July 11, 2002 Vol. 44, No. 27 50¢ VENEZUELA Y LA AFL-CIO 12 Rallies defend civil rights March on FBI 30 cities hit Becker is a spokesperson for ANSWER—the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism coalition—which organized the Washington demonstration. Activists in 30 other cities building in D.C. Bush, Ashcroft responded to the coalition’s call and organized local ac- tions to defend civil rights. Close to 1,000 people turned out for this bold protest on the very doorstep of the police agencies that have rounded up and detained without By Leslie Feinberg By Greg Butterfield Washington, D.C. charge thousands of Arab, Muslim and South Asian immigrants since Roundups of Arab, South Asian and Muslim immi- Speaking to a crowd gathered outside the Justice De- 9/11. Now the government is also grants in the United States and the chilling attacks on partment and FBI headquarters, Brian Becker declared, moving to strip the rights of U.S. cit- civil liberties in this reactionary political climate are “The last thing that President Bush, Attorney General izens it labels “enemy combatants.” designed to freeze domestic dissent. But in defiance of Ashcroft and FBI Director Mueller want to see is hun- Those who came represented a this new “cold war,” a resistance movement is germi- dreds and thousands of people in the streets, saying we wide swath of the U.S. working class nating. will resist the repression against immigrants and defend and political movement, from Mus- Evidence? Between June 27 and 29, activists in more our right to protest.” lim workers brought by their than 30 cities in the U.S. took part in coordinated mosques and lesbian, gay, bi and demonstrations against the trampling of civil rights by trans activists to union members and Attorney General John Ashcroft and the FBI—includ- the anti-war movement. Young peo- ing a demonstration in front of the headquarters of the ple marched alongside grandparents and families. Many political police in Washington. The International carried the flag of embattled Palestine or wore T-shirts sup- ANSWER—Act Now to Stop War & End Racism—coali- STAY porting political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal. Noting the crowd’s strength in diversity, and saying tion issued the call for the wave of protests. VIGILANT that the president speaks only for the 1 percent of the pop- San Francisco 4 MUMIA! ulation that owns 40 percent of the wealth, Becker said, “We are Bush’s worst nightmare.” In San Francisco on June 28, 400 people gathered at Recent court decisions Powell and Market streets and marched to the Federal While the numbers were modest compared to the Building. The crowd included many youths and political shouldn't lull the move- 100,000-strong protest in solidarity with Palestine on and labor activists, and many who were new to demon- ment. It's time to fight April 20, organizers emphasized that June 29 represented strations. harder than ever. Workers a rising fight-back against the widening domestic assault The constellation of speakers gave a glimpse of the po- World Party statement. 2 litical currents coalescing in an independent movement Continued on page 6 that is standing up against a common enemy. Eyad Kishawi of the Free Palestine Alliance spoke about WALL STREET SHOCKERS the banning of the General Union of Palestinian Students at San Francisco State University after a protest against WorldCom, Adelphia—what does their fall the Israeli massacre of Palestinians. The struggle of the mean for the people? What's happening Palestinian people is linked with the fight for civil liberties to the capitalist economy? 4-5 in the United States, Kishawi said. The thousands of Arab men arrested by the U.S. government “were guilty of one thing: belonging to a race, a class, that is antithetical to SHOWDOWN ON THE DOCKS everything that the empire stands for.” Mario Santos, of the Filipino group BAYAN Interna- The Bush administration is talking 'national tional, said airport screeners in San Francisco and Oak- security' to stop a strike by militant longshore land are among the many people of color being deported. workers. But the bosses may force one They are being denied civil liberties “because U.S. capi- WW PHOTOS: DEIRDRE GRISWOLD over job cuts. 7 Top, Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, above, Mahdi Bray. Continued on page 6 LETTER CARRIERS BEWARE New evidence shows the government knows who sent the anthrax letters. He may have helped poison 10,000 Africans as well as postal workers here. EDITORIAL 10 SUBSCRIBE to Workers World W E E K LY N E W S PAP E R Special trial subscription: $2 for 8 weeks $25 for one year NAME ADDRESS CITY/STATE/ZIP PHONE NUMBER WORKERS WORLD NEWSPAPER 55 W. 17 St. NY, NY 10011 (212) 627-2994 WW PHOTO: BILL HACKWELL San Francisco march against the government's assault on civil liberties, June 28. Page 2 July 11, 2002 www.workers.org WORKERS WORLD PARTY STATEMENT. Mumia needs # National Rallies defend civil rights . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 our vigilance! Mumia needs our vigilance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 ‘Pay reparations, free political prisoners’ . . . . . . . . . . 3 Safiya Bukhari interview, part 2. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 T Wall Street reels as WorldCom collapses. . . . . . . . . . 4 he global crisis caused by the during the original trial, and the taped Bush administration’s policy of confession of self-described mob hit- Baltimore community group fights utility . . . . . . . . . 4 “unending war” has placed man Arnold Beverly, who says that he, Buffalo workers need jobs, not gimmicks . . . . . . . . . 5 tremendous burdens and responsibil- not Abu-Jamal, killed Philadelphia Supporters of Abouassa pack Boston court . . . . . . . . 6 ities on all progressive and revolu- Police Officer Daniel Faulkner on Dec. Showdown looms on West Coast docks . . . . . . . . . . 7 tionary organizations and activists. 9, 1981. Pride in San Francisco . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 But while the need to oppose the The struggle will decide Vouchers, another scam aimed at poor . . . . . . . . . . 8 U.S. war drive, defend the Palestinian people and resist repression against A flurry of recent federal rulings on Church group fined for travel to Cuba . . . . . . . . . . . 8 the Arab, Muslim and South Asian the death penalty could reinforce a Mother of civil rights martyr at Pride rally . . . . . . . . . 9 communities is paramount, the move- false impression that Abu-Jamal’s life June Jordan: people’s poet. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 ment must also remain vigilant in its is no longer in jeopardy, or even that defense of Mumia Abu-Jamal. state-sponsored executions are on the # International FREE Abu-Jamal, a former Black Pan- way out. Argentine police kill protesters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Mumia Abu-Jamal! ther, award-winning journalist and On July 1, U.S. 2nd District Court U.S. bombs Afghan wedding party . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 tireless revolutionary activist, was a Judge Jed S. Rakoff ruled that federal based at least partially on this prece- # Editorials victim of the colossal government executions are unconstitutional, due frame-up operation known as Coin- to the high rate of innocent people on dent. Anthrax and Mr. Z . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 telpro and its local extension by the death row. There is now a very real danger of # Noticias En Español Philadelphia Police Department. The ruling is important insofar as it Yohn’s ruling being reversed—espe- Now, in the name of “homeland se- shows yet another crack in the ruling cially if the U.S. capitalist establish- Venezuela . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 curity,” federal authorities are trying class consensus on the death penalty. ment feels it has successfully weak- to re-institute and reinforce the kind And it will open up new challenges for ened the momentum of Abu-Jamal’s supporters. WW CALENDAR of police spying and dirty tricks that the death-penalty abolition move- resulted in the imprisonment of Abu- ment. More than 180 days have passed BALTIMORE. Fri., July 12 since Yohn overturned Abu-Jamal’s In Bridgeview, Ill.: Jamal and so many other Black, Rakoff’s ruling, which applies to Sat., July 27 Eyewitness Palestine. Latino and Native revolutionaries in federal executions in New York, Con- death sentence. Yet he remains on “Labor for Reparations.” Rally Featuring Richard Becker, the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. necticut and Vermont, will be ap- death row. sponsored by Labor for International Action Center; In light of these developments, the Reparations including Dr. Twenty years ago, on July 3, 1982, pealed and undoubtedly accompa- Mahmud Ahmad, Free Kwame Oabayomi; Sally Palestine Alliance; and new Abu-Jamal was sentenced to death for nied by a new wave of racist, pro- movement must take seriously the Davies, President AFSCME threats by Democrat Ed Rendell to ex- video “Palestine Fights for the killing of a white Philadelphia cop. death-penalty propaganda. District Council 92; Eric Freedom.” 7 p.m. At the Al The sentence followed an outrageous Likewise, recent U.S. Supreme ecute Abu-Jamal if he is elected Penn- Easton, Vice President, Aqsa School, 7361 W. 92 St., police frame-up and racist mockery Court decisions regarding the death sylvania governor this year. National Action Network; All- Bridgeview. For info (773) Nor can we be content with a life Peoples Congress, ANSWER. of a trial under “hanging judge” Al- penalty—for example, the ban on ex- 878-0166 or email 3 p.m. At Unity United email@example.com. bert Sabo. ecuting mentally disabled people— sentence. Mumia Abu-Jamal is an in- Methodist Church, 1433 Since then, Abu-Jamal’s name and have a double-edged character. nocent man and a vital leader of the Edmondson Ave. For info face have become synonymous with On one hand, it reflects the tremen- movement of oppressed and working (410) 235-7040 or WINDSOR, CANADA. the worldwide struggle against the dous growth of anti-death-penalty people for equality and social justice. firstname.lastname@example.org. Fri.-Sun., July 26-28 racist U.S. death penalty. sentiment here and worldwide. He must be freed to take his rightful Cuba Labor Conference. With place in the struggle. CHICAGO. leaders of the Cuban Since federal Judge William Yohn On the other, it demonstrates a con- Workers Federation (CTC), struck down Abu-Jamal’s death sen- scious effort by the repressive arm of Ultimately, it won’t be the courts Thu., July 11 featuring Pedro Ross Leal, tence last December, his case has been the capitalist state to “clean up” its that decide Abu-Jamal’s fate but the Eyewitness Palestine. CTC General Secretary. struggle in the streets, on the cam- Featuring Richard Becker, confined to the legal arena. Yohn ruled image by doing away with some of its Includes update on the situ- International Action Center; that the jury in Abu-Jamal’s 1982 trial most horrendous abuses in order to puses and in the communities. The ation in Cuba, role of Cuba’s Mahmud Ahmad, Free strength of the movement, not only for unions in Cuba’s recovery. was improperly instructed on its sen- keep the death penalty as part of its Palestine Alliance; and new Sponsored jointly by U.S.- tencing options. He said the prosecu- arsenal against the working class and solidarity with Abu-Jamal, but for all video “Palestine Fights for Canada labor unions. To reg- tion must either seek a new sentenc- oppressed people. political prisoners, against the death Freedom.” 7 p.m. At Room ister contact: U.S.-Cuba penalty, against war and racism, will 161-Schmitt Academic ing hearing within 180 days or Abu- A less publicized June 17 Supreme Labor Exchange at Center, DePaul University- Jamal would be taken off death row Court ruling could have immediate, win his freedom. phone/fax: (313) 561-8330 Lincoln Park Campus. For Let this be a wakeup call for all rev- or email@example.com and automatically given a sentence of dangerous consequences for Abu- info (773) 878-0166 or email life in prison. Jamal. It threw out a ruling made by olutionary and progressive forces to firstname.lastname@example.org. At the same time, Yohn ignored ev- the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals make Abu-Jamal’s struggle for life idence of constitutional violations last November and restored the death and freedom central to our work to- Workers World presented by Abu-Jamal’s legal team sentence of Pennsylvania death row gether with all the other critical issues. 55 West 17 Street that should have been the basis for a inmate George Banks. We must be ready to act on a mo- New York, N.Y. 10011 new trial, if not his immediate release. 