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SECURITY WITHOUT RIGHTS

Reprint President Bush and Republican Senate leaders stepped up their assault on workplace rights for the 170,000 employees of the proposed Homeland Security Department.

PWW/ Mundo fund drive begins

CHICAGO – Plans are underway across the country to raise money for the annual People’s Weekly World/Nuestro Mundo fund drive. The fund drive begins Sept. 15 and will run through Dec. 15.

Families of 9/11 victims call for peace

NEW YORK – The American Friends and Service Committee (AFSC) and the September Eleventh Families for Peaceful Tomorrows held a “No More Victims” panel here Sept. 8 to promote public dialogue on alternatives to war.

Workers win concessions from Chicago hotels

CHICAGO – Not until well after Labor Day did Chicago hotel employees know whether they would work or strike.

Immigrants win victory in Waukegan, Illinois

CHICAGO – The small industrial city of Waukegan, Ill., an hour north of Chicago on Lake Michigan, was the site of a modest victory by Mexican immigrant workers and their allies Aug. 19.

Spinning a fantasy

Last Thursday evening, I was watching the news and heard a reporter explain, with a serious look on her face, that the next day Bush was going to begin “consulting” with world leaders in an effort to build support for the U. S. government’s position on Iraq.

McKinney: History train will keep rolling for justice

The following is an excerpt from Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s (D-Ga.) concession speech. McKinney, a 10-year incumbent and well-known voice for social justice and progressive causes, lost the Democratic primary to political newcomer Denise Majette. Majette was backed by a number of conservative, corporate and right-wing forces. A difficult defeat for all progressives, we reprint McKinney’s statement here because her determination to continue the fight for peace and justice, in the face of adversity, is an inspiration for all of us to work harder to defeat the ultra-right and corporate rule.

Bush threatens ILWU and hard-won labor rights

Nothing is more fundamental to America’s conception of itself than the freedom of speech and assembly. Unions, declared illegal in the early years of the republic, have fought for those rights for three centuries. But unionists have still not entirely won the most basic right: to organize at the workplace and to protest bad conditions by refusing to work.

One year later, public mood shifts

A recent Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll shows two different Americas – one in September 2001 and the other in September a year later. The differences are striking. Seldom have there been such shifts in the public mood in such a short time.

The Bush administration charts course towards global catastrophe

The biggest threat to world peace and our nation’s security emanates not from the caves of Afghanistan, but from the Oval Office in the White House. If anyone thought that Bush’s talk about unending war was hyperbole, they now know they were wrong. Afghanistan, it appears, was a dress rehearsal for military aggression, regardless of international law or world public opinion, against other sovereign states and peoples.

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