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The National Football League’s Baltimore Ravens’ running back, Ray Rice, has been indefinitely suspended from the NFL, and then cut by his team as of Sept. 8 due to a February domestic violence incident involving his then fiancee Janay Palmer....
The International Working Women's Coalition, which for the past 10 years has commemorated International Working Women's Day in New York City, stands with the world's working and oppressed peoples in solidarity with the heroic people of Gaza who are resisting the heinous atrocities by the fascistic, Zionist regime, especially the Israeli Defense Forces....
The Senate Judiciary Committee convened a hearing July 15 about the Women’s Health Protection Act. The law is needed to stop states from implementing laws claiming to protect women’s health and safety, but which limit access to legal, safe abortion and drive women’s health care providers out of business....
The Supreme Court has done it again. It bestowed new rights on corporations. All a corporation has to do these days is plead for a new interpretation of a law and — abracadabra — the court waves its magic wand over the issue and the wish is granted....
The International Working Women’s Day Coalition has called a protest today in Union Square, 5-6:30, to denounce today’s Supreme Court 5-4 decision giving for-profit corporations the right to deny women workers the right to choose contraceptives of their choice....
A highly controversial case that could derail the right of The case, brought by the Christian-family-owned, for-profit company Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, owned by Mennonites, asserts that these companies should be exempt from the free contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act based on œreligious liberty....
Efforts are underway to stop the anti-woman group “A Voice for Men” from holding its first international conference in Detroit the last weekend in June. This “Men’s Rights Advocates” group, based in Houston, promotes male supremacy, sexism and sexual violence against women. It was designated a hate group in 2012 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate crimes against oppressed people in the U.S....
Youth and students from successive generations were influenced by Maya Angelou’s widely read book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The autobiographical work addressed the formative years of the author, who died May 28 at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 86....
Odeh is being charged with Unlawful Procurement of Naturalization, but strongly asserts her innocence. Deutsch, who has represented political activists and victims of police and government civil rights violations since 1970, was pleased with the ruling for a continuance and has begun working on a strategy for the defense....
The case of Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby, which was presented to the Supreme Court on March 25, involves the unprecedented, highly controversial issue of a for-profit company’s claim to “religious liberty” because it opposes paying for certain types of birth control for employees as mandated by the Affordable Care Act....
In Africa women have been in the forefront of movements toward national liberation, social and environmental justice, and gender equality....
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People across the country are outraged by Florida State Attorney Angela Corey’s recent decision to retry Marissa Alexander, a Black woman and a survivor of intimate partner violence who defended herself against her attacker, with the possibility of a 60-year prison sentence....
International Women’s Day was marked in Providence, R.I., by a “Women of All Colors Assembly,” a wonderful gathering of 100 amazing women representing dozens of organizations. Convened by mostly...
The origins of women’s oppression in the rise of class society and the historic need for socialism were raised as well. Two of the speakers gave a call to “Shut it down!” on April 1, the day when objectors to the Detroit emergency manager’s bankruptcy plan of austerity and giveaways to the banks will turn in their objections and rally outside the federal bankruptcy court....
The atmosphere was electric and filled with optimism on March 8 as a dynamic march took over the sidewalks of the East Village and then went up Sixth Avenue toward midtown Manhattan. The march commemorated the 104th anniversary of International Working Women’s Day....
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Providence, R.I. — A multinational grouping of women came together on Feb. 8 for the first Women’s Assembly Planning Committee meeting. The committee is organizing a Women of All Colors Assembly in Providence on International Women’s Day, March 8....
Rocket scientist, inventor, cancer pioneer, human computer, bomber pilot, judo master. Why do we have to read their obituaries to know about them?...
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Marissa Alexander, the 34-year-old African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending herself against her abusive former spouse, was released on $200,000 bail on Nov. 27.  She will remain under house arrest and electronic monitoring in her Jacksonville, Fla., home until her retrial, which is tentatively set for this coming March 31....
Two polar opposite events affecting women’s right to choose abortion took place on Nov. 19....
Reproductive justice took a one-two punch in unrelated court decisions on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. One court allowed a medically unnecessary law to close many women’s health centers that perform abortions in Texas. The other ruling was a “partial victory” for right-wingers who oppose the Affordable Care Act’s provision that employer-sponsored plans must provide free coverage for contraception....
From the United States, women who belong to the National Women's Fightback Network of the International Action Center send a warm and caring embrace to the brave people of Syria and especially to the women. It is the women and the children who suffer most from the impact of wars....
Cupboards will be bare next year for nearly 4 million people in the United States if the bill cutting the food stamp program, which was passed by the Republican majority in the House on Sept. 19, becomes law. They voted to cut this life-saving program by $40 billion over 10 years....
Marissa Alexander, the 34-year-old African-American woman who was sentenced to 20 years in prison for defending herself against her former abusive spouse, has been granted a new trial. This announcement came 12 days after a Sept. 14 Nationwide Day of Rallies for Marissa Alexander. Many cities held support actions demanding “Let’s get her out!”

