May

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LETTERS

Raise minimum wage No difference On immigration Missing May Day Disagreement on Duke story

EDITORIAL: Memorial Day

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, was proclaimed in 1868 by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Civil War veterans. Logan designated the day “for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country.”

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Connecticut PWW honors state AFL-CIO

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — At the People’s Weekly World annual May Day celebration here, Connecticut AFL-CIO President John Olsen recalled that only two years ago Connecticut Labor Against the War was awarded the Connecticut PWW’s Newsmaker Award. This, he said, contributed to the dialogue that resulted in adoption by the state and national AFL-CIO of strong resolutions against the Iraq war.

New Yorks TWU Local 100 storms Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. — Torrential rains couldn’t dampen the spirits of NYC transit workers as they boarded buses at locations across New York City May 16 for a trip to the state capital here.

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Cuban medical school is unique

The Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba, is no ordinary medical school. The mission of the LASM is to train students who come from medically underserved populations and then to return them as doctors to serve their communities.

LETTERS

Color of anger is … blue?; Classic antiwar film; International living wage; Caste system info; A promise made; Bush’s anthem hypocrisy; Thank you!

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Cuba revolutionizes its energy policies

U.S. jitters over the prospect of dwindling world energy supplies are mounting daily. “Peak oil” and similar concepts are entering our everyday language. In socialist Cuba the outlook is somewhat different. Cubans know what an energy crisis is. Oil supplies there peaked 16 years ago and then, with the fall of the Soviet Union, plummeted by 50 percent.

Texas labor picks candidates

IRVING, Texas — The Texas AFL-CIO held its 46th Political Education (COPE) convention here, May 8-9. Democrats, independents, and even one Republican made persuasive appeals for labor’s endorsement.

Letters

IFCO profits from immigrant labor; Bottomless pit?; On supremacy; Suggestion; More on transgender issues; HR 676 groundswell; Fireflies

Help

Charity. Compassion. Generosity. Solidarity. Whatever you call it, “help” is loaded with complicated emotions. My parents were part of the World War II generation, and it sure didn’t seem like they needed much of it. Mortgages were cheap, jobs with benefits were plentiful, and saving was possible.

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