New Haven concert builds labor-neighbor solidarity

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — After a year of door knocking and organizing, neighborhood activists who have joined forces with the union organizing drive at Yale New Haven Hospital decided it was time to hold a community-wide solidarity event. The result was a May 21 rally and concert for “Our Community, Our Jobs, Our Hospital,” which brought together over 2,500 people to demand the hospital administration respect the needs of the people of this city.

Storm erupts over Patriot Act

WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) was so enraged by a witness from Amnesty International USA, who linked the Patriot Act to torture at secret U.S. detention facilities around the world, that he gaveled a June 10 hearing to an end. He ordered microphones turned off and stormed out of the hearing room.

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

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