Even before this call was made on Facebook, thousands of people here and around the world signed petitions and held numerous protests — including the youth-led Dream Defenders who sat in at the Florida State Capitol this summer — demanding that her outrageous conviction be overturned....

Unable or unwilling to reach an agreement to extend government spending, the U.S. Congress has provoked a government shutdown....
We, the  member organizations of the International Women’s Alliance, raise our collective voices against the impending interventionist war that the United States is planning to wage against the Syrian people.

The U.S. Senate’s recent approval of a punitive missile strike on Syria constitutes a direct act of aggression masquerading as humanitarian action. Despite widespread opposition from the international community and lack of authorization from the United Nations, the U.S. remains hell-bent on attacking Syria, even as reports show that Syrian rebels funded by the Saudi government — a close U.S. ally — were the ones responsible for the March 19 simultaneous chemical assaults in Aleppo and Ataybah, which left approximately 26 people including 16 Syrian soldiers dead, with 86 more seriously injured....

Reactionary politicians are brazenly trying to push through anti-reproductive rights bills in several states but they are being strongly resisted by protesters inside and outside the legislatures. Women are standing up and voicing their opposition to the attacks on their rights and health care....
Despite many gains won through decades of struggle, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities are often victims of hate crimes. When the crime becomes a murder, the victim is most likely a young transgender woman of color. Three African-American transwomen were found murdered, in April alone, in Baltimore; Oak Ridge, Fla.; and most recently in Cleveland....
In Savar, an industrial suburb of Dhaka, Bangladesh’s capital, at least 300 workers, mostly women, died at the Rana Plaza garment factory building collapse on April 24.   In addition to the appalling number of deaths, more than 1,200 were injured there in the worst industrial disaster ever to befall this country....
The concept of equal rights for women has been around for more than 200 years, ever since Mary Wollstonecraft published her essay, “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman,” in 1792. “Equal rights for men and women” was included in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed by the United Nations in 1948....
In Michigan, only married couples, married individuals and single individuals may adopt children. Same-sex couples are denied legal recognition under one of the most restrictive anti-marriage laws in the country — passed by the voters in 2004 — that has even been used to deny union-negotiated health benefits to state workers’ same-sex partners. Michiganians in same-sex relationships cannot jointly adopt children or adopt the children of their partners....
The July 26th Coalition, a solidarity group that supports the Cuban revolution, hosted a March 13 evening of information and open dialogue with two representatives of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) in New York City. The women were here participating in events held at the United Nations and hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women during International Working Women’s Month....
A coalition of community-based women's organizations that has organized events for the past eight years have announced plans for women's events in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx to celebrate women's struggles. The events include a rally and march on March 9th, starting at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, and tributes to Harriet Tubman on March 10 at Harlem’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, in Brooklyn at Boys and Girls High on Sat. March 16 and in the Bronx at the Bronx Art Space Gallery on Sunday, March 24. All events are open to the media and are free. There will also be a special tribute March 9 to the late President Hugo Chávez of Venezuela -- the leader of the ongoing Bolivarian Revolution that promotes the rights of women especially those of African and Indigenous descent....
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The International Women’s Alliance calls on women all over the globe to advance their ongoing struggles against imperialist globalization and the crisis of capitalism by mobilizing with militant actions on March 8, 2013, to commemorate International Working Women’s Day. The International Conference of Working Women over 100 years ago gave birth to what is now popularly known as International Women’s Day. The origin of this day was to highlight the resistance and organizing power of working women to gain the right to fair wages and working hours, the right to vote and an end to discrimination. Today, we must remember to hold true to the origins of March 8 and return to the important issues that weigh heavily on women all over the world: the crises of capitalism and imperialism....
A coalition of community-based women's organizations that has organized events for the past eight years have announced plans for women's events in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn and the Bronx to celebrate women's struggles. The events include a rally and march on March 9th, starting at the site of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in Manhattan, and tributes to Harriet Tubman on March 10 at Harlem’s African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, in Brooklyn at Boys and Girls High on Sat. March 16 and in the Bronx at the Bronx Art Space Gallery on Sunday, March 24. All events are open to the media and are free....
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The new form of global warfare alleges to “protect” by preemptively preventing mass atrocities. Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, a U.S.-educated academic and mother, is caught in its web and now serving 86 years in a federal prison in Texas....
In support of efforts to pressure the U.S. government to repatriate Dr. Aafia Siddiqui to Pakistan, former U.S. Congressperson Cynthia McKinney and International Action Center Co-Director Sara Flounders traveled to Pakistan last December...
