Miguel Contreras, 52, warrior for working families

Miguel Contreras, secretary-treasurer of the 800,000-member Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, died of a heart attack May 6 at the age of 52.

I Just Want To Do My Job

A poem

Awards go to filmmakers of color

NEW YORK — The Tribeca All Access (TAA) Connects program, which fosters relationships between U.S.-based filmmakers of color and the film industry, announced April 29 the winners of the second Tribeca All Access Creative Promise Awards.

U.S. band plays to 50,000 in Cuba

HAVANA — With an inspired 26-song set, Audioslave made history May 6, playing by far the biggest show for an American band in Cuba.

Social Security rooted in grassroots struggle

Three years before President Franklin Roosevelt enacted Social Security, the Communist Party issued a pamphlet saying: “Social insurance is a system of government support to give workers financial assistance, thus affording them a measure of security in case of accident, sickness, death of the wage earner, unemployment, child bearing, or dependent old age. ... The fight for social insurance must go on because it is a fight for security in the daily struggle for existence faced by every member of the working class.”

Neocons lay siege to the ivory towers

In the months ahead, California’s state Senate Committee on Education will consider a bill that pretends to strike a blow for intellectual honesty, truth and freedom, but in reality poses a profound threat to academic freedom in the United States.

A triumph for humanity disrespected by Bush

The end of World War II in Europe was celebrated this past week in Moscow, capital of the “former Soviet Union,” the world’s first socialist nation, which made the greatest contribution to victory over the fascist Axis.

EDITORIAL: Legalized robbery

With one stroke of a pen a federal bankruptcy judge in Chicago legalized robbery. When Judge Eugene Wedoff allowed United Airlines to dump its responsibilities to pay its workers’ pensions, Wedoff gave the seal of approval to corporate thievery.

Nuclear weapons and humans cannot coexist: A Japanese survivor speaks out

In 1945 I was 16 years old. On the morning of Aug. 9 that year, I was riding my bicycle 1.8 km north of what was to become the hypercenter of the explosion of the atomic bomb.

Breaking the stranglehold of the insurance industry

Buying protection against the possibility of future risks is as old as time itself. In the corporate world, this system of protection is called insurance. Everyone faces the risk of fires and damage to a home or apartment. Damage to an automobile is another example. That is why fire, property and auto insurance is an accepted fact in everyone’s life. The issue that is raised is the level of profit that insurance carriers demand to guard against that risk.

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