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Roger Green, a New York Washington, D.C., affecting the Black movement’s quest State Assembly member, spoke on current rally on Aug. 17. for social justice. legislation calling for a statewide commis- The first took place on June 17 when sion to determine the impact of slavery in Black activists and elected officials met on New York City from 1625 until 1827. the steps of City Hall to call for repara- City Councilperson Bill Perkins spoke tions. The press conference focused on about a local reparations bill entitled three resolutions on the local, state and the “Queen Mother Moore Resolution national level that call for setting up com- for Reparations.” Moore was a beloved missions to examine the economic and po- African American activist for more than PVN PHOTO: SUE HARRIS litical impact of the Trans-Atlantic African 60 years who demanded reparations slave trade on the African American pop- until her passing. ulation today. Other speakers included the rev- time social activist Charles Barron incarcerated because of the FBI’s racist The African slave trade greatly erends Herbert Daughtry and Al called for the release of all political pris- Cointelpro attacks. enriched the coffers of the U.S. capitalist Sharpton. Attorney Roger Wareham oners. Barron brought special attention Part of Barron’s press statement read, economy, helping to propel the U.S. to spoke on the historic lawsuit that has to the cases of political prisoners Jalil “I am introducing a resolution which its position as the dominant imperialist been filed in the New York and New Muntaqim and Robert Seth Hayes, who condemns the criminalization of politi- country in the world. At least 4 million Jersey courts demanding that particular are both up for parole this month. cal activity and expression as a method African people were brutally exploited corporations that profited off the slave Former political prisoners Safiya of political control, and abuses by by not being paid one penny for all the trade pay reparations. Viola Plummer, a Bukhari and Herman Ferguson from agents of the U.S. government, includ- great wealth they created. leader of the December 12th Movement, the Jericho Movement and former ing law enforcement agencies which are The speakers at the news conference all raised the rally in Washington, D.C., Black Panther leader Kathleen Cleaver designed to stifle political beliefs. … talked of the racist inequities that the calling for reparations that will take joined Barron at the news conference. There is past precedent for support of African American community continues to place on Aug. 17. Barron has introduced the first legis- the cause of other political prisoners. suffer in U.S. society, including youth in- On June 26, also on the steps of City lation in the history of New York City Why can they not do the same for Black carceration, police brutality, inadequate Hall, City Council member and long- bringing attention to political prisoners political prisoners?” education, health care, housing and much State repression and the Black struggle WW interview with Safiya Bukhari the work we did organizing welfare IH: So was the raid on the office? mothers. I sold papers in my community On Dec. 4, 1969, Chicago police assassi- SB: No, on their homes. Simultaneously, because papers were very important. nated Hampton while he was sleeping, all these people were arrested almost at That’s how you got the information out. I along with Mark Clark. Four other Pan- the same time, during the early morning taught political education classes. PART 2 thers were also shot, beaten and ar- that day. And soon I was given a section. My sec- rested. Hampton had just been ap- tion was 125th to 116th streets from 7th IH: So this is a perfect example of pointed to the Party’s Central Committee Avenue to 1st Avenue. That’s a big section, Cointelpro–a systematic raid on every- By Imani as chief of staff. but we didn’t think that it was going to hap- one’s home, 21 people. Henry Bobby Seale and Erica Huggins were pen overnight. So I would spend a lot of both indicted and later acquitted of mur- SB: Actually, 1969 was a very bad year time out in the community organizing. Be In Part 1 former political prisoner der charges in the death of a police in- for the party. 1969 was the year Fred aware of what’s going on in your commu- Safiya Bukhari said that her personal formant. Hampton and Mark Clark were killed in nity and make your daily reports of what experience with police harassment, not Chicago. Also during this time Panther Safiya Bukhari: I tell people straight up you encountered. That’s how you learned the revolutionary program, inspired leaders Bobby Seale and Erica Huggins that it was the New York Police Department about the community that you lived in and her to join the Black Panther Party for were arrested in New Haven, Conn. Huey that made me decide to join the Black Pan- the issues that affected your community. Self-Defense. Her appreciation for the Newton was already in jail and BPP ther Party. In college I supported the war Basicly we organized on whatever were program would develop after she Minister of Information Elridge Cleaver in Vietnam. I was so far to the right it was the needs of the community. I remember joined the BPP. was forced into exile. ridiculous. I was writing essays on “Why we this sister had gotten raped and we went to This part of the interview focuses on There was like a command coming from should be in Vietnam.” But by the time the work with her and the person who attacked the FBI’s brutal attack on the Panthers somewhere in the party on what to do. So summer of 1969 was over, in November, I said they were coming back, and so we set under Cointelpro. even though we were doing the commu- was in the party. up this sting to catch the person who had On April 2, 1969, 21 members of the nity programs, the government’s operation That’s why I got involved. If these police raped this sister. Black Panthers in New York were in- to destroy the party continued. Most of the dicted on charges of conspiring to blow are supposed to be the protectors of the IH: How did Cointelpro impact time I was in the party, the issue of politi- up five department stores, a police sta- community and they’re violating rights, the East Coast BPP? cal prisoners was the major thing because tion, railroad tracks and the Bronx then somebody has to stand up and speak we had Panther trials going on all over the up against it. SB: Well, during this time the Panther Botanical Gardens. Those arrested were country. We saw several attacks that came down 21 were on trial. A big part of the organ- held on $100,000 bail each. Many Pan- So if they weren’t already on trial, their so quickly with the Cointelpro program. izing was to make sure the courtroom ther followers and supporters consid- offices were being raided and more people Everything was just geared to making sure was filled and money was there for their ered this a form of “ransom bail” used by were going to jail. The media were televis- that we did not get a chance to work step legal defense. the district attorney and the court sys- ing raids on Panther offices. by step through stages of political educa- The 21 were basically the leadership of tem to keep freedom fighters in jail By 1971, the government’s dissemina- tion, to organize in the community in the the New York chapter of the party prior throughout the protracted trial process. tion of false information played upon in- method that would have insured that the to them getting captured. They thought On May 13, 1971, after mass protests, ternal contradictions within the organiza- masses of the people would have been in- that by taking the leadership away they they were acquitted of all the trumped- tion that brought a split in the party and ba- volved in our movement by the time it came would destroy the New York chapter of up charges. The Panther 21 defendants sically the disintegration of the party. to the stage of armed struggle. the party. included Afeni Shakur, mother of the late Next—Part 3. rap artist Tupac Shakur. Imani Henry: What work did you A VOICE from Fred Hampton, at the age of 20, be- do with the Panthers? By Osborne P. Anderson, a Black revolution- came leader of the Chicago chapter of ary who was there. With an essay on ‘The HARPER’S the BPP. From his work with the free SB: As part of my work, we did commu- Unfinished Revolution’ by Vince Copeland & health care clinic to the free breakfast nity self-defense, community organizing, new prefaces by Mumia Abu-Jamal and FERRY1859 program to organizing community con- the breakfast programs, the liberation Monica Moorehead. 128 pp, photographs. trol of the police, he evolved into a schools. I did welfare rights organizing. $18 available at The welfare rights organization that beloved leader of the Black community. came into existence came out of a lot of w w w.l ef t b oo ks.c o m Page 4 July 11, 2002 www.workers.org Capitalist boom leads to bust Wall Street reels as WorldCom collapses By Milt Neidenberg and Exchange Commission (SEC), the The hope for a vigorous recovery from Federal Communications Commission the 2001 recession is fading, notwith- The fallout from the financial crisis at and congressional oversight committees. standing the efforts of Greenspan to spin Are the wizards of WorldCom, the second-largest long-dis- All are frantically grasping for Band- a web of damage control. Evidence is pil- tance telephone service provider in the Aids to dampen the growing anger over ing up that the demise of WorldCom is just Wall Street worried country, is incalculable. The corporation, this criminal activity—and, most impor- the tip of the iceberg. that another 1929 which is on the edge of a Chapter 11 bank- tantly, to allay the fears that the fallout will ruptcy, controls over 70 percent of Internet not be isolated but will affect the economy The rot behind the stink stock market crash traffic at some point, about 30 percent of as a whole. A wave of bankruptcies and accounting consumer long-distance phone calls, and 50 The collapse of any individual indus- scandals has laid bare what is going on in is on the horizon? percent of all corporate communications in trial or financial institution, even one as the giant financial and corporate institu- Whether their fears the U.S. large as WorldCom, might have only lim- tions. Corporate/banking heads and many Chief Executive Officer John Sidgemore ited significance for the overall economy. of their boards of directors have stacked will be realized announced that another 17,000 workers On occasion, the financial markets even the books with phony profits to rip off bil- would be laid off immediately. Of a pre- shrug off these developments and play up lions of dollars in bloated salaries, stock remains to be seen, dominately non-union workforce that once what is positive to calm the jittery nerves trading, stock options and bonuses. Huge but the danger totaled 80,000, some 6,000 have already of investors. Capitalist propaganda, losses that were covered up have now come been axed. Sidgemore assured the govern- through the powerful and tightly con- to light. lights are flashing. ment, which relies heavily on WorldCom trolled media, can often do this. But this WorldCom was just one of many corpo- circuits, that there would be no disruptions time it may prove more difficult, given the rations that gave its top executives exorbi- The capitalist of vital communications, meaning the crisis. tant freebies while covering up $3.8 bil- economy is on a workloads of the remaining workers will A Wall Street Journal front-page article lion in losses. increase dramatically. on June 27, titled “Stock Market Compli- Corporate malfeasance is compounded slippery slope Sidgemore, who dumped most of his cates Central Bank’s Challenge to Revive by an increasingly weak economy, a falling shares in the company while management U.S. Economy,” showed concern about ac- dollar—now at its lowest level against the was cooking the books, has stashed away cumulating scandals—Xerox has joined euro in 28 months—huge government and lead agent for all three WorldCom credit close to $90 million. But his take is much the growing list—and wonders whether the corporate debt, and the flight of interna- lines; J.P. Morgan Chase, Citigroup, Fleet higher when additional benefits are in- gloom and doom on the market will affect tional capital, which had been a key factor Boston Financial, Mellon Financial, Bank cluded. Other insiders, including former economic growth. in U.S. economic expansion. Most signifi- One and Wells Fargo. and current officers and board members, “There is a risk that at some point the cant, consumer confidence dropped to a walked away with hundreds of millions of Trillions appear to vanish cumulative impact on business, investor four-month low, the second biggest drop dollars. and consumer confidence of declining since Sept. 11. Also in difficulty are the holders of $28 One long-time WorldCom employee in stock prices and the drumbeat of news of Are the wizards of Wall Street worried billion in WorldCom bonds, whose value New Jersey told Workers World how the corporate malfeasance takes a toll on that another 1929 stock market crash is on is now down to 13 cents on the dollar, as layoffs were carried out: “You could hear a growth,” warns the Journal article. the horizon? Whether their fears and anx- well as the shareholders, whose stock is pin drop. Those of us who didn’t receive a Federal Reserve Board Chair Alan ieties will be realized remains to be seen, currently floating at around 6 cents. pink slip watched as cardboard boxes piled Greenspan has challenged the analysts’ but the danger lights are flashing. The cap- Clearly, if WorldCom petitions for bank- up outside the buildings were handed out concern. He would like the public to be- italist economy is on a slippery slope, slid- ruptcy, much of this equity will become to our sisters and brothers. Management lieve that the economy is improving, and ing in that direction. worthless. told them to fill up the boxes with the per- that what goes on in the stock market does The stock market overall has been in de- It is estimated that over $2 trillion has sonal belongings they had accumulated not affect economic growth. cline since well before 2002. The NASDAQ been lost in the financial markets since the during years of service. Most controlled Tell that to the millions of unemployed. market has plunged 72 percent, the biggest Enron debacle. their emotions. They were followed by The stock market is the heart and nerve drop in any major market since the 1929 More and more what emerges is the out- guards to make sure the company property center of the capitalist system. Its health crash. This is where the high-tech dotcoms line of a general economic crisis. The stock was secure.” determines the entire economic and class have been traded. market is an integrated element of the en- underpinning on which the market rests. The prestigious Standard & Poor’s 500 tire financial services industry—the mul- Capitalists’ old lament: Sam Marcy, the founder of Workers is down nearly one third. The Dow Jones titude of banks, credit unions, insurance too much capacity World Party, wrote in “Wall Street Crash, industrial average has dropped 2,000 companies, mortgage associations and, WorldCom’s demise, following the boom What Does It Mean?” in 1988: “The stock points, from 11,000 to around 9,000 in two most important, pension funds that are the and bust period currently affecting the market should not be understood in the years. lifeline of senior workers who have labored strategic telecommunications industry, has narrow sense. It broadly encompasses the The bursting bubble of the vast telecom- long years for economic security. triggered a monumental crisis. There is just heads of the biggest banks (such as the Fed- munications industry threatens to affect The stock market is not just a barome- too much capacity and competition within eral Reserve Board), the heads of other ex- many other Fortune 500 financial/corpo- ter but an economic summary. It is inti- the industry—too many sellers and not changes and government agencies like the rate titans. mately bound up with the world econ- enough buyers. It has drawn the attention SEC. It is the most prominent representa- A statistic in the New York Times June omy—an economy dominated by U.S. im- of the Bush administration, the Securities tive of capitalist production itself.” 