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Congress backs Obama’s ‘war on Islamic State’

By John Catalinotto

Washington slid further down the slippery slope toward a new major war in Western Asia as Congress voted support for arming and training 5,000 troops from the “moderate opposition” in Syria. Meanwhile the top military brass expressed their skepticism that U.S. goals would be reached without U.S. “boots on the ground.”

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From exile, anti-fascists organize for imprisoned comrades

By Greg Butterfield

Simferopol, Crimea - Members of the Marxist Union Borotba (Struggle) have gathered here in Crimea, along with others forced into exile under threat of arrest or death by the Kiev junta and its neo-Nazi footsoldiers.

Their immediate, urgent task is fighting for the lives and freedom of two of their own: Vladislav Wojciechowski and Nikolay Popov.

The two Odessa activists are being held in administrative detention for 60 days following their arrest on the night of Sept. 12-13. They are charged with plotting to create “a terrorist Ukrainian Red Army.”

Wojciechowski is a Borotba member and a survivor of the May 2 neo-Nazi massacre at the Odessa House of Trade Unions. Popov is affiliated with the Communist Party of Ukraine.

Family members report that Wojciechowski was brutally beaten during the raid on his apartment, carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine and neo-Nazis. Explosives were planted during the search. Forced confessions were taken from both men under torture.

“I associate Vladislav’s arrest with his political activity, solid citizenship and anti-fascist struggle,” says Alexei Albu, Odessa Regional Council deputy and Borotba leader. “We see how the government is trying to intimidate anyone who holds a different point of view on the events taking place in Ukraine.”

Borotba is appealing to international human rights groups and attorneys to investigate and represent the two activists.

“We encourage everyone to paste leaflets, write graffiti and post about it on the Internet,” says Victor Shapinov. “We are looking for maximum impact. The fate of our friends depends on our actions today.”

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New York City: Anti-imperialist contingent at the People’s Climate March, September 21, 2014.

Photos by Brenda Sandburg

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Against Climate Change? Fight for System Change!

Workers World Party statement to People’s Climate March

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Zoom Still demanding justice for Michael Brown
By Abayomi Azikiwe
The people of Ferguson, Mo., and supporters are still demanding the indictment and arrest of white police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. They attempted to block traffic on Interstate 70 on Sept. 10.
Large numbers of police were in force to try to prevent the protest from having the desired impact. Despite the heavy law enforcement mobilization and the arrests of 35 protesters, traffic was tied up for hours.
The demonstration illustrated the African-American community’s ongoing discontent in the St. Louis suburb, which in August witnessed the most significant urban rebellion in several years in the United States. When the youth in Ferguson rose up in mass demonstrations, it struck a chord among African Americans and other oppressed communities across the U.S.

Still demanding justice for Michael Brown

By Abayomi Azikiwe

The people of Ferguson, Mo., and supporters are still demanding the indictment and arrest of white police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9. They attempted to block traffic on Interstate 70 on Sept. 10.

Large numbers of police were in force to try to prevent the protest from having the desired impact. Despite the heavy law enforcement mobilization and the arrests of 35 protesters, traffic was tied up for hours.

The demonstration illustrated the African-American community’s ongoing discontent in the St. Louis suburb, which in August witnessed the most significant urban rebellion in several years in the United States. When the youth in Ferguson rose up in mass demonstrations, it struck a chord among African Americans and other oppressed communities across the U.S.

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Donbass People’s Republics: Ceasefire and class struggle

By Greg Butterfield, Workers World

Novorossia needs Russian solidarity and assistance. But if it is to be anything other than a temporary, unstable buffer zone, then the workers and their militia will have to transcend whatever brakes Putin and the Russian oligarchs attempt to put on their struggle. 

They will need to take popular measures to empower the workers, and appeal to the Russian and Ukrainian masses, while striving to maintain a strong anti-fascist, anti-imperialist united front.

Read More

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Zoom Andy Stapp, a thorn in the Pentagon’s side
By Deirdre Griswold
Andrew Dean Stapp could have been an archaeologist, a historian or even a stand-up comic. Instead, he chose to focus his broad spectrum of talents on fighting the military brass and ending the Vietnam War.
Andy, as everyone called him, died on Sept. 3 at the age of 70. When only 23 years old, while a private at Fort Sill, Okla., he had gathered together a group of active-duty GIs to form the American Servicemen’s Union. This organization drew up a 10-point program of demands ranging from the right to refuse illegal orders — like the order to fight in Vietnam — to the election of officers by the ranks and an end to racism and sexism. It grew into the most audacious thorn in the Pentagon’s side.

Andy Stapp, a thorn in the Pentagon’s side

By Deirdre Griswold

Andrew Dean Stapp could have been an archaeologist, a historian or even a stand-up comic. Instead, he chose to focus his broad spectrum of talents on fighting the military brass and ending the Vietnam War.

Andy, as everyone called him, died on Sept. 3 at the age of 70. When only 23 years old, while a private at Fort Sill, Okla., he had gathered together a group of active-duty GIs to form the American Servicemen’s Union. This organization drew up a 10-point program of demands ranging from the right to refuse illegal orders — like the order to fight in Vietnam — to the election of officers by the ranks and an end to racism and sexism. It grew into the most audacious thorn in the Pentagon’s side.