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Women in the U.S. will continue to be in the forefront of many battles — opposing U.S. wars and occupations while demanding funding for human needs, defending collective bargaining in their unions, demanding wages that allow their families to keep up with the cost of living, stopping foreclosures so they can stay in their homes, demanding contraceptives and other free preventive health care, and fighting for basic rights to affordable education, quality health care and housing, and good-paying jobs. Women in public sector jobs — who are a majority women of color — are coming under heavy fire now as they defend their right to belong to unions. And they are rising to the challenge. Immigrant women are blazing ahead despite obstacles and organizing new unions for domestic workers. On International Working Women’s Day 2013, we remember the women garment workers in New York City who marched for better working and living conditions on March 8, 1908, and the socialist women who founded IWWD in 1910 in their honor....
On Jan. 24, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta announced that the Pentagon had lifted its ban on women serving in combat, and that more than 230,000 “battlefront” positions could be opened up to them. Military officials must submit plans by May on how to include women in combat, although they have until January 2016 to list male-only positions....
The unnamed victim — whom protesters dubbed Braveheart and Dimini (“lightning” in Hindi) — clung to life for almost two weeks after the torturous attack by six men on her and her male companion in a moving city bus. Now the perpetrators, including the driver and a youth, face murder charges and possible death sentences....
Women’s reproductive rights, primarily the right to abortion, are still under attack. With recent attacks by the Catholic Church and right-wing extremists, it is only appropriate that Susan Elizabeth Davis has published her first novel, “Love Means Second Chances.” Set in 1991, college student Christy, whose family is Catholic, battles with her protective but loving mom, Carole, when she decides to have an abortion. The story also revolves around Carole’s own past, when she became pregnant with Christy and her soon-to-be husband had wanted her to get rid of her child. With the help of Christy’s grandmother, Mary Louise, the two women explore how much love is needed at times of a struggle like this. ...
On April 28, women will march and rally in state capitals and major U.S. cities against the recent attacks on women and in defense of women’s rights. This initiative, started by two women on Feb. 19 with a Facebook page titled, “Organizing Against the War on Women,” has caught fire with angry women all over the country. ...
A rally and march denouncing Wall Street’s war on women took place March 31 in New York City in commemoration of International Working Women’s Day, March 8. Despite cold, windy, damp and drizzly weather, women activists and their supporters rallied at the bull, a tourist attraction on Wall Street that represents the interests of the 1% — the bankers and bosses....
Monica Moorehead, a March 31st organizer, states, “Sybrina Fulton, the mother of Trayvon Martin, has told the world that her son is everybody's son. It is in this spirit that our coalition encourages all mothers, grandmothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, nieces, girlfriends and spouses of all ages, nationalities, gender expressions and sexual preferences to attend along with men.”...
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International Women’s Day, commemorated on March 8, was founded in 1910 by European socialist women, to demonstrate solidarity with women worldwide. The special day honors struggles against inequality, oppression and war....
Mar 16, 2012
WOMEN FIGHT BACK
ith the war on women in full swing, women are fighting mad and fighting back. Threats to health care and reproductive rights, especially safe, legal abortion and birth control, and reactionary attitudes toward women have been met with strong anger and resistance by women and male allies across the United States....
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WOMEN are deeply impacted by the global capitalist economic crisis caused by the 1%, made up of bankers, bosses and politicians like New York 's Mayor Michael Bloomberg who exploit the world’s 99%.  The Can We Live! Campaign is a struggle-oriented program to bring together and to organize initiatives on economic and political issues, not just during March -- International Working Women’s Month -- but year round.  Its 10-point program asks the fundamental question: Can We Live when the 1% deprives us of: Access to healthy, toxic-free food; Jobs, not jails—Promote the right to organize; Defend public workers, a livable wage and/or guaranteed income and Social Security; end discrimination based on age, nationality, disability; Demand pay equity; cancel credit card and student debt; Healthcare for all—Demand reproductive justice; hands off Medicare and Medicaid; restore and expand all social programs; Free quality education from the cradle to the grave; Housing as a human right—No foreclosures, evictions, and utility shutoffs; end homelessness; A clean environment; Legalization, not deportation—Unite families; end Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids; No domestic and state violence against WOMEN—Stop sexual exploitation, trafficking and police brutality; restore safe houses; No imperialist war—Stop all violence against WOMEN in the military and in occupied lands; bring the troops home; Full rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people....
Under capitalism — a system that puts profits before human needs — genuine support needed for developing one’s talent is generally not made available, much less encouraged. Luck, along with having influential connections, plays a central role in many instances on whether the individuals become famous or not. What usually happens is that many talented people are left to figure out on their own how best to display their creativity to others as opposed to hoping to be “discovered.”...
