Sophie Gerson, labor heroine and communist, 96

Sophie Gerson, a legendary figure in the history of textile union organizing in the South and a lifelong fighter for peace, justice and socialism, died March 20. She was 96.


One woman revolution

Katherine Dunham, a pioneering dancer and choreographer, author and civil rights activist who founded America’s first major Black modern dance company, died May 21. She was 96.

EDITORIAL: A chilling raid

The unprecedented FBI raid on Rep. William Jefferson’s (D-La.) congressional office sends a chilling message to Congress and to African American elected officials.


Shaking and making U.S. history

After almost nine decades, it’s clear there’s no stopping the country’s young communists.


Students challenge unequal education: Tests that deny diplomas are in dispute

OAKLAND, Calif. — As seniors across the state try on their caps and gowns, California is embroiled in controversy over its high school exit exams in English and math, slated to be required for a high school diploma starting this year.


Gran oposicin a discurso Bush sobre inmigracin

Mientras el debate sobre la reforma migratoria se reanuda en el Senado el 15 de mayo, el presidente Bush pronuncia un discurso televisado a nivel nacional, tratando de motivar a su base conservadora atemorizándolos con cuentos de espanto antiinmigrantes, pero a la misma vez aparecer como persona compasiva.

Mega-rich families spend millions to repeal estate tax

“Money to get power, and power to guard the money,” was the motto of the powerful Medici family in 16th century Florence, Italy. It is getting to be a successful modern political strategy for some of America’s wealthiest families today.

Growing determination to free Cuban Five

The Cuban Five — Antonio Guerrero, Ramón Labañino, René González, Gerardo Hernández and Fernando González — were defending Cuba against right-wing, Miami-based terrorism when they were arrested by U.S. authorities almost eight years ago. Despite an international outcry, they remain unjustly imprisoned.


Bush speech falls flat: Border militarization dubbed lousy policy

If President Bush thought he could mobilize his conservative base with anti-immigrant fear-mongering while still appearing “compassionate,” his efforts fell flat.


Illinois lawmakers seek Bush impeachment

CHICAGO — Last month Illinois state Rep. Karen Yarbrough (D) introduced into the General Assembly House Joint Resolution 125, calling for procedures of impeachment to begin against President George W. Bush for violating his oath of office.

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