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Zoom HOLD THE DATE! 
Workers World Party National Conference
New York City, November 15-16, 2014The Deepening Crisis of Global Capitalism:- Why it won’t go away- What it will take to defeat it!Hear a Revolutionary Socialist Perspective- Plenaries- Workshops- Discussion Groups- Cultural PresentationsAuditorium, 45-35 Van Dam Street (at Thomson Avenue), Long Island City, NY 11101 Take #7 train to 33 St. or E train to Queens PlazaMore details to follow at http://Workers.org/wwp

HOLD THE DATE! 

Workers World Party National Conference

New York City, November 15-16, 2014

The Deepening Crisis of Global Capitalism:
- Why it won’t go away
- What it will take to defeat it!

Hear a Revolutionary Socialist Perspective

- Plenaries
- Workshops
- Discussion Groups
- Cultural Presentations

Auditorium, 45-35 Van Dam Street (at Thomson Avenue), Long Island City, NY 11101 

Take #7 train to 33 St. or E train to Queens Plaza

More details to follow at http://Workers.org/wwp

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September 1, 1948: Birthday of Comrade Leslie Feinberg, communist revolutionary and transgender activist/author.

On June 5, 2012, Leslie was arrested protesting in solidarity with African American Trans prisoner CeCe McDonald

For many years, Leslie has been fighting a debilitating disease and the anti-trans bigotry of the U.S. capitalist health care system. Ze recently issued this appeal:

Help deliver message to Hospice of Central New York bosses: LGBQT+ lives—all oppressed lives—matter!

Please add your support!

Transgender Warrior: Leslie Feinberg’s website

Photos, from top: Leslie Feinberg speaking out for political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal circa 1999; arrested in Minneapolis protesting for CeCe McDonald on June 5, 2012; visiting CeCe McDonald in jail; with CeCe McDonald’s sister Rai’vyn; portrait by artist Kirsten McCrea.

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Zoom Weekend of Discussion: MARXISM – The Science behind the Struggle
Saturday and Sunday – Aug. 23-24, 2014
5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202
Join us to hear panelists report on • imperialist war drive • global austerity • the continuing assault on workers and oppressed • oppression of women • immigrant rights • racism • LGBTQ struggles • Africa • Iraq, Syria; the Middle East and Palestine • the growing system-created humanitarian crises • just some of the issues, discussions and fightback strategies.
Register by calling (313) 671-3715
Housing available
Lunch And Dinner Served on Saturday Only
The anti-people, anti-worker agenda of the bosses and bankers is devastating to the working class. Job loss, increasing unemployment, racism and war, are the day to day fare for our class here at home and around the globe as global austerity, imperialist wars of intervention and occupation, and burgeoning refugee crisis are occurring cross the globe. In the belly of the beast, income disparity, homelessness, poverty and hunger are increasing as the insatiable hunt for greater and greater profits drives the capitalist monster.
The situation facing over 700,000 Detroiters, its public workers and pensioners, who in addition to having their pensions robbed from them, are facing an ever greater humanitarian crisis as a massive water shut-off program has been ordered by the EM dicta- tor for tens of thousands of homes.
These are just a few of the issues forcing an economic iceberg upon our class. Find out why and how we fight against the ills of capital- ism. The time has come for a system change. So join us and not only see what the bosses and bankers are about, but what our class, the workers and oppressed can and are doing about it. The fight back continues. Hope to see you there.

Weekend of Discussion: MARXISM – The Science behind the Struggle

Saturday and Sunday – Aug. 23-24, 2014

5920 Second Ave., Detroit, MI 48202

Join us to hear panelists report on • imperialist war drive • global austerity • the continuing assault on workers and oppressed • oppression of women • immigrant rights • racism • LGBTQ struggles • Africa • Iraq, Syria; the Middle East and Palestine • the growing system-created humanitarian crises • just some of the issues, discussions and fightback strategies.

Register by calling (313) 671-3715

Housing available

Lunch And Dinner Served on Saturday Only

The anti-people, anti-worker agenda of the bosses and bankers is devastating to the working class. Job loss, increasing unemployment, racism and war, are the day to day fare for our class here at home and around the globe as global austerity, imperialist wars of intervention and occupation, and burgeoning refugee crisis are occurring cross the globe. In the belly of the beast, income disparity, homelessness, poverty and hunger are increasing as the insatiable hunt for greater and greater profits drives the capitalist monster.

The situation facing over 700,000 Detroiters, its public workers and pensioners, who in addition to having their pensions robbed from them, are facing an ever greater humanitarian crisis as a massive water shut-off program has been ordered by the EM dicta- tor for tens of thousands of homes.

These are just a few of the issues forcing an economic iceberg upon our class. Find out why and how we fight against the ills of capital- ism. The time has come for a system change. So join us and not only see what the bosses and bankers are about, but what our class, the workers and oppressed can and are doing about it. The fight back continues. Hope to see you there.

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