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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...

Does Obama's victory signal the end of racism?

Barack Obama's inauguration as president of the USA is a historic milestone. Read more...

2008 US elections: Obama's victory, proof of the reality of change or a powerful illusion?

Millions of people across the USA, and indeed around the planet are rejoicing at the historic victory of Barack Obama. First and foremost because he is the first black President in a country that was built on two centuries of slavery, a hundred years of 'Jim Crow', the systematic denial of democratic rights to the former slaves. A country that only forty years ago, and under pressure of a massive civil rights movement and uprisings in the inner cities, began to dismantle that machinery of racist oppression, a job far from complete to this day, despite the Obama win. Read more...

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