Some 10,000 women of all classes and walks of life took to the streets of Cairo on Dec. 20 to protest the military’s misogynistic, violent assaults on Egyptian women. Many demanded that the military step down immediately....
African-American lesbian activist, poet and writer Audre Lorde wrote that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.” Published in 1984, her statement is a perfect response to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Dec. 6 announcement that the U.S. will supposedly be championing the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people around the world. Clinton gave her outrageously hypocritical remarks at an event recognizing International Human Rights Day in Geneva, Switzerland....
The Occupy Wall Street movement at Zuccotti Park in New York City heard the powerful voices of women activists, the majority of them immigrants from Latin America, at a rally organized Nov. 20 by a broad coalition led by Women Workers for Peace and La Peña del Bronx....
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, the life and work of accomplished pianist and theatrical performer, Consuela Edmonia Lee (aka Consuela Moorehead), will be honored at the historic Abyssinian Baptist Church in the City of New York by an impressive list of renowned filmmakers, musicians and artists....
The International Women’s Alliance (IWA) supports the ‘Occupy Wall Street’ actions and calls on women’s organizations, networks, and alliances worldwide to join and express their solidarity especially on the Global Day of Action on October 15....
The International Migrants’ Alliance (IMA) denounces former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn’s sexual assault on female migrant worker Nafissatou Diallo, as well as the case’s subsequent handling by US prosecutors and the Western media, as not only an attack on her person but on women and migrants as well....
The International Women’s Assembly successfully held its First General Assembly on July 5 and 6 in Quezon City, Philippines, under the theme “Advance the Global Anti-imperialist Women’s Movement! Strengthen the International Women’s Alliance!”...
On June 2 hotel housekeepers who are members of UNITE HERE launched a coordinated eight-city speak-out “to break the silence on the dangers of their jobs.” The workers stated that they were “inspired by the courageous stand taken by the housekeepers in New York against some of the most powerful men in the world.” ...
Just as the right of public sector workers to collective bargaining has been attacked this year in state legislatures from New Hampshire to California, so too have there been widespread legislative attacks on women’s right to legal, safe, accessible abortion....
The hotel housekeeper who accused then-head of the International Monetary Fund Dominique Strauss-Kahn of raping her is fighting back after a media barrage meant to defame her character and undermine her credibility. This brave woman has filed a libel suit against the New York Post for a series of articles in which the paper, in vulgar and demeaning terms, openly claimed she was a prostitute....
The U.S. Supreme Court recently dealt a brutal blow to women workers employed by Wal-Mart. On June 20 the justices dismissed the Dukes v. Wal-Mart lawsuit, decreeing that these workers cannot sue their employers as a class for sex discrimination....
Consider these horrific facts provided by the National Organization for Women: Every year approximately 132,000 women report they have been violently violated by rape or attempted rape. More than half of that number knew their attackers. It’s estimated that two to six times that many women are raped, but do not report it. Every year 1.2 million women are raped by their current or former male partners, some more than once....
And the beat goes on. Right-wing, pro-corporate politicians continue their attacks on working and poor people across the country. At the same time, they are escalating their war on women’s rights and health care, but not without resistance....
Women — mostly teenaged or very young — have been kidnapped, tortured, raped, mutilated and killed by the hundreds in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, sister city to El Paso, Texas....
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Jan. 22 marks the 38th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Tens of thousands of women have been saved from death and serious injury since abortion became legal in 1973. Women who chose to have safe, legal abortions ever since have felt enormous security and relief as they went about their lives....
The New York chapter of the Women’s Fightback Network hosted a reportback meeting Dec. 4 on the Montreal International Women’s Conference that took place Aug. 13-16 in Canada. The meeting, held at the Solidarity Center in Manhattan, was standing room only as women activists of many nationalities, ages and political backgrounds saw video footage and a power point presentation about the conference....
This past August, activists attended a historic Women’s Anti-Imperialist Conference in Montreal Attend a Special Forum to hear reports ...
A United Nations Human Rights Council gathering in Switzerland heard testimony from oppressed groups inside the United States who exposed Washington’s official state policy of gross violations against peoples of color and workers in general....
Most political pundits and leading corporate-oriented publications are predicting significant gains by right-wing Republican candidates across the United States in the midterm elections taking place Nov. 2. This possible shift in power within ruling-class politics is attributed to two main factors: the so-called conservative backlash as represented by the Tea Party and the lack of enthusiasm among key constituents within the African-American and Latino/a communities, as well as among working women, who voted overwhelming for the Democratic Party in 2006 and 2008....
Passage of stringent anti-woman restrictions on abortion funding in the new health care system isn’t enough to satisfy Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ). Chair of the so-called Pro-Life Caucus for 28 years, Smith introduced HR 5939, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” on July 29. As of Oct. 10 there were 183 cosponsors.

