July

Massive rally in Chicago for immigrant rights

CHICAGO — In the largest political protest here on any cause since the Vietnam War, tens of thousands of immigrant rights supporters demonstrated July 1 against the anti-immigrant “Minutemen” and in favor of the legalization of immigrants and the unification of immigrant families.

Communist convention pickets hotel

CHICAGO — More than 300 Communist Party USA members joined the picket line of UNITE HERE Local 1 at the Congress Hotel on July 2. The workers have been forced on strike for the past two years.

High court vacancy emergency for rights

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s July 1 resignation creates an emergency threat to all Americans, warned labor and civil rights groups last week. O’Connor’s resignation opens a vacancy on the court for the first time in 11 years and gives President Bush his first opportunity to name a justice to the court.

Reds come out fighting: Time to turn up heat vs. ultra-right, Communist meet says

CHICAGO — The Communist Party USA wound up its convention here in a fighting mood July 3, with the 450 participants vowing to pour their energies into blocking the ultra-right effort to take over the Supreme Court.

UN boosts role of grassroots groups

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations launched an initiative June 23 that for the first time accords a full, official role to grassroots, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the deliberations of the UN General Assembly.

Pennsylvanians rally for higher minimum wage

HARRISBURG, Penn. — The Capitol rotunda was packed with hundreds of people from across the Keystone state June 22 as they came to push their legislators to raise the state’s minimum wage, which has remained frozen since 1997.

Remembering Tony Topolski

RUMBLEY, Md. — Tony Topolski was a stubborn man, refusing to slow down even with his painfully disabled knees.

Drug war failure exposed

“Plan Colombia: Cashing in on the drug war failure,” an engrossing documentary by Gerard Ungerman and Audrey Brohy, provides convincing evidence that the U.S. government’s war against drugs has been ineffectual.

Corporate killers

CHICAGO — During the five month implosion that left those on top of Enron corporation — Ken Lay, Jeff Skilling and Andrew Fastow — with a large chunk of money, while those at the bottom of the corporate food chain held zeros — you have to ask, where did the billions come from?

The lowest guys in the room

“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” is an outstanding documentary of the rise and fall of Enron. Enron is a corporation still based in Houston. It collapsed in 2001. The symbiotic relationship between the Bush family and Enron is noted. The merger of corporations and government, which Mussolini called the definition of fascism, is easy to see in this excellent film. I liked the question posed at the beginning: “Was this just the work of a few bad men, or was it the dark side of the American dream?”

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