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Year in Review

Top Fight Back stories of 2013

By staff |
December 30, 2013
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As 2013 comes to an end, we pause to look back at some of the most important Fight Back! stories of the past year. 2013 has seen an upsurge in many struggles - and Fight Back! News has been there on the front lines with on-the-spot reporting and timely analysis. 

Here we list five of the top stories from each month this year. There were many more excellent stories in Fight Back! this year that aren’t listed here -- you can see all of the 2013 stories in the archive. (Also see the 2010, 2011 and 2012 retrospectives).

If there were other Fight Back! articles you liked this year that aren’t listed here, let us know which one in the comments! 


U.S. hands off Mali, U.S. out of Africa! by staff, January 2, 2013

Compromise to stop the so-called ‘fiscal cliff’ no victory for working class by Fight Back! editors, January 3, 2013

Ex U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald hit by protest challenging his grand jury by staff, January 20, 2013

Florida rallies for reproductive rights on Roe v. Wade anniversary by Jared Hoey, January 24, 2013

Activists confront pro-Israel rally at University of New Orleans by Jacob Flom, January 29, 2013


Freedom Road Socialist Organization Student Commission meets, lays plans for building student movement in 2013 by staff, February 1, 2013

Arrests imminent as Milwaukee students occupy campus office for Palermo's Pizza workers by staff, February 6, 2013

What ‘immigration enforcement’ looks like in North Carolina: Pulled over 13 times in one month at an immigration checkpoint an interview with Bobby Sullivan, February 15, 2013

The Unending Fight for Justice: From Fred Korematsu to the Holy Land 5 by Masao Suzuki, February 24, 2013

Chicago protest disrupts speech by Israeli drone war expert by staff, February 26, 2013


Freedom Road Socialist Organization message to Venezuela on passing of President Hugo Chavez by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, March 5, 2013

Florida Dream Defenders challenge Governor Scott, state politicians by staff, March 7, 2013

Tampa students occupy administration building to defend education rights by Jared Hamil, March 7, 2013

Protesters in Chicago shut down presentation by Holy Land 5 prosecutor Barry Jonas by Kait McIntyre, March 13, 2013

Trumka’s turn around proposal for the labor movement by Kas Schwerdtfeger, March 30, 2013


Chicago anti-drone marchers confront Boeing Company by staff, April 7, 2013

Protesters confront white supremacists in Tennessee by Preston Gilmore, April 9, 2013

Florida State students protest rape culture by Jess Schwartz, April 15, 2013

Newark, NJ protest demands “Hands off Social Security” by David Hungerford, April 19, 2013

Victory for African woman in Utah immigration case by staff, April 21, 2013


Photo Essay: International Workers Day 2013 in Havana, Cuba by staff, May 1, 2013

May Day in Los Angeles: Thousands of militant marchers demand ‘Legalization for all now!’ by staff, May 2, 2013

Thousands rally as Minnesota lawmakers pass same-sex marriage bill; Governor Dayton will sign tomorrow by Kim DeFranco, May 13, 2013

U.S./Israel Hands Off Syria! by United National Antiwar Coalition, May 15, 2013

Rank-and-file Teamsters say: “Vote no on UPS contract” by Kas Schwerdtfeger, May 24, 2013


Chokwe Lumumba elected mayor of Jackson, Mississippi by staff, June 4, 2013

UPS Teamsters in Tampa Bay organize for ‘no’ vote on proposed contract by Jared Hamil, June 8, 2013

Interview with Ralph Poynter, husband of jailed people’s lawyer Lynn Stewart June 11, 2013

MN Welfare Rights Committee wins first welfare increase since 1986 by Deb Konechne, June 20, 2013

Legalization For All network on Senate immigration reform bill by Legalization for All Network, June 30, 2013


Rank-and-file Teamsters block deal with UPS by staff, July 1, 2013

Five arrested protesting murder by Milwaukee police by Jacob Flom, July 7, 2013

30,000 California prisoners begin hunger strike and work stoppage against long-term solitary confinement by staff, July 9, 2013

Build the fight to get justice for Trayvon Martin by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, July 16, 2013

126-mile Walk for Dignity to Sanford, rally at Trayvon Martin Memorial by staff, July 30, 2013


Zimbabwe reelects Robert Mugabe as president by Dave Schneider, August 3, 2013

Chicago anti-war leader Joe Iosbaker speaks out on Syria by staff, August 4, 2013

10,000 join Ashville Mountain Moral Monday protest by Sarah Buchner, August 7, 2013

Chelsea Manning is a hero by Meredith Aby, August 23, 2013

More than 300,000 gather for March on Washington by staff, August 24, 2013


Freedom Road begins ‘Socialist Stamp of the Day’ on Facebook by staff, September 1, 2013

Five things anti-war activists should know about Syria by Steff Yorek and Jess Sundin, September 5, 2013

The ISO and the war on Syria: Silly and shameful by Freedom Road Socialist Organization, September 11, 2013

Gains made by Teamster ‘Vote No’ movement at UPS. Keep voting no! by Kas Schwerdtfeger, September 12, 2013

Jacksonville protesters take over Senator Nelson’s office, demand ‘Hands off Syria’ by staff, September 17, 2013


Commentary: Crisis of Monopoly Capitalism Dims Economic Future for Youth by Masao Suzuki, October 10, 2013

With deportations approaching 2 million - Stop the deportations now! by Fight Back! editors, October 10, 2013

SDS: Study and struggle at 8th National Convention by Stephanie Taylor , October 17, 2013

Drop the Charges against Rasmea Odeh by Arab American Action Network, October 23, 2013

Top 5 progressive horror films for activists on Halloween Dave Schneider, October 28, 2013        


Anti-war activists fight government secrecy in push to unseal documents on FBI raids by staff, November 1, 2013

Filipino communists step up typhoon relief efforts, condemns Aquino regime’s slow response statement by the Communist Party of the Philippines, November 11, 2013

Florida Students Advance Tuition Equity Campaign by Michela Martinazzi, November 16, 2013

Two paths ahead for the immigrant rights movement by Masao Suzuki, November 22, 2013

Florida workers and activists unite against Walmart by Cassia Laham, November 29, 2013


On the passing of Nelson Mandela, listen to his own words by staff, December 5, 2013        

Tampa Workers Outsmart Ronald McDonald’s Police by Dustin Ponder, December 8, 2013

Victory: Jacksonville activists win name change for Nathan B. Forrest High School by staff, December 16, 2013

Arizona communists join Freedom Road Socialist Organization by Tom Burke, December 20, 2013

NSA, CIA role in murder of FARC leaders exposed by staff, December 22, 2013