February

Philadelphians move to defeat privatization scheme

The PWW recently talked with Pedro Rodriguez, executive director of the Philadelphia branch of the Action Alliance of Senior Citizens. Rodriguez is also executive vice president of the state Alliance for Retired Americans. In these roles, he is currently busy organizing a regional Coalition to Defend Social Security. Ben Sears interviewed Rodriguez for the PWW.

UFPJ: End war, bring troops home now!

ST. LOUIS — “Bring the troops home now!” was the urgent demand to the Bush administration from representatives of hundreds of peace and justice organizations who gathered here for the United for Peace and Justice National Assembly, Feb. 19-21. click here for Spanish text

1,000 new pages document widespread torture

WASHINGTON — The American Civil Liberties Union released new Pentagon documents Feb. 18 exposing an even wider pattern of torture and abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Seniors, students make Santorum sweat

PITTSBURGH — The third-ranking Republican in the Senate, Pennsylvania’s Sen. Rick Santorum, took to the stump selling the privatization of Social Security Feb. 21, but he stumbled and slipped at a well-informed town hall meeting organized by his office at conservative-friendly Duquesne University. click here for Spanish text

Arthur Miller, 1915-2005: Giant of American theater had giftedness and guts

Arthur Miller, the man who wrote “Death of a Salesman,” died Feb. 10. And as Linda Loman told the sons of Willy Loman, that sad and epic American dreamer: “Attention must be paid.”

A neglected chapter in West Virginia labor history

BOOK REVIEW The Battle of Blair Mountain: The Story of America’s Greatest Labor Uprising By Robert Shogan Westview Press, 2004 Hardcover, 271 pp., $25.95

Ask the Communists Q&A

Q: Exactly how would socialism happen in the U.S.? What exactly would a socialist government do? Would there be freedom in the political system for a party that advocated capitalism?

Black liberation and working-class unity

OPINION This article, by the editor of our predecessor, The Worker, was written in 1956, and later published in “Revolutionary Tracings, Selected Writings” (International Publishers, 1974). We reprint it, in conjunction with African American History Month, because of its continuing relevance today.

Challenging the Christian right in rural America

OPINION Polls from the recent presidential election showed that many working-class voters support Bush’s Christian right “values agenda.” Why?

China defends Wal-Mart workers

OPINION Just as George W. Bush and the Republicans — who worship at the altar of corporate greed, gleeful at deepening poverty for working families — were basking in the glow of Bush’s re-election, the Chinese government and the All China Federation of Trade Unions (ACFTU) announced that laws protecting workers’ rights to organize would be enforced at Wal-Mart operations in their country.

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