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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpgWSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site 

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11 May 2009 | On the night of May 4, 1886, a crowd of several thousand workers gathered for a public rally at Haymarket Square in Chicago. Because the crowd was smaller than expected, it was moved to a different location a short distance away, to Desplaines Street and Crane’s Alley behind the Crane Brothers metal products factory.

The rally had been called by the International Workingmen’s Party of America and its two leading organs in Chicago, the Alarm and the German-language Arbeiter-Zeitung.

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All out for May Day! Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Fight Back! News

Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016

 

All out for May Day!

  • Stand up, fight back on International Workers Day 2016
  • Related: Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One

Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Fight Back! News

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg April 24, 2016 | May Day is our day. It is International Workers Day. It is a day that is all about us, working and oppressed people, and our fight for a better life. The wealthy, the powerful billionaire class that rules this country, wallow in luxury 365 days a year. On May Day, we say, “Enough!” We are tired of being held down, pushed around and sold out. We cannot accept things the way they are.

In every region of the globe, from the streets of Europe to the countryside of Latin America, from the Philippines to Palestine and in the U.S., working people will come together on May 1. We urge everyone to help organize and participate in the many events marking May Day across the country.


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Freedom Road Socialist Organization  (FRSO) was formed in 1985 as many of the Maoist-oriented groups formed in the United States New Communist Movement of the 1970s were shrinking or collapsing. The FRSO tried to solidify some of these groups into a single organization that would have some longevity.

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Series | The Haymarket frame-up and the origins of May Day, Part One, Walter Gilberti, World Socialist Web Site

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Editor%20Comment%20graphic_0.jpg WSWS Editor's Note: We are republishing here a series of articles that originally appeared in April 1986 under the title “One hundred years since the Haymarket frameup.” The articles were published in the Bulletin, the newspaper of the Workers League, forerunner of the Socialist Equality Party in the US.
  • Related: All out for May Day!

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Open your eyes to our North Side nightmare

  • To the rest of Minneapolis: We can see you from here, amid littered streets and tattered homes. Why have you turned your backs on us? 
  • Related: Poverty Is a Business
  • Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative

Mickey Cook, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune 

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April 21, 2016 | North Minneapolis is a war zone. We are afraid. We are losing our young people to gun violence. We are hiding in our homes, unable to enjoy our community the same way others do. Why do we not deserve the same as other nearby communities? 

We come and we go to our jobs. We don’t always take that walk we want to take, or that bike ride we crave, because we don’t want to be shot at or assaulted.

Mickey Cook lives in Minneapolis.

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Poverty Is a Business, Films For Action

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor.
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed.

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Jamar Clark case: Freeman played dog-whistle politics in communicating the narrative, Steven L. Belton, Miinneapolis (MN) Star-Tribune 

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  • Whether intentional or unintentional, the county attorney's presentation was peppered with gratuitous coded language designed or defaulted to dehumanize Clark. 
  • Related: The Talk
  • Related: American Crossroads: Reagan, Trump and the Devil Down South

Poverty Is a Business

  • The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. 
  • Related: Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor
  • Related: Black America is getting screwed

Films For Action 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Rubics%20Cube%20Global%20Poverty.jpgWed, Nov 19 2014 | The poor pay more for everything, and such transactions are highly profitable for those selling goods and services to the poor. Profits are made on the labor of the poor, the consumption of the poor, and the debt of the poor; meanwhile the poor remain-poor.

Films For Action is a community-powered learning library for people who want to change the world.

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Noam Chomsky | America Hates Its Poor, Chris Steele, AlterNet  / Zuccotti Park Press 

December 1, 2013  |  An article that recently came out in Rolling Stone, titled “Gangster Bankers: Too Big to Jail,” by Matt Taibbi, asserts that the government is afraid to prosecute powerful bankers, such as those running HSBC. Taibbi says that there’s “an arrestable class and an unarrestable class.”  What is your view on the current state of class war in the U.S.?

