JwJ joins miners picket

TUCSON — Bosses driving home from work at Asarco, Inc.’s Silverbell copper mine north of here witnessed solidarity in action July 22, as some 20 Jobs with Justice members walked the picket line with striking miners. Most of the strikers are represented by the United Steelworkers.

Californias single-payer bill passes milestone

California’s single-payer bill, SB 840, the California Health Insurance Reliability Act (CHIRA), introduced by state Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), passed key milestones during the current legislative session and is headed for the second phase of its consideration by the state Senate and Assembly early next year.

Teamsters defend port truckers

LOS ANGELES — The International Brotherhood of Teamsters has begun a campaign to guarantee labor and safety protections for 10,000 independent truckers here.

Sweet-sounding phrases

Is anyone familiar with the term “reverse mortgage”? The pitch goes something like this: Cash now! Take cash in a lump sum. Or: Cash as you go! A line of credit or monthly income for life.

China, India and class

China and India are often equated. Both have populations in excess of one billion, both graduate large numbers of scientists and engineers. A recent survey by the Economist depicted India and China as “two tigers.”

Arnold in trouble

More troubles piled up for California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last week, as one of his key measures for the Nov. 8 special election was thrown out, and state Democrats filed an ethics suit over money paid him by Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines.

TeleSUR goes on the air

TeleSUR, a new television outlet, transmitted its signal throughout Latin America by satellite for the first time, July 24. The inaugural broadcast coincided with the 222nd birthday of liberator Simón Bolívar, dreamer of a united Americas and inspiration for the Bolivarian revolution shaking Latin America.

World Notes

Guatemala: Bishops urge development aid; S. Africa: Airlines workers strike; Canada: Telus workers locked out; India: CPs respond to U.S.-India pact

Brazilians protest assassination, demand arrests

Friends and family of Jean Charles de Menezes, the young Brazilian shot dead July 22 by British police acting under a shoot-to-kill policy, marched in protest Monday in Menezes’ hometown of Gonzaga in central Brazil.

Haitian priest Jean-Juste arrested

Haitian police arrested former political prisoner Father Gerald Jean-Juste July 21 and are holding him in Port-au-Prince’s Haitian National Penitentiary. Witnesses reported that the anti-Lavalas “Group of 184” supporters brutally assaulted Jean-Juste July 21 at the funeral of murdered journalist Jacques Roche. Police and UN forces moved in to protect Jean-Juste and then escorted him to a waiting police vehicle. He was taken to a nearby police station and placed in custody.

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