Message to the Chicago Haymarket Memorial Ceremony

For all of us in the AFL-CIO—for the millions of women and men who build our houses, teach our kids, fight our fires, and nurse us back to health—this is a special day. On this May Day, we join our sisters and brothers from Chicago, and Colombia, and Iraq, and all over the world at one of the most sacred sites for working people everywhere—the Chicago Haymarket monument.

U.S. Supreme Court bans key tool in immigration raids

MINNEAPOLIS (Workday Minnesota) It’s too late for hundreds of workers in Postville, Iowa, but the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that charges of aggravated identity theft cannot be based on giving a false Social Security numbers to an employer.

Cuban Silvio Rodriguez: I continue to feel blockaded and discriminated against

Cuban singer-songwriter Silvio Rodriguez said he was disheartened that he was unable to perform during a special tribute for U.S. legendary folk artist Pete Seeger, at his 90th birthday concert in New York, May 1.

Fair housing groups document spike in housing complaints

More than 40 years after the passage of the Fair Housing Act, housing discrimination continues to be a problem, according to the National Fair Housing Alliance's (NFHA) annual report on fair housing enforcement.

Coalition hails budget win as 'down payment'

The Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and other defenders of low and middle income people greeted Congress’ passage of a $3.44 trillion FY-2010 Budget Resolution with billions for healthcare, education and “green jobs.”

Wisconsin Library Board dismissals criticized

Last week, the American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression joined with the National Coalition Against Censorship, the Association of American Publishers, and PEN American Center to send a letter to the West Bend (Wisconsin) Common Council criticizing its dismissal of four members of the West Bend Library Board who refused to remove controversial books from the young adult section of the library.

May Day in Miami

May Day was reestablished in Miami Florida, with pizazz highlighted by a song sung by the Raging Grannies on Friday as over 300 people representing a broad coalition of labor and immigrant rights groups marched down Brickel Avenue in the heart of the city’s financial district. The lead banner read demanded “Bail Out People Not the Banks.” Other signs and banners declared, “Capitalism Sucks,” “Support the Employee Free Choice Act,” and “Legalization for Immigrants Now.”

Banks defeat Senate amendment to help struggling homeowners

Due to stiff opposition from the banking and mortgage industries, the Senate voted against passing (45-51) an amendment Thursday that would have given bankruptcy judges the ability to rework defaulted home mortgages on family homes to an affordable value.

Legalization is the X factor in immigrant rights

(WOMENSENEWS)- Thousands of activists are holding May Day demonstrations nationwide to highlight the rights and needs of the nation's more than 30 million immigrants, who now account for 1-in-8 people living in the United States.

KROMM REPORT: Will the Supreme Court kill the Voting Rights Act?

The case is Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District #1 v. Holder -- shortened to NAMUDNO -- and represents the most serious challenge to the act to date, and has become a lightning rod for debate over the role of race and racism in U.S. politics today.

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