CHICAGO — Approaching a quarter century, the 24th Chicago Latino Film Festival, sponsored by the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCCC), is the country’s oldest and largest. The festival premieres 126 films — 50 fictional features, 29 documentary features, 41 shorts and six award-winning high school student-made films. From April 4-16, 50 directors are answering questions and participating in discussions. The films are screening primarily at the Landmark (on Clark and Diversey) and Piper’s Alley (on North and Wells).
Eugene Victor Debs (1855-1926), one of America’s most famous socialists, was an important political figure on the American political landscape in the early 20th century. He ran as the Socialist Party’s (SP) presidential candidate five times and obtained nearly a million votes in 1912 and 1920.
Manufacturing isn’t dead; it’s changing. Small and large shops open and close for more reasons than just market forces. Large conglomerates make decisions based on beliefs and bias I can’t fathom. A small shop where the owner works next to you can pay a fair wage and give a worker a feeling of self-worth. But in a large company, which is only part of a larger group, which is part of a conglomerate bloc, which is in part supported by the European Union, well, you feel overwhelmed with insignificance. But my fellow workers at Winchester’s needed and cared for each other. That made walking into the factory more than bearable.
It’s almost April 15. Do you know where your taxes are?
PARIS — For all those opposing the destructive policies of President Nicolas Sarkozy and his extreme right government, the main result of the mid-March local elections in France is the growing voter confidence in the French Communist Party (PCF), which received 8.82 percent of the vote. This shows the party is still significant, at least for 1,150,000 citizens, as compared to the 770,000 votes cast for its presidential candidate, Marie-Georges Buffet, in 2007.
COMMENTARY After waiting more than a week for official results of the March 29 presidential elections, Zimbabweans still do not know whether Robert Mugabe, the only leader most have ever known, will step aside or face his main challenger in a runoff.
The United Food and Commercial Workers has stepped up its fight against Bush administration use of “no-match” Social Security letters against workers whose on-the-job identification doesn’t match what’s in government files. The government uses the program to pressure companies to fire employees and to force workers to prove “legal” status or face deportation.
WASHINGTON (PAI) — The causes the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. fought for, including racial justice, economic equality and ending a misguided war “are very much with us today,” says a labor historian and author of a new book putting the civil rights leader’s last days into a longer and wider perspective.
Advocates for hundreds of detainees in George W. Bush’s “war on terror,” many held for years without criminal charges, are escalating their demands for fair trials or release of the prisoners and for closing Guantanamo and secret CIA prisons elsewhere.
CHICAGO — Human suffering, more than Wall Street indicators, tells us the world’s richest nation is plunging into its most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, while the Iraq war continues to drain the nation’s Treasury. As Congress heard the Bush administration’s top general and ambassador in Iraq argue for continuing to pour billions into an open-ended occupation there, news reports showed an all-time record of 28 million Americans now survive only because of food stamps.