27 —one day following the WorldCom col- perialism. It is wedded to the boom and lapse—put it in sharp perspective. Merrill bust cycle and to the crisis of overproduc- Lynch, the country’s largest brokerage tion that results in mass layoffs and Victory in Baltimore corporation, has tracked the top 20 stocks, poverty. The workers will bear the brunt of this measured by the number of accounts that Community group each major investor held at the beginning collapse. Since the recession began in of the year. These investors have suffered March 2001, 1.2 million U.S. workers have a significant loss of 36.1 percent in that been laid off, nearly 170,000 of them from fights utility period. the telecommunications industry. More Those wiped out over the last two years will be laid off now that the bubble has are not just the average Main Street in- burst. Few will ever be hired back. Add this vestors. These are the big boys, who invest to the previous victims of unemployment By Sharon Black to lose their jobs. big-time in blue-chip corporate/banking and poverty and a major economic catas- Baltimore All Peoples Congress organizer Renee behemoths such as General Electric, IBM, trophe is in the making. Washington stated, “People would have Citigroup, Microsoft, AOL Time-Warner The economic crisis has mushroomed At a press conference on June 27, the All been ripped off, first by BGE and then by and other illustrious giants that make up into a political crisis, even though the Bush Peoples Congress announced a temporary ACE checking, which would have taken ad- the 20 most widely held stocks. government and the Democratic Party victory after Baltimore Gas & Electric Com- vantage of people with cut-off notices who Most significant, the roll call of the 20 have only minor quarrels. Both are march- pany announced that its downtown offices were desperate to have gas and electric behemoths reveals that they, too, are not ing in lockstep with their allies on Wall would remain open until 2003. service. immune from a growing economic crisis. Street. The company had said two months ago “We fought hard, held protests and It confirms that they are subject to the de- Since Bush initiated his “war on terror- that it would close its last two customer collected petitions. Both the workers clining rate of profit. Overproduction in- ism,” framed in a frenzy of patriotism, the service offices on July 1, provoking protests inside the building and the community hibits them from expanding and investing attacks on the workforce, their jobs, civil from the All Peoples Congress and the Of- were united in wanting to continue serv- in new technology. It drives them to reduce rights and labor rights have dramatically fice of People’s Counsel. ice. We are proud of this victory but their workforce, increase productivity and increased. Immigrant-bashing, racism BGE had arranged for customers to pay understand we must keep up the fight aggravate the economic crisis further. All and sexism are on the rise. their bills at ACE checking. ACE has come for justice.” this can only speed up the class struggle. If the labor movement is to win back a under attack from senior advocate groups BGE will continue with plans to close a The WorldCom executives, whose scan- measure of economic and political justice, and has been sued by consumer groups for smaller office outside the city and will re- dalous conduct has come to light because then as a first step, working class solidar- fraudulent loan practices. It provides “pay duce hours. The All Peoples Congress has of overproduction, are linked to the most ity and unity must take precedence over day loans.” vowed to continue fighting and has called powerful banks in the world. The lenders the patriotic war cries of the Bush admin- Workers at both locations were slated on the community to remain vigilant. to WorldCom include Bank of America, istration. There is no other way. www.workers.org July 11, 2002 Page 5 Squeezed dry by big corporations Buffalo workers need jobs, not gimmicks By Bev Hiestand “Estimates show one in four people in Buf- any commercial products generated by During the 1975 bank takeover of New Buffalo, N.Y. falo are poor, but many experts believe these and other research projects. But the York by the Municipal Assistance there are far more people below the poverty partners won’t provide venture capital to Corporation (MAC) and Emergency Another promise to bring new jobs and line here and across the United States than the center. Financial Control Board (EFCB), these the possibility of an economic turnaround the numbers suggest.” That means huge amounts of hard- two unelected Goliaths ruled the city. to this increasingly impoverished city has A newly published analysis of census earned tax dollars of working people will They controlled all city revenues and come to an abrupt end. Adelphia Commu- data reveals Buffalo has the sixth-highest be used to develop new drugs that phar- had the power to approve or reject all nications Corp., the country’s sixth-largest rate of child poverty in the country—nearly maceutical companies will appropriate city contracts—including labor con- cable television operator, filed for Chapter 40 percent. and sell at exorbitantly high prices. And tracts. They laid off tens of thousands of 11 bankruptcy on June 25. This past year 300 teachers and school most poor and oppressed people in Buf- city employees and decreed wage In June 2000, Adelphia pledged to con- administrators were laid off because of a se- falo, who lack health insurance, will not be freezes, increased subway fares and struct a 15-story operations center on Buf- vere city budget crisis. This means fewer able to purchase them. tuition, and slashed city services. falo’s waterfront and create 1,000 jobs. teachers and larger class sizes. Further cuts A study on the growth of U.S. biotech- African American and Latino commu- Since then, 800 workers have been hired may be made this summer if more state and nology released by the Brookings nities, and all the poor and unemployed, and placed in existing downtown office city funding is not received. This could Institution, a Washington think tank, bore the brunt. space awaiting completion of the center. mean elimination of kindergarten, coun- cautioned that if research is successful, The unions fought back. But the MAC The city and state agreed to give the com- selors, music teachers, social workers, it will take a decade or more to bear sig- and the EFCB–backed by the governor and pany incentives, including $50 million of sports programs and more. nificant fruit and will require a consid- a powerful array of bankers and insurance state money and tax breaks. City officials erable investment of time and money. tycoons—overpowered the labor move- and business leaders touted the Adelphia Who profits, who pays? (Buffalo News, June 16) ment. The unions were forced to accept center as a catalyst for development of the Politicians, banks, business develop- The newspaper quoted Paul Nickels, crushing cutbacks. Only after the unions inner city and harbor. ment corporations and contractors have public affairs director for the Edison agreed to commit millions out of their pen- The Buffalo area was once known for its put forth numerous schemes over the Biotechnology Center in Cleveland, who sion funds to bail out the city did the industrial might, but it has lost more than years: constructing a new convention cen- said, “Buffalo’s heart will get broken on bankers relinquish their grip on New York half its factory employment since 1958. The ter, now proposing another one, building a occasion. You’ll have a young company, and the threat of bankruptcy eased. March 6 Buffalo News reported that the new baseball stadium, a hockey arena and which starts growing, then it will go away. But the labor movement and the op- Buffalo-Niagara region had lost 4,300 jobs a subway that only runs the length of Main Somebody will throw money at it and lure pressed communities never completely re- over the preceding 12 months as employ- Street. All these projects were pitched as it to Maryland.” covered from the 1975 financial crisis. ment at local factories fell to the lowest level magnets for investors, developers, shop- in at least 44 years. pers, tourists and jobs. Big MAC hard to swallow Marx was right! Beginning in March of this year, evi- Instead, they brought profits to the de- “There’s a conspiracy going on to bring Revelations of corrupt, greedy corporate dence began to surface that Adelphia velopers and banks and very few jobs. All the city of Buffalo to its knees, to force the owners are no surprise. It is evident that founder John Rigas and other family mem- were built with taxpayer money. city into bankruptcy, or a situation where Enron, Tyco International and Adelphia bers kept two sets of books. They greatly un- While inner-city homes in the poor and a state control board is called in to run City Communications are not the exception, but derstated company deficits and over-in- oppressed communities are deteriorating, Hall,” warned Common Council President the rule. flated subscriber numbers. the city is converting empty downtown James W. Pitts, who is African American. Karl Marx wrote that for a really high Adelphia later disclosed it had guaran- buildings into luxury apartments costing He added: “There’s a need for commu- profit, a capitalist would commit murder; teed $2.3 billion in loans to Rigas, his fam- more than $1,000 a month. This is being nity-based planning … based on the real but for one even higher, he would risk ily and Rigas-controlled companies. Adel- promoted as a way to bring people back into needs and concerns of people in the neigh- death. Lenin, the leader of the first social- phia has since revealed that the family bor- the deserted downtown area. Yet thou- borhoods. This is what we need to make ist revolution in 1917 in Russia, added that rowed an estimated $3.1 billion. They used sands of poor people who live in the area Buffalo strong. Buffalo’s future is not giv- for a profit, a capitalist would sell the rope company cash or assets to buy and run the won’t be able to afford these apartments ing money to the big, rich developers. It is used to hang him. Buffalo Sabres hockey team, expand their and condominiums. giving money to the people who matter.” The solution for Buffalo is not another personal cable company holdings, acquire Now city officials are rushing to capital- (Buffalo News, May 30) greedy capitalist scheme—it lies in the anti- timberland and invest in a golf course. ize on the biotech industry. They are pro- According to news reports, some local capitalist class struggle. Here in Buffalo (New York Times, June 23) Rigas’s daugh- moting the development of a government- officials are proposing a municipal assis- there have been several recent examples. ter reportedly used a $3.7-million com- and industry-sponsored bio-informatics tance corporation—like the one instituted This spring tens of thousands of stu- pany-backed loan to make a movie. complex in Buffalo. Cities around the globe in New York City in 1975—to oversee lend- dents, teachers, parents and local activists Since the disclosures, Adelphia stock are competing for research into new drugs ing money to Buffalo. organized several large rallies and school has plummeted from $20.29 a share to and medical therapies expected to follow The loans, guaranteed by the federal walkouts protesting the gutting of public pennies. the recent mapping of the human genome. government, would hinge on Buffalo’s education. Some suggested that the billions (Buffalo News, June 16) ability to “pass major reforms.” The state going to the Pentagon for war could be put Blow to workers and poor The University of Buffalo, Roswell Park would be asked to temporarily waive some to good use building new schools and hir- A June 16 Buffalo News article con- Cancer Institute and Hauptman-Wood- of its mandates—notably the Taylor Law, ing more