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Turning the tide of reaction in Texas

HOUSTON — The recent meltdown of the Texas Legislature, dubbed “the Austin Tea Party,” may be the opening shot of a resurgence of the power of Texas progressives.

Oaklanders demand local control of schools

OAKLAND, Calif. — Parents, teachers, elected officials, students and community leaders gathered June 1 at Oakland Unified School District headquarters to demonstrate their support for returning the schools to local control and halting the school closings and reorganizations that have affected nearly half of the city’s 98 schools during the last five years.

Proud soccer girls united as one

CHICAGO — On May 12, the lives of 16 young women changed forever. After long months of training, sweating and working hard, the Little Village Lawndale High School women’s sophomore soccer team celebrated an undefeated, unscored-on season and headed into the playoffs.

Governor Spitzer and the police state

Gov. Eliot Spitzer is proposing a major expansion of New York’s bank of DNA samples. Currently, New York state collects DNA from those convicted of serious crimes. Spitzer is proposing to include people convicted of most crimes (including those found guilty of any misdemeanor, such as drug offenses, harassment and unauthorized use of a credit card).

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Green socialism is necessary

I read with interest Wadi’h Halabi’s article “Healthy planet a low priority for capitalism”. While I agree strongly with the argument implied by the title and the statement that “the capitalist class is incapable of reversing the destruction of humanity’s environment,” I am skeptical of the assertions made about “the genuine environmental accomplishments that have followed socialist revolutions.”

Quote of the week

“This type of action by labor leaders was very important. If labor leaders all across the country would do this we would make a lot more progress on health care and many other issues.”

To pass EFCA, theres still work to do

Here’s something to stick in the back of your head: The last time pro-union labor law reform passed Congress was in 1935.

This Week in Labor

A voice for nonunion workers Steelworkers endorse Franken China’s unions set busier New Circuit City cuts

WORLD NOTES

Portugal: General strike sends a message Venezuela: New gains in health care, education Swaziland: Gender bias contributes to HIV spread Philippines: Human rights in the balance Iraq: Humanitarian crisis deepens, especially for women

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