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Steelworkers: Fighting to win

LAS VEGAS – A “corporate crime wave” is crushing steelworkers and their communities, charged Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers of America (USWA), in his fiery opening address to the 31st USWA Constitutional Convention here, August 5. And, Gerard vowed, “We’re going to fix it!”

Court ruling on detainees hailed

Civil liberties advocates say U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler’s Aug. 2 order that the Justice Department must release the names of detainees held since Sept. 11 is a significant repudiation of the Bush administration’s secret detention policies.

Bush threatens troops in longshore dispute

LOS ANGELES – The International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) revealed this week that a secret Bush administration task force has threatened a military takeover of West Coast ports if the union decides to strike.

Music review: Musicians respond to Sept. 11

Steve Earle’s new album, Jerusalem, will be released on Sept. 24. He returns to his typically sharp and insightful political response to the world as he sees it. Earle said, in a recent interview, that President Bush’s USA Patriot Act is “an incredibly dangerous piece of legislation. Freedoms, American freedoms, things voted into law as American Freedoms, everything that came out of the 1960s are disappearing, and any patriot can see that has to be opposed.”

Walking with a Prisoner of Conscience

Prisoner of Conscience, a Memoir, by Kenneth Kennon, 88105-020, Former Prisoner of Conscience (POC) Kenneth Kennon ranks high among the minority of those who walk their talk. This devoted family man and friend, minister and counselor, poet and writer, agitator and lawbreaker recently walked a path that led him into federal prison. His book, Prisoner of Conscience, thoughtfully and insightfully details that walk through a punishing, dehumanizing, monotonous and frustrating six-month stay.

Economic recovery? Not for African Americans

Although the official unemployment rate for July stood at 5.9 percent, it was 9.9 percent if “hidden” unemployment – those who would work if they could find jobs – were taken into account, and that’s bad.

Racial discrimination and income

Two recent studies, one by Katherine L. Bradbury, vice president and economist at the Boston Federal Reserve Bank, and the other by two Rutgers Law School professors, document the extent of employment discrimination against African Americans and its impact on their earnings.

House votes to allow travel, trade with Cuba

Those who have been fighting for 40 years to end the U.S. economic blockade against Cuba scored a stunning victory in the House of Representatives late last month.

Nightmare on the border

LAWRENCE, Massachusetts – When Nicole Ayala, of Killeen, Texas, decided to take her mother-in-law on a day trip to Mexico, she had no idea that she would be insulted or made to feel “as if I was a criminal” upon returning to the United States through the border crossing at Del Rio, Texas. Ayala, who has lived in the U.S. for the last 25 of her 26 years and served in the U.S. Army for five years, had left her green card at home.

Apartheid in the Holy Land

In our struggle against apartheid, the great supporters were Jewish people. They almost instinctively had to be on the side of the disenfranchised, of the voiceless ones, fighting injustice, oppression and evil. I have continued to feel strongly with the Jews. I am a patron of a Holocaust center in South Africa. I believe Israel has a right to secure borders.

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