teachers. cluded, “For more than 1,000 Adelphia ward Medical Research Institute—with governing public employees and contract Workers at New Era Cap Co. in near- workers locally, the price could be the loss some private pharmaceutical companies negotiations. by Derby, who make major league base- of their jobs as the company is broken up and government sources—will open a re- The banks, of course, want to keep that ball caps, ratified a contract on June 27 to try to pay off its more than $14 billion search complex here. Some $290 million of part of the Taylor Law that prohibits work- after an 11-month strike. The workers, in debts.” the funds to build it are from state and fed- ers from striking. What they want to end represented by the Communications Adelphia secured $1.5 billion in financ- eral monies. is the requirement that companies accept Workers union, waged a heroic struggle ing from J. P. Morgan Chase and Citigroup The 11 research partners, including arbitration rather than unilaterally impose against sweatshop labor and unsafe on June 21 to allow it to operate while re- pharmaceutical giants Pfizer and Bristol- wage and benefit cuts or restraints on working conditions. Their efforts were organizing. (New York Times, June 24) The Myers Squibb, hope to take advantage of workers. more powerful because of support from money comes with conditions not revealed the AFL-CIO and United Students yet. But downsizing is often part of such re- Against Sweatshops, a campus-based structuring. rights group. Students and activists in There’s the possibility the Sabres team the Buffalo area mobilized picket lines could leave town. That could cost Erie and educated the public about corporate County and New York State taxpayers tens globalization and sweatshop labor. of millions in written-off or reduced pay- On March 2, 20,000 health care union backs on state loans that helped build the workers, doctors, patients, parents and HSBC Arena. The Buffalo News also notes supporters held a rally that was the turn- that team owners owe the city more than ing point in stopping Kaleida Health Corp. $1.5 million for stadium ground rent and from closing Children’s Hospital. roadwork outside the arena. In June, patients and families from the The loss of hundreds of jobs is one more poorest neighborhoods in Buffalo—in- blow to the working and oppressed people cluding immigrants from many coun- of this city. As better-paid whites and their tries—joined union health care workers in families have left the city for the suburbs, rallies to demand that Kaleida not close a the burden of poverty in this city has been community health care clinic that offers disproportionately carried by the African WW PHOTO: GLORIA LA RIVA culturally-sensitive and competent care. American, Puerto Rican and other op- Buffalo doesn't need another capitalist 'get rich' scheme. Above, workers from What working and oppressed people in pressed communities. The last U.S. census New Era Cap Co., who just won a contract after an 11-month strike. Backed by an Buffalo need most is to broaden these declared Buffalo the eighth most segre- AFL-CIO boycott and area students and activists, they showed that what this impoverished region needs most is a fightback. struggles for jobs and safe working condi- gated city in the country. tions, education and health care. According to the March 4 Buffalo News, Page 6 July 11, 2002 www.workers.org 30 cities protest Ashcroft-Bush Continued from page 1 Frank Martin del Campo of the Labor talism is undergoing a crisis,” Santos said. Council for Latin American Advancement Speakers called attention to political and Howard Wallace of Service Employ- prisoners who were targets of Cointelpro, ees Local 250 and the national board of including Geronimo Ji Jaga, Leonard Pride at Work also spoke. Peltier and Mumia Abu-Jamal. Alicia Jrapko of the National Commit- “How many African American and tee to Free the Five Cuban Political Prison- Latino and union activists were victims of ers in the United States noted the hypo- setups, campaigns of lies and neutraliza- crisy of the U.S. government, which im- tion?” asked Gloria La Riva, president of prisoned the five for infiltrating terrorist the Typographical Sector of Media Work- Cuban-American organizations in the U.S. ers Local 39521. The Rev. Ted Frazier, a leader of the Jack Heyman of International Long- NAACP in San Francisco, pointed out that shore & Warehouse Union Local 10 said despite public exposure of Cointelpro in the the government had tried to deport ILWU 1970s, the government has never stopped leader Harry Bridges, who led the historic its activities against progressive people. 1934 strike in San Francisco, and to re- Other speakers included Maad Abu- WW PHOTO: JOHN CATALINOTTO move another leader, Archie Brown, from Kingston, New York Ghazalah of the American Arab Anti-Dis- the union’s executive board. The govern- crimination Committee-San Francisco; ment accused both of them of being com- it’s so important that everyone is protest- coalition, Refuse & Resist!, Illinois Greens, Zulma Oliveras, Comité ’98; Riva Enteen, munists. “The fight is still going on,” Hey- ing here and around the country today.” Hyde Park Coalition Against the War and National Lawyers Guild; Ayanna La- man said. The union is in a heated con- the Palestine Aid Society. bossiere, a Haitian-American high school CHICAGO tract struggle now. Government officials Crowds cheered the chant: “Arab and student; and Judy Greenspan of California called the union and said, “You shouldn’t A contingent organized at the initiative Muslims are under attack. What do we do? Prison Focus. disrupt trade,” Heyman noted. of the Chicago Anti-Bashing Network Rise up, fight back!” This chant was re- Richard Becker of the International AN- Walter Johnson, secretary-treasurer of (CABN) raised similar issues at Chicago’s peated with “lesbians,” “gays,” “people of SWER coalition and the International Ac- the San Francisco Labor Council, reported annual Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Pride color” and other victims of class society. tion Center said: “Bush and Ashcroft and that the council had endorsed the march. march on June 29. “Stop the hate, stop the Just before the march ended a group of those behind them are trying to intimidate “It’s time to send a message across the na- fear, immigrants are welcome here!” 20 right-wing religious hecklers with all those opposed to the war at home and tion that there won’t be a new Cointelpro,” boomed out of loudspeakers as several the tenacity of a flat-earth society were abroad. If we let them intimidate us and he stressed. hundred thousand people—a mirror of this drowned out by the contingent’s chant: don’t speak out, they win. And that’s why multinational and multi-gender society— “One, two, three, four: Show the bigots to marched or cheered from the sidelines. The the door. Five, six, seven, eight: We don’t BOSTON. defense of immigrant rights was greeted with applause and cheers. need your filthy hate.” Hundreds of peo- ple in the area loudly applauded the con- Other groups taking part in the contin- tingent. Rally demands freedom gent included the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, the Chicago “What a great day; what a great experi- ence,” one marcher told Workers World. for Jaoudat Abouazza chapter of the International ANSWER “Pride made us proud!” By Workers World Boston bureau ship instead of being deported. A volun- tary exit means that Abouazza would be 'Civil rights are under On June 27, 100 supporters of Jaoudat able to return to the United States in the Abouazza held a militant picket line out- future. Continued from page 1 gether. That’s what Cointelpro was about— side the JFK Federal Building in Boston, Again the government objected, de- dividing us and our movement. manding that he be deported so that “if on people’s rights. “We have people of many beliefs and na- then packed an Immigration and Natu- Abouazza ever tried to surreptitiously re- In May, Attorney General John tionalities here today. That’s our strength. ralization Service hearing inside. enter the U.S. it would be a major felony.” Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert There are those who said this could not be Abouazza, a young Palestinian activist, Exposing their real motives, the gov- Mueller announced a vast expansion of done, but we are doing it today. participated in the hearing via videocon- ernment representatives expressed their police powers to target groups and indi- “We have to show our enemies that we ference. At the end he was able to see the frustration that despite the continuous viduals in the name of “homeland secu- are strong by staying united,” she con- courtroom gallery overflowing with sup- acts of intimidation, harassment and rity.” This included lifting restrictions cluded. porters. brutality, Abouazza would not give them that had been placed on domestic spy- The need to build a united front against Abouazza was stopped by police for an detailed information on his political ac- ing after the 1976 exposure of repression, racism and war was echoed by alleged traffic violation on May 30. He tivities or those of organizations and in- Cointelpro. This FBI Counter many speakers. A statement from Rep. was detained and questioned repeatedly dividuals supporting him and the Pales- Intelligence Program was set up to Cynthia McKinney of Georgia said, “We by the FBI. At a subsequent court ap- tinian cause. divide, conquer and destroy the civil must work together to insure that our pearance the government cited leaflets Judge Shapiro ruled in favor of rights, Black Power, anti-war and other rights are protected.” found in his car—for a legal and permit- Abouazza’s request for voluntary exit. progressive movements. Speaking of the raids on Muslims, the ted pro-Palestinian protest at the June 9 However, the government plans to ap- Many workers do not yet know that they Rev. Graylan Hagler, senior minister of Israel Day festival—as the justification for peal the ruling and has 30 days to do so. will be affected by this beefing up of police Washington’s Plymouth Congregational his detention. Abouazza still faces many other legal measures. And some in the progressive Church, challenged the authorities, “If you Since then he has been beaten and challenges from the government. For ex- movement may be fearful of taking a stand come after them, I invite you to come after thrown into solitary confinement. Four ample, the Middlesex County District in the current political climate. Organizers me. Civil rights have always been treated as of his teeth were forcibly extracted with- Court listed Abouazza in default because said they hoped this action would show a convenience by the leaders of this coun- out his permission. A broken tooth was he missed a court appearance for the traf- that it is necessary and possible to speak try. But we can resist. We can take to the left in his mouth and continues to cause fic violations. A warrant was then issued out and fight back. streets.” pain and bleeding. for his arrest. But he missed the court “We all have a stake in defending civil “The Bush administration is criminaliz- At the June 27 hearing, Abouazza’s appearance because the INS had him in rights, and this demonstration proves that ing dissent,” charged Mara Verheyden- lawyer, Nelson Brill, requested that the custody and refused to allow him to at- people are responding,” said Mahdi Bray, Hilliard, an attorney with the Partnership judge set bond for his release. Brill pre- tend, despite a court order. executive director of the Muslim Ameri- for Civil Justice. “Bush, with his all-war sented proof of the wide community sup- The Jaoudat Abouazza Defense Com- can Society’s Freedom Foundation, who all-the-time agenda, knows people will port for Abouazza, including a clergy mittee says the anti-war, anti-repression co-chaired the rally. “They say it’s about want to protest the spending of billions on member, labor union representatives and movement must keep up the pressure on ‘homeland security.’ As an African Amer- war while schools and health care are being Arab community leaders present in the the INS, jail authorities and the district ican, as a Muslim, this is my home, and I cut back.” courtroom. Prosecutors objected, claim- attorney to drop all the charges and re- don’t feel more secure.” ing Abouazza was a “flight risk.” June 29-30 was Pride weekend in New ‘We’ll push the FBI back’ Immigration Judge Shapiro denied the lease Abouazza immediately. In addition, supporters say, it is es- York, San Francisco, Chicago and other big “These dangerous measures affect all of bond request, despite the clear and pres- sential to continue pressing for humane cities. But many lesbian, gay, bi and trans us,” said Larry Holmes, co-director of the ent danger of continuing brutalization by medical treatment, including access activists took time out to show their soli- International Action Center and rally co- the government and guards in the Bristol by Abouazza’s own physician and den- darity here with a visible and vocal pres- chair. “But we won’t go back,” he declared. County Jail. tist. For more information, call the Jaou- ence. “We’ll push the repression back. We’ll push Brill also argued that Abouazza, a dat Abouazza Defense Committee at Lesbian trans activist and author Leslie the FBI back.” Canadian citizen, should be allowed a (617) 522-6626. Feinberg said, “Our enemies are clever. Kathy Hoyt, executive coordinator of “voluntary exit” to his country of citizen- They want us to think we can’t work to- Nicaragua Network, told how she and www.workers.org July 11, 2002 Page 7 WW PHOTOS: JULIE LA RIVA WW PHOTO: GLORIA VERDIEU Los Angeles, above and right San Diego LOS ANGELES DETROIT Carl Muhammad of the Peace & Free- For two hours on June 28 there was no Protesters picketed in dom Party chaired the rally. Speakers in- business as usual in front of the downtown front of Detroit’s McNa- cluded Bob McCubbin from the Interna- Los Angeles Federal Building, as 125 loud mara Federal Building, tional Action Center, Craig Mace from the demonstrators protested the new repres- headquarters for the Free Mumia Coalition, Zola Muhammad sive powers unilaterally seized by the FBI. area FBI, during rush from the Coalition to Free Imam Jamil, Tim John Parker of the International Action hour on June 28. South- Helsley from the Leonard Peltier Defense Center likened the new measures to the east Michigan, with its Committee, Gloria Verdieu from ANSWER days of J. Edgar Hoover’s Cointelpro when large Middle Eastern and Terry Hanks from the Committee in support. Martin Luther King Jr., Fred Hampton and population, has been a particular target of Against Police Brutality. The protest was covered on two televi- Leonard Peltier were targeted. sion stations. increased FBI and INS harassment. KINGSTON, N.Y. ANSWER organizers were interviewed A number of demonstrators reported by the Los Angeles Pacifica radio station PROVIDENCE, R.I. they had personally been victims of FBI The Mid-Hudson National People’s KPFK and the Front Page program on and Detroit police “Red Squad” harass- Campaign organized a protest on June 29 Demonstrators took over the steps of the KJLH, an African American-owned radio ment and surveillance in the 1960s and in coordination with the International AN- Federal Building in downtown Providence station. UPN News also covered the protest. 