Palestinians press for UN action on wall

Palestinians are calling for swift action by the United Nations to enforce the July 9 ruling by the World Court that Israel’s apartheid-like “separation wall” along the West Bank is illegal and should be torn down.

Groups mount challenge to U.S. travel ban

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Ninety-plus members of the Venceremos Brigade, the African Awareness Association, and the U.S.-Cuba Labor Exchange triumphantly returned July 19 from Cuba to U.S. soil here in defiance of the Bush administration’s recent tightening of the U.S. travel ban to the socialist island. click here for Spanish text

Iron Range stands up to threat of scabs

CHISHOLM, Minn. – A hastily called rally at the Iron Man monument here July 16 drew more than 800 people in the first show of solidarity against Cleveland-Cliffs’ decision to hire replacement workers at four mines if contract talks break down with the United Steelworkers of America.

Labor, community fight to save health center

OAKLAND, Calif. – A years-long simmering crisis threatening the existence of the Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) is heating up again, as a “turn-around” management firm’s drive to cut hundreds of workers is challenged by a labor-community coalition struggling to save the only public health care safety net for thousands of poor, sick and uninsured residents.

National Clips

NEW YORK: City workers to picket convention site / TAMPA, Fla.: Cuban Americans protest travel restrictions / BEDFORD, Ind.: Despite corporate violence, workers win contract / MILLTOWN, N.J.: First hurdle scaled to prevent deportation

Texas watchdog groups want DeLay probe

AUSTIN, Texas – Three Texas campaign reform groups called July 15 for the U.S. House Ethics Committee to appoint an independent outside counsel to investigate charges that House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas illegally funneled corporate campaign contributions to Republican candidates running for seats in the Texas House of Representatives.

California labor calls for troops home now

SAN DIEGO – The California Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, has voted in favor of “an immediate end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq, and to support the repeal of the Patriot Act and the reordering of national priorities toward the human needs of our people.”

At the Democratic National Convention - Unionists talk jobs, health care

BOSTON (PAI) – When he gets to Boston, Richard Martin will discuss health insurance and homeland security.

What would a day without Mexicans be like?

MOVIE REVIEW A Day Without a Mexican Directed by Sergio Arau Distributed by Televisa Cine, 2004

Clear Channel censors billboard

NEW YORK – A group of Bay Area peace activists went to court July 13 to try to force Clear Channel Communications to allow an antiwar advertisement on a billboard in Times Square here.

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