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May Day: 70,000 turn out in Istanbul/And Russian protesters emphasize workers’ rights/... And rally across Australia/Iceland town councils declare N-free zones/Argentina’s people fight crisis with assemblies

Yale workers hold giant rally for union contracts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Thousands of Yale workers, students and residents of New Haven neighborhoods took to the streets April 24, stopping traffic as they pounded drums and carried placards to a rally in front of Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Marshall Plan: A cover for corporations

Earlier this month Pres. Bush invoked the post-World War II Marshall Plan as he proclaimed an ongoing U.S. economic and military role in Afghanistan. There’s been much talk recently of new Marshall Plans.

Coalition battles Bush welfare cuts

WASHINGTON – The Republican leadership wants a House floor vote before the Memorial Day recess on reauthorization of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), a bill they have loaded with attacks on the poor such as increasing to 40 hours per week the “workfare” requirement for recipients. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the Library of Congress page on HR-3113, click here.

AK Steel workers march against corporate terrorism

PITTSBURGH – There is a war on U.S. workers and Armco-Kawasaki (AK) steelworkers, members of United Steelworkers of America (USWA) Local 169, are on the front lines.

Funeral protests shooting

SEATTLE – “It is not a crime in America to get lost.” This was the comment of Rev. Harriett Walden, head of Mothers for Police Accountability, after the funeral of Robert Thomas, Sr. For the entire article, click on the headline. For more information on Mothers for Police Accountability, click here.

May Day call in D.C.: Amnesty now!

WASHINGTON – Busloads of workers and their allies arrived in the nation’s capital, May Day, to demand that Congress enact HR-500, a bill by Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) to grant legal status to millions of undocumented immigrant workers. For the entire article, click on the headline. For the Library of Congress webpage on HR-500, click here.

To Cuba and back: Harassment from Washington, followed by a week of inspiration

Thirteen Maine teachers and health workers returned April 21 after a week-long study tour in Cuba. They were there looking at schools, clinics, hospitals and services for children, to find out what happens to egalitarian ideals when social services have to be delivered under conditions of chronic scarcity. For the entire article, click on the headline. For more information on Cuba, visit CubaWeb.

Church leaders condemn Jenin destruction

JENIN, West Bank – Despite Israeli government success in blocking a United Nations fact-finding team, eyewitness reports from international religious groups and other observers tell of massive destruction at the Jenin refugee camp. Fifty bodies have been recovered but many remain unaccounted for.

Nepal faces Maoist and state violence

“All the democratic forces will have to be united to fight both the Maoists and the reactionaries,” Madhav Kumar Nepal, general secretary of the Communist Party of Nepal – Unified Marxist Leninist (CPN-UML), told The Himalaya Times April 26.

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