The 13th Friendshipment of humanitarian aid to the people of Cuba crossed the Rio Grande River into Reynosa, Mexico, on July 18. The caravan of 15 buses, trucks and ambulances then headed for Tampico where the mostly medical supplies would be loaded into a ship bound for Cuba. The vehicles had come from every part of the United States, and the 80 participants going on to Cuba included 13 people from Canada and Europe.
In an attempt to intimidate opposition to the occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon asked Attorney General Elyakim Rubinstein to investigate whether activists of the Israeli peace organization, Gush Shalom, have broken any laws by monitoring the actions of Israeli army officers in the occupied territories.
The following is a greeting to the 2002 World Conference against A & H Bombs, held Aug. 2-9 in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, from the National Committee of the Communist Party USA. The Communist Party USA sends its warmest solidarity greetings to the 2002 World Conference against A & H Bombs, and wishes the conference the greatest success.
MIAMI – “Speaking Spanish at campaign stops, advertising in the Spanish media ... it’s not enough,” complained Raul Yzaguierre, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), on July 24, at the annual conference of that organization being held at the Miami Beach Convention Center.
DALLAS, Texas – North Texans aren’t waiting for Labor Day to work on the November elections. Student and community coalitions are laying their plans for voter registration drives beginning in August. The Dallas AFL-CIO began making yard signs for labor-endorsed candidates on July 10. By the beginning of August, they had already put almost 30,000 signs together.
Commentary Vice President Dick Cheney has spent most of the past year in hiding, ostensibly from terrorists, but increasingly it seems obvious that it is Congress, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the public he fears. And for good reason: Cheney’s business behavior could serve as a textbook case for what’s wrong with the way corporate CEOs have come to play the game of business – and have been able to influence the administration of President George W. Bush.
The African-American community has long promoted the virtue of acquiring a good education. We are warned to never forget that during slavery Black people were denied an education, and it was illegal to teach a slave how to read. As is true of the working class in general, African Americans, once slavery was abolished, agitated for the extension and relied on the system of public education to provide the avenue through which to attain that which had been previously denied.
As the new Farm Bill has been passed by Congress and is expected to be approved by President Bush, The Wall Street Journal is voicing its disapproval. It proclaims: “All that rooting, snooting noise you hear in the distance, dear taxpayers, is the sound of election year, farm state politics rolling out of the U.S. Congress. We know that democracy isn’t cheap, but this is ridiculous.”