1970s. SWER protests. It was held outside an FBI June 27, in front of an attentive rush-hour branch office across from a busy shopping audience of bus riders at the city’s public BUFFALO, N.Y. transportation center. Protesters chanted, SAN DIEGO mall. Close to 90 local residents took part Buffalo ANSWER unfurled a long ban- ANSWER initiated an action at the local in the picket line and rally, which was co- “They say Cointelpro, we say hell no,” and ner at the FBI building that read: “Stop the Federal Building. After an opening rally, sponsored by several local groups includ- “Get up, stand up; stand up for your rights.” FBI attacks on our civil rights.” protesters marched to the Hall of Justice ing Women in Black and the Green Party. Two local TV stations covered the protest Placards called for an end to racial and on the evening news. and back for a final rally. The crowd was Bev Hiestand, Bill Massey, Brenda Sand- religious profiling. One demanded money U.S. marshals, disturbed by the unified very spirited, carrying signs reading “Stop burg, Beth Semmer, Mike Shaw, Jack for jobs, education and health care, not re- resistance displayed by Black, Latino, FBI abuse of our civil rights,” “Free Mumia Smith, David Sole and Gloria Verdieu pression and war. Unemployment, cuts in Arab, Native and white activists on their and Leonard Peltier” and “You will never contributed to this article. school budgets and the closing of health doorstep, repeatedly threatened “prob- suppress the power of the people.” care facilities have been devastating the lems” if the group didn’t move to the side- workers and oppressed of Buffalo. Many walk. The demonstrators refused to budge drivers honked their car horns and waved an inch. attack—fight back!' other Central America solidarity activists security for the demonstration. were targeted for FBI harassment during Dr. Hani Awadallah of the Arab the 1980s, including threats against their American Civic Organization said: children and other family members. “There’s no room for national liberation “Yesterday they came for us. Today we for the Palestinians in the U.S. agenda. stand with you,” she pledged. But Palestinian liberation will go on no Other speakers testified that the latest matter what George Bush, Ariel Sharon government attacks aren’t abstract legal and Condoleezza Rice say.” matters. Marcus Jean, a Haitian-born member of the Boston school bus drivers’ Free-speech fight on union, told how a job grievance led to his Washington Mall being branded a “terrorist.” A highlight of the day’s activities was Amer Jubran, also from Boston, spoke the march from the FBI/Justice Depart- WW PHOTO: DEIRDRE GRISWOLD on the case of young Palestinian activist ment offices to Farragut Square Park. Washington, D.C. Jaoudat Abouazza, who was detained, The march passed the Folk Life Festival questioned by the FBI and tortured. on the Mall. Thousands of festival goers Solidarity on the Oakland waterfront Abouazza remains in jail. saw the demonstration. Many lined the Sam Jordan brought greetings from street to watch and listen, giving it the feel- African American political prisoners ing of a dynamic street meeting. Longshore workers fight Mumia Abu-Jamal and Eddie Conway, Organizers rapped to the crowd about and urged support for Imam Jamil Al- the dangers to working people of the Amin. Teresa Gutierrez asked demonstra- Bush/Ashcroft measures. A popular chant tors to sign a petition in support of five Cuban prisoners held in U.S. jails because they infiltrated U.S.-backed anti-Cuba ter- was, “Civil rights are under attack. What do we do? Act up, fight back!” Mounted Park Police threatened to ar- to keep the docks union rorist groups. rest demonstrators handing out leaflets to By Bill Hackwell On June 27, just days before the con- “We’re in the middle of the biggest cor- bystanders. When Brian Becker protested, Oakland, Calif. tract expired, hundreds rallied here in the porate crime wave in history,” said IAC he was also threatened with arrest. fourth-largest U.S. port. Cranes that pluck Co-director Sara Flounders, another rally But ANSWER pushed back this police A big struggle is brewing between Pacific containers from the ships formed a back- co-chair. She listed Enron, Tyco and attempt to quash the First Amendment. Coast Longshore workers, backed by drop as labor leaders from the transporta- WorldCom as examples. “There’s no Pa- The Partnership for Civil Justice immedi- unions around the world, and a consortium tion and maritime industry, both national triot Act against these corporate looters,” ately intervened on the leafleters’ behalf. of shipping companies supported by the and international, spoke of their support she pointed out. Over the march’s sound system, Becker Bush administration. The main issue is for the 10,500 members of the ILWU. Imam Abdul Alim Musa, representing told onlookers about the police attempt to management-backed technology changes Negotiations between the union, repre- Washington’s largest Black Muslim suppress free speech, causing some on the that would eliminate jobs. The stakes are senting dock workers at 29 ports along the mosque, warned the crowd against swal- sidewalks to join the protest. huge. Last year $260 billion worth of cargo West Coast, and the Pacific Maritime As- lowing any U.S. justification for a new war. After a concluding rally, protesters re- passed through West Coast ports. sociation (PMA) have ground to a halt. The “When they want something, they set the turned home, many saying they felt a re- Even before the contract deadline of July shipping bosses have demanded that the stage to do it,” he said, citing famous pre- newed sense of determination. They 1, Bush’s “homeland security” czar phoned workers give back hard-won benefits and texts like the sinking of the battleship agreed with Larry Holmes, who said, “This the head of the International Longshore & accept a wage freeze. While these are the Maine and the Gulf of Tonkin hoax. The is the beginning of the struggle to defend Warehouse Union to pressure the workers immediate issues on the table, the real Masjid al-Islam mosque also helped with our movement.” not to strike. Continued on page 11 Page 8 1, July 1 2002 www.workers.org Pride in San Francisco Marches rock to anti-capitalist beat By Brenda Sandburg Stop War and End Racism—coalition to ex- and Saul Kanowitz press this anti-war message. ANSWER also San Francisco had a banner in the march proclaiming, “From Stonewall to Palestine, people fight Calling for an end to capitalism, war and back. No pride in occupation—free Pales- racism, this year’s San Francisco Dyke tine.” The banner included the black, green, March made a bold alliance with people white and red Palestinian flag merging with around the world who are under attack the lesbian/gay/bi/trans rainbow flag. from the U.S. government and military. During the four-hour rally and celebra- As more than 10,000 women gathered tion before the march—co-chaired by in Dolores Park for the June 29 event, the Zulma Oliveres of Comite ’98 and per- organizers of the 10th annual march read formance poet Tina D’Elia—speakers re- a statement about its anti-war theme. “We peatedly raised the struggle of the Pales- march to oppose the ongoing attacks tinian people. against Afghanistan, the devastation of the “I’m wondering why only a handful here Palestinian homeland and the very likely are standing up against the racist apartheid future air strikes targeting Iraq, the Philip- state of Israel,” said Palesa Bev Ditsie, a pines, Colombia and Cuba.” member of Sister Rise Up from Soweto, The statement continued, “Tonight, we South Africa. “Why celebrate Pride without march for the complete and total eradica- recognizing the brothers and sisters of tion of capitalism, war and racism. We Palestine?” WW PHOTO: BILL HACKWELL march for an end to the insanity of misog- “We can’t separate our struggle from the yny. We march for queerness and against Iraqi people suffering from U.S. sanctions,” rise up with my Colombian sisters, my route. Feinberg called for the LGBT move- assimilation.” said Bintlal Thawra of the Arab Women’s Afghani sisters, my Palestinian sisters, my ment to put war, racism and attacks on civil Organizers of the march used signs from Solidarity Association of the American Indigenous sisters, my undocumented and liberties on its agenda as it did after the the International ANSWER—Act Now to Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee. “I incarcerated sisters.” Stonewall Rebellion in 1969. A flyer from QUIT explained why the Pride in being pro-Palestinian LGBT community should be concerned Supreme Court backs school vouchers On June 30, tens of thousands of peo- about the Palestinian struggle: “Because ple lined Market St. from the Embarcadero the same U.S. government that engages Another scam to Eighth St. to watch the 32nd San Fran- in police brutality against the LGBT cisco Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans Pride community and communities of color march. Among the 300 contingents was engages in imperialism and racism in aimed at the poor the “No pride in occupation” anti-war con- other parts of the world and we must tingent that marched in solidarity with the stand against all of these.” Palestinian people. Making the links between struggles Initiated by Queers Undermining Is- around the world, the CNC banner read, By Martha Grevatt Brown vs. Board of Education—the 1954 raeli Terror (QUIT) and supported by In- “No pride in occupation or intervention. Cleveland Supreme Court decision that struck ternational ANSWER, Workers World U.S. out of Colombia. Israel out of down segregated schools. This analogy Party, Committee for a New Colombia Palestine.” A Supreme Court ruling in favor of deliberately gives the impression that (CNC) and others, this contingent brought Contingents protesting Bush’s impe- school vouchers is going to hurt the very the ruling is favorable to African a strong message of support for the Pales- rial war drive and attacks on civil liber- people it claims to be helping. It will take American students. Voucher supporters tinian people and opposition to the U.S.