February

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Dalzenia Henry, community and union leader

Dalzenia D. Henry, of New Haven, Conn., a community and union leader for social and economic justice and peace died on Jan. 12 after a sudden illness at age 49. She devoted her life to working with children, and was acting president of the AFSCME local at the Children’s Center. Previously she had conducted an after school program for children at the Quinnipiac Terrace housing development where she grew up.

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And the Oscar goes to?

The recently announced Oscar nominations include films of interest to progressive cineastes.

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A-plus for Atonement

“Atonement” came out last December but I passed on it. It was nominated for the Academy Award for best picture, so finally I went to see it.

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There Will Be Blood and profits!

“There Will Be Blood,” directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, is based on the Upton Sinclair novel “Oil!” It was filmed in West Texas, so as a Texan I recognized the landscape without difficulty. It is a visually stunning flick with a great portrayal by Daniel Day-Lewis of the boundless greed, violence and cutthroat competition of wildcat oilmen in the early days of the oil industry.

Stupid punditry

Pundits are busy dissecting the vote totals and telling people what is missing from the movement behind Barack Obama. They are busy, too, telling us who won’t vote for Hillary Clinton.

Protect America from corporate, Bush spies

The so-called Protect America Act will expire Feb. 15 if it is not renewed. The Senate is about to vote on a deeply flawed version passed in the summer as a temporary fix for what the Bush administration claimed were problems with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

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War on two fronts: racism at home, Nazis overseas

PITTSBURGH — In 1940, Mitchell Higginbotham heard that President Franklin Roosevelt had ordered the Army Air Corps to create a unit of all African American pilots and support personnel. Defying made-in-the-USA Jim Crow segregation, where not only schools and water fountains were “whites only,” but African Americans were also relegated to support roles in the military, Higginbotham and 1,000 other young Black men signed up to fly, fight in the air and fix and maintain fighter planes and bombers. They caught a train to Tuskegee, Ala., to start their training. The Tuskegee Airmen were born. Among them were 71 from Western Pennsylvania.

Robeson exhibit spotlights links to Motor City

DETROIT — An exhibition celebrating the life of Paul Robeson opened here Jan. 19, at Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. You can catch it there until April 12.

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