Robeson film fest set for February

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Paul Robeson film festival here will help celebrate Black History Month. The film fest is being jointly sponsored by the University of Louisville and The Left Alternative in Kentucky over the four weekends in February.


Pursuing happyness conveys capitalist reality

“The Pursuit of Happyness” starring Will Smith, his real-life son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, and the actress Thandie Newton as Smith’s wife is an excellent movie and one I would recommend to all PWW readers.



Copper miners gain in new contract

TUCSON, Ariz. — Southwest copper miners won substantial economic gains and unprecedented job security provisions in a contract with ASARCO that covers approximately 1,600 hourly workers at five locations in Arizona and Texas.

Solidarity turns tide for Goodyear workers

PITTSBURGH — Labor and community solidarity with Goodyear workers, who ratified a new contract Dec. 28 after a three-month strike, reached such a level that United Steel Workers President Leo Gerard sent an e-mail/letter of appreciation to all the local unions and activists for which the USW had addresses.

The fight pays off Justice vs. Wal-Mart

Union busting has become so important to Wal-Mart, the nation’s biggest corporate fat cat, that it is offering to pay clerks and cashiers who sign up to work at its new “superstore” in Riverdale, N.J., $2 an hour more than the starting rate at the surrounding unionized stores.


Colombia: Journalist freed but still under threat; European Union: New energy policies favor environment; Nigeria: Violence threatens workers and oil industry; Burma: Resistance grows against authoritarian regime; Iran: U.S. sanctions large bank

Greeks march to save public higher education

ATHENS, Greece — Pro-education forces throughout Greece took to the streets this week for an all-out offensive of marches and demonstrations to block a parliamentary vote on privatizing the higher education system.

UN resolution vs. human trafficking

UNITED NATIONS — The Republic of Belarus sponsored a resolution here to strengthen the worldwide fight against the trafficking of women and girls. The resolution was approved unanimously without a vote.

Calif. governor proposes sweeping health plan

Last week California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger revealed a sweeping $12 billion proposal to revamp health care in the state. Responses, many of them critical, came quickly.