Smith’s law seeks to change the Hyde Amendment — which has denied more than 1 million poor women Medicaid funding for abortion since 1976 — into a permanent law. In 2008 one in eight or 7.5 million reproductive-age women, who are disproportionately women of color, qualified for Medicaid health coverage....

The French government of Nicolas Sarkozy is attacking the country’s large and diverse immigrant and foreign communities, which it calls the sources of delinquency and crime, with expulsions and deportations, loss and denial of French citizenship, and new laws imprisoning parents for the crimes their children commit, as well as increased police violence. According to many French political analysts, the Sarkozy administration is using this approach to repair its public standing, which has been battered by the worldwide recession, growing unemployment and the anger of France’s combative unions....
Uniting under the theme, “Moving forward the militant global women’s movement in the 21st century,” more than 350 women from 32 countries participated in the Montreal International Women’s Conference, held Aug. 13-16. The conference resulted in the formation of an International Women’s Alliance. The IWA will hold its first assembly in 2011 to adopt a constitution of principles of unity and an action proposal....
Racism and ageism were themes for the keynote speakers at the Old Lesbians Organizing for Change national gathering here in July, and for the speakout sessions done in a format known as “fishbowls.” The 150 participants ranged in age from 59 to 87....
Many articles have been written reflecting on five decades of historical experience — referred to as the 50th anniversary of the “Year of Africa” — since 17 African nations gained political independence. Yet few pay adequate attention to the indispensable role of women in the campaigns for national liberation and their continuing efforts in the present century....
Expressing the sounds of her beloved Puerto Rico, hundreds of people singing plenas and chanting about her valiant character accompanied independence fighter Lolita Lebrón to her final resting place in the Old San Juan Cemetery. She was buried close to her dear Maestro, Don Pedro Albizu Campos. As she had requested, the burial took place just over 24 hours after her death....
On Aug. 13-16, a ground-breaking conference of women from many countries and organizations will be held in Montreal to take up the crucial issues facing women worldwide, such as war, occupation, and corporate globalization, which brings with it low wages, and sweatshops and forces millions of women a year to leave their homelands to obtain jobs. The worldwide economic crisis is only worsening conditions for millions of women....
Marilyn Buck, a political prisoner in the U.S., was released July 15 from the federal prison medical center in Carswell, Texas, according to her support group, Friends of Marilyn Buck. She is paroled to New York. As of the writing of this article, no further details about her release have been made available....
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Iraqi women have been among the most liberated of their gender in the Middle East. They have a long history of political activism and social participation since the 19th century, having taken part in the struggle against colonial domination and in the fight for national unity, social justice and legal equality throughout the 20th century. In fact, UNICEF reported in 1993 that “rarely do women in the Arab world enjoy as much power and support as they do in Iraq.”...
n a powerful, energetic and inspiring day of action, activists, unemployed people, students and youth, and community organizers from across the East Coast and Midwest converged on the Department of Labor on May 8 to honor the 75th anniversary of the Works Projects Administration — by demanding a concrete jobs program, now. They then held a meeting to strategize around their demands and plan future events.

