November

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Houston city workers: We want respect! Put it in the check!

HOUSTON — About 500 members and supporters of the Houston Organization of Public Employees (HOPE) marched from Tranquility Park in downtown Houston to City Hall on Nov. 1, demanding fair wages for city workers.

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PWW forum underscores role of peoples media

ST. LOUIS — A standing room only crowd of trade unionists and community leaders attended the Fourth Annual Missouri/Kansas Friends of the People’s Weekly World “Working Class Media and Democracy” forum, held here Oct. 27. David Bacon, an Oakland-based photojournalist and author of “The Children of NAFTA” and “Communities Without Borders,” keynoted the event.

Steve Earle packs a musical wallop

Steve Earle’s CD, “Washington Square Serenade” (New West CD), is an ode to New York City and its residents. His song “Tennessee Blues” is his farewell to music city, Nashville, Tenn., and his hello to NYC.

Can you believe it?

Movies are all fake, as we know. For example, I don’t think actor Omar Metwally, who plays Anwar El-Ibrihimi in “Rendition,” is an Egyptian, let alone a green-carded Egyptian scientist living in the states. Didn’t he play a Palestinian in “Munich”?

Antiwar movies tell all at Toronto film fest

Many of the films screened at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival reflected the realities of death and destruction caused by wars around the globe.

Letter sheds light on ouster of Haitian leader

A newly released letter from ousted Haitian Prime Minister Yvon Neptune sheds more light on the U.S.-backed coup against the former center-left government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. It reveals, among other things, that U.S. officials threatened Neptune with death or imprisonment if he did not leave the country.

Colombian left unites to beat rightists

Colombian politics, notable for corruption, bossism and violence, took a positive turn Oct. 28 when candidates of the Alternative Democratic Pole (PDA), Colombia’s new, left-progressive coalition party, won local electoral victories. Leaders are looking to 2010, when the party will contest the re-election of President Alvaro Uribe, a U.S. protégé.

LETTERS: November 10

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Hollywood writers strike forces re-runs

The first strike by Hollywood writers in 20 years began Nov. 5 with picket lines set up coast to coast. The strike has already disrupted soap operas, talk shows, and, more important, the flow of advertising money into network coffers.

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Still refusing to talk, hog boss sues union

On Oct. 15 management at Smithfield’s Tar Heel, N.C., plant broke off negotiations with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) and a day later filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against the union which includes within it petitions to silence community, religious and other groups that have been supporting the 14-year struggle to unionize the plant.

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