Railroading immigrants and the Constitution

Federal immigration officials swept into Postville, Iowa, in May and detained nearly 400 workers at a kosher meat processing plant. Swiftly, local enforcement and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency arrested, charged with crimes, extracted pleas and sentenced 297 of these individuals by the end of the following week. Apparently, this shock and awe strategy was specially designed to drop the hammer on undocumented workers doing backbreaking jobs under reportedly sub-optimal conditions.

Letters: August 30

Fighting for single payer Georgia-Russia-South Ossetia The left and World War I State budget crises

Editorial: Swifter, higher, stronger

The Olympic motto “Citius, Altius, Fortius” (Swifter, Higher, Stronger) was never so dramatically enacted as during the 29th Olympiad in Beijing these past two weeks. We watched in awe as U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps won eight gold medals.

A Desire Named Streetcar

As U.S. working people try to cope with job losses, housing foreclosures and evictions, runs on banks, and pain at the gasoline pump, they face one more: the crisis of mass transit.