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Sparks fly at Capitol Hill hearing on Jena 6

WASHINGTON — Witnesses in a Capitol Hill hearing Oct. 16 blasted the U.S. Justice Department for doing nothing as Jena, La., officials inflicted blatantly discriminatory punishment on six Black high school students while white students who committed violent racist acts were let off with a slap on the wrist.

THIS WEEK IN LABOR: Oct. 13

A big fat rat Cheers for a living wage Teachers endorse Obama, Clinton Coalition of Labor Union Women convenes Union members casting e-ballots Home Depot targeted by Steelworkers Another anti-labor move The fightback at Wal-Mart Union/nonunion contrast in the mines

Making dry bones come alive in New Orleans

It takes a leap of faith to believe that this lovely city can be rebuilt from the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, given the cruelty of President Bush who concealed his administration’s abandonment of the working people of New Orleans with honey-sweet promises, all of them broken.

Somethings rotten in Shangri-la

Drive 60 miles northwest of Manhattan and you’re on a New Jersey road winding beneath mountain ridges exploding with fall colors reflected in a string of lakes. As you think you might be in Shangri-la, you pass a billboard proclaiming, “Welcome to West Milford — a Clean Community,” signed by the Republican mayor. An American flag flutters atop a pole next to it.

Year of the Woman? Not in election coverage!

How many elections can be hailed as “The Year of the Woman” before anything actually changes? Hint: no answer to this question exists yet.

Worry and anger as autoworkers study pact

Many autoworkers, back after their strike against GM, are worried or angry about concessions the company insisted on in the new contract.

Children demand Health care, not warfare

Children marched to the White House Oct. 2 pulling red wagons filled with petitions demanding that President Bush drop his plan to veto legislation passed by the Senate and House that would extend the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) and expand it to cover an additional 4 million children.

This first draft needs work

This is the response I had when reading the first draft of the reauthorization proposals for No Child Left Behind put forth last week in the House: Nice try, you are beginning to figure out how deeply flawed the law is, but maybe you weren’t paying attention when educators told you what needed to be fixed. Go back to your notes, figure it out, and let us know when you do.

EDITORIAL: From Little Rock to Jena

This week the nation observed the 50th anniversary of the struggle to integrate public schools in Little Rock, Ark. It came just one week after 50,000 protesters converged on Jena, La., to protest the criminalization of six African American youths for daring to stand up against lynch nooses hung on a tree at their high school. It is especially outrageous that one of the Jena Six, Mychal Bell, remains in jail even though an appeals court threw out his conviction.

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Gulf fishermen struggle to rebuild what Katrina destroyed

YSCLOSKEY, La. — In a shower of sparks, Ricky Robin was repairing hurricane damage to “Lil’ Rick,” his 56-foot steel-hulled shrimp boat, when he spotted an out-of-town reporter snapping photos. “I built her with my own hands in 1974, 33 years ago,” he said proudly, setting aside his welding torch

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