- ties and in support of Palestinian libera- money away from the public education of say it allows Black parents to make the Israeli war of occupation. tion also were a part of Pride marches in poor schoolchildren, especially children same school choices as middle-class Onlookers clapped as the contingent Boston, New York, Chicago and Los of color. parents in the suburbs. passed with its multi-colored banners. Angeles. Contingents of lesbian, gay, bi The June 27th decision involved a suit In reality, it has made the public schools Hundreds of flyers with an anti-war and trans Muslims also planned contin- by the Cleveland Teachers Union, but it even more segregated by allowing more message from transgender lesbian activist gents in the Philadelphia, Washington has wide ramifications throughout the white children in Cleveland to leave them. Leslie Feinberg were distributed along the and New York Pride marches. country. Those students who don’t get selected by Several thousand Cleveland students the private schools—and they are the vast have received vouchers worth up to $2,250 majority—suffer from the resulting fund- As Bush piously swears allegiance ‘under God’ towards tuition in private and parochial ing cuts. Church group fined schools. Some leaders and elected officials in the The public schools have lost millions Black community support vouchers, but of dollars under this program. Cleveland many do not. When the case first went to for travel to Cuba is already one of the poorest school dis- the Supreme Court, a huge rally against tricts in Ohio, and has suffered finan- vouchers was held in a church in the Black cially from property tax abatements to community where leading clergy from wealthy developers. Cleveland and around the country spoke. The Cleveland Teachers Union accuses The NAACP is opposed to school vouchers. By Bill Massey moving experience in Havana. the court of engaging in union-busting by After the ruling, the Cleveland Plain Chicago On the return of the church members to funding schools where teachers are usually Dealer’s leading Black columnist con- the United States via Toronto, U.S. officials not unionized. demned the decision. The Bush administration spouted fire told them their visit had been illegal. They The union’s lawyers had charged that The high court’s ruling argued that and brimstone when a federal district court were questioned and the officials copied the voucher program violates the separa- vouchers don’t violate separation of church ruled that the pledge of allegiance is un- their papers and identification before al- tion of church and state. Over 95 percent and state because parents have the option constitutional and in violation of the sep- lowing them back into the country. of the students receiving vouchers from of sending their children to secular private aration of church and state because of the Now, more than three years later, three public funds are attending religious schools. But most parents cannot afford phrase “under God.” The same Bush ad- of the six are targets of a “crackdown” by the schools. One-third of them were already at- the tuition at those schools, even with the ministration, however, is attacking Wis- Bush government. The crackdown is not tending those schools before the voucher vouchers, and many cannot transport their consin churchgoers. new. It began under the Clinton regime. program, and now take advantage of gov- children to the outer-ring suburbs where Three members of the Central United During Clinton’s last year in office, 188 per- ernment subsidies. the schools are located. Methodist Church (CUMC) of Milwaukee sons were notified of fines for traveling to Right-wing supporters of vouchers Studies show that voucher students do are facing large fines for traveling to Cuba Cuba. around the country have been waiting for no better academically than students in the three years ago to celebrate the 100th an- But under Bush, who called for a “crack- the outcome of the Cleveland case. Now struggling public schools. The voucher niversary of their sister church in Havana. down on excessive travel to Cuba,” 766 peo- they have been given the green light to sub- schools can reject any pupil as unquali- In 1994, CUMC established an ongoing ple were fined in his first year in office, and sidize religious instruction at the expense fied. There is no proof that this “faith- relationship with a Methodist Church in the number is still climbing. of poor students who don’t get vouchers. based” theft of public education benefits Havana called La Trinidad. In 1999, La Of the six who traveled to Cuba, two were In Cleveland itself, voucher proponents anyone but the Christian right wing by sub- Trinidad sent a formal invitation to CUMC African American men and four were want to increase the number of voucher sidizing its pro-Bush propaganda. to send members to join its anniversary cel- white—two women and two men. The two students, increase the amount of subsidy Like tax “reform” and welfare ebration. African American men—Theron Mills and per student, and expand the program to in- “reform,” this attack on public educa- CUMC, which works with the Milwau- William Ferguson—were each fined clude high school students. tion adds up to yet another theft from kee Coalition to Normalize Relations with $7,500. Dollora Greene-Evans, one of the This decision is being called the most the poorest workers carried out by this Cuba, sent six parishioners to Cuba. They white women, was fined $5,000. significant ruling on education since pro-big business government. related that they had a very positive and Continued on page 10 www.workers.org July 11, 2002 Page 9 Mother of civil rights martyr at Pride rally 'Living is all about taking risks' By Leslie Feinberg children escaping from Franco’s Spain. New York Much of what I did was at risk in those days. That was my life,” she remembers. Under a blazing June sun, an 86-year- “My son was raised in that milieu.” old woman climbed to the stage at New York’s Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans Pride rally Conviction and courage June 23. Thousands cheered her, many ris- Goodman’s voice softens as she recalls ing to their feet to applaud. Her name is her son Andrew. “He decided he wanted Dr. Carolyn Goodman, a woman who has to go South to register Black voters. It was worked for social justice most of her life. a time when television was in its infancy, The ovation also acknowledged an ex- but we had seen the [police] dogs and the cruciating loss in Dr. Goodman’s life. The sheriffs and what was happening to the Ku Klux Klan murdered her son, Andrew civil rights workers.” Goodman, in 1964. Andrew Goodman, Andrew was 20 years old at the time. James Chaney and Michael Schwerner— Since he was under 21, he needed parental three civil rights workers—were shot to permission. She says she and her husband death on a deserted road in Neshoba discussed the values with which they’d County, Miss. The Klan, with the help of raised their children: “We can’t just talk county officials, carried out the lynchings. about it, we have to mean what we say. We The deaths of these three young men— have to give Andy our permission.” Black and white youths struggling together She remembers that her son later called against Jim Crow apartheid—stunned the and said, “Mom, I’m not going to Canton, PHOTO: FRANK MARRERO country and the world. The movie “Mis- I’m going to Meridian.” She says, “Canton Right to left, Dr. Carolyn Goodman, performer Flotilla De Barge, and Leslie sissippi Burning” is based on this painful at that time in Mississippi was relatively Feinberg backstage at Pride rally. milestone in the civil rights movement. safe. But we knew what was happening in Many would argue that the outrage pro- Meridian. My heart sank. I wasn’t happy movement and how hard it was to be “out” they are the future. And it’s up to us to voked by their brutal killings helped speed at all, but there’s no way that I wanted to before then. endow them with that knowledge and to up winning the 1965 anti-racist Voting convey that to Andy. She sees a relationship between the civil open up their resources.” Rights Act. “Well, there he went,” she says in a qui- rights struggle and the LGBT movement. What would she say to someone who is Workers World asked Dr. Goodman eter timbre. “And there are certain mem- “I think there’s a strong connection—the frightened by the murders of Andrew where her life’s path forked into social ac- ories I have of the moment he left, taking kind of courage that it took to do what les- Goodman, James Chaney and Michael tivism. his little duffel bag with him and taking lit- bian, gay and trans people did. They were Schwerner? Goodman doesn’t miss a beat: Goodman, raised in “that whole era of tle things in case he was picked up. Mem- asserting their rights to be people in the “I would answer that if one is satisfied with the Depression,” grew up in Long Island. ories of the fact that as a musician he had way that Andy saw that Black people were the state of the world as it is at this moment, “In those days it was the country—potato taken recordings. I got all that back when not slaves to their society—they had rights. and you’re happy with the status quo, why land.” She describes herself as “a very per- they found their station wagon. I got back And people at Stonewall were not slaves to then don’t take the risk. But if you don’t ceptive little kid,” who noticed economic Andy’s duffel bag, the recordings, all the society either. These are all civil and cross the street from this side to that side, inequity. seared and burnt. All these memories will human rights.” you might just melt there. She later went to school in upstate New never leave me.” Goodman says she has seen change in “Every time you cross the street you take York and met her future husband, Robert Goodman’s voice strengthens. “On the her lifetime since the civil rights move- a risk,” she concludes. “You’ve got to take Goodman. “He was organizing the farmers other hand, there’s something about ment: “We can now not only stand up to- a risk in order to live; that’s what living is up there because they were being robbed Andy’s having gone that will always help gether, we can sit down together.” all about. If you want to live, to breathe the by the big farm companies in the early thir- my spirits to soar. He was like these peo- She adds, “As far as the gay and lesbian air, to feel like a person, to feel like you have ties. We were organizing there as under- ple [at the Pride rally] who have the and trans movement is concerned, I think a reason to be in the world—take a risk.” graduates and got kicked out of school for courage of their convictions.” there have been changes there, too. I think awhile. So it went.” Goodman says of the Pride rally, “I have it came later, and I think it’s in process, but I’m optimistic about it.” June Jordan: Goodman continues: “Then we got into a lot of admiration for the people there.” the whole period of fascism and Hitlerism. She remembers the 1969 Stonewall Re- Goodman stresses, “I think the future I became very active in the Joint Anti-Fas- bellion against police repression that ig- lies with the young people. Let’s encourage cist Refugee Committee rescuing young nited the modern lesbian, gay, bi and trans them and reach them and let them know people's poet By Minnie Bruce Pratt Poet/activist June Jordan passed away from breast cancer on June 14 at the age of 65. She was born in 1936 in Harlem to Jamaican-born parents Granville and Mildred Jordan. Her fa- ther was a nightshift postal worker and her mother a nurse. Jordan was one of the most pub- lished African American writers ever— the author of 28 books, mostly poetry and political essays. Revered as a teacher and supporter of community- centered education, she founded the Poetry for the People Program at the University of California at Berkeley. Her life-long commitment to the struggle for justice included youthful work against McCarthyism, support for the Nicaraguan revolution, opposi- tion to apartheid in South Africa, and speaking out against the Israeli inva- sion of Lebanon and for Palestinian PHOTO: KAREN MCANINCH rights: PROVIDENCE, R.I.. “I was born a Black woman and now Community wins civilian oversight of cops I am become a Palestinian against the relentless laughter of evil.” Members of DARE, a Providence, R.I.-based community group, celebrate the passage of a law setting up the Providence External Review Authority, a civilian agency to oversee police conduct. DARE led a two-and-a-half-year campaign for the agency after Black off-duty officer Cornell Young Jr. was killed by on-duty white cops in January 2000, touching off angry (From “Living Room: New Poems,” protests. Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1985) —Bill Bateman Page 10 1, July 1 2002 www.workers.org 'Endless war' claims more civilians U.S. bombs Afghan Anthrax wedding party and Mr. Z By John Catalinotto Raaz Mohammad, a spokesperson for the provincial governor, said: “We have A Md., and Dugway Proving Ground in An allegedly errant U.S. bomb killed 40 buried victims of the bombing in the village tremendous challenge looms for Utah—were not systematically poly- civilians and wounded another 70 at a wed- of Deh Rawud. They include women and the postal workers and their graphed until June. ding party in central Afghanistan July 1, children.” unions. The government knows This person has an extreme racist po- according to local Afghan authorities. The Bismullah, communications chief of who probably sent the deadly anthrax let- litical pedigree that is also known to casualties included children. Uruzgan province, said celebrants were fir- ters, but has done nothing about it. Washington. Kristof says he has “claimed Other sources from inside Afghanistan, ing weapons in the air, a wedding custom This shocking assertion doesn’t come that he participated in the white army’s speaking on the radio show “Democracy in rural Afghanistan, when U.S. planes at- from us. It was first made by Dr. Barbara much-feared Selous Scouts” in Rhode- Now!,” said that bombs and rockets were tacked. Hatch Rosenberg, a prominent expert on sia, before it became Zimbabwe. He “also fired at Afghan civilians. Some estimate the Some reports say that U.S. air gunships biological weapons who reported her claims involvement in the former South number of deaths at up to 250. and a Special Forces unit were hunting Al findings on the American Society of Sci- African Defense Force,” which commit- The wanton killing of civilians in Qaeda fighters in the region and mistook entists Web site. An article about her ted horrendous crimes against the Uruzgan province reminded the world the celebratory fire for an ambush, then views appeared in the March 18 New African majority before apartheid was fi- that the slaughter started by U.S. forces called in air support from B-52s flying at Yorker magazine. nally dismantled. last October in Afghanistan continues to 30,000 feet. Other Pentagon reports say it Now the culpability of the government The worst recorded outbreak of an- this day. may have been an errant 2,000-pound has been suggested by an even weightier thrax in history occurred in Rhodesia It is also a reminder of just why Wash- bomb from the B-52, which was aiming at establishment source: the New York from 1978 to 1980, exactly the period ington is currently refusing to participate another target. Times. In an op-ed piece on July 2, when the liberation movement was win- in so-called peacekeeping assignments in One of those wounded at the wedding Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist ning the war against the Selous Scouts Bosnia unless U.S. troops are immune from was Haji