April

Displaced Katrina survivors lose health care benefits

As Medicaid waivers begin to expire, Katrina evacuees who need health care are growing ever more desperate. This short-term coverage began expiring on Jan. 31. All Medicaid waivers will have expired by June 1, leaving thousands of displaced citizens without health care coverage.

Thousands pack San Francisco for immigrant rights march

SAN FRANCISCO — The labor movement, the faith community, a broad spectrum of immigrant rights organizations and just plain folks joined in a river of 15,000 marchers that flooded city streets from the Mission District’s Dolores Park to the downtown federal building April 23. Observers called it the largest such demonstration in the city to date.

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Thousands roar support for jailed labor leader

NEW YORK — Throngs of supporters gathered around Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Roger Toussaint as he led a huge April 24 march over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Manhattan jail where he began serving a 10-day sentence.

Immigrants rights are workers rights: Labor backs May 1 immigrant rights rally

CHICAGO — In the city of May Day’s birth, labor unions pledged to support the May 1 immigrant rights rally here. WithHaymarket Square as a backdrop, the president of the Chicago Federation of Labor, Dennis Gannon, told reporters, “Immigrants’ rights are workers’ rights.”

Remarks for the TWU Local 100 Rally, New York City

This is an historic moment and the MTA should take note of our solidarity. We are all here — Denis Hughes, Randi Weingarten, Pat Lynch, Jim Little, my brothers Mike Fishman, Denis Rivera and Bruce Raynor, my sisters Barbara Bowen and Lillian Roberts, representatives of all the unions of New York — to speak with one voice on behalf of the dedicated, hard-working members of Local 100 and Roger Touissant.

Chicago passes law protecting immigrants

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance March 29 that forbids police and other city employees from participating in the witch-hunt against undocumented immigrants that has been whipped up by the Republican far right.

African Americans have a stake in immigrant rights

To see thousands of immigrants and their supporters marching, rallying and standing up for their rights is inspiring. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) was correct when she called immigration the civil rights issue of our time.

Californias levees need a long-term plan

Though winter rains are finally ending, managers of California’s many dams and aging, sometimes dilapidated levees expect the system will face serious challenges into the summer.

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Politics heating up in Arizona

The Arizona political establishment was amazed when over 30,000 immigrant rights supporters marched through the streets of Phoenix March 24. The media noted this was the largest political demonstration in the state’s history.

Chicago City Council passes law protecting immigrants

The Chicago City Council passed an ordinance March 29 that forbids police and other city employees from participating in the witch-hunt against undocumented immigrants that has been whipped up by the Republican far right.

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