Sacramentans rally for gardens

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly 400 demonstrators heard Julia “Butterfly” Hill declare, “The Ron Mandella Community Garden is the giant redwood of Sacramento,” at a rally here late last month to save the garden from developers and to build support for affordable housing in the city.

Cheap theater tickets

The prices of Broadway theatre tickets are well beyond working-class people’s financial capabilities. However, the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) makes it possible to see Broadway and off-Broadway shows for reduced ticket prices, usually ranging from $10 to $20.

Building Middle East peace with justice

Calling the crisis in the West Bank and Gaza “an enormous human tragedy that cannot be solved by war,” journalist and Communist Party Vice Chair Judith Le Blanc last week told northern California audiences that it is urgent for Americans to act now for peace and justice in the Middle East.

Reports cite U.S. health failures

A recent USAToday Gallup public opinion poll showed that President Bush’s main weaknesses are in the area of social policy, with his attitude toward health care in general and abortion high on the list.

Phillip Hellesto: worker and anti-imperialist American

Phillip Hellesto’s wife wanted everyone to know that her husband was an anti-imperialist and a patriot. She wanted to “dispel the notion that radicals cannot be patriots.”

Retirement, pensions and all that

The stock market grew by 248 percent between 1989 and 1998, accompanied by a skyrocketing increase in the number of households with 401(k) pension accounts. Together, they made possible the promise of a secure retirement. Or at least that’s what we’re told.

Kaiser workers win back pay in NLRB ruling

PITTSBURGH – In a case involving the longest illegal lockout in U.S. labor history, a federal administrative law judge has ordered the operating subsidiary of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation to “make whole” 3,000 steelworkers for any loss of earnings and other benefits during the company’s illegal 20-month lockout in 1999-2000, the United Steelworkers of America (USWA) announced here May 15.

Israeli student condemns occupation

Haggai Matar, an 18-year-old Israeli high school senior, first strikes the eye as a quiet, studious, and modest young man. He may be all of that, but when he speaks, he speaks with conviction and power, and his message packs a wallop: Matar, along with 62 other Israeli Jewish teens, have publicly stated that they will refuse to serve the Israeli government’s “aggressive and racist policy” against the Palestinian people.

NAACP announces action against racial disparity

ATLANTA – The NAACP announced May 16 a major directive against states where racial disparity still exists in public school systems.

Refuseniks speak to full house

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Every pew in Westminster Presbyterian Church was full when two Israeli reserve soldiers, who have proclaimed their refusal to serve in the occupied West Bank and Gaza, spoke here May 22. For the entire article, click on the headline. To visit the a page listing the refuseniks and their goals, click here.

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