Although the police pointed the guns that killed Sean Bell and wounded two of his companions, it is the society that put the bullets in the guns.
The all-Democratic Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which includes 17 Latino members of Congress, has dug in its heels in an effort to bring relief to undocumented workers and their families who are currently being subjected to immigration raids. But in return, it is becoming the target of heavy pressure from the hotel, resort, seafood and other industries.
One section of the Declaration of Independence states that 'all men [and women] are created equal,' but does that statement reflect reality? How many times have I heard the mantra: “Pull yourself up by your own boot straps. If you want it bad enough you can get it.'
In an outraged response to ICE raids just days after immigrant rights supporters filled the streets on May Day, labor, faith groups, students and community members rallied around the area last week.
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On April 30 the Congress of the United States took action when the House ordered OSHA to write standards requiring companies to curb explosive workplace dust and to prescribe severe penalties for those who violate the standards. 21 Republicans joined 226 Democrats to give the bill a 247-165 vote majority.
While the positive work of the Jobs with Justice (JwJ) network were evident at their National Conference May 2-4 in Providence, R.I., new trends were also evident. The organization that was founded by five large industrial unions in 1987 has continued to grow and fulfill its original purpose of reaching outside to assist the union movement. It has also taken on more general tasks of organizing the entire working class both in America and abroad.
A boisterous crowd of some 500 members of AFSCME Local 1723 and their supporters rallied on the Temple University campus here on May 1 in a noon time action to protest the university’s stalling tactics. The local represents office and professional workers at Temple; they have been working without a contract since September.
The bonds between the organized labor movement and immigrant rights groups were evident here at a May 1 rally at the Haymarket Square memorial in the West Loop. While thousands gathered in Union Park for a mass march and May Day rally at Federal Plaza members of numerous unions, led by this city’s Central Labor Council, began their observance of the international workers’ holiday at the exact spot in this city where it all began.
Prof. Melva Underbakke has been crisscrossing the country showing “USA vs. Al-Arian,” a prizewinning film about the ordeal of former University of South Florida professor Sami al-Arian. He has been in jail now for more than five years, despite a Tampa jury verdict finding him innocent of “terrorism” charges trumped up by the Justice Department.