Chicagoans protest naval academy

CHICAGO — With banners reading, “No Military Academy at Senn High School, Teach Peace” and “End the Militarism in Public Schools, Schools are for Learning not for Recruiting,” parents, students and community residents protested at the dedication ceremony for Rickover Naval Academy at Nicholas Senn High School here Nov. 7.

Sacramento says, Bring the troops home!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento City Council, by an 8-1 vote on Nov. 1, called for “a humane, orderly, rapid and comprehensive withdrawal of United States military personnel and bases from Iraq.” The council also asked Congress and President Bush to deliver “promised veterans’ health, education, disability, and rehabilitation benefits, and otherwise meet the needs of returning veterans.”

Martina Cruz wins election

LAWRENCE, Mass. — Community and peace activist Martina Cruz handily won her race for a seat on this city’s School Committee with 65 percent of the vote in the municipal elections Nov. 8. Cruz is also known as an activist for working families and had the endorsement of the Merrimack Valley Central Labor Council.

Food stamp cuts would hurt poor, immigrants

Congressional Republicans have gone on a budget-slashing rampage, working to ram through drastic cuts in food stamps and other basic social safety net programs, drawing such wide opposition even some of their own members are objecting.

Hearts and souls captured in the lens: Working people still in focus for Milton Rogovin

Is there a more sensitive photographer than Milton Rogovin? Has anyone ever brought out the heart and soul of the camera’s subjects the way Rogovin does?

France: racism, poverty lead to violence

Fires burned across France this week as young people from immigrant families, mainly from North and West Africa, protested life on society’s working-class margins

North Country rings true to real life

At the beginning of “North Country,” Josey Aimes (Charlize Theron) packs her two children into the pickup truck and drives to her parents’ house in Eveleth, Minn., after being beaten up by her husband. Her parents are not happy to see her, and both her mother and father see her arrival as one more piece of evidence of Josey’s failure.

Chicagos White Sox a joyous inspiration

1917 was the unforgettable year when the world witnessed the revolutionary birth of its first socialist state. The countries of imperialist expansion were waging a world war. But working-class Chicago found a unique reason to celebrate with the city’s first World Series triumph in U.S. baseball history.

An open letter to the NLRB chairman

I’ll bet that you, like many Americans, occasionally find yourself at a gathering or function that begins with everyone standing up, turning to the U.S. flag in the corner and saying the Pledge of Allegiance.

Oppose Alito its a life-and-death issue

In nominating Samuel Alito to fill the new vacancy on the Supreme Court, the Bush administration has at once mended fences with its conservative base and taken a major step to tip the balance of power on our nation’s highest court to the extreme right. Sound ominous? It should.

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