War which is now drawing closer is the lack of organized opposition to it. The mass of people are not enthusiastically pro-war but they are resigned to it, while the organized social, political and cultural movements, with rare exceptions, are exerting their influence to create the necessary enthusiasm for the all-out Atom War.

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Danger in US-China tit-for-tat

Submitted by SJW on 10 April, 2018 - 7:18 Author: Martin Thomas

As I write on 10 April, US stock markets are recovering after dipping in the wake of tit-for-tat tariff announcements by US president Donald Trump and by the Chinese government on 4-5 April.

Trump and then the Chinese authorities have announced new 25% tariffs on a range of imports from each other. Those are bigger than and additional to the new tariffs introduced by Trump in March on steel and aluminium, and the Chinese retaliations for them.

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Big rise in antisemitism since 2013

Submitted by SJW on 28 March, 2018 - 6:10 Author: Editorial
Swastika graffiti

The year 2017 saw a 60% increase in antisemitic incidents in the USA, and a doubling of the number of cases of antisemitic harassment, vandalism, and attacks in schools and on college campuses.

Over 1,000 of the 1,986 antisemitic incidents reported and collated by the Anti-Defamation League happened in schools or universities.

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US teachers declare victory

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:35 Author: Lois Weiner
US teachers declare victory

On Tuesday 6 March teachers in West Virginia, USA, were celebrating winning all five of their demands after a nine-day statewide strike and included an occupation of the Capitol.

Teachers defeated an expansion of charter schools (similar to academy schools in the UK), a proposal to eliminate seniority, and a ″paycheck-protection″ bill which would have ended union dues being collected from pay. They won a significant pay rise and a mechanism to change unfair health-insurance practices.

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Editorial: Trump threatens trade war

Submitted by SJW on 14 March, 2018 - 12:28 Author: Editorial
World trade

On 1 March Donald Trump announced tariffs of 25% on steel imports, 10% on aluminium imports.

Other governments are alarmed by this shift towards trade war. The OECD, a consortium of the world’s 35 strongest capitalist economies, has criticised the move. Further argument will come at the meeting of the finance ministers and central bank governments of the G20 (20 strongest countries) in Buenos Aires on 19-20 March.

Socialists should be alarmed too, for our own distinct reasons.

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