Over 2,000 death penalty opponents and supporters of Stanley “Tookie” Williams rallied and kept vigil outside San Quentin prison Dec. 12 on the eve of Williams’ execution by lethal injection just after midnight. Many others joined vigils across California and around the U.S.
WASHINGTON: Congress OKs Santa border crossing; ST. LOUIS: Hit lack of Black police recruits; PHILADELPHIA: Mumia Abu-Jamal wins another day in court; SAN FRANCISCO: 20 cops suspended for racist, sexist videos; SEATTLE: Health care is a right, voters say
LAWRENCE, Mass. — Camilo Mejía, a former sergeant in the U.S. Army who served a year in jail for refusing to return to Iraq, urged young people here to learn the facts before deciding whether to enlist in the armed forces.
The Republican leadership of the House of Representatives, counting on anti-immigrant hysteria it has helped whip up, is trying to ram through another reactionary piece of legislation like the USA Patriot Act. But labor and people’s forces are quickly rising to the challenge posed by this GOP blitzkrieg.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — With a call to “Rebuild America – Bring the Troops Home,” Connecticut readers of the People’s Weekly World honored leaders of the people’s movement at a Dec. 4 reception. The event, marking the 86th anniversary of the Communist Party USA, drew together peace activists, unions, students, politicians and community organizations. It also raised $4,000 towards the PWW Fund Drive.
The staff of the People’s Weekly World wishes all of our readers safe and happy holiday season.
The refusal of a 12-member jury in Tampa, Fla., Dec. 6 to convict Dr. Sami Al-Arian of any of the 51 “terrorism” charges against him was another in a string of defeats for the Bush administration in its use of the Patriot Act in witch-hunt trials.
CHICAGO — “Today I am proud to join workers, community and religious leaders in an urgent call for stronger U.S. and international laws that protect workers’ rights on the job,” Illinois AFL-CIO President Margaret Blackshere told a Dec. 8 rally at the city’s historic Haymarket Square. More than 175 union members, activists, religious leaders and community supporters braved a snowstorm to join the observance of International Human Rights Week, Dec. 3-10.
A memorial ceremony for two members of the Iraqi Communist Party was held Dec. 1 in the party’s main headquarters in Baghdad, at Andulus Square.
Many of the films that were shown at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) reflect the ever-changing geopolitical realities. With U.S. imperialism “battling” terrorists around the world, creating fresh enemies daily while curtailing freedoms at home, it’s not a wonder that filmmakers are deeply motivated to address these vital concerns.