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Letters December 6, 2008

Imagine a health care system Or no change? Coverage on Mumbai Bottom up change

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Top shots in IAM photo contest

Along with crafting quality products, Machinists (IAM) members can take some pretty snappy photos, too. The union’s annual photo contest is a chance for members to capture on film—or pixels—the wide range of work done by Machinists across the country.

Hire education: Unions launch campaign for disabled performers

Although 20 percent of Americans—56 million people—between the ages of 5 and 64 are living with a disability, they are represented by less than 2 percent of characters on TV.

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On your way to inauguration? Chicana art exhibit in Washington

Chicana Art and Experience: “Mujeres con Garbo” is an exhibition of more than 30 prints, paintings, posters and photographs by women who reflect on the experiences and struggles of Mexican Americans. The show features some of the most prominent artists in the United States today. It will be displayed at the AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C., November 19, 2008–to May 31, 2009.

To turn economy around, more union members needed

WASHINGTON — When you approach the national offices of the AFL-CIO in the shadow of the Washington Monument here your eye is caught by the enormous banner draped over the front of the building, bulging outward as the wind whips it from behind. Letters that spell “We are turning around America” are so large they can be read from a block away.

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As economic crisis worsens hunger stalks the land

A report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture reveals that hunger skyrocketed across America in 2007 after the nation plunged into its current deep recession in the first month of that year. An additional 2 million recipients have been added to Food Stamp rolls between January and August of this year, proof that the hunger crisis has deepened dramatically during the recession.

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New policy needed after Mumbai terror

The attacks on Mumbai, India, stunned and outraged the world last week. It’s being called India’s 9/11. That may be an accurate name for the shock and anger that people felt as bleeding bodies, fires and chaos pervaded their largest metropolis.

People Before Profits: Economic stimulus in China and the U.S.

On Nov. 9, China announced a two-year, $586 billion program to address domestic dislocations arising from world capitalism’s unfolding crisis. Lower prices in China make this worth more than $1 trillion in the US. Thousands of factories have closed in China, and hundreds of thousands of workers have lost their jobs because of the sudden collapse of demand from capitalist countries.

Auto union mobilizes to save the industry, but with tight strings attached

DETROIT — The prospect of 3 million jobs lost; pension and health care benefits cut for 1 million retirees, spouses and dependents; thousands of other businesses - dealers, suppliers and others - threatened; huge pension and health care costs tossed onto the federal government and taxpayers; a drop in revenues to federal, state and local governments forcing cuts in vital social services; a devastating blow to the entire economy, already in crisis — it’s a scenario that gets people's attention.