Proposed actions resulting from the meeting include the creation of People’s Assemblies to be held in various cities to help link struggles and movements together; national days of outrage and local speak-outs against unemployment; community-labor action committees inside local unions to support the fight for jobs; and connecting with student and youth calls for an Oct. 7 day of action in support of public education....

The corporate media may give it a different spin, but for Palin and Wall Street’s Tea Party, Boston was a bust....
On April 1, Scott Roeder was sentenced to life in prison for murdering Dr. George Tiller. Kansas District Judge Warren Wilbert ordered him to serve 50 years without parole.

Dr. Tiller’s family and attorneys and pro-choice activists sought this sentence, the severest possible. However, it does not bring back the dedicated, compassionate and courageous doctor who, despite years of death threats, stalking and assaults, provided essential health care for women from all over the country who sought his help, the doctor whose motto was, “Trust women.”...

It seemed like a scandalous disconnect, a case of the right brain not knowing what the left brain was doing.

On March 12 Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations announced the appointment of a High-level Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing. The group is supposed to mobilize the money to help poorer countries deal with climate change, which had been promised them during the U.N. conference in Copenhagen in December....

With 30 million unemployed or underemployed, the failure of the just-signed health care law to meet the needs and expectations of the population, plus its giveaway to the health care industry, is bound to add to the frustration and alienation of the workers....
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Tens of millions of people in this country were hoping to be delivered from the clutches of the ruthless profiteers who control the health care system and were hoping for universal health care. But the very opposite has happened....
Renee Washington DeFreitas, a 51 year old state employee and mother of five did everything she was supposed to: she worked hard long hours, volunteered for overtime when it existed, saved her money, and bought a home with the hope that she would have something as she grew older, both for herself and her children and grandchildren....
On March 2, seven U.S. doctors gave a report on their month-long mission of providing post-earthquake medical services in Haiti at a program at Judson Memorial Church in New York City....
The International Action Center will be traveling to DC this weekend with activists from Bailout the People Movement, BAYAN, FIST-Fight Imperialism Stand Together, Peoples Organization for Progress, May 1 Coalition for Workers and Immigrant rights, Women’s Fight Back Network, Free Mumia Coalition and many others in cars, vans and buses.

Saturday, MARCH 20...

