Hispanic Caucus stands up to right wing

Less than a year since the Bush administration’s flawed “comprehensive” immigration bill failed in the Senate and with just six months until the November elections, pressure on the House by both pro and anti-immigrant groups is growing.


Sean Bell verdict outrages New Yorkers

NEW YORK — “What they’re saying is that it was OK for the police to kill Sean,” said Nicole Paultre Bell, fiancée of Sean Bell, the innocent man slain when police officers shot 50 bullets at him and his friends. She was interviewed on a TV news channel here, April 28.

New Paraguayan president puts people first

Fernando Lugo’s April 20 election victory means not only that rightist Colorado Party rule is at an end after 61 years, but also that once the former bishop assumes Paraguay’s presidency next August, another South American government will be in place serving social justice and national independence.


Indiana gets ready for historic vote

GARY, Ind. — For the first time in 40 years, candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination are visiting cities across this state, ahead of the May 6 primary election. The latest polls show a tight race with Barack Obama slightly ahead of Hillary Clinton.

Iraqi support for militias, religious parties drops

Iraqi Parliament members from several political blocs went to Baghdad’s Sadr City last week hoping to stop the violence that has trapped civilians in the crossfire. The delegation was accompanied by representatives of Moqtada al-Sadr, in what some called a lobbying effort to get the Iraqi government to stop its campaign against Sadr’s Mahdi Army militia. However, virtually the entire Iraqi political spectrum has called for elimination of all militias, and Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, once thought on the ropes, has won increased support for moving against private armed groups.

McCain a no-show on equal pay for women

GOP presidential candidate John McCain is saying it’s fine with him if women never get justice for pay discrimination they suffer on the job.

Unions say workplaces more dangerous under Bush

CROCKETT, Calif. — How much is a human life worth? If that life was claimed by one of the nearly 6,000 U.S. workplace fatalities in 2006, the answer is just $10,133.

We are workers, not criminals

In the big immigrant marches that swept the country on May Day in 2006 and 2007, one sign said it all: 'We are workers, not criminals!' Often it was held in the calloused hands of men and women who looked as though they'd just come from work in a factory, cleaning an office building, or picking grapes.

May Day: finding its way back home

I’ve always wanted a button that reads, “Workers of the world unite, back by popular demand” — almost as long as I’ve wanted one that says, “May Day, made in the USA.”

Dockworkers protest Iraq war, stay off job on May 1

“We’re standing up for America, we’re supporting the troops, and we’re telling politicians that it’s time to end the Iraq war now!” longshore union workers say.

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