Frederick J. Brown paints jazz

More than 30 portraits from 30 years of work by acclaimed painter Frederick J. Brown will be featured in the retrospective Frederick J. Brown: Portraits in Jazz, Blues, and Other Icons at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City, Mo., from June 16 to Sept. 1. The portraits celebrate trailblazers who have shaped American culture.

Concert celebrates Cuban music

MILWAUKEE – Over 200 people filled the First Unitarian Church on Milwaukee’s East Side Friday evening, May 24, to hear a benefit concert for the victims of Hurricane Michelle in Cuba. The concert of traditional, semi-classical and classical music from Cuba featured six musicians, including Cuban flutist Ana de la Cuesta.

Helen Sobell: Fighter against Cold War frame-ups

Helen Sobell, who fought to save Ethel and Julius Rosenberg from the electric chair and free her husband, Morton Sobell, from a 30 year prison term – all three framed on bogus “atom spy” charges – died this past April 15 in Redwood City, Calif. She was 84.

What it takes to walk the walk

Antonio wakes up two minutes before his alarm goes off to the sound of his little sister begging for five more minutes. To his left is his younger brother, to his right the sound of running water, and just below his feet was his back pack, which he casually donned haphazardly after squeezing in a couple bites of chorizo.

Can I get a witness?

It’s shaped up to be quite a Memorial Week – bookended with Monday’s holiday and Thursday’s traditional commemoration, which also happens to be the closing ceremony for World Trade Center recovery efforts. And there’s been a whole lot of witnessing going on.

Together for Freedom: Pushing patriotism

The Department of Defense (DOD) is going full speed ahead in its efforts to establish pro-war propaganda organizations to target youth. One such organization is the Together for Freedom (TFF) campaign.

Welfare reform must build stronger families

When I first applied for welfare at 6 months pregnant, with little to no job experience, I was denied assistance due to the fact that I had $7 too much in my bank account. I married the father of my child. Even married with two incomes we were poor. My family qualified for food stamps and Medicaid.

Elections to be focus of CPUSA conference

NEW YORK – The Communist Party’s national conference on “Building the Party clubs and grassroots organizing,” will bring together nearly 200 delegates, representing local Party organizations from coast to coast. The conference will be held here June 28-30. For the entire article, click on the headline. For more information, visit the page on the conference at the Communist Party USA website.

County workers march

CHICAGO – Eight television trucks were lined up outside of the Cook County City Hall in Chicago’s Loop May 29 at 11:15 a.m. Fifteen minutes later, county workers were filling the sidewalks as they marched around the block-square building. For two hours the vigorous pickets, members of several local unions affiliated to District Council 31 of the State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) sang songs, the most heartfelt being the now familiar, “Everywhere we go/People want to know/Who we are/So we tell them/We are the unions/Mighty, mighty unions.”

Tunnel workers win

DETROIT – Speaking about the recent contract victory for locked-out Detroit Tunnel workers, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1564 President Don Mathis said, “The labor community, the labor movement is still active and alive.”

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