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Will Obama's bank reforms stop crises?

Wall street is furious over Obama's proposed new banking laws. Keith Spencer takes a look Read more...

Hope in retreat: Obama and the US working class

Barack Obama was elected president under the slogan “sweeping change”. He spoke about the need for healthcare reform to cover everyone, a bill of trade union rights, and a “New Green Deal” to create jobs, protect the environment and “get America back on its feet”. Andy Yorke looks at Obama’s relationship to the unions and how the workers’ leaders have so far failed to fight to hold him to these promises. Read more...

Workers Power US reports on G-20 protests in Pittsburgh

After 6 continuous days of demonstrations and actions directed against the Group of 20 (G-20) in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which culminated in a 10,000 participant strong march through the downtown area where the summit took place, world leaders, particularly to the chagrin of Barrack Obama, witnessed first hand the willingness of thousands of Americans to protests against such “abstractions” as global capitalism. It was the largest demonstration the city of Pittsburgh has seen since the protests against the Vietnam War. Read more...

Challenges to a changing US working class

Review: US Labour in Trouble and Transition: The Failure of Reform from Above, the Promise of Revival from Below by Kim Moody, Verso 2007. Reviewed by Andy Yorke.

Moody's book is a contribution to the debate around the US working class and how it can rebuild its strength in the unions, workplaces and communities. What kind of answers does he give? Read more...

Obama's broken promises

Mike Wilhelm and Jeff Albertson, from Workers Power USA, look at what Obama has done for the working class since coming to power Read more...

Obama inauguration: Swearing-in first Black president seals historic victory

Two million Americans gathered in Washington DC to see the Presidential inauguration and a new era of 'change'. Obama's movement needs to keep the pressure on him to deliver argues Andy Yorke Read more...

Factory occupation: victory to the workers in Chicago!

In an act of bravery and heroics, around 250 workers from Republic Windows and Doors occupied a Chicago factory after they were told, as recently as three days ago, of its closing. Rupa Shenoy, a writer for the Associated Press, explained that the workers, upon hearing of the impending closure, voted overwhelmingly to occupy the plant until they receive the severance and vacation pay they say is owed to them. Read more...

Will Obama deliver on a green agenda?

George W Bush is spending his last days in office forcing through a scorched earth policy on environmental legislation, while also handing his big business backers profitable contracts. Read more...

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