January

World notes: Jan. 26

Belgium: European Roma suffer persecution Nigeria: Pfizer charged in ‘illegal’ drug trial Haiti: Alerts issued for activists India & China meet in Beijing Iran: Negotiations, not war

To honor Dr. King, a new call to action

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Two workers, sheltering themselves from a cold, torrential downpour in this Mississippi River port, were chewed up like trash in the back of a malfunctioning garbage truck. Thus began, in 1968, a long public employee strike that shook the nation and cemented a historic civil rights/labor alliance.

Memphis strike points the way 'Out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land'

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Two workers, sheltering themselves from a cold, torrential downpour in this Mississippi River port, were chewed up like trash in the back of a malfunctioning garbage truck. Thus began, in 1968, a long public employee strike that shook the nation and cemented forever a historic civil rights/labor alliance.

Memphis honors King, pledges to finish unfinished agenda

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Nearly 200 peace activists and community leaders packed into the Mid-South Peace and Justice Center here Jan. 19 to discuss “King's Unfinished Agenda: 1968-2008 Peace, Justice and Labor Rights.” William Lucy, secretary treasurer for the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), and Michael Honey, author of Going Down Jericho Road, keynoted the event.

Cuba holds elections, jumps to third in world for number of women elected

Cuba’s election season ended on a rainy Jan. 20 when 8.1 million citizens, age 16 or over — 95 percent of those eligible to vote — chose 614 delegates to the National Assembly and 1,201 delegates to 14 provincial assemblies, all for five-year terms.

Venezuela's Chavez reviews vote results, plans for readvancement

Responding to his government’s unexpected defeat in the Dec. 2 referendum vote on constitutional reform, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, said Jan. 6 on his regular “Alo Presidente” television program, “This will be the year of the three R’s — review, rectify, and re-advance.”

Barry Bonds, George Mitchell and steroids

Barry Bonds’ alleged use of performance enhancers goes all the way back to 1997, when some suggest he first used Androstenedione (Andro)—a testosterone producing hormone that has been known to dramatically increase lean muscle mass.

World protests illegal U.S. prison at Guantnamo

DALLAS, Texas—Handcuffed and black-hooded 'prisoners' in orange jumpsuits stood quietly amid angry protesters who demanded, 'Shut Down Guantanamo!' outside the federal courthouse here on Jan. 11. Hadi Jawad of the Dallas Peace Center and Chip Pitts of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee of Greater Dallas explained to reporters that similar groups were gathering all over the world in concerted action 'from Australia and Amsterdam, to Amherst and Boise and Wichita, in more than 40 other cities around the world.'

Activists correspondence: A new chapter in the struggle for immigrant rights

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Visiting M.D. Pruitt’s Home Furnishings on a Saturday morning, one sees much more than tables and sofas. Signs reading, “Who Would Jesus Deport?” and “No More Open Borders!” will most likely remind customers and passersby that we are indeed living in an interesting time.

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CARTOON: Jan. 19

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