Taking a stand at School of the Americas

OPINION At the annual School of the Americas (SOA) protest and vigil at Ft. Benning, Ga., Nov. 21, 2004, the author and 14 others, including two minors, crossed the line onto SOA property to oppose the U.S. military training of Latin American assassination and torture squads that takes place there.


A new opportunity to end the occupation / Gov’t workers under attack

Pages from workers lives Love and union

Love and union The merger last summer of the Union of Needletrade, Industrial and Textile Employees (UNITE) with the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees was the reflection of an earlier “merger” which took place on a smaller scale. We reprint below UNITE’s interview with Rosa Garcia.

Policy wonks project key health care issues

A year-end report from the Commonwealth Fund highlights core, mainstream health care issues. These, in turn, show some key points of struggle in 2005.

The myth of capitalist efficiency

The Great Depression shattered the myth that capitalism—a for-profit market economy—constituted a fail-safe, efficient system of economic organization. Before the Great Crash and the free fall of the world economies (excepting the Soviet Union), orthodoxy insisted that the marketplace was a rational, self-correcting mechanism, that markets might stumble, but in the long run they would deliver the most efficient distribution of goods and services.

Care providers win two-month strike

Should taxpayer money go to the creation of poverty wage jobs? Should public dollars go to virulently anti-union companies? A resounding “no” was the answer in Portland, Ore. when 85 workers at the Parry Center, a residential care facility providing direct care to children with severe mental illness, won a two-month strike.


Canada: Union calls for marriage rights / South Africa: Laborers to get land back/ China: Deputies urge more social security / Brazil: Jobless rate hits new low

Haitis poor struggle against inhuman horror

The University of Miami Law School's recently released report exposes widespread human rights abuses taking place in Haiti under the U.S.-imposed government. The U.S.-sponsored coup on Feb. 29, 2004 ousted elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide. A team of investigators from UMLS’ Center for the Study of Human Rights visited Haiti, Nov. 11-21, 2004.

Quebec toys with electoral reform

The year 2004 closed with some tentative steps toward electoral reform in Canada, but no guarantee of real change. In December, Quebec became the first provincial government to submit a draft bill for mixed member proportional representation voting, although the legislation is considered weak by critics of the current “first past the post” system.

Voices of the World Social Forum

“Filipino migrants are all over the world. Why? Because they cannot make enough money to care for their families in the Philippines.

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