A Southern battleground for Communists and other heroes

Professor Glenda Elizabeth Gilmore’s book, “Defying Dixie, The Radical Roots of Civil Rights 1919-1950,” creates full-color mosaic portraits of the great men and women who took on the horrific task of fighting for civil rights at a time and place when fearsome lynchings and race riots were common occurrences. Each delicate tile of each mosaic is gingerly placed in the natural flow of time, and in conjunction with the ever-clearer portraits of others involved in the same events.

What will we eat when the soil is gone?

More than one environmental crisis threatens our planet. While most of our collective attention is focused on global warming and climate change, the topsoil which sustains life is quickly eroding.


A labor of love for the love of labor

I’m not sure I can remember exactly where I first met Anne Feeney. Suffice it to say that Feeney is the epitome of Preacher Casey in Steinbach’s great novel, “Salt of the Earth.” I know I saw her at Ravenswood, at Camp Solidarity in western Virginia, at the big steelworker rally at the WCI strike in Youngstown and at the Newport News strike. I could go on and on, but it really is true; wherever workers struggle for justice, it’s there you’ll find Anne Feeney!

Test your knowledge of John McCain

Instructions: Read an item in Column A. Then read the item next to it in Column B and put a check in the box next to the item you think best reflects the real John McCain.


Kucinich urges unions to go all out vs. GOP

CLEVELAND — Warning of grave danger to the rights and living standards of working people, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) urged a meeting of 100 union activists here to go all out to defeat Sen. John McCain, the Republican candidate for president in next November’s election.


Where will we live?

OAKLAND, Calif. — As she led dozens of neighbors, ACORN activists and journalists on a walking tour of the East Oakland working-class neighborhood where she has lived for nearly 40 years, Fannie Brown surveyed the rows of mostly single-family homes.