International notes

Colombian strike protests killing/Greek workers fight pension cuts/Peruvian dockers urge fair hiring system/South Africa celebrates Freedom Charter/Millions strike in Spain/Canadian G-8 summit draws protests/China-Taiwan informal trade talks urged

Congress cant ignore corporate control of the media

One of our best-kept secrets is the degree to which a handful of huge corporations control the flow of information in the United States.

Religion isnt the problem the right wing is

In decrying the human rights abuses continuing in the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, some have asked why “the Jewish people” are doing to the Palestinians what they would not want done to their own people, terrifying things that have happened historically. Good question – if “the Jewish people” were guilty of the current atrocities occurring under the reign of terror imposed by Ariel Sharon.

Coalition demands prescription drug bill

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The chambers of Cleveland’s City Hall were filled with the chants of 400 people rallying June 24 for prescription drug coverage. The meeting, hosted by Cleveland Mayor Jane Campbell, urged passage of two bills before the Ohio legislature, HB-290 and SB-127. The bills would create a prescription drug program for the state.

Longshore: Potential intervention threat to negotiations

All eyes in the global transport universe are on the West Coast, where a crucial waterfront battle is brewing in the contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), representing 10,500 longshore unionists, and their employers, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA), representing 85 shipping lines and stevedoring companies.

Women gear up for 2002 elections

Pledge to ‘link arms’ vs. Right ST. PAUL, Minn. – The nearly 1,000 delegates and guests to the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) annual conference, held here June 21-23, are united to make a difference in the 2002 elections, at the ballot box and in the streets. The participants, who came from 42 states and the District of Columbia, agreed that the 2002 elections are the main arena for the defense and advancement of women’s equality.

Carousel victory celebrated

HIGHWOOD, Ill. – They were all smiles here June 21, as Carousel Linen workers, their families and friends celebrated their victory for union recognition. The 37 industrial laundry workers, mostly young Mexican immigrant women, had been on strike for eight months and had fought for recognition of the Union of Needletrades, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE).

Labor & community hold Town Hall

OAKLAND, Calif. – A coalition of three unions, whose contracts with employers expire this summer, held a Town Hall meeting June 19 at a West Oakland Community Center. The meeting focused on the common issues facing labor and the community and commemorated “Juneteenth,” the day when the Emancipation Proclamation was brought to Texas.

Will Bush lose in Texas?

EL PASO, Tx. – Texas Democrats were exuberant at their convention, held here June 13-15, about their chances to sweep state offices in November. Their senior U.S. Congressman, Martin Frost, told delegates, “If George Bush gets beaten badly in his home state in 2002, that will send a message across the land.”

Juneteenth protest urges city to build first

CHICAGO – For the fifth year in a row, activists and residents here held an all-day Juneteenth protest against the destruction of public housing without viable housing substitutions. Starting the day with a noontime press conference, advocates described how the city’s plan to destroy all public housing without securing alternate housing for Chicago’s over 60,000 public housing residents first, leaves many families out in the cold.

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