June

OHSA finds Beth/Lukens guilty in steelworker death

VALLEY, Pa. – Wanda Smith, 41, a production steel press operator for Bethlehem/Lukens Steel Plate and member of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 1165, went to work December 17, 2001, with her Christmas list almost completed and baking nearly finished. But at quitting time, cookie dough remained untouched in her refrigerator.

Health damage result of Mideast crisis

War is the great threat to medical and public health. The tragedies that take place on a daily basis in the Gaza Strip and West Bank are testament to this fact.

Airport workers demand living wage be paid

OAKLAND, Calif. – A lively crowd of more than 50 pickets from several Bay Area unions and community groups marched and chanted slogans in front of the Port of Oakland Building June 18, demanding that the Port Commission take action to implement the Charter Amendment.

Israeli government builds evil fence

TEL-AVIV – The Israeli government has begun to erect a so-called “Defensive Fence,” part concrete, part wired net, all with barbed wire and equipped with sophisticated electronic warning systems. In its first stage, the wall will run approximately 70 miles, roughly parallel to the 1949 armistice line (the “Green Line”) but within the eastern, Palestinian side of the line. In several places, it will leave on its western, Israeli side settlements that were set up on confiscated Palestinian soil. The construction of this walled fence will take more than a year and will cost an estimated one billion shekel ($210 million).

Struggling against profit-driven globalization

BHOPAL, India – Many people around the world may not have heard of the Narmada River Valley, yet the struggle unfolding there will directly affect over one million people and the biodiversity of South Asia.

Activists gather to support Venezuelan democracy

NEW YORK – On Sunday, June 9, the Harlem/Washington Heights Friends of the People’s Weekly World held a forum on the dramatic events in the country of Venezuela.

Demanding equality at Wal-Mart

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The National Organization for Women (NOW) lived up to its activist, “in-the-street” tradition at its national conference here last weekend. Delegates and guests took to their feet and grabbed their picket signs following a speech from United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) Vice President Susan Phillips.

Marj Sutherland: Spear bearer for justice

Marj Sutherland, born May 24, 1941, a member of the National Committee of the Communist Party, and a life-long communist, died last week at age 61 from lung cancer.

Labor rallies against secession in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Over 1,000 union members, community activists and concerned residents jammed the auditorium of Los Angeles Valley College on June 22 to denounce two proposed city secession initiatives that will appear on November’s ballot. If passed by the voters, both the San Fernando Valley and Hollywood districts would break away from the City of Los Angeles and form two separate cities.

Wellstone backed as womens advocate

Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) is nationally known as an outspoken progressive, and George W. Bush and the ultra-right are chomping at the bit to oust him in November. Their hand-picked candidate, former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, is trying to woo women voters. But Jill Pearson-Wood, board president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Minnesota chapter, said her group is backing Wellstone, who is seeking a third term.

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