Against all odds the southern African nation of Zimbabwe is celebrating its 30th year of independence from British settler-colonialism....
On March 4 more than 100 demonstrations were organized in 33 states against the devastating cuts, layoffs and tuition hikes as part of the National Day of Action to Defend Education, including campuses such as the University of Maryland and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The following reports are examples of some of these significant protests, which are signs pointing to the potential of a revitalized national youth and student fight-back movement reminiscent of the 1960s....
Students protested cuts in education in over 100 cities across the U.S. on March 4th, 2010, a day of National Student Action. This is the first national student protest involving thousands of students and workers. These are some of the videos from that event....
Women's International Democratic Federation, of which the WFN is a member, will be holding its annual Seminar in the United Nations. This year will be a special one since it is the celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the International Women's Day....
On March 4 students and workers from all around the country will take action to defend education against increased privatization of pre-kindergarten through 12th grade schools, budget cuts, layoffs, furloughs and tuition increases at college and universities — especially the public institutions....
The year is 2010. Yet discrimination against and exploitation of the workers who grow and harvest our food supply continues today and in its vilest forms — against immigrants and women....
Across the country, students, teachers, faculty and other workers, along with concerned parents, community activists and organizations, will be using the week of March 4 to strike decisively to defend public education and the right to pursue higher learning. The effects of the economic crisis have been felt in all sectors. Hundreds of thousands have faced having their homes foreclosed on or being evicted. Millions have lost their jobs and have added to the ranks of unemployed, especially people of color. Many families face hunger on a daily basis....
Abortion provider’s murderer convicted

Anti-abortion zealot Scott Roeder was convicted in Wichita, Kan., on Jan. 29 of the cold-blooded murder of Dr. George R. Tiller, a fearless, caring physician who performed abortions for women in desperate circumstances, while enduring great personal risk and paying the ultimate sacrifice. Roeder testified that after he had stalked Dr. Tiller for months, Roeder walked into the church where Dr. Tiller served as an usher and shot him in the face at close range on May 31....

