November

Get Rich Or Die Tryin looks beyond rappers image

As an actor, 50 Cent has zero charisma. As a rapper, he’s electrifying.

Speaking truth through poetic activism

CHICAGO — As these beautifully written words speak to the audience, Naima Penniman, 24, poetically captures her listeners. Naima and Alixa Garcia, 24, are weaving their words as a spoken word duo called “Climbing PoeTree” during a performance on this city’s South Side.

Venezuela defends against assaults, lies

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez spoke to French industrialists on Oct. 26: “Fidel and I are conspiring ... against death, against hunger, against misery, against diseases, against that poverty that grinds down our people. We are helping as many people as we can, not only in America, but throughout the world.”

Peace rings out in nations distant corner

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — Every few weeks Erika Hamerquist performs a grim duty. She crosses the hayfield on her family’s farm a few miles outside this town and with a paintbrush revises the big sign that records the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.

Whats wrong with Bushs immigration reform plan?

President Bush’s “guest worker” program is supposed to deal with the issue of undocumented immigration. Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao made a presentation to the Senate Judiciary Committee Oct. 18 in which she outlined the administration’s approach. Though she specifically declined to endorse any existing legislation, it is clear that the Bush plan is essentially the same as the Cornyn-Kyle guest worker bill, S 1438. This approach, which offers only a temporary guest worker program, is unworkable and anti-worker and will do nothing but worsen the situation of undocumented immigrants and all workers. Here’s why.

Editorial: Giving thanks for workers toil

When Abraham Lincoln decreed the Thanksgiving holiday in 1863, the country was divided and at war. For the first time, millionaires emerged from war profits and workers and farmers knew poverty and homelessness up close and personal. Children worked in factories

Editorial: No refuge for Bush

Lame duck presidents, weary of being hammered by critics at home, typically flee to foreign capitals. Their hosts are bound by diplomatic courtesy not to call them “liar” “thief” or “war criminal.”

Battered by Katrina, Gulf Coast workers stand up

NEW ORLEANS — Gail Andrews, a quiet, unassuming African American woman from New Orleans East, found her mother two weeks after Hurricane Katrina. Six weeks later, she lost her again. This time forever. At age 68, Andrews’ mother died.

Theory of Dumb Design may explain Pat Robertson

Televangelist’s brain, mouth elude other theories, experts say Out of the controversial debate pitting the theory of evolution against the theory of intelligent design has emerged a new theory, dumb design, which some experts believe may explain the televangelist Pat Robertson.

Janitors seeking respect

“Can you live on $6.30 an hour?” read one sign as University of Miami students and faculty joined janitors and local clergy in a demonstration along U.S. Route 1 outside the campus Nov. 10.

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