June

On Gaza and the Palestinian situation

Our Palestinian people, wherever they are, have been shocked by the bloody developments and events witnessed by the Gaza region.

U.S. Social Forum kicks off in Atlanta

ATLANTA — Thousands of people marched through the streets of Atlanta June 27 as the U.S. Social Forum, billed as one of the largest gatherings of progressive groups and activists, kicked off. The march, complete with stilt walkers, giant-headed puppets, drummers, bikers, and everyone from antiwar activists to anti-computer waste advocates finding a place in the multiracial throng, started out from the State Capitol.

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A picture says it all

Ken BeSaw saw a need and filled it. At a rally he attended while visiting Chicago, BeSaw saw that the Illinois bureau of the People’s Weekly World had only a point-and-shoot camera, and decided that his favorite paper, and its readers, deserve better.

Bald eagle comes back

In what is likely to be hailed as one of the greatest conservation success stories of the last 50 years, sources say the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is poised to finalize the delisting of the bald eagle from “threatened” status under the Endangered Species Act.

Cuban Adjustment Act: still deadly 40 years later

For decades the U.S. has used the 1966 Cuban Adjustment Act to manipulate Cuban emigration for counterrevolutionary purposes. Its provision that Cubans arriving on U.S. soil gain permanent residency after a year has lured thousands to death by drowning as they sought to cross the shark-infested Florida Straits. They end up receiving work permits and Social Security numbers and need not provide affidavits of support.

Mighty Heart is a mighty film

“A Mighty Heart” is a story about people just trying to get from point A to point B against the backdrop of terrorist incidents and the Bush administration’s response to them.

Sicko a powerful mix of humor, pathos

Michael Moore, the activist author and filmmaker, has given every union member in the United States a great tool of advocacy for our health care agenda with his new movie, “Sicko.” We should return that favor by turning out to see it in big numbers.

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cartoon: Fourth Branch

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Harry Potter goes to the library

CHICAGO — Harry Potter fans, eagerly awaiting the release of the seventh and final book by J.K. Rowling, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” got a chance to make a 20-second video about their love for all things Potter at three Chicago public libraries. The Knight Bus, a purple, triple-decker bus featured in the Potter series, is making a U.S. library tour.

June 30 THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Labor support grows for single-payer health insurance Warning: Popcorn ‘butter’ deemed health hazard Nursing home workers take to the streets Trade unionists head to U.S. Social Forum

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