NEW YORK – The American Friends and Service Committee (AFSC) and the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows held a “No More Victims” panel here Sept. 8 to promote public dialogue on alternatives to war.
CHICAGO – Not until well after Labor Day did Chicago hotel employees know whether they would work or strike.
CHICAGO – The small industrial city of Waukegan, Ill., an hour north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, was the site of a modest victory by Mexican immigrant workers and their allies Aug. 19.
Last Thursday evening, I was watching the news and heard a reporter explain, with a serious look on her face, that the next day Bush was going to begin “consulting” with world leaders in an effort to build support for the U. S. government’s position on Iraq.
The following is an excerpt from Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s (D-Ga.) concession speech. McKinney, a 10-year incumbent and well-known voice for social justice and progressive causes, lost the Democratic primary to political newcomer Denise Majette. Majette was backed by a number of conservative, corporate and right-wing forces. A difficult defeat for all progressives, we reprint McKinney’s statement here because her determination to continue the fight for peace and justice, in the face of adversity, is an inspiration for all of us to work harder to defeat the ultra-right and corporate rule.
Nothing is more fundamental to America’s conception of itself than the freedom of speech and assembly. Unions, declared illegal in the early years of the republic, have fought for those rights for three centuries. But unionists have still not entirely won the most basic right: to organize at the workplace and to protest bad conditions by refusing to work.
A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows two different Americas – one in September 2001 and the other in September a year later. The differences are striking. Seldom have there been such shifts in the public mood in such a short time.
The biggest threat to world peace and our nation’s security emanates not from the caves of Afghanistan, but from the Oval Office in the White House. If anyone thought that Bush’s talk about unending war was hyperbole, they now know they were wrong. Afghanistan, it appears, was a dress rehearsal for military aggression, regardless of international law or world public opinion, against other sovereign states and peoples.
At the 1992 United Nations summit meeting in Rio de Janeiro, the assembled peoples declared, “Human beings are the center of concerns for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.” Out of that meeting came Agenda 21.
The National Organization for Women applauds the Senate Judiciary Committee’s rejection of Priscilla Owen, a right-wing ideologue nominated to the Court of Appeals by the Bush administration.