June

Like teachers? See this film

“Chalk” is a mockumentary about the lives of a handful of teachers at Harrison High School. If you are a teacher, if anyone close to you is a teacher, if you plan to become a teacher, or if you simply appreciate great humor, see this film.

Im Puerto Rican, just so you know!

Puerto Rican New York actress Rosie Perez’s recent documentary “¡Yo soy Boricua, pa’que tu lo sepas!” (I’m Puerto Rican, just so you know!) emphasizes, perhaps without really intending to, the contradictions facing a national minority of a colonial country within the United States.

Talkin peace and justice with Pete Seeger

The latest chapter in Pete Seeger’s long and illustrious life is a petition drive by thousands of his fans to convince the American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker group, to nominate the great U.S. folksinger for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. AFSC enjoys the privilege of nominating people for the prize because the group won it in 1947.

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CARTOON:Take Flight

THIS WEEK IN LABOR

Who’s the boss? Giant transnational sued for backing death squads 3,000 New Jersey workers unionize in one week Hotel housekeeping hazards is focus of gathering AFL-CIO explains failure of immigration bill AFL-CIO explains failure of immigration bill

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New Haven unites to stop immigrant raids

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — On June 4, while the Bush administration twisted arms in Congress to pass an exploitative guest worker program, New Haven became the first city in the country to issue a municipal ID card regardless of immigration status, which can be used for city services and banking.

WORLD NOTES

South Africa: Public workers go on strike China: Don’t waste energy, says new task force Belgium: European nations complicit in CIA crimes Venezuela: Puerto Rican independence leader honored Pakistan: Schools for girls under siege

Italys Communists grapple with political realities

RIMINI, Italy — The recent general elections here resulted in a defeat for the ultra-right Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister, and his supporting parties. But the government, now run by a coalition of center-left parties and headed by Prime Minister Prodi, won by the barest of margins. Italy is a divided country.

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Communists lift every voice for Black equality

ST. LOUIS — Eighty activists, including trade unionists, elected officials, religious leaders and workers of all races, ages and genders gathered here June 9-10 for an extraordinary Communist Party conference on African American equality.

What is causing the dramatic decline in honeybee populations?

Kids everywhere may revel in the fact that bees are no longer stinging them as frequently on playgrounds and in backyards, but the decline in honey bee populations in the U.S. and elsewhere signals a major environmental imbalance that could have far-reaching implications for our agricultural food supply.

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