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Black America is getting screwed, David Dayen, Salon 

  • Shocking new study highlights the depths of economic disparities
  • Black retail workers are twice as likely to live below the poverty line, and twice as likely to be unemployed. Why?
  • 40 Reasons US Jails And Prisons Are Full Of Black And Poor People

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Democrats silent as one million lose food stamp benefits in the US

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  • Sanders has criticized Hillary Clinton repeatedly for giving speeches to Wall Street audiences in return for six-figure fees, as well as raking in campaign contributions from the financial and fossil fuel industries. But he has not sought to make an issue of the cuts in vital social programs, particularly those implemented with the collaboration of the Obama administration or this year’s drastic cutback in food stamp eligibility for childless adults.
  • Related: Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class

Patrick Martin,  World Socialist Web Site

4 April 2016 | Tens of thousands of impoverished, unemployed adults were cut off food stamps Friday, the first wave of a social catastrophe that could affect more than one million people this year.

 

https://www.wsws.org/asset/8b5f681e-a78c-436e-95c3-47984421186H/SNAP-cutoff-states.png?rendition=image480 Some 22 states began terminating benefits for “Able-Bodied Adults Without Dependents,” or ABAWDs, in the jargon of the US Department of Agriculture, which administers the federally funded food stamp program, or Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as it is formally known.

Patrick Martin is a writer for World Socialist Web Site <>

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Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class, Dave Schneider, Fight Back! News

We have to be clear: Socialism with real political power for the majority will come from the revolutionary struggle of the working class against capitalism, not reforms and laws passed by politicians.

Worker Cooperatives Are More Productive Than Normal Companies

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  • When maximizing profits isn't the only goal, companies can actually work better. Under worker-run management structures, co-ops might avoid the usual friction between bosses giving orders from above, and staff misunderstanding or disputing decisions or resisting unfair work burdens from below. Fusing the workforce and management streamlines operations and saves energy otherwise sunk into training and monitoring the workforce.
  • Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy?

Michelle Chen, the Nation / Portside

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March 31, 2016 | Imagine an economy without bosses. It's not a utopian vision but a growing daily reality for many enterprises. A close analysis of the performance of worker-owned cooperative firms-companies in which workers share in management and ownership-shows that, compared to standard top-down firms, co-ops can be a viable, even superior way of doing business.

The term "co-op" evokes images of collective farming or crunchy craft breweries. But Virginie Perotin of Leeds University Business School synthesized research on "labor-managed firms" in Western Europe, the United States and Latin America, and found that, aside from the holistic social benefits of worker autonomy, giving workers a direct stake in managing production enables a business to operate more effectively. On balance, Perotin concludes, "worker cooperatives are more productive than conventional businesses, with staff working `better and smarter' and production organized more efficiently."

Michelle Chen is a contributing writer for the Nation.

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Can Treating Low-Wage Workers Well Become The Hot New Business Strategy? Jessica Leber, Co.Exist

Aetna, Gap, Starbucks—even Walmart—are making moves to pay and treat their employees better. Are we seeing the start of an age of friendlier big business, or is it all just PR?

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Socialism, Bernie Sanders and the working class*

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We have to be clear: Socialism with real political power for the majority will come from the revolutionary struggle of the working class against capitalism, not reforms and laws passed by politicians.

Dave Schneider, Fight Back! News

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/Another%20World%20Rainbow.jpg Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | A couple weeks ago, one of my coworkers and I started talking politics near the end of our shift. With the 2016 presidential primary in full swing, the election is now the topic of choice in our break rooms, box lines and union meetings. One thing led to another and this coworker asked me whether I was a Democrat or Republican. I said, “Neither one, I'm a socialist.” Immediately I braced myself for any number of negative reactions. I expected either an intense debate, loud profanity, or the silent treatment. You can imagine my surprise, when my coworker responded, “Yeah, me too.”

Since the 2008 financial crisis, socialism has become more popular in the U.S. Young people increasingly express support for socialism. According to a 2015 Gallup Poll, 43% of people ages 18-to-29 report a positive view of socialism. Nearly half the country says they would vote for a socialist presidential candidate (Gallup, 2015).

Dave Schneider is a 23 year old union organizer and labor activist living in North Florida. He graduated from the University of Florida in fall 2011. He regularly writes for Fight Back! News.

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