March

Right takes aim at county government

MILWAUKEE – Robert Miranda of the Greater Milwaukee Green Party calls it “a stealth attack on democracy” and a “potential right wing takeover.”

Public education at stake in Illinois

CHICAGO – The current economic crisis is having a devastating impact on state budgets across the country. States have an estimated collective deficit of $50 billion.

Billionaires take a hit, but still soar

Each year, the Institute for Policy Studies examines the list of the world’s billionaires and tries to put their wealth in perspective by comparing it to other things that are big and important in the world.

Enron: Feeding at the public trough

Tim Wheeler’s ongoing expose of the incestuous relationship between Ken Lay and President George Bush goes far in exposing the greed of Enron officials who were among the main beneficiaries of the stock market boom of recent years.

Lockheed strike in Georgia holding firm

“We’re hanging tough,” Bob Wood, communications director for Machinists Local 709, whose members went on strike against Lockheed-Martin on March 11 told the World when reached at his office in Marietta, Georgia. The decision to strike came after workers voted overwhelmingly to reject Lockheed’s “last, best and final” offer. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the homepage of IAM Local 709, click here.

Bay Area workers march for job security

OAKLAND – More than 350 trade unionists and community activists marched through the streets of downtown Oakland to the Federal Building March 23 in protest of government attacks on airport baggage screeners, longshore and hotel workers, and others who have been made victims of government security programs. After reaching the Federal Building, the marchers proceeded to Jack London Square on the waterfront.

CPI(M) Congress meets

HYDERABAD, India – At a movie theater turned convention hall, the Communist Party of India – (Marxist) [CPI(M)] held its 17th Congress here, March 19-24. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the official website for the Communist Party of India (Marxist), click here.

International Notes

Turkish anti-war rally held despite gov’t ban/Russian workers strike over unpaid wages/Australian Easter protest threatened with ban/Youth urge solidarity with Palestinians

Steel union takes Colombia death squads to court

The United Steelworkers of America (USWA) and the International Labor Rights Fund (ILRF) have filed a federal lawsuit charging the U. S.-owned Drummond Company with complicity in the assassinations of Valmore Lacareno, Victor Orcasita and Gustavo Solar, leaders of the union representing workers at Drummond’s coal mining operations in Colombia. Lacareno and Orcasita were dragged off a company bus and shot by paramilitaries in March 2001. Solar suffered the same fate in October.

Bush hits poor, Castro hits rich

President Bush told the U.N. International Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico, March 22 that only nations that bow to his administration’s political and economic agenda will be approved for meager handouts of U.S. aid. His position, reflected in the barebones “Consensus of Monterrey” drew sharp criticism from delegates as well as from demonstrators in the streets. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the UN website of the International Conference on Financing for Development, click here.

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