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UPDATE 11/9/2018: The strike is still on in Maui, Oahu, Boston, San Diego, San Jose, and San Francisco. Workers have reached a deal in Oakland and Detroit. You can find strike updates here. 

Democratic Socialists of America stands strongly in support of nearly 8,000 hotel workers of UNITE HERE on strike at Marriott for a fair and livable wage and safe working conditions. Marriott is the largest and wealthiest hotel company in the world, with more employees than Facebook, Microsoft, or Boeing. The company profits have increased 279% since the recession. UNITE HERE has been in contract negotiations with the company for many months in several cities. The various local unions went to their respective bargaining tables with one unifying principle: “One Job Should Be Enough.” This would soon become a rallying cry for the hotel workers who, like many others, often have to work second jobs simply to pay their bills.

A gunman shouting “all Jews must die” burst into a Pittsburgh synagogue during a circumcision ceremony on Saturday morning, October 27, shooting dead 11 people. Neo-Nazi Robert Bowers, 46, wielding an arsenal that included a semi-automatic rifle and three handguns, also left six others wounded, including four police officers, during the 20-minute attack. The massacre happened at the Tree of Life Congregation in a leafy suburb at the heart of a Jewish community in Pennsylvania. About 100 people were in the synagogue at the time.

On October 24, DSA’s nationally elected leadership, the National Political Committee (NPC), voted to endorse California’s Proposition 10. This ballot initiative would expand rent control, preventing evictions and stabilizing communities in the face of gentrification.

Proposition 10, the Affordable Housing Act, would allow communities to expand and strengthen tenant protections, legalizing rent control for every California renter regardless of what kind of home they live in. It would do so by repealing the Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act: a corporate loophole that lines the pockets of Wall St. landlords like Blackstone — a major donor to the no on 10 campaign — by banning rent control on single family homes and units built after 1995, or the year rent control was previously established in a city (such as 1978 for Los Angeles and 1979 for San Francisco).

The ICP interview with PSL CC members Brian Becker and Eugene Puryear comes to an end with this third part treating US-DPRK relations, anti-imperialist resistance in Latin America, recent strikes of teachers and prisoners and the issue of personal gun ownership in the U.S.

The International Communist Press interviewed Central Committee members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) during their visit to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) in September. The first part of the interview the PSL members conveyed their views on the effects of the mobilization against imperialist interventions in Syria, the opportunity arising from the popularization of “socialism” in the US, the recent struggles of immigrants within the US working class and the positioning of US communists in the world communist movement while the second part of the interviewelaborated on US tariff policy, the rivalry with China, the Palestinian issue and Syria. This third part treats US-DPRK relations, anti-imperialist resistance in Latin America, recent strikes of teachers and prisoners and the issue of personal gun ownership in the U.S. Puryear states that there are hopeful signs in the unions in the United States, which are increasingly made up of people of color and adds that labor is one of the few institutions in America that has a level of integrated activity. He arrives at the conclusion that the labor movement offers a model and potential for multinational unity.

I’ve never been comfortable with the description of the Trump administration as “authoritarian.”   Why? One reason is that the concept, taken by itself, is classless. In today’s world, governments as varied in outlook, social system and democratic practice as capitalist Turkey and socialist China are routinely called authoritarian.

In the not-too-distant, past Baby Doc’s dictatorship in Haiti was authoritarian as was Mobutu’s reign of terror in the Congo. But were they same as the regimes of, Salazar in Portugal, or that of Pinochet in Chile?

The second part of the ICP interview with PSL CC members Eugene Puryear and Brian Becker elaborates on US tariff policy, the rivalry with China, the Palestinian issue and Syria.

The International Communist Press interviewed Central Committee members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) during their visit to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) late September. The first part of the interview the PSL members conveyed their views on the effects of the mobilization against imperialist interventions in Syria, the opportunity arising from the popularization of “socialism” in the US, the recent struggles of immigrants within the US working class and the positioning of US communists in the world communist movement.

ICP interviewed CC members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation, Eugene Puryear and Brian Becker on the imperialist agenda and class struggles within the US.

International Communist Press interviewed Central Committee members of the Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL), Eugene Puryear and Brian Becker during their visit to the Communist Party of Turkey (TKP) late September. PSL CC members conveyed their views on the imperialist agenda of the US, the working class struggle, the issue of immigrants in the US, about  the PSL and its involvement in these struggles.

The Palestinian Authority was defiant on Monday, September 10, despite the continuing spate of US imperialistic threats and measures, the latest being the closing of the offices of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Washington DC.

In his first major public address since becoming National Security Advisor to President Donald Trump, John Bolton officially announced on Monday the closing of the PLO office in his country’s capital, citing failure of the Palestinians to take steps “to advance the start of direct and meaningful negotiations with Israel.” Bolton said the “PLO leadership has condemned a US peace plan they have not yet seen and has refused to engage with the US government with respect to peace efforts and otherwise.” Bolton’s announcement also cited concern over Palestinians going to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to prosecute Israeli officials over its war crimes against the Palestinian people.

The Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) from the United States expressed its full solidarity with the National Prison Strike from Aug. 21 to Sept. 9.

According to the statement of the PSL in Liberationnews, the strike will begin on the anniversary of the 1971 uprising at San Quentin prison in which revolutionary organizer and writer George Jackson was murdered, and conclude on the anniversary of the historic Attica prison rebellion that took place the same year.

By Francisco Sousa is the general secretary of Trade Union International of Metal and Mining (TUIMM) of WFTU

Some news is hard to believe, so unreal they look like. The immigratory issue in United States and Europe traditionally call attention, but the recent tragedy in US board, in which kids were separated from their parents, shows us that humanity is in risk.

The president of US, Donald Trump, has exceeded all the limits of common sense. Under any perspective, his immigration policy is disgusting. The working class from all around the world has to condemn in a public manner that posture.

The World Federation of Trade Unions (WFTU), since the first years of its foundation, has had a clear and plain position against nuclear weapons. During all of its Congresses, decisions asking for the abolition of all nuclear weapons and of all countries have been voted.

Today, we are not only worried about USA’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear agreement but also about yesterday’s Trump unilateral refusal which canceled the scheduled meeting with DPR Korea’s leadership.

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