Mohammed Anwar, who Afghans Nicholas D. Kristof describes in detail the and white minority rule. The disease international war crimes charges. The Pen- said was one of the first prominent local fig- person responsible, identifying him only raged in the African-owned Tribal Trust tagon officers and the Bush administra- ures to rise up against the former Taliban as “Mr. Z” for obvious legal reasons. Lands. Some 10,000 Black farmers were tion know all too well that their forces do regime. Anwar is reportedly a friend of He is not somebody from the Middle sickened and 182 died, but the white elite indeed commit war crimes. President Hamid Karzai, who was placed East, says Kristof, but a “true-blue Amer- of Rhodesia and their cattle were un- The Pentagon insisted its forces were at- in power by the U.S. occupying troops. ican with close ties to the Defense De- touched. There was suspicion that the dis- tacking a legitimate, hostile target in the According to the Reuters article, there partment, the CIA, and the American ease was spread by aerial spraying. area. By the following day the U.S. Central was widespread anger in the streets of biodefense program.” The FBI and the Bush administration Command, which is responsible for U.S. Kabul, the Afghan capital, after the U.S. He had access to an isolated residence appear totally unconcerned that a person military operations in Afghanistan, admit- bombing. “It’s not the first time this hap- last fall that could be a government “safe with Mr. Z’s background has worked high ted that one of its operations “may have re- pened,” said Abdul Wahood. “Enough is house.” The FBI “knows that Mr. Z gave up in the biological weapons program of sulted in civilian casualties.” enough. We want Karzai to make the Amer- Cipro to people who visited it,” says the U.S. and is viewed by his colleagues The brief statement said: “Close air sup- icans stop.” Kristof. Cipro is the antibiotic recom- as a prime suspect in the anthrax mur- port from U.S. Air Force B-52 and AC-130 Wahood may have been referring to an mended to counteract anthrax. ders. aircraft struck several ground targets, in- earlier bombing in Uruzgan province that While the Bush administration pre- But postal workers, many of whom are cluding anti-aircraft artillery sites that were killed 30 civilians. Or to the thousands of tends that its strengthening of the re- African American, must look at it differ- engaging the aircraft.” Afghan civilians who have been killed by pressive apparatus here and abroad is for ently. There have been nine known deaths Afghan authorities—themselves allied U.S. bombs since the Bush administration “fighting terror” and “homeland secu- since the letters started to appear—the with the U.S. occupying forces at present— launched its criminal “war on terror” that rity,” and has put more than a thousand majority postal workers. All were pur- gave a more detailed version of the U.S. at- has terrorized Afghanistan and much of the Muslim and Arab people behind bars, it posely exposed to anthrax. If that’s not tack, according to the Associated Press and world. has allowed the prime suspect in the do- “terrorism,” what is? Reuters. mestic anthrax attacks to use multiple passports and identities and “travel Don’t they have the right to conduct an abroad on government assignments, even to Central Asia,” says Kristof. independent investigation of what is going on? Kristof ascribes a benign mo- Church group fined for travel to Cuba His identity appears to be an open se- tive to the killer: he “probably had no in- Continued from page 8 country the freedom to travel, the selective cret in Washington. Kristof says many tention of killing people. … My guess is More than 200,000 U.S. nationals visit and racist manner in which people are pun- experts are “buzzing about Mr. Z behind that the goal was to help America by rais- Cuba every year, according to a CUMC re- ished is totally unjust. his back.” ing preparedness against biological at- lease. The U.S. Treasury Department re- According to the Milwaukee church, “Al- Kristof notes that the FBI has poly- tacks in the future.” ports that 60,000 defied the U.S. travel re- though our government’s 40-year eco- graphed him, searched his home twice But what if the goal of this unregener- strictions last year. nomic blockade against Cuba contributes and interviewed him four times. But the ate racist was something much more sin- The government now issues licenses that to the daily hardships of our friends and agency has not placed Mr. Z under sur- ister? To provide a pretext to dismantle allow some people to travel to Cuba. But neighbors there, our members who visited veillance or asked a handwriting expert to civil liberties and strengthen a police they are generally reserved for journalists Cuba a number of times in recent years analyze any similarities between his writ- state? And/or to wage war on countries and academics. have been warmly received by the Cuban ing and that on the letters that accompa- U.S. imperialism wants to conquer, like The travel restrictions are imposed to people at all levels. nied the anthrax. Iraq? And what if the cover-up is similarly keep the people of this country from see- “Our members do not believe any fine is The political police also declined to ob- motivated? ing the tremendous progress Cuba has justified and they want to help defend the tain comparison anthrax samples from The workers’ movement—particularly made since the 1959 revolution. This right of all of us in this country to travel as labs until March and allowed the stocks the postal workers’ union—has the right progress has been made in spite of free people.” of anthrax at Iowa State University to be to take control of this investigation and Cuba’s past legacy of colonialism and the For more information on the case of the destroyed before they could be tested. Sci- pry it open to public view, here and virtual war waged by the U.S. govern- Milwaukee 3, contact: Central United entists at two likely labs—Fort Detrick, around the world. ment through its blockade, terrorism Methodist Church, 639 N. 25th St., and unrelenting campaign of abuse. Milwaukee, WI 53233; phone (414) 344- In addition to denying the people of this 1600; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SUBSCRIBE TO Hold WORKERS WORLD the date! 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Two “piqueteros” military coup in Argentina. from the Coordinadora of Unemployed School teachers, right, haven’t Workers Aníbal Verón were brutally been paid in months. WW gunned down by police in a train station in Buenos Aires on June 26. At the same time, WW PHOTO: BILL HACKWELL the Argentine minister of the economy, Roberto Lavagna, landed in the United This time the media is blaming States to meet with International Mone- the piquetero movement. In a tary Fund Director Horst Koehler and U.S. country of closed factories and eco- Secretary of the Treasury Paul O’Neill. nomic depression, it is important The desperate mission of this new offi- to point out that this new move- cial was to beg for an emergency loan so ment has escalated the union tac- Argentina could continue to pay its rising tic of the strike by cutting off high- debt to many international financial insti- ways and bridges to stop the trans- tutions, including the IMF itself. portation of goods and products. The Argentine peso has continued to This growing movement has be- slide in relation to the dollar. One dollar come one of the most militant now buys 3.95 pesos, the highest since Jan- forms of organization in Ar- uary, when the decade of pegging the peso gentina. to the dollar ended. International banking The piquetero movement had experts still believe that the Argentine gov- called for a day of coordinated ac- ernment has not fulfilled all the require- tions on June 26. Activities took place in many by shotguns, and more than 150 were darity demonstrations in Buenos Aires. ments imposed by the IMF and the World Rosario, Misiones, Tucumán, Salta, Cór- detained. Participants included the National Pi- Bank. doba, Neuquén, Mar del Plata and many The state repression did not end there. quetero Bloc and numerous leftist organi- other cities. It spilled into the locality of Avellaneda, on zations, students and the neighborhood as- People resist international banks In Buenos Aires, four organizations of the other side of the Pueyrredón Bridge, in- semblies born during the struggle last De- One of the main reasons the Argentine unemployed workers—including the Co- cluding inside the Fiorito Hospital, where cember, which was the catalyst for the fall government has been unable to implement ordinadora of Unemployed Workers many of the wounded had been taken. Po- of then-President Fernando de la Rúa. the neoliberal policies imposed by power- Aníbal Verón, the Piquetero Bloc, Barrios lice attacked the headquarters of the Com- The real causes of the violence in Ar- ful foreign financial institutions is that the de Pie and the Movement of Retired and munist Party in the same zone. gentina are the neoliberal policies dictated people of this South American country Unemployed of Raúl Castells—partici- “The ugly face of capitalism is surfac- by the IMF and the World Bank. These poli- have been in motion since last December. pated in the action. ing as never before. Hunger and repres- cies of exploitation and slavery have gen- On June 26 the ruling class of Argentina Their requests included salary increases sion, two faces of the same coin,” said erated a new dynamic movement in Ar- unleashed brutal repression against them, for employed and unemployed workers, one activist with the Association of gentina that is looking for fundamental so- demonstrating a change in tactics on the food for the unemployed, opening of peo- Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos lutions to the problems of the workers. part of the unelected Duhalde regime and ple’s and school kitchens, self-administra- Aires. “The lack of response by this While the state terror is armed to the teeth, the sharpening of the class struggle. tion of subsidies going to the unemployed, bourgeois government to the current cri- the workers—employed and unemployed— Like the corporate media in the United health care and education for all, and an sis has pushed them to show their real and the mass organizations have responded States, the Argentine mainstream media end to hunger and repression. monstrous, ugly and bloody face.” with sticks, stones and cooking pots. has been demonizing the victims for fight- Police shoot protesters Referring to the repression, she added, President Duhalde has blood on his ing back and ignoring the root causes of the “We are not the violent ones. Our struggle hands, and Darío and Maximiliano are his crisis. Most bourgeois journalists, for ex- In Buenos Aires the protesters were bru- is for life; they represent death. We will first victims. ample, ignore the fact that since the eco- tally attacked by a combined force of in- continue the struggle and Dario and Max- Compañeros Darío Santillán and Maxi- nomic crisis began, more than 100 chil- fantry, federal and provincial police, the imiliano and the 30,000 disappeared [dur- miliano Costeki, presente! dren have died every day in Argentina’s naval prefecture, dogs, assault vehicles and ing the military coup of 1976] will guide us cities, or that 30 percent of the population helicopters. As a result, two piqueteros and will give us the necessary strength until Jrapko was in Argentina in March is unemployed, or that people in the poor- died—Darío Santillán and Maximiliano the final victory.” and witnessed a popular assembly of est neighborhoods have resorted to eating Costeki, both members of the Coordi- The following day, on June 27, thou- the Coordinadora of Unemployed horses, rats and frogs. nadora of Unemployed Workers Aníbal sands of people participated in mass soli- Workers Aníbal Verón. Verón. Another 90 people were wounded, Longshore workers fight to keep the docks union Continued from page 7 senting a challenge to organized labor. trucks to and from the docks would honor outside shipping because of the ILWU’s issue is keeping the waterfronts and all The shipping magnates would like noth- and join any picket line set up by the Long- long history of militancy and unwavering ports in the U.S. unionized. ing better than to weaken the ILWU. The shore workers. support for other workers’ struggles. The The PMA, in conjunction with a consor- West Coast Waterfront Coalition repre- Ken Riley, president of International Central Labor Councils of Alameda, San tium of companies called the West Coast sents some of the largest shipping corpo- Longshoremen’s Association Local 1422 Mateo and San Francisco were there, as Waterfront Coalition, is calling for new rations, including WalMart, The Gap, in Charleston, S.C., said East Coast dock were the Bay Area Rapid Transit Chapter technology that would take shipping clerk Nummi Auto, Nike and others. The sole workers would support a strike by the of Service Employees Local 790, the Sea- jobs off site and into smaller ports around reason they have formed this generously fi- ILWU. Riley understands union solidar- farers Union, the San Francisco Media the world, in areas where unions are nanced coalition is to break the unions. The ity. Five members of his union were at- Workers Union and many others. weaker and non-union labor is allowed. coalition is drawing up contingency plans tacked by cops; then state officials tried to The ILWU’s militant and progressive This would open the door for other func- in case of a strike to keep the docks open railroad them on felony charges. Unions history goes back to the 1934 general strike tions of dock work to go the same way, pre- and to ship goods in other ways. around the world responded and their case in San Francisco, which began after Long- The other component on the owners’ was won. shore workers Howard Sperry and Nick side is the Bush administration, which has Support from international unions is Bordoise were killed and 109 others were called on the workers not to strike. “Home- coming in, including the International injured in a police attack on the docks. Washington and Wall Street, land security” czar Tom Ridge even called Transport Workers Federation and the In- Since that time the ILWU has represented this is the place to be. ILWU President Jim Spinosa to tell him ternational Dockworkers Council. The the most progressive wing of the labor There will be plenary sessions, this was not a “good time for a strike.” ILWU in Vancouver, Canada, has vowed to movement on the West Coast. workshops, and many opportunities The dock workers show no sign of being shut down that port if there is a strike. Pres- The union refused to unload cargo from to share experiences with Marxist intimidated by these ruling class tactics. ident Wilson Borja Diaz of the National South Africa during the struggle to end thinkers and fighters of all ages. The rally assembled a strong array of sup- Federation of State Service Workers in apartheid. In April 1999 the ILWU shut Catch the spirit of a party that has porters who made it clear they will back Colombia said his union would support the down all major ports on the West Coast for been on the cutting edge of the the ILWU and honor a strike if they walk ILWU, despite the repression Colombian a day in support of death row political pris- struggle against capitalism since out. trade unionists face. oner Mumia Abu-Jamal. 