Pipe breaks common

CHICAGO – On Feb. 26, a 40-foot wall of fire emerged from the ground where a 6-inch gas line broke here on the city’s South Side. Fortunately, only minor injuries occurred, though it took over four hours to extinguish the blaze.

Of rags and bushes

When I worked in Washington State’s tall and uncut on the foot hills of Mt. Rainier we had a saying for the unbelievable or outlandish: “That takes the rag off the bush,” we would say, expecting that to end the conversation.

Michigan ups benefits

LANSING, Mich. – Two thousand workers attended a rally here March 13 at the state capitol. The rally was called by the State AFL-CIO to pressure the right wing Republican-controlled legislature to increase the benefit amount to unemployed workers.

Another right wing group

Americans for Victory Over Terrorism (AVOT), a newly founded neo-conservative organization headed by William Bennett, has launched a full-blown public relations campaign meant to silence critics of President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism.

Health care: No level playing field

A study by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine shows racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive lower-quality health care than whites do, even when insurance status, income, age and severity of conditions are comparable. The committee that wrote the report also emphasized that differences in treating heart disease, cancer and HIV infection contribute to higher death rates for minorities.

Mayor Bloombergs first budget

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is the 70th wealthiest person in the world – a multi-billionaire. After he bought the New York City Mayor’s job – at a cost of almost $100 million dollars of his own money – Bloomberg is laughingly referred to as a mayor with only one special interest to be concerned about: himself.

YCL leadership meets

NEW YORK – Members of the Young Communist League’s (YCL) National Council met here March 23-24. The meeting, also attended by YCL friends and allies, discussed the goals of the YCL in the period leading up to the National March for Peace in D.C. on April 20.

Health care activists push for single-payer

Advocates of single-payer health care are working to persuade the nation that nothing less than a major change to a single-payer system can solve our health care problems.

Police repression, racism and class struggle

Racism has always been the strongest bulwark of class rule in the United States. Racism divides and weakens the working class and provides monopoly capital with super-exploited minorities from whom they can extract extra profits.

Texas celebrates Chvez

FORT WORTH – On the weekend before Easter, Texans celebrated the memory of union organizer César Chávez all over the state. Here, a coalition of labor and community organizations put on a mile-long parade through downtown, then ended with a grand fiesta on the courthouse lawn.

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