US forces kill journalists, ambulance crew, shoot children in Iraq

Al Jazerra have released this video that shows US Apache helicopters use a mini gun against a group of journalists & civilians in Iraq. When a van arrives to evacuate the injured that is also shot up, killing the driver. When US troops arrive on the scene the pilots laugh when they run over a body and then when they are told that the injured include two children laugh again saying 'you shouldn't bring your children to a war.' Except of course those they have killed were not in a war, they were walking down a street before being gunned down from the sky without cause or warning.

collateralmurder.com

DC residents occupy and chain open the door of Ward 1's only public libary- so the city can't close it!

At 5:30 on Saturday afternoon, it was the last hour of the last day before the Mount Pleasant library was scheduled to close for a 17-month-long remodel. Patrons slowly filtered out, some looking wistfully around them at a classic interior they’d never see again, as librarians shooed them towards the door.

Others didn’t leave so quietly.

Women in House of Correction in Boston resisting! Call in this week!

CALL TO ACTION - FORWARD WIDELY

Women at South Bay are being served bug-infested food, are forced to live in flooded cells, and daily face unsanitary and dangerous conditions. Women are refusing meals and demanding that the situation immediately be put to rights.

Grievances have been filed about food infested with maggots*; rat droppings have also been found in prisoners' food. The late rain may have been an annoyance to some of us, but it was flooding the women's cells in the tower where they are held. One woman was given a plastic trash bag to

15,000 Strong Demonstration in Montréal Against the Budget

a report from Union Communiste Libertaire (UCL)

Against privatization and price increases: ONLY THE STRUGGLE PAYS!

On April 1st 2010, some 15,000 people descended on the business district in Montreal at the call of more than 95 unions, popular, feminist and student groups. Is this the first stage of a response against the Liberal budget? Only time will tell. In any case, it was a nice demonstration--a popular grand procession, very diverse and militant (at least in discourse).

We now know that the budget tabled on March 30th by Minister Bachand introduced a host of measures, each more regressive than the one before. The introduction of new fees for healthcare or the rapid growth of sales tax (QST) are examples. The rich will fare quite well, as usual. Nothing in this budget calls into question their privilege and their little schemes to stash their money in tax-free havens. Again, we are required to sacrifice for them. Enough!

200 teens rally at City Hall against 35,000 job cut to Summer Youth Employment Program

With thousands of summer jobs in jeopardy, more than 200 city teens rallied in City Hall Park Thursday against funding cuts to the popular Summer Youth Employment Program.

In his proposed budget, Gov. Paterson slashed the state's $35 million allocation. Mayor Bloomberg proposes another $1 million in cuts from the program.

Portland ARA: Weekend shooting was likely Neo-Nazi assassination attempt

Rose City Antifa/Portland Anti-Racist Action claims that the early morning shooting in downtown Portland on March 27, whose survivor remains in Intensive Care, was most likely an attempted murder by one or more neo-Nazis. The victim of the shooting, Luke Querner, is an entrenched and beloved figure in the anti-racist community. He has devoted over a decade of his life to opposing Portland’s white power movement.

Hotel Workers Expand Boycotts

UNITE HERE, the hotel workers union, has expanded boycotts across the U.S. The union is targeting Columbia-Sussex properties:

  • Sheraton Baltimore City Center Hotel, Maryland
  • Hilton Crystal City At National Airport, Arlington, Virginia
  • Westin Washington DC, District of Columbia
  • Wyndham Suites Chicago, Illinois
  • Westin Chicago Northwest Itasca, Illinois
  • Hilton Sacramento Arden West, California
  • Westin San Diego at Emerald Plaza, California
  • Anchorage Hilton, Alaska

Picketline outside the Westin Washington DC, March 26, 2010

UNITE HERE has also launched a boycott of the Providence Westin in Rhode Island.

All Three Hyatt Hotels in Boston are still under boycott. Bring back the Hyatt 100

A complete list of all boycotted hotels can be found through hotelworkersrising.org

Nature of the Period: Background and Perspectives

Social systems don't live forever. They have their own internal contradictions, which produce systemic crises. Capitalism is no different; someday it will end. The question we are addressing is whether it will be followed by barbarism, mass death, and barrenness, or by a better world. The current crisis is not only one of greatly increased attacks on the working class and oppressed people but is also a fundamental crisis of the system itself. We cannot predict the demise of the system, something in which the working class and oppressed people must also play a conscious part. We can, however, state that this is the most serious crisis of capitalism since the 1930's--and that one was only "solved" by World War II.

An understanding of today's world crisis must begin at the end of that previous crisis.

Socialism or Barbarism; Anarchism or Annihilation

The Relationship Between Crisis and Consciousness
by Wayne Price

Considering the economic and social crisis we are facing, what are the relationships between the objective tendency of capitalism toward catastrophe and the subjective consciousness involved in class struggle? Is it "inevitable" that capitalism will crash and produce the socialist-anarchist revolution? Can we ignore or deny objective social laws in favor of focusing on the self-activity of the working class?

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