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9/11: Mourn the dead, organize for the living

News Analysis The first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks was marked by vigils, rallies, marches and memorial services. But those who live and work in lower Manhattan – as well as the 30,000 workers who cleaned the World Trade Center (WTC) site – have many unanswered concerns and questions about their health and environment.

Vieques protests continue as bombing resumes

Commentary If the U.S. Navy thought that, in the aftermath of Sept. 11 and the USA Patriot Act, the people of Puerto Rico would curtail their protests and acts of civil disobedience against the military maneuvers in Vieques, they were sadly mistaken.

Ashcroft slammed at door of justice

WASHINGTON – Civil liberties, civil rights, labor, women’s equality and environmental groups were set to rally outside the U.S. Department of Justice Sept. 13 to protest the sweeping attacks on the Bill of Rights imposed by Attorney General John Ashcroft behind “closed doors.”

Campaign demands immigration reform

A broad nationwide grassroots coalition of labor, ethnic, religious and community groups is working to collect signatures on a million postcards demanding immigration policies that allow undocumented immigrants in the United States to earn legal status.

Louisvillians protest Bush visit

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A day after President Bush conceded he might seek Congressional approval for his war on Iraq, over 400 Louisville protesters made it clear that Bush did not have their consent, nor would they be silent in their disagreement.

Panel hears racial profiling cases

Racial profiling and other acts of discrimination came to the surface in Naugatuck, Conn., on August 29. Speaker after speaker told an NAACP-led panel that African Americans live in fear of the police here. One citizen said her relatives from out of town refuse to visit here because of the racial profiling notoriously connected to the Naugatuck Police Department.

Illinois AFL-CIO sets election goals

OAK PARK, Ill. – Labor 2002, the AFL-CIO campaign to elect worker-friendly candidates in this year’s election, rolled into the western suburbs of Chicago on Sept. 6.

Freight trucking company fires thousands on Labor Day

Consolidated Freight picked Labor Day to lower the boom on its union employees. All across the country, as Teamsters members reported to work for the holiday weekend, they found shuttered terminals. In several locations their truck barns had been blockaded with big rigs to prevent workers from entering.

Philadelphia school crisis far from solved

PHILADELPHIA – As the nation watched, public schools here opened on Sept. 4 in a state of confusion and uncertainty, with 150 teaching positions vacant and 211 support staff on layoff.

Calif. Governor, Jackson unite with ILWU

LOS ANGELES – California Gov. Gray Davis joined with the state legislature, Rev. Jesse Jackson and scores of leaders here, warning President George W. Bush not to intervene in the contract negotiations of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) with their employer, the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA).

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