The battle for RURAL AMERICA

Barack Obama struck a chord with many when he challenged those who “slice-and-dice our country into red states and blue states.” At the Democratic Convention this summer, the Illinois candidate for Senate spoke eloquently of Americans’ fundamental belief that “we’re all connected as one people … E pluribus unum. Out of many, one.”

Pages from workers lives

Editor’s note: Christian Peacemaker Team members Elizabeth Garcia, Murray Lumley, Rusty Dinkins-Curling and Jane Pritchard from Arizona recently met with “Minnie” in the Women’s Migrant Center in Agua Prieta, Mexico.

Jobs with Justice report calls for Medicare for all plan

ST. PAUL, Minn. — All Americans could have health insurance while actually spending less than we do now if the nation reforms the pharmaceutical industry and switches to a national health plan similar to Medicare, a new report says.

State of Working America looks bleak

To survive, families have taken on more debt, with the ratio of household debt to disposable income reaching 108.3 percent.

City workers win rights in right-to-work city

SAN ANTONIO — Members of Service Employees International Union Local 1967 are engaged in a vigorous campaign to educate city workers here about their rights to safe working conditions, clear promotion and training policies, affordable insurance, and consultation with city management about collective grievances.

California Latinos face big wage gap

Even though Latino workers in California have won substantial wage increases over the past 25 years, the gap between their average annual income and those of all other workers in the state has widened, according to a September report from the California Budget Project.

International notes

Global: Youth unemployment soaring / Nigeria: Strike ends with a warning / Canada: Wal-Mart questions unionized store’s future / Pakistan: Workers hold protest day / Bolivia: Peasants march on the capital

Huge antiwar rally floods Londons streets

LONDON — Over 100,000 peace campaigners from across Europe converged on Trafalgar Square Oct. 17 to demand an end to the illegal occupation of Iraq.

The Cubans are coming! Or are they?

This is a story about traveling Cubans — one group to Haiti, the other (or so they hoped) to the United States.

Oct. 25: Protect Ohios votes!

Republicans peddle terrorist fear, but they mainly fear the American people. As this week’s PWW cover stories point out, GOP operatives are trying to steal or block the anti-Bush vote in Florida, Nevada, and elsewhere.

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