The renowned film director Roman Polanski is being held in a Swiss jail, awaiting possible extradition to the United States. He was arrested on a 31-year-old warrant while traveling to the Zurich Film Festival to receive an award. He faces charges for sexually assaulting a child in 1977 in Los Angeles....
The push for meaningful health care reform is in peril. Congressional Democrats have advanced flawed legislation that fails to live up to their campaign pledge of universal health care reform. Republicans allied with right-wing “Blue Dog” Democrats have worked overtime to derail any attempt at reform....
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If the U.S. government was interested in supporting democracy or in building respect for the will of the people in a democratic election, it should have started by respecting the outcome of the 2006 Palestinian election. The Palestinian people voted in large numbers, electing Hamas candidates to parliament with large enough votes to form the Palestinian government. In Gaza, Hamas had a total sweep....
Holding a banner calling for “Jobs & Human Needs, Freedom, Equality, Peace,” a multinational group of women led a spirited march through downtown Providence, R.I., on June 12 to the site of the National Mayors Conference....
Women have lost a true friend. Dr. George Tiller stood up for decades and provided vitally necessary medical and reproductive health care for women of all ages and backgrounds....
On May 18, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a stunning blow to women workers, overturned lower courts’ decisions and ruled that AT&T, the seventh-largest corporation in the world, could exclude maternity leaves when calculating pension benefits....
Organizers of the People's Summit, including a tent city, in downtown Detroit June 14-17 report momentum is building for the event. It's billed as "four days of active resistance" to counter the National Business Summit held June 15-17 at the GM Renaissance Center....
s layoffs have spread to the service and retail sectors, where women are the majority of workers, their jobless rate grew by an alarming 36.7 percent in the five months prior to February 2009. The rate worsened for African-American women, whose unemployment rate rose to 9.9 percent in February, while for Latinas it reached 10.2 percent....
Imagine that you're on your way to a medical appointment or your job, and you face a gauntlet of screaming, angry people who are threatening you and trying to stop you from entering the building. That is what women nationwide have faced for 36 years -- since abortion was legalized -- as virulent right wingers have used hostile tactics to try to stop them from exercising their fundamental rights to reproductive choice and health services....
Dorotea Manuela saluted working women warriors, including those who carried through the Flint sit-down strike to victory in 1937. Sandra McIntosh of Work for Quality, Fight for Equity spoke of the struggle for access to quality education, which is under attack in Boston. Palestinian activist Layla Hijab Cable gave an inspiring historical overview of Palestinian women resisting Zionist occupation, ethnic cleansing and genocide...
Celebrations, commemorations and protests were held worldwide on International Women's Day (IWD) this year from Lima, Peru, to Lahore, Pakistan. The themes varied but all actions demonstrated women declaring their rights and protesting against injustice....
On International Women's Day this year, we express our solidarity with our heroic sisters in Gaza who have endured the horrific U.S.-backed Israeli siege and who are standing up with courage and resilience....
Hundreds of women, along with male supporters, rallied at Union Square and then marched together on March 8 to commemorate International Women's Day. They called for "a bailout of women and our communities," not the banks, in the U.S. and worldwide....
This year's event included strong participation from Latina, Asian and Black women, as well as many activists from Philadelphia's LGBT community. With the growing economic crisis hitting women the hardest, many speakers addressed social and economic justice issues, including the mortgage crisis, health care reform and the struggle to pass the Employee Free Choice Act....
The foreclosed homes auction today [March 8, 2009] at the Jacob Javits Convention Center is an insult to the millions who have lost their homes and jobs in what is know the biggest economic crises since the depression of the 1930s....
Ending Ceremony Triangle Shirtwaist Fire Memorial at 4 p.m. Site of 1911 fire that killed 146 women workers and girls.......
The November elections were considered a mandate by the people to stop the war in Iraq. What does this have to do with women? With the pro-choice struggle? With reproductive freedom for all women? It has everything to do with it because the money that is funding this vicious war and occupation comes directly from us. ...
The Jersey 4 are young African-American lesbians from Newark, N.J., who were convicted of "gang assault" charges in June 2007 after defending themselves against a man who attacked them and three of their friends in August 2006....
Pro-choice organizations sprang into action in July after they discovered proposed Bush administration regulations that endanger women's reproductive rights and medical care....
On March 8, 1908, working women in the needle trade industry took to the streets of New York City demanding better working conditions, higher wages, shorter workdays and the overall improvement of women's lives in this country. These women marched through New York City demanding justice for women workers and immigrant workers; they were in fact working immigrant women. The message and militancy of these women were so inspiring to women around the world that in 1910 the International Socialist Congress meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, officially declared March 8 International Women's Day....
Jan. 22 marks the 35th anniversary of the legalization of the right to abortion in the United States. The Supreme Court's landmark 1973 ruling in the case of Roe v. Wade finally guaranteed women the right to obtain safe, legal abortions in every state in hospitals, clinics and doctors'offices....
Fighters for reproductive justice for poor women are stepping up their campaign to overturn the Hyde Amendment, a reactionary law enacted by Congress in 1976 and signed by Democratic President Jimmy Carter in 1977. The Hyde Amendment denies women on Medicaid the right to funding for abortions. It is named for its archreactionary sponsor, Henry Hyde, a former long-term Republican congressman from Illinois. ...
From June 27 to July 1, Atlanta will host the first-ever Social Forum held in the United States. The U.S. Social Forum will gather thousands of grassroots and community activists from across the country who will engage each other in political discussion and strategy planning. The operating slogan for the five-day event is "For another world to be possible, another U.S. is necessary."...
Under the theme “Women of the World: a vital force against neoliberal globalization, terrorism and imperialist wars; for equality, social and economic justice and for peace,” more than 1,000 women representing organizations from five continents met in Caracas, Venezuela, from April 9 through 14. They were joined by thousands of Venezuelan women who hosted the 14th Congress of the Women’s International Democratic Federation....
The Women's Fightback Network is a grassroots alliance of poor and working women, immigrants, disabled activists, students, elders and youth, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual and transgender women--all standing together to protest budget cuts, racism, sexism and war. As women, we have a special place in the fight for equality and human needs....
We the undersigned--lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender-nonconforming, and other activists fighting oppression based on sexuality, gender and sex--express our support for the right of the Black community in Brooklyn to decide to rename an avenue for the late Black community activist Sonny Abubadika Carson, who some called the "Mayor of Bed-Sty" for his long-time community activism....
Low-income women are often forced to use money they need for food and rent to cover the cost of an abortion. Many women cannot raise enough money and must continue the pregnancy and stay trapped in poverty. ...
Aug. 26, "Women's Equality Day," marks the day, 87 years ago, that women legally got the right to vote in the U.S. There was no equality for all women back then and today there is still no "equality" to celebrate....
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