TUCSON, Ariz. – The Tucson Citizen newspaper is changing the terminology it uses to refer to undocumented migrants, according to editor Michael Chihak. The Citizen will stop using the words “illegal” and “illegals” as nouns.
Soccer is probably the sport most played by our country’s youth: it teaches strategy, teamwork, and endurance (as well as encouraging the eating of juicy orange slices). And yet our national attention span remains far too short. By adulthood, we desire quicker gratification, and so we tune into sports with heavier hits and higher scores. We turn to football instead of futbol.
TUCSON, Ariz. – Salt of the Earth Labor College will kick off its eleventh year with a fall semester that tackles some of the most important questions facing working people today. The school will open the semester on Sept. 6 with a special workshop titled “Learning to Live Without War.” The workshop will feature a panel of local peace activists including Veterans for Peace leader Jon Miles, Pat Birnie from Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, and Rev. Kenneth Kennon, a leader in the movement to close down the notorious School of the Americas. It is hoped this discussion will help clarify the need to reorganize last winter’s peace movement for another peace offensive.
LAWRENCE, Mass. – School Superintendent Wilfredo Laboy, who came to Lawrence, a majority Latino city, in 2001, is under attack for having fired 24 bilingual teachers for not passing an oral English examination while he, himself, has repeatedly failed a similar exam. Laboy’s critics say he was hired to help destroy the bilingual program here. He changed it into an English-immersion program for students of limited English proficiency. Until then, the bilingual program taught students their subjects in their native language while they learned English.
BALTIMORE, Md. – A recent “Tour of Shame” of some of Baltimore’s poorest, working-class, and racially oppressed neighborhoods spotlighted the extent of the economic devastation that has been visited on large sections of this city.
The Bush administration needs California to win the 2004 presidential elections. The grand prize will be its large number of Electoral College votes in the winner-take-all elections – California has the most electoral votes in the nation. In the last presidential elections California voters overwhelmingly voted for Al Gore. Bush political advisor Karl Rove has said that he believes California can be won for Bush this time.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – As picket lines went up at Yale University and its affiliated hospital Aug. 27, striking workers were electrified by the news that eight union retirees had occupied the university’s investment offices. Denied food, water and bathroom facilities for five hours by Yale police, the retirees – all in their seventies – held their ground, protesting poverty-level pensions. They were joined overnight by Rev. Jesse Jackson and Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees President John Wilhelm, with union members standing vigil outside.
Sept. 1 is Labor Day, a holiday that is too seldom a real celebration of workers and their contributions to society. We’ve chosen Labor Day to be the kick-off of the annual Fund Drive as a way to honor the kind of people whose struggles the PWW/Mundo covers in every issue. This year’s fund drive, an essential requirement for maintaining and expanding our work, has a goal of raising $200,000 by Dec. 15 – a fraction of what it costs to produce the every year.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One morning, a week before Labor Day, a dozen volunteers were working the phones to elect union longshoreman, Tony Hill, to the Florida Senate.
Not since the massive drives to organize the basic industrial unions of the CIO in the 1930s, has there been such general agreement about the need to bring millions of new members into unions. We won’t go into all the facts and figures; we don’t have to. The big business media constantly blasts us with the declining union membership numbers and declining union density figures.