Washington state teachers strike over pay, conditions

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018

LONGVIEW, Wash. — Members of the Longview Education Association went on strike Aug. 23 as the school board here has refused to grant the wage increases teachers are demanding. “This is a union town. We have had firefighters, longshore workers…

Free Ukraine director on hunger strike from Siberia jail!

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018

Oleg Sentsov, an internationally known Ukrainian filmmaker imprisoned in Siberia for his defense of Ukrainian Crimea, has been on a hunger strike for more than 110 days in the Russian penal colony Polar Bear. In a letter to his cousin…

Indonesia: Teen jailed for abortion wins her freedom

Vol. 82/No. 34 - September 17, 2018
Protest at Jambi, Indonesia, prosecutor’s office July 26 demanding release of Wa, teenager imprisoned for having an abortion. Signs says, “The victim needs protection, not punishment.”

AUCKLAND, New Zealand — Women’s rights advocates in Indonesia have spearheaded a successful campaign to overturn the July 19 conviction and six-month jail term of a 15-year-old girl under that country’s highly restrictive abortion laws. The girl, known as Wa,…