February

National News from pww.org

Solis confirmed, 80-17 A vote for D.C. NY Post’s Murdoch apologizes Ludlow finally recognized Violence shelters need to keep lights on Digital TV transition delayed 30,000 Haitians to be deported Free choice and small business help each other Republic Windows and Doors workers on tour

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Celebrating Black history and Obamas roots

CHICAGO –To celebrate African American history month, the People’s Weekly World and Workers Education Society hosted a distinguished panel over a delicious meal of the city’s finest soul food. Historian Dr. Timuel Black, civil rights, HIV/AIDS activist and former government official Brenetta Howell Barrett and Political Affairs publisher Joe Sims spoke on the “Roots of Obama and the struggle for equality in a new era.”

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Stanford: Biggest Texas scandal since Enron

HOUSTON – With typical Texas flamboyance, Sir Robert Allen Stanford built a financial empire which stretched across Texas, through Mexico, the Caribbean islands and into South America. He was charged by the SEC on Feb. 17 with defrauding investors of upwards of $8 billion in the most shocking financial scandal in Texas since the fall of Enron.

Chasm between words and deeds

When I heard Republican Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina call for bank nationalization, and Sen. Chuck Schumer say “well .... let’s hold on a little longer,” I considered re-reading Alice in Wonderland. Schumer’s reluctance merely exposes him as a liberal pawn of Wall Street (there was never much doubt about that), but in fact it’s now hard to find an economist who does not favor nationalization as the only means of removing toxic assets from bank balance sheets and restarting lending.

A victory for Obama and the people

WASHINGTON — When President Barack Obama signed the $787 billion economic recovery bill to create millions of new jobs and extend safety-net programs for millions of unemployed workers and the poor, it was a stunning victory over Republican stonewalling. It was also a victory over corporate media naysayers, who are pounding a negative drumbeat against Obama and his New Deal type approach to rescuing the plunging economy

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Eddie Carthan and the struggle for Black empowerment in the Deep South

In Jackson, Miss., when the air is heated all day by a blazing sun, it doesn’t cool off at night. Instead, like a sponge, it soaks up the moist winds coming up from the Gulf of Mexico. I remember how, on a hot and humid July night in 1981, I counted the steps from my car door to the motel entrance, praying that there would be an air conditioner inside.

Unthinkable! GOP budget cuts endanger lives, leaders charge

As California’s budget debacle enters its fourth month, labor and environmental organizations are stepping up their fightback against the Republican drive to gut vital labor and environmental protections.

Reform blocked by racist groups

The Southern Poverty Law Center in a recent report charges that three Washington D.C. organizations have racist roots and that they were the most responsible for blocking comprehensive immigration reform in 2007. All three — the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), the Center for Immigration Studies and NumbersUSA — are part of a single chain of lobbyist groups conceived and funded by John Tanton, known as an extreme white nationalist and anti-immigrant culprit, says the law center.

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Two Black workers who made history

BALTIMORE — Helen Evans was turning the pages of an album of photos of her father, Joseph P. Henderson, when her eye fell on a picture of him as a Laborers union organizer in Washington, D.C., during the 1940s.

New actions urged in Oscar Grant murder

OAKLAND, Calif. — Alameda County District Attorney Tom Orloff is being pressed to take new actions, after additional video footage was made public late last month, showing what happened in the moments before Oscar Grant III, a 22-year-old unarmed African American, was shot in the back by BART police officer Johannes Mehserle early New Year morning.