Archive for May, 2014

Victory in Seattle: “When We Organize We Can Win!”

Victory in Seattle: “When We Organize We Can Win!”

$15 Minimum Wage in Seattle Video from Kshama Sawant (Seattle Socialist Councillor) & Jess Spear (15 Now organizer) Seattle City Council has agreed a $15 minimum wage. This will be the highest minimum wage in the US or Canada. Most minimum wages in Canada are $10, or a bit more. This historic achievement was the […]

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Victory for $15 in Seattle!

Victory for $15 in Seattle!

How Socialists Built a Winning Movement Seattle is the first major city to pass a $15/hr minimum wage. 100,000 workers will be lifted out of poverty, and millions will be inspired all over the country and around the world. On May 29th the city council’s committee dealing with the minimum wage voted to raise Seattle’s […]

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#YesAllWomen Twitter Storm Shows Millions are Ready to Fight Back against Sexism

#YesAllWomen Twitter Storm Shows Millions are Ready to Fight Back against Sexism

Time to Build a Powerful Movement for Equality The misogynistic massacre of Santa Barbara, California is yet another horrific expression of a society that is based on the constant oppression of women. However, this expression of hatred also triggered a massive backlash.  A storm of tweets around the Twitter hashtag #YesAllWomen showed not only deep rooted […]

Posted in: US, Women
Seattle on Verge of Passing $15 Minimum Wage

Seattle on Verge of Passing $15 Minimum Wage

Step up the Pressure to Close Corporate Loopholes! Working people across the country are being galvanized by the fight for 15, with the movement in Seattle headlining in national and international publications. As the Seattle City Council debates a plan for a $15 minimum wage, protests and strikes in over 150 cities took place on […]

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Ontario Election 2014: All three parties failing workers: Unions need to prepare to fight Austerity

Ontario Election 2014: All three parties failing workers: Unions need to prepare to fight Austerity

For the last 11 years, Liberal governments have ruled Ontario. While Ontario has not been hit as hard as Europe and the US by the recession of 2008, it has had a major impact on jobs and living standards. Even prior to the recession, Ontario’s private manufacturing sector had started to decline and since the […]

Posted in: Canada, NDP, Ontario
South Africa: Elections 2014

South Africa: Elections 2014

The African National Congress has been re-elected with 62% of the vote. This represents a marginal decline with the shedding of a few hundred thousand votes in absolute terms and the loss of 3.5%. Given the scandal filled five-year term of president Zuma, not least of all the Marikana massacre and Nkandla-gate, ANC strategists must […]

The NDP – can it deliver social justice and environmental sustainability?

The NDP – can it deliver social justice and environmental sustainability?

Since winning a majority in the May 2011 federal election, the Conservative Party has continued its neo-liberal attacks. There is widespread opposition to these attacks. The New Democratic Party (NDP), the official opposition for the first time, has an historic opportunity to build a movement, based on campaigning around an alternative vision for society. If […]

Posted in: Canada, NDP
Ukraine: Descending into bloody conflict

Ukraine: Descending into bloody conflict

Only united working class action can stop the catastrophe Events in Ukraine have taken a tragic turn as the country has degenerated into violent conflict. The Ukrainian army is moving in, with western powers’ backing, to violently disarm the mainly pro-Russian activists who have occupied key buildings throughout the East Ukraine, particularly in the Donetsk […]

Posted in: International, Ukraine
Venezuela: Bolivarian government and right-wing opposition discuss ‘Pact of Co-Existence’

Venezuela: Bolivarian government and right-wing opposition discuss ‘Pact of Co-Existence’

Urgent need for a revolutionary alternative In the midst of deep economic and political crisis in Venezuela, generated by the counter- revolutionary actions of the right wing and the erratic policies of the government, combined with the possibility of an increase in violent conflict outside the control of either side, the government initiated a series […]

Posted in: International, Venuzuela
Seattle Mayor Announces His Minimum Wage Proposal

Seattle Mayor Announces His Minimum Wage Proposal

Seattle Mayor Announces His Minimum Wage Proposal However, his proposal includes numerous loopholes: Large companies have three years to phase in the $15 wage, four years if they offer healthcare benefits Small businesses (defined as having fewer than 500 employees nationwide) will have phase-in periods of anywhere between five and seven years Healthcare and tips […]

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