1959. For more information and how Spinosa’s talk responded to the pres- London Rankin, president of the Gloria La Riva, president of the Typo- to register, call, email or write us. sure about national security: “We demand Panama Canal Pilots Union, got a huge graphical Sector of the Media Workers Workers World Party, real national security, the security of our cheer from the crowd when he said that no Union, told the crowd that all unions and 55 W. 17th St., 5th floor, jobs and health care. We demand a share pilot would navigate any ship through the progressive people should stand in soli- New York, NY 10011; of the wealth we produce every day.” locks and the canal would be shut down if darity with the ILWU. “After all the support (212) 255-0352; email@example.com Teamsters President James Hoffa said there was a strike. they have given, it is time to reciprocate,” that the 1.4 million Teamsters who drive Many unionists came from industries she said. Después del golpe fallado en Venezuela Sindicalistas quieren saber papel jugado por la AFL-CIO Por Milt Neidenberg Venezuela, PVSA. Retrospectivamente, endo el papel del CTV, la declaración sigue: era y racista. Los líderes se han sucumbido estas actividades fueron los últimos en- “En el medio de este asalto, la CTV dirigió ante las decisiones de la administración Una controversia ha aterrizado en el sayos por el golpe. un proceso impresionante de democrati- de Bush de encender una guerra más am- medio del territorio de la jerarquía de la La NED auspició todos los gastos del zación con la ayuda del Centro de Soli- plia en el extranjero y así justificar una AFL-CIO en Washington, D.C., involu- evento, que incluyó varias reuniones con daridad de la AFL-CIO”. campaña “anti terrorista” aquí. crando a la agencia internacional de la fed- varios líderes de la AFL-CIO, según Cather- Cientos de miles de millones de dólares eración laboral —el Centro Americano por ine Hoyt, co-coordinadora de la Red de han sido desviados de las necesidades del la Solidaridad de Trabajo Internacional Nicaragua. Hoyt fue una organizadora de CTV muy cercano al líder pueblo al Pentágono y la “defensa de la (ACILS por las siglas en Inglés). ¿Estuvo un piquete de la sede de la AFL-CIO en del atentado patria.” Ambos partidos han iniciado ACILS relacionado con las fuerzas con- Washington para protestar la reunión del La declaración también “inequívoca- recortes en los programas sociales y trarrevolucionarias que intentaron derro- 12 de febrero. La coalición ANSWER tam- mente condena la tentativa de golpe de es- proyectos de ley más represivos contra la car al presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez bién participó en ese piquete. tado” y trata de limpiar la participación de beneficencia pública y más recientemente y su gobierno elegido democráticamente? la CTV. “No existe ninguna evidencia de el apoyo para la ALCA dando así a Bush John J. Sweeney fue elegido presidente Grupo laboral depende que la CTV o sus líderes fueron más allá de más poder para expandir su estrategia de de la AFL-CIO en 1995 cuando derrotó a en financiamiento del gobierno la expresión democrática de descontento”, globalización. Para agregar a la lista de en- una burocracia derechista encabezada NED es una agencia gubernamental concluyó la declaración. “La AFL-CIO con- emigos de Sweeney, su base dentro de la por Lane Kirkland y Thomas R. Donahue creada y financiada por el Congreso du- tinuará apoyando a la CTV.” burocracia está bajo ataque por el presi- que se había mantenido en el poder por rante la administración de Reagan en 1983. Hay mucho en la declaración que es dente del sindicato de los Teamsters, más de 17 años. Creció el optimismo La Agencia por el Desarrollo Internacional deshonesto, delusorio y perturbante para James Hoffa, quien está colaborando con mientras que Sweeney limpió la casa de (AID) y la NED han sido los patrocinadores muchos de los sindicalistas progresistas la administración de Bush. Hoffa se sentó la “guardia antigua”, incluso la sección principales del ACILS. que han estado al tanto de los eventos en junto a Bush durante la inauguración internacional, que había sido una fachada La NED tiene una rica experiencia en Venezuela. Es innegable que la CTV par- presidencial y ha exigido más apoyo para por los intereses de la política extranjera subvertir a los gobiernos resistentes a las ticipó en el atentado y que la NED estuvo los candidatos republicanos. del gobierno de los Estados Unidos y demandas del imperialismo esta- íntimamente conectada con la CTV, finan- ciando sus operaciones contrarrevolu- Es una situación muy triste había participado en tumbar a gobiernos dounidense, como Nicaragua en 1989, por cionarias. La declaración de la AFL-CIO a la redonda progresistas. El nombre antiguo de esa ejemplo. Con una asignación anual de $33 sección, el Departamento de Asuntos In- millones y mucho más desde fuentes pri- cubre todo esto. Y tampoco hay un co- Sin embargo, represión crea resistencia. ternacionales, fue descartado para elimi- vados, conspira con el gobierno de los mentario o ataque contra la adminis- Movimientos contra estas políticas impe- nar el hedor que había producido sus ac- EE.UU. a recorrer al mundo, desde África tración de Bush por su apoyo abierto del rialistas, empresariales, bancarias con- tividades. a Asia a Latinoamérica y el Caribe en intento de golpe de estado. tinúa creciendo. Un ejemplo es la concur- Ahora que el liderazgo de Sweeney está búsqueda de aliados donde la intervención Hasta el periódico The New York Times rencia de 100.000 activistas el 20 de abril siendo analizado, sindicalistas se están directa de oficiales del gobierno de los del 25 de abril admitió, “el líder sindical, en Washington para oponerse a la guerra preguntando, ¿qué sabían? y ¿qué EE.UU. pueda ser inoportuna. Su rep- Carlos Ortega, trabajó muy cerca con Pedro contra los obreros, los inmigrantes y los hicieron? durante estos días fatídicos que utación por la subversión y sobornos es Carmona Estanga.” Carmona, presidente pobres de aquí, y su expansionismo en el resultaron en ese golpe de estado de corta ampliamente conocida. del grupo empresario Fedecámaras, fue es- extranjero, particularmente contra el vida en Venezuela. Mucho de esto ha salido al cono- cogido a liderar el gobierno fascista de pueblo palestino. Es indiscutible que el golpe de estado cimiento público desde que el golpe corta vida junto con secciones del ejército. El desarrollo de la tecnología ha revolu- fallado expuso las maquinaciones de la fascista falló y Chávez volvió al poder. El Fue responsable por el régimen de terror cionado los medios de producción pero administración de Bush, que había New York Times del 25 de abril, aver- de 48 horas contra la clase obrera y el también ha traído una miseria sin medida prestado ayuda y consuelo a los líderes del gonzado por los acontecimientos, pub- movimiento progresista, que apoyaban al para la clase obrera, a quienes se les hace golpe antes y durante la toma del poder licó un titulo grande en el primer plano, Presidente Chávez. Los trabajadores imposible comprar las necesidades de la de 48 horas. Washington dio alabanzas al “Apoyo Financiero Dado por EE.UU. en llenaron las calles en cifras de cientos de vida mientras que los ricos y su oligarquía golpe fascista durante sus horas tem- la Mira por Conexiones al Intento de miles para retornarle al poder. se alimentan insaciablemente del trabajo pranas de control. Después se retiró apu- Golpe Contra Chávez”. El artículo El Ministro de Educación venezolana, de las masas trabajadoras. radamente cuando falló, escondiéndose reportó que “mientras que Chávez Dr. Aristóbulo Istúriz, habiendo sido él La lucha de clase es contagiosa. Es detrás de una fachada de refunfuños chocaba con varios grupos comerciales, mismo un líder sindical del gremio de los mundial. Y se continuará alimentando del pseudo democráticos. laborales y noticieros, la NED incremen- maestros y Vice presidente de la Asamblea descontento y reforzará el desarrollo de la La administración de Bush detesta el tó su ayuda, cuadruplicando su pre- Constituyente, dio un relato vívido del solidaridad internacional. régimen de Chávez abiertamente por sus supuesto por Venezuela hasta más de atentado a una audiencia de sindicalistas La promesa de la solidaridad interna- relaciones calurosas con Cuba e Iraq, su $877.000”. progresistas reunidos en los salones del cional se construye desde abajo. Debido al política independiente sobre el petróleo, y El artículo menciona que ACILS recibió gremio AFSCME Distrito Concejal 1707 apetito insaciable de Wall Street y el es- su oposición al Área Libre de Comercio de $154.377 de la NED por su proyecto sobre en la ciudad de Nueva York el 10 de mayo. tablecimiento bancario/empresarial, la re- las Américas, (ALCA), el plato fuerte de la Venezuela, solamente una porción de los El dijo que durante el atentado, “Carmona sistencia crecerá entre los 13 mil miembros estrategia de comercio de Washington en $4 millones que han sido reportados que fue a Miraflores [el palacio presidencial] y multinacionales de miembros, hombres y este hemisferio. la NED contribuya a este centro de la AFL- reunió a toda la oligarquía que estaba en mujeres de la AFL-CIO. ¿Resultaron pillados en esta telaraña de CIO. Previsiblemente, el Times evitó men- control de la economía, pero, interesante- ¿Podrá la AFL-CIO encontrar su un golpe fascista los líderes de la AFL-CIO? cionar el papel más grande jugado por la mente, él dejó a los líderes mafiosos en con- camino a estas fuerzas y romper con las El 12 de febrero, un mes antes del golpe, la administración de Bush. La intención del trol de los sindicatos afuera.” políticas pro guerra y anti obrera de los AFL-CIO, en colaboración con el National periódico fue simplemente exponer al NED Los líderes de la AFL-CIO se han puesto dos partidos capitalistas? Es mejor Endowment for Democracy (NED) –que y su relación con la AFL-CIO. en una posición inaceptable. Sus lazos a la observar la posición actual de la AFL- es bien conocido por proporcionar una im- Sacudido por estas revelaciones, la AFL- NED los han puesto del lado opuesto a la CIO desde la perspectiva de la lucha de agen falsa de buenas intenciones por ac- CIO decidió publicar una declaración: “La clase obrera en América Latina. Los clases global que se está desarrollando. tividades de corte de la CIA– auspició una AFL-CIO y los Derechos Obreros en obreros en todo el hemisferio han En el Día de los Trabajadores, Primero reunión cerrada para solamente los altos Venezuela”, que se puede encontrar en su demostrado una profunda hostilidad con- de Mayo, un día nacido en la lucha de rangos, destacando a representativos a la página del Web. La idea básica de la de- tra la intervención de los Estados Unidos. clase, decenas de millones de obreros, Confederación de Trabajo de Venezuela. claración fue de atacar abusivamente al Ellos están opuestos al papel que juegan el socialistas, progresistas y activistas de Los lideres de la CTV habían participado Presidente Chávez. Fondo Monetario Internacional, la Banca conciencia de clases llenaron las calles recientemente en una cantidad de cierres “Desde el momento que asumió el poder Mundial y en especial la amenaza que la en todo el mundo en contra de las patronales y otras actividades en colusión en 1999, Hugo Chávez dirigió un asalto ALCA plantea sobre sus vidas. muchas cuestiones que enfrenta su con Fedecámaras, la organización princi- contra la libertad de asociación, con la in- Desde el 11 de Septiembre, la AFL-CIO clase. Mucho de estas protestas estaban pal de la oligarquía de comercio vene- tención debilitar o eliminar las institu- ha sido debilitada por el Presidente George dirigidas contra los propósitos de guerra zolano, y un sector de los militares, para ciones principales de la sociedad vene- W. Bush, quien ha aprovechado el mo- imperialista de los Estados Unidos. Los cerrar a la empresa estatal petrolera de zolana, incluso los sindicatos”. Defendi- mento para desatar una ofensiva anti obr- eventos fueron inspiradores y ejemplar.