July

Arizona mobilizes against bigotry and hate

The Arizona Secretary of State has accepted petitions, supposedly signed by over 190,000 voters, to place a right-wing initiative on the November ballot. The proposition uses racism and immigrant bashing in an attempt to restrict the right to vote and to divide the working class.

Latinos rejecting Bush in greater numbers

Two recent polls indicate that Latino opposition to Bush administration policies is strong and increasing. More importantly, the polls suggest that issue-oriented campaigns can significantly increase Latino voter turnout against Bush and the right-wing Republicans in Congress, and play a significant role in defeating them.

A continuing portrait of inequality

Forty years after President Johnson declared a War on Poverty and signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law, 50 years after Brown v. Board of Education, 108 years after Plessy v. Ferguson, and 141 years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, a Black child still lacks a fair chance to live, learn, thrive, and contribute in America.

Halliburton and the raw drive for profits

Karl Marx once wrote that the United States had a relatively “pure” form of capitalism where the capitalists faced the workers directly, with no aristocracies, pre-capitalist classes, or non-capitalist ideological survivals to get in the way – just the raw drive for profits.

Heroes in the war against terrorism

She was soft-spoken and earnest. She had a quiet determination, a depth of intellect and character that many a mom would hope for her daughter.

Connecting the dots in health care

Connecting the dots in the U.S. for-profit health care system draws a picture that could provoke outrage, mass action and important victories. Consider the following:

Workers testify: We organize to win respect

VERSAILLES, Ky. – On July 1, workers from Quebecor World declared their independence a few days early when they testified publicly at Kentucky’s first Workers’ Rights Board hearing. Quebecor, the world’s largest commercial printer, is headquartered in Quebec, Canada, where by law employers must recognize a union once a majority of the workers have signed cards.

The economy: theirs and ours

When the most recent Labor Department report showed a gain of only 112,000 jobs in June, far less than the 297,000 average for the previous three months, President Bush claimed it was good news. “We’re witnessing steady growth,” he said. “Steady growth. And that’s important. We don’t need boom-or-bust-type growth.”

Greens pick national ticket, reject Nader

MILWAUKEE – Delegates and guests from around the U.S. and the world met here June 23-28 for “Forward 2004,” the presidential nominating convention of the Green Party of the United States.

International notes

Colombia: Cheaper to shoot unionists than to negotiate / Mauritius: Stand-off with Britain on Diego Garcia / Philippines: U.S. military training near separatist strongholds / Iraq: 107 children in detention centers

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