July

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New footage obtained by the BBC shows clearly that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) deliberately shot at fleeing civilians at close range in the Jenin market attack on June 21. The major media outlets have been depriving U.S. citizens of the truth in the Middle East conflict.

East Coast solidarity with West Coast longshore

The West Coast International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) received support at several East Coast ports from the International Longshoremen’s Association (ILA) and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) on June 27 as part of a united front of solidarity with the ILWU as it engages in a fierce contract battle with the Pacific Maritime Association. (See page 16 for story on West Coast solidarity events.)

Protest demands: Tell the story of slavery

PHILADELPHIA – On July 3, 500 people gathered at the site of the future Liberty Bell Pavilion here to demand that the National Park Service erect a memorial honoring the eight enslaved Africans owned by President George Washington and housed at that very spot.

Sweatshops and school vouchers

According to some judges and pundits, sweatshops, school vouchers and an eighth grade education offer salvation to the children who reside in the world’s slums, ghettos and barrios. In an op-ed piece entitled “Let Them Sweat,” New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof recently took “muddle-minded liberals” to task for opposing global sweatshops.

Friendshipment protests blockade of Cuba

WASHINGTON – Two yellow school buses, part of the 13th Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba, brought protesters to a rally outside the U.S. Treasury building July 8. The protesters vowed to deliver the buses plus tons more humanitarian aid to Cuba, in defiance of the 42-year blockade of that island nation.

Resident physician workweek a killer

Imagine that your boss stopped you and said, “We are now increasing your workweek to 80 hours and, sometimes, to 120 hours. Sometimes you will have to work 36 hours straight. And lest I forget – you’ll only be paid for 40 hours.”

International notes

Bolivian Indian second for presidency/Toronto city workers continue strike/China pledges to support Palestinians/Italian unions plan strikes/Two S. Korean unionists freed/Egyptian child labor criticized

They stop at nothing

Health care, U.S.-style, increasingly has to do with markets and money. The suffering of the poor and excluded are back-burner items. The pharmaceutical industry, which is presently on a roll, provides ample evidence of what happens when profits come first and human needs second.

Cleveland parent: School vouchers are a sham

I deeply regret the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the use of public tax dollars to pay the tuition at private and religious K-8 schools within the City of Cleveland. Voucher programs are an example of poor education policy, and irresponsible economic policy.

Protest demands liberty for Mumia

PHILADELPHIA – As the temperature soared, 300 people rallied at City Hall here July 4, calling for freedom for Mumia Abu-Jamal. The crowd then marched to the Liberty Bell to protest Secretary of State Colin Powell receiving the Liberty Bell Award. At the rally, the first annual Liberation Award was presented to four recipients.

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