Books, baseball and birthdays

We publish below excerpts from personal letters written by one of our country’s most famous political prisoners and Communist labor organizers, Gus Hall, who was general secretary and then national chairman of the Communist Party.

A dangerous country

There is a country in the world today that poses a threat to millions of people, a threat that must be dealt with to guarantee peace for all the countries and peoples of the world. You know the one I’m talking about.

Cough The air is getting worse

Now that the kids are back to school and crisp fall air returns, it’s hard to remember just how bad the air felt this August. In fact, it has been well over a decade since the East Coast suffered the kind of sustained, unhealthy air we had last month.

A gallon of gas makes 20 pounds of CO2

America’s cars and light trucks produce 20 percent of the nation’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), a potent greenhouse gas that causes global warmin

Marxism Lives! On the 2002 elections

Elections in the United States are never as simple as they appear on the surface. A number of things have to be taken into account. Of all the countries that are considered political democracies, the United States has the most restrictive and complicated electoral laws.

Control of oil fuels Bush war against Iraq

George W. Bush has Texas crude running in his veins, yet the word “oil” did not cross his lips in his Sept. 12 speech to the United Nations. Nor did Bush mention Osama bin Laden, the man he vowed to “hunt down” only a few months ago.

Obesity: Crisis for developed countries

In the United States obesity in children of all races has increased two to three times over the past 25 years. In England, the rates for the same period are over two times.

International notes

Colombia: Workers and youth protest government austerity, repression / Mexico: Paramilitaries arrested in Chiapas / Paraguay: Dozens hurt in anti-government protests / Korea: DPRK and Japan to resume talks / Thailand: ‘Light House’ workers win jobs back / Nigeria: Wages to rise in 2003

Nurses ban mandatory overtime in new contract

OAKLAND – The California Nurses Association (CNA) reached agreement, Sept. 12, on a new four-year contract with Kaiser Permanente, covering 10,200 registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 54 facilities in Northern California, that among other gains, banned mandatory overtime

Were standing strong against Yale

Workers Correspondence Workers at Yale-New Haven Hospital have been organizing for the right to a union for the past four years. Now, the unionized workers at the hospital and at Yale University are tying their contract settlements to this union drive.

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