International notes

Australia: CP condemns Bali terrorist bombing / Venezuela: Two million march for Chavez / China: Developing own anti-HIV drugs / South Africa: Gov’t acts to lower food prices

A vote for Lula is a vote for a new direction

The following is based on an Oct. 10 statement from the Communist Party of Brazil (PCdoB) and an article by Renato Rabelo, PCdoB president. In analyzing the Oct. 6 elections, Renato Rabelo, Communist Party of Brazil president, said Brazilians see that Workers’ Party (PT) presidential candidate Luis Inacio “Lula” da Silva, “represents a consensus for change towards a new era.

Israeli peace activist speaks

PHILADELPHIA – As part of a Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) tour, Aliyah Strauss, an Israeli peace activist and a founder of Women in Black, spoke to over 200 people here Oct. 6. Strauss gave the history of the peace movement in Israel and expressed her belief that the majority of Israelis and Palestinians want to live in peace.

Israeli communists convene, fight Sharon policies

NAZARETH – The Communist Party of Israel (CPI) convened its 27th Congress amidst the crisis of the continued occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip and an escalating attack on social security, civil rights and democracy by the right-wing Sharon government.

Across the nation

Protests continue around the country / Librarians: ‘No war with Iraq’ / Lucent workers take a hit / Victory for WorldCom workers / More seniors lose Medicare HMO plans / Peace Prize criticizes Bush administration

AARP hosts election debate in toss up district

WATERBURY, Conn. – The AARP held a debate between Jim Maloney (D) and Nancy Johnson (R) here Sept. 30. The forum focused on senior citizens issues, mainly a prescription drug benefit under Medicare, upholding and strengthening Social Security and health care. Nearly 400 senior citizens attended. Senior citizens’ voting turnout rate is usually higher than the general population’s.

Candidate promises living wage

BALTIMORE – Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, Democratic candidate for governor, told a crowd of 1,500 here that she endorses and will push for an $11 an hour living wage for state employees, if elected.

Detroit unionists blast Bush war

DETROIT, Mich. – “The entire Democratic congressional delegation from Michigan, with the exception of one, voted no on war with Iraq,” Rep. Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick (D-Mich.) told an audience at the headquarters of Service Employees Union Local 79, Oct. 12. “Our delegation stood strong. The President was wrong on this one,” she told the cheering crowd.

N.Y. events bring in contributions in memory of Sid Taylor

One month into the national PWW Fund Drive, two recent events in the greater New York area have brought in contributions in memory of long-time Party activist Sid Taylor.

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