December

Movie Review: Debate not, just go see it!

Of all the year-end, Academy-Award-contesting movies, “The Great Debaters” wins the prize. It's one of those rare movies where audiences stay to applaud during the credits. The credits include the IATSE union bug.

Progressive cinema: From dramas to race and culture, more unique films seen at Toronto

In the amazing wealth of great cinema premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, there are shining examples of humanism and progressive content. There are some touching and powerful stories among the dramatic feature films.

Movie Review: Inside the heart and mind of lies

It doesn’t take very long in Brian DePalma’s film, “Redacted” for us to get fairly deep inside the collective heads of seven or eight members of a US Marine squad that is in an overextended tour stationed in Samara, Iraq. Their daily job is to hold down a checkpoint.

International solidarity helps Bakery Workers win at Dannon

International union solidarity—enlisting 56,000 unionized Dannon yogurt’s workers in Europe—was the last missing piece that produced a Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers win in Dannon’s biggest U.S. plant, in the rural, GOP-dominated area of Minster, Ohio, the union’s organizing director says.

Too many police shootings: more than a few bad apples

The problem of fatal police shootings in America goes beyond a few bad apples. It points to persistent and systemic problems that lead to ongoing tragedies for communities of color.

The murder of Benazir Bhutto and Charlie Wilsons War

Benazir Bhutto was murdered in Pakistan yesterday and the murder, as I see it, has a direct relationship to the war in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the subject of “Charlie Wilson’s War.”

Calif. healthcare reform: A winding road

The year 2007 has seen continual back-and-forth between California’s Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the heads of the Democrat-led state legislature over what to do about nearly 7 million Californians who lack health coverage at least part of the year.

A day of work at UPS

I am one of the many young people who work at UPS. As you probably all know, UPS is one of the world’s largest package delivery companies, delivering 15 million packages a day to 6.1 million customers, spanning over 200 countries. It is notorious for being gruesome, fast-paced, backbreaking work, and UPS has a history of exploitative labor practices. It seems to specifically target youth, such as myself, who are looking for some help to pay for schooling.

Unionists brainstorm on international organizing

SILVER SPRING, Md. (PAI) —More than 200 union activists from 63 nations worldwide—everywhere from Azerbaijan to Britain, Fiji, Russia, the U.S. and Venezuela—brainstormed for two days on ways of international organizing and cooperation.

Civil liberties, civil rights most censored in 2007

The common theme of the most censored stories over the past year is the systemic erosion of human rights and civil liberties both in the U.S. and the world at large.

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