WASHINGTON – Civil liberties, civil rights, labor, women’s equality and environmental groups were set to rally outside the U.S. Department of Justice Sept. 13 to protest the sweeping attacks on the Bill of Rights imposed by Attorney General John Ashcroft behind “closed doors.”
A broad nationwide grassroots coalition of labor, ethnic, religious and community groups is working to collect signatures on a million postcards demanding immigration policies that allow undocumented immigrants in the United States to earn legal status.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A day after President Bush conceded he might seek Congressional approval for his war on Iraq, over 400 Louisville protesters made it clear that Bush did not have their consent, nor would they be silent in their disagreement.
Racial profiling and other acts of discrimination came to the surface in Naugatuck, Conn., on August 29. Speaker after speaker told an NAACP-led panel that African Americans live in fear of the police here. One citizen said her relatives from out of town refuse to visit here because of the racial profiling notoriously connected to the Naugatuck Police Department.
OAK PARK, Ill. – Labor 2002, the AFL-CIO campaign to elect worker-friendly candidates in this year’s election, rolled into the western suburbs of Chicago on Sept. 6.
Consolidated Freight picked Labor Day to lower the boom on its union employees. All across the country, as Teamsters members reported to work for the holiday weekend, they found shuttered terminals. In several locations their truck barns had been blockaded with big rigs to prevent workers from entering.
PHILADELPHIA – As the nation watched, public schools here opened on Sept. 4 in a state of confusion and uncertainty, with 150 teaching positions vacant and 211 support staff on layoff.
LOS ANGELES – California Gov. Gray Davis joined with the state legislature, Rev. Jesse Jackson and scores of leaders here, warning President George W. Bush not to intervene in the contract negotiations of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) with their employer, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).
Former longshore union leader Tony Hill, an outspoken foe of Gov. Jeb Bush, swamped his Democratic primary opponent 62 percent to 38 percent in his race for a seat in the Florida Senate in last Tuesday’s primary.
Rep. Nick Rahall, a 13-term West Virginia Democrat, and former South Dakota Sen. James Abourezk left for Baghdad Sept. 13 with an independent American delegation seeking to “cool the war rhetoric.”