Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-Minn.) is nationally known as an outspoken progressive, and George W. Bush and the ultra-right are chomping at the bit to oust him in November. Their hand-picked candidate, former St. Paul Mayor Norm Coleman, is trying to woo women voters. But Jill Pearson-Wood, board president of the National Organization for Women (NOW) Minnesota chapter, said her group is backing Wellstone, who is seeking a third term.
Pledge to ‘link arms’ vs. Right ST. PAUL, Minn. – The nearly 1,000 delegates and guests to the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) annual conference, held here June 21-23, are united to make a difference in the 2002 elections, at the ballot box and in the streets. The participants, who came from 42 states and the District of Columbia, agreed that the 2002 elections are the main arena for the defense and advancement of women’s equality.
EL PASO, Tx. – Texas Democrats were exuberant at their convention, held here June 13-15, about their chances to sweep state offices in November. Their senior U.S. Congressman, Martin Frost, told delegates, “If George Bush gets beaten badly in his home state in 2002, that will send a message across the land.”
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) has named Rep. John Thune (R-S.D.) first on its 2002 list of “Dirty Dozen” congressmen for his voting record on environmental issues. The league is targeting Thune for defeat in his race with Democrat Tim Johnson for Johnson’s Senate seat.
NEWARK, N.J. – In a closely contested run-off City Council election held here June 11, independent progressive candidate Ras Baraka was denied a seat as a Councilman-at-Large by a mere 85 votes. In these run-off elections, eight at-large City Council candidates were competing over four seats. Baraka came in fifth with 8,805 votes, which was 85 votes short of the 8,920 obtained by Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins, an incumbent City Council member.
NEW YORK – The Communist Party’s national conference on “Building the Party clubs and grassroots organizing,” will bring together nearly 200 delegates, representing local Party organizations from coast to coast. The conference will be held here June 28-30. For the entire article, click on the headline. For more information, visit the page on the conference at the Communist Party USA website.
Every time an election rolls around some pundit calls it “the most important election in years.” Another says it’s “the most important election in our lifetime,” while yet another says “it’s the most important election in recent memory.” So take your pick, but when it comes to the 2002 election, we say “all of the above.”
NEW YORK – AFL-CIO President John Sweeney told reporters that the May 22 decision of the federation’s General Board to increase financial support for the federation’s Labor 2002 election campaign is propelled by the issues facing working families. “Real life examples of the last year – the Enron scandal, the squandering of the federal budget on a tax cut for the rich, the President’s plan to privatize Social Security, his drive to expand trade negotiating authority and historic unemployment – are proof that working people need a strong voice in politics to shift the balance of power in Washington away from business and back to workers,” said Sweeney. To hear a four-minute audio interview of PWW reporter Fred Gaboury about the AFL-CIO decision to increase funding of their election 2002 campaign, click here.
GARY, Ind. - A grassroots campaign by steelworker and union leader Mary Elgin resulted in what is being called the biggest political upset in decades in this solidly working-class community. Elgin defeated Dozier Allen for Calumet Township Trustee with 48 percent of the vote in the Democratic primary. A victory in the primary here is tantamount to being elected, since there is rarely a Republican challenge. For the entire article, click on the headline. Elgin is also a local leader of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.
CHICAGO - Over 300 demonstrators representing 35 organizations denounced Bush administration policies outside the Sheraton Hotel here May 13, while the President was inside wining and dining with Republican fat cats. Bush was here to tout his welfare reform proposals and raise campaign funds for Republican gubernatorial candidate Jim Ryan, who is battling Democrat Rod Blagojevich.