U.S. youth find inspiration in Cuba

In July 2007, nine members of the Young Communist League USA joined 51 other Americans on the 38th Venceremos Brigade to Cuba. Since 1969, Venceremos (“We shall overcome”) Brigades have been a way for Americans to show solidarity with the Cuban Revolution by working side by side with Cuban workers and challenging the U.S. economic blockade and travel ban.


Take Gonzales, please!

So far, Texas’ pleas for mercy have met stony silence from the other 49 states. Discredited Bushites, driven from their power perches in Washington, shamed before the nation and barely ahead of indictment, are flocking into the Lone Star State. Not one single other state has offered to take them!


CARTOON: Completely mad!

Hunting lame ducks in South Africa

Has South Africa’s fledgling democracy entered its own version of a lame-duck season? With Thabo Mbeki constitutionally unable to stand for a third term as South Africa’s head of state and the presidential season just over a year away, some pundits have begun speculating that the leading figure in South African politics for the past decade is a spent force.

EDITORIAL: A step forward

A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking the Social Security Administration from sending revised “no-match” letters to 140,000 employers, potentially covering the records of approximately 8 million workers. Many feared the letters would create massive economic disruption and injustice.

EDITORIAL: Are we safer now?

On the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 tragedy, as ceremonies are planned to commemorate nearly 3,000 lives lost in the terrorist attacks that day, a question looms in the minds of many Americans: Has the Bush administration’s response to the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon made the world a safer place?

Healthy living tips for activists

A critical issue that receives no attention from researchers and very little attention in progressive circles is the health status and health outcomes of progressive activists and organizers. This column will explore a few critical healthy lifestyle points that everyone in the progressive community should strive to follow.

Stem cell battle has big implications

Missouri continues to be a major battleground between proponents of embryonic stem cell (ESC) research and anti-abortion groups.

Bush pays surprise visit to reality

President George W. Bush departed from his planned itinerary on Labor Day to make a surprise visit to reality, later calling the two-hour stop in the real world “informative.”

Homecare workers win major gains

SALEM, Ore. — Hardworking and tenacious homecare workers represented by Service Employees Local 503, Oregon Public Employees Union, have won significant improvements to wages, benefits and working conditions. They settled their 2007-2009 contract Aug. 30 after two days of mediation.

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