Phil Gasper

Letter from United States

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Attacks on state employees in Wisconsin by Republican governor Scott Walker has reignited the class struggle, reports Phil Gasper

When I moved to Madison, Wisconsin four years ago, I didn't dream that it would become the site of a rebirth of the US labour movement. But since February that is what has happened.

Stop Them Killing a Hero

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Stanley Tookie Williams, California's best known death row inmate, is due to be executed on 13 December.

Stan, who is African-American, grew up as a victim of racism and poverty in Los Angeles. In 1971, at the age of 17, he co-founded the Crips, which soon became the city's most notorious street gang. Eight years later, eager to get him off the streets, the LAPD framed Stan for four murders. Even though there was no physical evidence, he was convicted by an all-white jury and a notoriously racist district attorney.

Total Recall

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I generally admire everything that Mike Davis writes, but his analysis of the recent California recall election (November SR) is way off the mark.

Davis sees the result - the removal of Democratic governor Gray Davis and his replacement by Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger - as mainly the latest manifestation of anti-immigrant racism.

But this ignores the fact that almost half of those Latinos voting in the election supported the recall, and almost a third voted for Schwarzenegger. Davis also ignores the fact that the racist Proposition 54 - which would have banned the state from collecting racial data, making it more difficult to uncover discrimination - was defeated by nearly two to one.

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