Puerto Rican Peoples Day Parade celebrates culture of resistance

CHICAGO — Twenty-eight years ago, in the midst of a political storm, the Juan Antonio Corretjer Puerto Rican Cultural Center organized the first Puerto Rican People’s Day Parade here. The parade was the PRCC’s organized response to the brutal 1977 killing of two young Puerto Ricans at the hands of racist white policemen, an event that triggered a community-wide rebellion on the city’s near northwest side. click here for Spanish text

Wave of resolutions reject AFL-CIO split

Powerful, unanimous voices are being heard from across our nation’s labor movement. They are stating in one voice: “Unity!”

Juneteenth holiday celebrates freedom

Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The celebration marks the events of June 19 (“Juneteenth”), 1865, when Union General Gordon Grangergy read the Emancipation Proclamation in Galveston, Texas, effectively freeing over a quarter million enslaved Blacks in the state.

Struggle for immigrant rights focus of Communist Party meet

TUCSON, Ariz. — Communist Party activists from across the country gathered here June 4-5 to review and update the party’s work on immigration and with immigrants.

GM slashes, workers bleed

The heartland of America skipped a beat June 6 when Rick Wagoner, chairman and CEO of General Motors, announced plans to eliminate 25,000 jobs. A few days later the corporation gave the United Auto Workers until the end of the month to accept savage cutbacks in health benefits for 1.1 million active and retired workers and their families. click here for Spanish text

Iraq: Bushs Watergate?

The “Downing Street Memo” could be the last straw, or the spark that lights a fire, for an American public fed up with the Iraq war

Exposing the machinery of death

With expectations rising that Chief Justice William Rehnquist will retire at the end of the current Supreme Court term in June, blocking an extremist Bush nominee is an epic battle facing the American people. One of the worst legacies of the Rehnquist court is the elimination of legal protections allowing the death penalty to operate unhindered. Rehnquist is famous for having said, “It’s too bad that drawing and quartering has been abolished.”

Mobilizing to fix the media

Last month, the media activist group FreePress held the second National Conference for Media Reform in St. Louis, Mo. I was fortunate enough to attend along with over 2,000 other media activists from across the country. The sheer number of attendees was inspiring. It feels good to know that so many other people feel that corporately owned media is doing the public a great disservice.

Reflections on the debate in labor

My Mac is about the size of a soapbox so I thought I would use it as such today (May 29). I just took a look at the home pages for the AFL-CIO and then the four big unions challenging its leadership.

Totalitarianism: the big lie

A recent New York Times article by Roger Cohen echoed 1950. Titled “1945’s Legacy: A Terror Defeated, Another Arrives,” the article asserted that communism and fascism were both “totalitarian” monsters and suggested that communism may have even been the greater evil, and that many in the “West” still have illusions about communism. Cohen was recycling redbaiting homilies to provide fanfare for Bush’s recent speeches abroad. His assertions are not only false but also a justification for imperialist aggression.

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