April

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CARTOON

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This ain't no slumber party

This poem was written during a five-day sit-in of high school students at St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay’s office after the Missouri Board of Education voted 5-1 to strip accreditation from the 32,000-student St. Louis City Public Schools on March 22.

Tolerance is a virtue, but not towards fascists

Chris Hedges book, “American Fascists,” is a hard-hitting and thought-provoking critique of the U.S. Christian right. He explains the grave threat to democratic freedoms posed by them. Hedges is a former New York Times reporter.

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Documenting U.S. working class history

Joe Hill sent this note to his friend Elizabeth Gurley Flynn. Yellowed with age, this small slip of paper captures a moment in history. Swedish-born Hill, perhaps the most famous troubadour of the early American labor movement, was a member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) who was arrested on trumped-up charges and executed in 1915 in Salt Lake City.

Hunger strikers arrested for protesting energy hikes

CHICAGO - Affordable Power for the People staged a three day hunger strike in protest of skyrocketing energy costs.

WORLD NOTES

Ecuador: Overwhelming support for new constitution Russia: Profit push leads to mine disaster South Africa: Labor takes on security service giant China: Proposed labor law feels business pressure Iraq: Violence mounts against gay people

Americans want to give undocumented a break

A new USA Today/Gallup Poll showed a whopping 78 percent of the U.S. public favor giving all or most of the 12 million undocumented immigrants a chance to legalize and eventually become U.S. citizens.

Thousands go back to work at Miss. shipyard

Thousands of workers were back on the job April 5 at Northrup Grumman’s huge shipyard in Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Pascagoula, Miss., after a 28-day strike that began March 8.

Backed by client Bush, Gonzales hangs on

President Bush brushed aside calls for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign, describing him as “an honest, honorable man in whom I have confidence.” But it has not silenced demands that Gonzales step down.

PWWs Wheeler speaks at Labor Voices

NEW YORK — In keeping with its tradition of being a voice of the labor and the working class, the People’s Weekly World is participating in the April 26-28 Labor Voices 3 conference here on multiple levels.

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