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When the rain of sadness is wasted

It’s exciting to watch Don Cheadle and Adam Sandler together in Mike Binder’s “Reign Over Me.” On the surface it seems like an impossible match. Almost immediately you feel a blanket of sadness and anger from them, and it feels real and you can see it.

Movie reminds us why we fight so hard

When I got up on March 25, I was pretty sure I would go and see “Amazing Grace,” a British film about the parliamentary struggle to ban the transatlantic slave trade. That struggle was victorious on March 25, 1807, and one doesn’t get to celebrate a 200th anniversary every day.

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SEIU kicks off three cities, one future campaign

INDIANAPOLIS — On a balmy Midwest afternoon, members of Service Employees International Union Local 3, along with Unite Here workers, community activists and religious leaders, rallied for workers’ rights here March 15.

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Autoworkers not ready to make nice

DETROIT — As the United Auto Workers’ two-day special convention on bargaining came to a close, music filled the hall. It seemed to send a message to GM, Ford and Chrysler that that the union isn’t ready to roll over. The song was the Dixie Chicks’ hit “Not Ready to Make Nice.”

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THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Things don’t go better with Coca-Cola Iraq a big issue for Builders Union New bill would restore rights to millions of workers Longshore workers to stop work in six ports on May Day

WORLD NOTES

Venezuela: Gov’t redistributes agricultural land Philippines: Gov’t opponents repressed Egypt: Human rights crisis looms China: First in line for Iraq’s oil Belgium: Europeans say no to nuclear plants

UN rights council deliberates on Cuban 5

Cuba is determined to keep the case of the Cuban Five before the world. Its diplomats were in Geneva, Switzerland, from March 12-30 at the fourth session of the United Nation’s Human Rights Council.

Northern Ireland plan greeted as step forward

The dramatic March 26 announcement of a deal to share power by the leaders of Northern Ireland’s major Protestant and Catholic parties — historical archenemies Ian Paisley of the Democratic Unionist Party and Gerry Adams of Sinn Fein — has been widely greeted as a promising development.

Black, Latino drivers more likely to be stopped in Texas

While a new study released this month notes some improvements, African Americans and Latinos are still more likely than Anglos to be targets of traffic stops and searches in Texas.

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